Take Heart: Advent Week Two

The following is taken from Take Heart: Advent Devotional Series published by the EFCA.  This advent season, the EFCA is focusing on the stories of taking heart and giving back with charitable giving. You may make an online gift here. Read – Take Heart: Advent Intro and...
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Shame & Sexuality

Last Sunday we talked about our shame, and the shalom it shatters.  “Shame is feeling exposed as ugly beyond words,” writes psychologist Dan Allender, “nothing cuts to the core so personally as shame does.”  Perhaps philosopher Jean Paul Sartre gave the most vivid descriptio...
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Different Season, Same Vision – Family Meeting Recap

We are entering into an exciting time at Riverside as we examine the possibility of purchasing a self-owned space to steward in downtown Columbia.  At the last Family Meeting, the elder team introduced a potential building location to the church body for prayerful consideration. ...
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You’re Planting a Church

Whether you know it or not, if you’re part of Riverside, you’re part of planting a church in Manchester, England. It is possible that you haven’t met me or my wife yet (hopefully that will change!) but just by being part of the church that sends us, you are playing a part in...
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October is __ Awareness Month!

A myriad of organizations choose October to bring awareness to their causes; National Book Month, National Dyslexia Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, Pastors Appreciation Month (we like this one), and perhaps none of them are more notable than National Breast...
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Overcoming the Walls of Adversity

We all have been down the proverbial “fast track” at various times in our lives, when everything seems to go our way. For certain seasons, advancement becomes our best friend and success knows no rival. In chapters two and three of Nehemiah, our main character experiences a...
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Meet Erik Kimrey

My name is Erik Kimrey and I was born here in Columbia, lived here my whole life, and I genuinely love this city. I walked the aisle at a Billy Graham crusade when I was 7 years old and have felt God present throughout my life, though I largely ignored him through my high school...
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Philemon: Paul and Mercy

This last installment of our series through Philemon will be on Paul. Our author finds himself caught between two brothers who are called to live in common unity but aren’t. They need to be reconciled. Paul identifies with both Onesimus and Philemon and gently persuades them to...
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Meet Michael Kapaldo

I grew up and lived most of my life in Washington, DC. I ultimately postured myself in repentance and faith on October 30, 2007, but that’s not where the Lord began working in my life. I was blessed and fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian home where I was taught the Gospel...
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