Below is our archive of public news and announcements:
Meaning & Joy In Life
There is a happiness that the world can offer you, but it is a fragile happiness. If your life is wrapped up in this world only, then you are never more than one phone call, or doctors visit, or life crisis away from utter despair. Do you want something more for yourself or your family? If so, we invite you to join us for a sermon series this Fall that considers why only Jesus can provide us with sustainable joy and lasting meaning.
Meaning and Joy in Life - Lessons from Ecclesiastes, Sunday Mornings.
Is God Blessing You For This Purpose?
God blesses people in order that they may become a blessing to others. We see this pattern established in the call of Abraham. God promised to bless him and his descendants in order that through them He might bless all the nations of the earth. This principle is celebrated in Psalm 67 and illustrated in the church at Antioch.
Here at Lost River, we have been abundantly blessed and are seeking to use that blessing to enlarge our impact on the world for Christ. The elders are asking all members of the Lost River congregation to prayerfully consider how God might use them more effectively in bringing the blessing of the gospel to the nations.
Specifically we are asking everyone to humbly ask God if they could be used by Him to go preach the gospel somewhere that is largely unreached for a period of a year or more. Or, if they could be used to better uphold those who may be willing to go through increased emotional, financial and spiritual support.
For more information on this initiative, please listen to the sermon from Sunday Morning September the 18th. Or, read the announcement made by the elders, that is available in the foyer.
Sermon Notes - Upon This Rock, I Will Build My Church
Upon This Rock, I Will Build My Church
Jesus makes a vital connection between who He is and what the church is. If the church is built By Jesus, On Jesus and For Jesus, how could we ever understand the church without understanding Him? This is why Jesus begins the famous discussion about the founding of the church in Matthew 16:13-18, by asking, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They responded by citing the variety of opinions people held about Him. Then Jesus makes the question pointed and personal, “Who do you say that I am?” I hope that you can say with Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Based on this great confession of faith the following may be affirmed:
Jesus Christ is the Rock upon which the church is built (Matthew 16:18). No mere human foundation will do. Only the sinless Son of God could be a sufficient cornerstone for the church.
The church is made of people who are willing to confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 10:32-33). This is the decisive factor as to who is fit to be included in the church, not your race, sex, economic or social status, but do you confess and obey Jesus as Lord?
There is no force in the universe that can prevent Jesus from building His church (Matthew 16:18). Not even the gates of Hades can prevent Jesus from accomplishing His goal. In His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus defeated the seemingly invincible powers of sin, death and Satan. Furthermore, Jesus promises to share His victory with all who come to be identified with Him!
Are you building your life on the Rock?
The audio version of this sermon is available on our website at www.lostriverchurch.org
5 Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
Most Recent Sermon
You can listen to the most recent sermon here...
It was the final sermon in our quarter focused on Redeemed Relationships in the Home and served as a summary of many of the things we've been considering together.
Sunday Morning June 26
Come this Sunday and hear the final lesson in our series on the home.
The lesson is entitled "Redeemed Relationships in the Home: Summary Exhortations"
Bible classes start at 9:00am and assembly at 10:00am.
God is good!
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people," (Luke 1:68 ESV)
Sunday June 19
This Sunday morning Bro Kelley will continue our series on Redeemed Relationships in the home with a lesson on "Redeeming Fatherhood." Bible classes begin at 9:00am and the assembly hours begins at 10:00am.
God is good!
Tonight, June 15th, we have a guest speaker for our normal Bible class hour. Everyone will meet in the auditorium.
See you at 7:00 pm!
Vacation Bible School
This week is our Vacation Bible School!
Seeing God from the Mountaintop
Monday, June 13 at 9:30am - Meeting God with Moses on Mt Sinai (Ex 19)
Tuesday, June 14 at 9:30am - Knowing God with Gideon on Mt Gilead (Judges 7)
Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30am - Choosing God with Elijah on Mt Carmel (1 Kings 17)
We have classes for all ages from cradle roll through adult.
Come Join Us!
The Rest of Your Life
If you missed Sunday Night's sermon by Paul Cook, you can listen to it here
How much longer do you think you are going to live?
What are you going to do with the rest of your life?
Assuming four things in this lesson:
1) The reality of heaven and hell.
2) The essential nature of God’s word
3) The certainty of judgment
4) The need for God and Christ in the lives of each one of us
You may know all of those things. Does your life show it?
What do you seek? What are your desires? The next smartphone? Power, wealth, approval?
What compels us each day? What moves me to make the choices I do each day?
2 Cor 5:14 (NKJV) For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
Richard Foster made this observation… “Our adversary majors in three things; noise, hurry, crowds. If the devil keeps us busy with many activities we lose our sight of God.”
Many of say we don’t have time. We act like all of our activities are mandatory.
We are busy, but what are we busy about? What is the purpose of our busyness?
Many of us struggle with a drive to acquire.
That is why car dealerships make you walk through the new car show room to get to the maintenance shop. That is why we should avoid the parade of homes. We will never leave content.
We often love the wrong kinds of things.
We need to ask ourselves the question, “Where do I get my image?”
If something was taken away from you, would you be left with the question, “Who am I?”
Inner turmoil comes to a person who has not fully decided what to do with God.
Deut 10:12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,”
We have lost sight of the fear of the Lord. Let’s get it back.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov 9:10).
The First Church Together
The Spirit records for us how the first church that met in Jerusalem interacted with each other on a regular basis. Acts Acts 2:42 we read that they devoted themselves to the aposltes doctrine, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers. If we want everyone to view the church as the gift God intended it to be, we need to be committed to these same areas of focus.
We must realize that no one but God can direct our lives in the way they out to go. And seeing how through time He has revealed Himself more fully to particular men, we must determine who those men are and adhere to their words. Men like Moses, Isaiah, and the apostles. When we unite in the understanding that we must listen to the words of the apostles and not the words of philosophers or politicians or even any particular preacher we can begin to really get somewhere.
Secondly, they were devoted to fellowship. This indicates that having the right teaching is not enough. The teaching points beyond itself and we must use the teaching properly. It was not meant to provide a path to spiritual nirvana and it was not meant to provide a list of rules to follow. God's truth through these chosen men gives us access to real fellowship with God and with other men.
Fellowship with God is maintained through prayer. Communication and relationship with the God of all the universe and the perfect Father is the treasure of all treasures. God's people are filled with the Spirit of God by whom they cry out, "Abba, Father," and cast their burdens on Him, and find grace in time of need (Rom 8:15, 1 Pet 5:7, Heb 4:16).
The breaking of bread is where we develop our bond with each other. We eat the Lord's Supper together and we share daily meals together. Participation in these meals, we celebrate the goodness of God, the ability to enjoy His goodness, and the blessing of having others to celebrate it with. We don't divide over differences; we keep fellowship with each other (and work through our differences) to help us maintain our fellowship with God and become useful in His hands.
If you missed Sunday morning's sermon, check it out here…
Our men were challenged this past Sunday. In Genesis 3 Adam stood by silently as Eve was deceived and then blamed her when questioned by God. We can all look at Adam and see the same sinful tendencies in our own hearts. Many of us struggle to grow up and act like men, remain emotionally distant, mistreat our families with rough talk abuse of authority, and many of us are way too focused on the things that really don't matter.
Contrast this with the second Adam, Jesus. Jesus models manhood and is held up as the model husband in Ephesians 5. He acts on behalf of his bride proactively, responsibly, sacrificially, instructionally, and effectively. His wife is His crown becuase He invested in her and she blossomed. A wife is a garden, and just like the first Adam, God charges us to tend and keep our garden. And He will hold us accountable for how we handled our charge.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
Mistakes of Peter
If you missed Sunday morning's sermon, check it out here…
Bro Ward reminded us of Peter’s mistakes to help us give consideration to our own lives:
- Arrogance. “Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away” (Matt 26:33). Pride is such a deceptive vice. The tragic stories of great men falling are recorded to wake us up before it is too late. Perhaps you are at a point in your life where the little voice in your head telling you that everything is okay has drowned out the little voice telling you that only Jesus can make everything okay.
- Too far from Jesus. “And Peter was following him at a distance” (Matt 26:58a). We know we are too far from Jesus when His Word becomes burdensome to us. There are times in our lives when we don’t have any interest in getting together with other Christians for study and worship. Maybe this rings true for you? Don’t delay… “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).
God of gods
Our God is the God of gods.
It says in: Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
This verse reminds us of the supremacy and incorruptibility of our God. He is...
God of gods - above all spiritual forces in unseen realms.
Lord of lords - master of all earthly powers.
He is great, mighty and awesome - if we are not in awe, it is because we fail to see.
Impartial and incorruptible - God cannot be bribed or turned away from doing what is right.
we are to live our lives in view of this reality. God is to be the sun in our solar system, not one of the planets circling us. Our going out and coming in, our speaking, doing, thinking, feeling is to always find its center in Him.