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VBS 2018 Recap

What an incredible week of Vacation Bible School!  Over 130 children and 8 of them received the gospel!  We raised over $4000 for a missions offering to help translate 17% of the Gospel of Mark for the Hunsrik People of Brazil.  Way to get in the game, kids! VBS 2018: Rocky Creek Church from Daniel Gibson on Vimeo.

Follow Pastor Travis to Prison

As we have studied in the Gospel of Mark, we have watched Jesus seek out those in the darkest of circumstances.  Unwilling to flinch at anyone’s situation, Jesus engaged the sinners and embraced the unclean. Part of discipleship is telling others to come along with you.  Men of Rocky Creek, I’m asking you to follow me to prison. We have an opportunity to help lead and participate in a Sunday afternoon worship service  at Perry Correctional Institute on June 24th.…

Graduate Milestones

It is graduation time! It’s a time to honor, celebrate, and reflect on your child’s successes. It is your child’s time to shine. They have completed a milestone for sure. They have worked hard, made grades, finished projects, played on multiple sports teams, served on academic clubs, been a part of school activities, and have made a ton of memories and experiences. Many of those experiences have taught them lessons, many they cherish and some they wish not to repeat.…

Principles of Giving

By Alex Gore (NGU Student) The Principles of Biblical Giving: Three Principles. In II Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul gives three principles of cheerful giving and lists the qualities of a good steward. Paul challenges the Church at Corinth to give generously like the churches did in Macedonia that gave out of their joy. Here are the three principles: Give first to God and then to others (2 Cor. 8:5 esv). When you observe both the Old and New Testament…

May Parenting Principle #5

Principle: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children.  Sometimes we may not think about it, but as Paul Tripp says, we “do it every single day.”  He further says, “Your parenting is always shaped by where you look for identity.” Our parenting will reveal where we find our identity. This post will highlight some of the struggles that we as parents go through as we seek…

6 Game-Changers for Small Group Leaders

A post by Alex Gore ( NGU Student) Taking Small Groups To another level Small Groups are essential to building the body of Christ up. Any church that runs small groups uses them as a way to connect people, build people up, or both. With the way churches use small groups in mind, there are some essential components to ensure your small group operates effectively and to ensure that you reach the potential that you would like for your specific…

Prepared For Battle

by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) In Ephesians 6, Paul implores the Ephesian Christians to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (6:11). Though spoken to the Ephesian church, Paul’s wisdom still applies to modern-day Christian as a call to arms against “the spiritual forces of evil” (6:12). The Belt of Truth: In John 14:6, Jesus states “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to…

Serve at the Soup Kitchen

The Project Host Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean and caring environment to all who are hungry. They serve approximately 130 of our less fortunate neighbors six days a week.  Meals are offered to anyone who comes through the door, no questions asked.  For some, it is the only meal they will receive on any given day; for others, the meals help alleviate difficult decisions, such as whether to pay the energy bill…

April Parenting Principle #4

Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Many parents have been there before. Your child is acting up in the grocery store, and you feel the embarrassment of blood rush to your face. In an act of discipline and punishment, you either grab or yell at your child, probably not softly but maybe even harsh and angry. You retreat to thoughts of punishment, better discipline, and better parenting because we have to help them…

March Parenting Principle #3

Principle: Your children need God’s law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish. As Christian parents, many of us know that our children are born with a desperation for God’s law. They come into the world not knowing what is true or what is false. They cannot distinguish between good or bad, and right and wrong. Ted Tripp says, “they need the grace of wisdom that God’s law alone can give.” He further says,…

RC Senior Salvation Bracelet Success

Today, February 20, a large group of our RC Seniors gathered in the Fellowship Hall to put together Salvation Bracelets that our team will carry to Brazil in June.  As usual, when our Seniors get together, there is a lot of fun and fellowship, but they worked hard as well.  2,000 salvation bracelets were made by the 80 people who showed up to work.  The hotdog lunch afterwards was a lot of fun as well. If you are not a…

What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

February Parenting Principle #2

February Parenting Principle Principle # 2:  God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.  Parents often times feel discouraged, not equipped, and to be honest, unable to fulfill the task required of parenting.  This thinking will often times distract us to overlook things that are very important, namely that God gave us our particular children, and they are His gift to us on loan…

Reaching The Z’s (part 4 of 4)

REACHING THE Z’S ( Tips on Reaching them) Jim Burns from HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific university has some advice and ideas for us. Understand Them: As Burns notes, you can’t reach the Z’s unless you understand them and their world. He takes his cue from Paul in Acts 17:22-31, addressing the Greeks at Mars Hill. “He talked to them in their language,” says Burns. “We have to do the same with Generation Z. We’ve got to…

The Generation Z (part 3 of 4)

6-10 TRAITS OF Z NATION      What do we need to know about the kids in Generation Z?   They’re pretty independent.Gen Xers, repeatedly warned about “helicopter parenting,” have reacted by giving their kids—Z’s—plenty of space. This hands-off parenting has yielded both pros and cons. They’re aware of a troubled planet.Most Z’s have grown up since 9/11 and have only known a world where terrorist attacks are the norm. Additionally, they’ve lived through the Great Recession, and they’ve seen their parents,…

January Parenting Principle #1

January Parenting Principle    Principle #1: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul. Many books and articles have been written about the subject of parenting. In fact, there are whole sections in bookstores focused solely on that topic.  Biblical parenting is much more than a topic, book, tips, and even strategies. We use those things to help us, but its more than that. Biblical parenting is a calling. God…
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