Why Study the Ten Commandments?

And why spend six months of our lives doing it? Aren’t these the defunct stipulations of an old covenant made with Israel, while we who are in Christ are under a new covenant? It is true that Jesus fulfilled the law of Moses, so that, as Paul famously declared, “Christ is the end...
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Advent: By His Poverty We are Made Rich

Last year’s flood afforded us the opportunity as Jesus’ people to face a number of new challenges – the biggest of which was how to care for our many, hurting neighbors.  We turned to a number of resources as we sought to address the pressing needs of our community,...
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CM Statement

Dear Riverside, Thank you to all the Small Groups who brainstormed and dreamt together about possibilities for our children’s ministry! The staff has read through and discussed together all the feedback we received from you. It was immensely helpful. Though there were some...
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Our neighbor got a puppy. A cute miniature pinscher that loves to run and play and has a bark that can be heard from here to Timbuktu. It likes to bark at squirrels, people, acorns falling, and I’m pretty sure, the wind. We tolerated the barking for weeks, trying not to complain...
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New Discipleship Intensives: Part I

As “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15) the church’s purpose is to embody the gospel before a watching world, showing as well as telling the good news of the kingdom of God, and so making visible the invisible glory of God revealed in the person and work of Jesus...
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Take Heart: Advent Week Three

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 , Take Heart:...
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Meet Chris Eckert

I grew up in Columbus North Carolina. it’s a small town of 3000 people in Western North Carolina.  I left for college at the Citadel after graduation and never lived at home again.  I’ve lived all over South Carolina for most of the years since.  While at the Citadel...
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Grammar and Theology (Nerd Alert!)

Sometimes the line between presenting details of the biblical languages in our preaching in order to better display the gospel and glory of Christ, on the one hand, and simply to display the knowledge of the preacher, on the other, is hard to see.   But in the case of John 1:1c,...
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Sabbath Today?

As we’ll read about Sunday, Nehemiah returns from his hiatus in Susa from governorship of Judea only to find that the very stipulations the people had expressly committed to observing in the covenant renewal only a few years previous had been flagrantly and repeatedly...
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