Daily encouragement

May 28, 2020

Hey RVCC. 

 

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we have an incredible opportunity in front of us. People are growing more impatient and frustrated as the pandemic persists. It is in the midst of this confused and concerned culture that the Lord has placed us with the privilege of sharing His love.

 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  

Ephesians 5:2

 

Let us be a people who are forever grateful for the opportunities we have and completely committed to sharing His love with everyone we come across. To see today’s video encouragement click here:

 

https://youtu.be/EGjtkaPRbb4

 

Don’t forget to sign up for one of the service options we have for Sunday! Click here to register.

 

In His service. 

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 26, 2020

Hello RVCC. 

 

It’s pretty clear that many are increasingly antsy and anxious. We cannot wait to be back together and the delay in services over the last month and a half has been really hard for so many of us. 

 

Please know that the RVCC Leadership Team is working hard to come up with a game plan and timeframe for resuming in person services at the church building. We have been taking this responsibility very seriously and prayerfully. We have been unceasingly seeking the wisdom of God so that we might have his heart and guidance as it relates to all of us that call RVCC home.  We hope and pray to have an update to all of you soon. In the meantime please pray...

 

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

 

We are confident that He will bring us back together soon. 

 

In His Service. 

 

The RVCC Leadership Team


May 25, 2020

For Americans, today is Memorial Day. A day of remembrance for our fallen military service women and men. As I was taking a moment to think about the meaning of this day I was reminded of the call to “remember” in the Bible. One such instance concerns the Passover: 

 

“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance…Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. 

Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.”

Exodus 12:14, 17, NIV


The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which included the passover meal, was a holy week of remembrance. It was practiced each year lest God’s people forget all the good He had done for them while slaves in Egypt.


As the people of God, we too would do well to remember. Please take a moment to watch this short video and consider your own memory of what God has done for us. 


In Remembrance of the Cross,

 

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 21, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

We are all missing the fellowship that comes from being together on a Sunday morning. Though we are thankful for the technology that is in place that has allowed for the ministry of Jesus to continue through RVCC, we recognize that it cannot replace the dynamic of being together in worship. We want you to know that the RVCC elders and staff are working tirelessly to come up with a plan for resuming services at the church and we believe that we are getting closer to that day. The process of planning is being taken very seriously and carefully as we recognize the need to trust in the Lord’s guidance.

 

“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”          

Proverbs 16:1-3

 

We would love for all of you to continue praying for the Lord’s wisdom, discernment, and guidance as the plans for resuming services at RVCC are being developed and implemented. We know that these are confusing and frustrating times, so we are continually praying for you all. We believe that God has been faithful, is being faithful, and will be faithful in getting us all together again. In the meantime, pray for one another, reach out to one another, encourage one another, and love one another.

 

Click on the following link to see today’s video encouragement:

 

https://youtu.be/tYo_Hrgsogg

 

Trusting in Him, 

The RVCC Leadership Team


May 19, 2020

Hello Church,


Praise is fitting for God’s people at all times! In fact, even the prophet Habakkuk chooses to bless God’s name. As you may remember from our recent sermon series, Habakkuk wrote in agony as he witnessed the idolatrous rebellion of Judah and saw the rising threat of the even more wicked Babylon. Needless to say, he was not living in happy times. Yet, in Habakkuk 3:17-18, he says this:


"Though the fig tree does not bud

   and there are no grapes on the vines,

  though the olive crop fails

   and the fields produce no food,

  though there are no sheep in the pen

   and no cattle in the stalls,

  yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

   I will be joyful in God my Savior.” [emphasis added]


Praise is fitting for God’s people at all times!


You can watch today’s encouragement HERE. May Psalm 134 inspire you to bless God with outstretched arms and to request His blessing on you are those in your life.


God bless,

The RVCC Leadership Team


May 18, 2020

Hello Church, 


Have you ever had the chance to study the book of Acts? The final words of Jesus provide the outline for the entire book. 


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)


And this is what follows:

- Good news spreads through Jerusalem (Acts 1-7)

- Good news spreads through Judea and Samaria (Acts 8-12) 

- Good news spreads to the ends of the known world (Acts 13-28)

 


What’s amazing is that the small church in Jerusalem has a missional focus even though they are under pressure. You’d think that while being threatened we’d see a self-focused church. Not self-focused in an entirely selfish way, but in the sense of instinctual self-preservation. However, we see the opposite. God’s love moves outward through His people and His Spirit. 


We, the church, are called to continue the same mission of love set out in Acts. This is why we partner with various missions both locally and globally. In fact, at the beginning of the year we announced our trip to Mexico in partnership with Helping Hands International. The trip is scheduled for August. With the current reality of closed borders and halted travel you may be curious about the status of the trip. For more information please view today’s video HERE


With Love,

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 14, 2020

Hello Church,
The centurion was a Roman soldier, not a Jew. Yet that didn't stop him from recognizing the power of God manifest in the Jewish teacher, Jesus. A treasured servant of the centurion was about to die, so he sent friends to Jesus. This is the message they relayed,

"Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed" (Luke 7:6-7, ESV)


Jesus' jaw dropped when he heard the faith of the centurion and in an instant the servant was healed. Although they were physically apart, Jesus accomplished his good work without hindrance or hesitation. 

Let's take confidence that though we, his people, are physically apart, God is working good in us and among us without hindrance or hesitation.
To view today's Daily Encouragement video, click HERE.

In Christ,
RVCC Staff & Elders


May 12, 2020

Hey RVCC. 

 

I had the opportunity to get out and run up and around Roxy Ann today. It was an awesome time filled with fresh air and amazing views. 

 

As I took it all in, I was reminded that getting above it all provides an amazing perspective. It allows us to marvel at the beauty of God’s creation. At the same time it reminds us to find hope in the power of God.

 

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! 

For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.  

Psalm 33:6-9

 

I recognize that not everyone will get out and run up a mountain to gain a better vantage point. But as we dig into God’s Word we are blessed with His heavenly perspective on life which encourages our hearts and builds our faith.

 

Click on the following link to see today’s video encouragement:

 

https://youtu.be/ZyMkibZBBfY

 

For His glory. 

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 8, 2020

Hey Everyone.


 


Bethany and I just finished putting EZ down for the evening. Part of that process involves the reading of stories, and tonight’s story was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  If you are familiar with the story you know that there is a part that describes what the caterpillar eats each day. As I was reading this part I got all of the days mixed up, which made me panic a little because I was afraid that our current circumstances were causing me to lose my mind a little, which I don’t feel like I can afford to do.  


However, I began to chuckle a little as I thought about it because I remembered that I’m usually a bit loopy at the end of everyday even during normal times. I realize that many of us may be feeling the same way, that we might be working through a little worry and anxiety. I pray that we would all allow ourselves to be ok with it, because we know that the Lord is able to handle our humanity. We also believe that He is willing to care for us even as we make our way through each and every day...


“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7


With this in mind, let’s trust Him with all of our worries and give Him glory in all of our ways. Click on the following link to see today’s video encouragement:

https://youtu.be/UwXhvtnK3OE


For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 7, 2020

Hello RVCC.  

 

Many of you are aware that today is the National Day of Prayer. Christians throughout our country will be spending time seeking the Lord and we would like to invite you to join us from wherever you may be at noon as we spend some time in prayer. The Bible is full of passages that remind us that God hears our prayers. With that in mind, let’s make sure we take time to lift up our leaders, family, friends, community, and circumstances to the Lord today.

 

“Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Matthew 6:9-13

 

Click on the following link to see today’s video encouragement :

 

https://youtu.be/XRLSMjsNPVg

 

May you be blessed as you spend time in His presence today.

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 6, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

We are looking forward to spending some time together in Bible Study tonight. As one day moves to the next, we are grateful for God’s Word.

 

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:105

 

The Psalmist assures us that the Lord will use His Word to help us make our way through this world. That being said, we believe that His Word is of utmost importance as we find our way through our current circumstances.

 

When we get together through our livestream this evening, Ben will be singing the song “God I look to You” by Francesca Battistelli. It’s an amazing song that speaks of God’s willingness to help us to see things like He does as we look to Him. We are trusting that the song will be an encouragement as we remember that God wants to give us help where we need it, wisdom as we need it, and He will always love us even when we don’t feel like we deserve it. Click on the following link to give the song a listen : https://youtu.be/KP1QKueGK-o

 

Again, we are grateful that we get to come together for Bible Study tonight, knowing that the Lord will be working through every part of it. We hope that you will be able to join us at 6pm on our YouTube channel:

 

 https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford

 

Have a wonderful day, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 5, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

Scattered throughout the recent headlines are stories of opposition. It seems there are pockets of people all over our country who have decided that they’ve had enough of the mandates, limitations, and prohibitions that have come with the current circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. As a result, many are beginning to rebel and protest those that have decided what we can and cannot do. While my purpose here isn’t to debate about the perspectives that people seem to have, I have decided to stage my own personal rebellion...

 

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

Galatians 5:19-25

 

As we have all been making our way through this “new normal”, it has become evident that nothing short of a full blown rebellion against my flesh is of utmost importance.  I recognize that this “righteous rebellion” may not do anything for my civil liberties; however, I do believe that “keeping in step with the Spirit” will ensure that my “spiritual liberties” will have a profound affect on the way I continue walking through our current circumstances.  So I have decided that my own rebellion against my flesh is the best course of action to guarantee a life filled with the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control that comes from the Spirit regardless of my circumstances.  

 

Maybe this kind of “righteous rebellion” can help all of us to rise above all of the confusion for the glory of God.

 

Click on the link below to see today’s video encouragement :

 

https://youtu.be/QaYKlM2KsZA

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 4, 2020

Hello Everyone.

 

Right off the bat I’d like to admit that I woke up this morning feeling a little frustrated, overwhelmed and confused.  The limiting effect of our current circumstances have been a struggle for many of us and I have found myself wondering how any of this could have anything to do with the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10.  

 

However, after thinking about it for a bit and spending some time in prayer, I’ve come to the realization that the abundant life Jesus spoke of has much more to do with His presence within us than it does with the perspectives we have of life around us. Because of His indwelling presence our lives are abundantly filled with faith, hope, and love. He gives us the faith to face every moment that comes our way, the hope within every circumstance that He is aware of what’s going on and at work within them, and ultimately His love poured into our lives in an ongoing manner...

 

May today be filled with the abundant living that Jesus promised as we recognize His presence in our lives and embrace the faith, hope, and love that He gives.

 

Click on the following link to view today’s video encouragement :

 

https://youtu.be/W03r00thvao

 

For His Glory,

The RVCC Ministry Team


May 1, 2020

Hey Everyone.

 

Today I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend. It was great to see their smile and hear the enthusiasm in their voice as we talked. As the conversation was ending, this friend of mine made sure to let me know that they loved me.  

 

This small but impacting interaction served to remind me of how much we are all loved. We are loved by friends, family members, and an incredible church community. Most importantly we are loved by God who gave His son Jesus so that we might live and love in return. May we be a people who are grateful for all of the love that God has given to our lives and make sure we share His love through our lives.

 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.         

1 John 4:9-12

 

Click on the following link to check out today’s video encouragement:

 

https://youtu.be/w6ygU_mzNVM

 

For the Love of God, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 30, 2020

Hey Rogue Valley Christian Church, 

 

Have you heard the phrase, “Flexibility is the key to life”? Whether we like it or not, we sure are getting a lot of chances to be flexible!

 

Just think of…

  • changed travel plans, 
  • delayed surgery dates,
  • missing ingredients for dinner,
  • furloughed jobs,
  • clunky video meetings, 
  • and longer lines (or sometimes shorter).

Right now we do not have control of our lives.

 

But did we ever really have control? 

 

The Bible addresses every important facet of life. Here’s what James says,  

 

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow…Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (4:13-15)

 

When we open our hands and relinquish control we are able to let ourselves fall into the good plans of the Father. This is an act of faith that declares that God is the potter and we are the clay. As we say “I am yours” we step into the rest, peace, and easy yoke of our gentle Lord, Jesus Christ. 

You can view today's video HERE

 

God’s best to your and your family,

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 29, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand...”

Psalm 95:1-7

 

The writer of Psalm 95 communicated some amazing things about the Lord which should cause us to worship Him. In verse 1, God is proclaimed to be the foundation for our salvation. Verse 2 declares that He has graciously given us access to His presence. In verse 3, we are reminded that He is the greatest ruler that the world could ever want. Verse 4 proclaims that His immensity is immeasurable. In verse 5 we are told that His ability is unlimited, and in verse 6 we see that His creativity is incomparable. May we find ourselves worshiping Him more and more as we realize that our God is an Awesome God.

 

Join us tonight on our livestream for our monthly worship service.  Prayers will be prayed, songs will be sung, and encouragements will be given.  We are looking forward to worshiping our amazing God with you all this evening.  Click on the following link to join us at 6pm: https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 28, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. There are beautiful things happening all around the Rogue Valley, all of which serve as a reminder that our God is an AWESOME God.

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.”

Psalm 19:1-5

 

The Psalmist makes it abundantly clear that creation itself is calling attention to the Lord, bringing Him immense glory as it does. The world around us is a wonder to behold and as we take time to gaze up at the stars, listen to the sound of the birds’ singing, and marvel at the flowers in the fields we will enthusiastically glorify God for His amazing handiwork.

 

May we worship Him with greater and greater passion as we consider the greatness of His creation today.

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 27, 2020

As I was looking at my phone today I came across a Krispy Kreme ad for 3 new flavors coming out in the next few weeks. My mind immediately began thinking about how to get some Krispy Kreme doughnuts in my belly! Ironically, the very next thing I looked at was an add by a local doughnut shop. Even as I write this email, I cannot seem to stop thinking about getting some doughnuts.  

 

This whole episode is a reminder for us all. We should never forget that the things we look at will have a profound affect on us...

 

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Psalm 34:5

 

David declared that when we look to the Lord our lives begin to shine for His glory, even to the point of affecting our countenance. May today be a day in which we keep our eyes on the Lord, knowing that as we do He will make our lives shine. And who knows, maybe someone will come across us and begin to wonder why we are so “radiant” and as they do, we may have a chance to tell them about the love of Jesus!

 

Click on the link below to see today’s video encouragement :

 

https://youtu.be/n4g1UvQgjjk

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 24, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

Our emphasis this week has been to think about all of the good that God is doing and we trust that each of us has been encouraged by doing so. The memories of His work can be of great inspiration as we continue to press on in our faith, and can serve as a springboard for praise and thanksgiving.  Consider the words that King David wrote...

 

“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!” 

Psalm 145:1-10

 

As we near the end of another week, let’s take some time to write down what we’ve been thinking about and remembering. As we write, we can be assured that the Lord will meet us in the process. Notice how David was moved as he proclaimed God’s faithfulness. The process of writing brought him to a place of exaltation, praise, and thanksgiving as a result of remembering the works of God. May we find the same encouragement as we record for ourselves all of the great things that God has been doing in our lives.

 

Click on the following link to see today’s video encouragement:

 https://youtu.be/AQAZSW_V9bE

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Staff


April 23, 2020

Hey Rogue Valley Christian Church, 

 

Today's Daily Encouragement video asks the questions, "Have you noticed God lately? Have you seen Him at work around you?"

 

It is easy to be so focused on the tasks we have to do that we don’t recognize God in our midst. Or maybe it’s not that we’re too busy, but simply that we’re not observant. We don’t notice God, even if He’s working right in front of us.

 

Have you heard that crazy story in 2 Kings 6 about God revealing His angel armies to a servant? Elisha is a prophet of God and he keeps protecting Israel from the armies of Aram by disclosing their location to Israel’s king. The king of Aram get’s so fed up by this that he sends his army to the city of Dotham with the sole purpose of killing Elisha. It’s at this point of the story that we read,

 

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

 

Elisha is used to looking for God’s work in his midst. He consistently notices God’s hand in and around him. This being true, Elisha tells his servant, “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

 

What happens next? We read, 

 

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

 

God’s angel armies are right there, in their midst, protecting and guarding. 

 

If our spiritual vision was suddenly amplified what would we notice? Maybe we’d see God in the generosity of a friend. Maybe we’d see God in the beauty of a sunrise. Maybe we’d see God in the gift of having a bed to sleep in. Maybe we’d see God in the goodness of a hot meal. Maybe we’d see how God worked a circumstance in our favor. Maybe we’d see God in the kindness of a stranger. Maybe we’d see God in the notes of a song. 


May we notice God all around us, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 22, 2020

Hey Rogue Valley Christian Church.

 

We hope your week is going well as you continue to trust in and rely on the Lord. We are finding that during these days in quarantine there are a lot of things to be thinking about.  If we were to list them all here, this post might never end. With so many things running through the mind, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and slightly stressed. Again, the importance of God’s Word comes into play here.

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”               

Philippians 4:8

 

In the verse above, the Apostle Paul encourages believers to think about all of the amazing things that God brings into our lives. He then promises that as we become “mindful about our minds" God will flood our lives with His presence and peace.

 

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”              

Philippians 4:9

 

The Bible is very clear in communicating that where the presence of the Lord is, there will be blessing instead of burden, hope in the midst of hopelessness, and love in every area of life. May our minds find the peace of God’s presence as we become mindful of all of the amazing realities that He has brought to our lives.

 

We are looking forward to tonight’s Wednesday Night Live Study where we will look at these things a little more. Click on the following link at 6pm to join in the study : https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford

 

We love you all.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 21, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

In 1897 Johnson Oatman, Jr. composed the hymn “Count Your Blessings”.  It quickly became a standard part of many hymnals, and is well known in Christian circles. For well over 100 years the hymn has been a fantastic reminder for believers everywhere that God’s blessings are both generous and numerous.

 

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, 

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

 

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God has done!

 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

 

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

 

As we continue through our week, let’s take some time today to count our many blessings and be grateful for what the Lord has done. May we also be encouraged for the future, because the things that He has done also serve as a reminder that we can trust Him throughout each and every day.

 

Click on this link to see today’s video encouragement : https://youtu.be/7ehKZAn7GfM

 

For His Glory.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 20, 2020

Hello RVCC.  

 

I wanted to share an email that our worship leader Ben sent out to the worship ministry team. I hope you find it as encouraging as I do.

 

Hello everyone,

I pray this email finds you all well!

 

Let me begin with “I MISS YOU ALL”.

It has been quite the season, right? A time of seclusion. A time of being told where we can go and who we can and cannot be around?

It can be so overwhelming and I know in my life I’ve had to pause quite often and just give all my mixed emotions to the Lord.

 

I wanted to encourage us all with something I read a few days ago.

 

"God is faithful, and we are called to walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7). Despite the evolving and unstable seasons that life brings, we are called to trust God. Through times of joy and tribulation, God’s faithfulness remains consistent and steadfast. Life can be hard, challenging, and seem unfair. When things do not go according to our plans, we become frantic, but God remains faithful.


"Within your own strength, it is easy to want to become cynical and dismiss how God has kept you in the past. I invite you to not lose hope, but instead to use God’s track record of faithfulness as your strength. God has specific attributes that He will continually show you that represent His faithfulness. God is a consistent provider, encourager, comforter, source of strength, and supporter”.

 

It’s important in this time to remember the GOOD when so much seems BAD. God is so gracious to us. He knows we have spiritual amnesia. He knows that we are forgetful. So he gives us memorials. He commands us to do certain things that will serve as reminders. (In Joshua 3 God told them to set up stones as a remembrance).  

 

Here are three practical ways, among others, to combat spiritual amnesia.

 

1. Think. What are some events that you can look back on or even during this Covid-19 time as a pile of stones marking a defining moment for you — a moment when God showed his power in your life, when he was guiding you in a very clear way, when he answered a prayer, fulfilled a promise? “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds” (Psalm 77:12).

 

2. Thank. Engage your heart in gratitude for what he has done. “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).

 

3. Tell. Once we’ve spent time remembering and thanking the Lord for the great things he has done for us, the joy of those memories should overflow in our conversations with those around us. In Joshua 4, we find this instruction specifically regarding children: “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground’” ( Joshua ‪4: 21-22‬).

 

I am praying for you all. I look forward to worshipping together prayerfully soon!

 

May the Lord bless you.

 

Ben Lawson

RVCC Worship Ministry Leader

 

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.

Psalm 77:11

April 18, 2020

Hello again Rogue Valley Christian Church.

 

A number of has have been talking about the circumstances we find ourselves in as a result of the coronavirus. From the beginning it has been imperative for us as Christians to remember that nothing that is going on is beyond God’s ability to work within.

 

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

 

As we were talking about all of the good that God has been working together for His people we realized the importance of allowing these good things to really affect the way we live our lives. One way to ensure this is to jot down a list of all that God is showing us during these days. Once we have our lists we can prayerfully commit to living in a new way when things get back to normal.  

 

May we recognize all the good that the Lord is doing and remember to allow it to transform our lives for His glory.

 

We are looking forward to meeting with you all for our livestream Church service at 10 am tomorrow morning on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford

 

For His Glory.

 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 17, 2020

Hello Rogue Valley Christian Church.

 

As another week winds to an end it’s worth recognizing all of the amazing sunshine we’ve experienced all week:

 

“The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.”

Psalm 50:1-2

 

The Psalmist declared that each day’s beginning and end speak of God’s glory shining forth. He states a couple of things that are worthy of mention. The first is that God’s glory is the perfection of beauty. As we look around and soak in the sunshine, let’s make sure we recognize His beautiful perfection. The second thing to notice is that God’s glory shines forth in an ongoing manner just as each day flows into the next.

 

While we continue moving through our current circumstances, may we recognize and enjoy the glory of God as we enjoy the warmth of the sun’s shining.

 

Praying for you all.

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 16, 2020

Hello Rogue Valley Christian Church.

 

We trust that you are “Pressing On” in your relationship with God. Throughout the Scriptures we read of God’s faithfulness towards His people when they experienced really tough times. We know that God never changes in His steadfast love for His Church, which allows us to keep moving forward by faith during these circumstances.

 

“And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.  And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.  And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.  And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

Mark 2:2-5

 

The short passage above is a great reminder for us to be a people who stop at nothing in order to get our friends, families, and neighbors before the Lord. While we may be unable to do so physically, we can most definitely do so spiritually. And as we do we can count on the Lord’s willingness to give help and hope.

 

Let’s determine to make today a day filled with much prayer. May we find ourselves bringing as many people before the Lord in prayer as possible, knowing that God will meet us there with His mercy and kindness.

 

To see today’s video encouragement click here : https://youtu.be/moqr1dL46Gg

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 15, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

The circumstances surrounding us are unlike any that most have ever experienced.  They have left a lot of people feeling like they are in a state of limbo physically, mentally, and spiritually.  As a result it can be easy to slide into a sense of sadness and frustration.  It’s especially important at times like these to turn to God’s Word for inspiration.

 

 “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

 

In the verses above, the Apostle Paul proclaims the importance of “pressing on." He writes that we shouldn’t become spiritually stagnate because of our circumstances. Instead, those who call themselves Christians should continue moving forward into a growing relationship with God, even in the midst of a current situation that seems paralyzing.  

 

We are planning to look into these verses in greater depth during our Wednesday Night Live Bible Study. We hope that you will be able to join us through our Youtube livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford. We are trusting that the Lord will be working within each of us as we gather together at 6pm tonight.

 

In His Service.

The RVCC Ministry Team

April 13, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

We are so thankful for last week’s look at the Passion Week of Jesus and we really enjoyed celebrating the Resurrection with you all yesterday. As we begin a new week let’s continue in our discipleship with the same sense of importance as we had last week.

 

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.  That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!” 

John 21:5-7

 

Sometime after the Resurrection Jesus met with the disciples along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to encourage them to continue in their commitment to Him. As we know, Jesus used this time to restore His relationship with Peter, since he had denied knowing Jesus on the night He was betrayed. It could also be said that Jesus used this time to restore His relationship with all of the disciples. They were left worried and wondering because of His death and resurrection and had decided to go fishing.  

 

This is where we see an encouraging glimpse of God’s heart. Jesus shows up on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and calls out to the disciples. Their interaction, no doubt, caused them to remember how Jesus had done the same thing with them a couple of years earlier and they realize that the one calling to them from the shore was in fact Jesus. It’s really encouraging to see how Jesus used this moment to help the disciples to understand that He was still willing to lead them, guide them, and use them for His glorious purposes.

 

May we realize the same thing on this Monday after the Resurrection, that Jesus is still willing to lead us, guide us, and use us for His glorious purposes.  Even in the middle of the circumstances we find ourselves in.

 

To see today’s video encouragement click on the following link:

 

https://youtu.be/w5dRkqo_Nj4

 

For His glory!!!

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 12, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

We trust that the Lord has been faithful as you have been making your way through the Passion Week Devotional. We have been reminded over and over of how much the Lord loves us that He was willing to give His only son for our forgiveness. Last night we took some time to remember that Jesus, after living a perfect life, was willing to lay it down on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. After giving up His life, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea and anyone who had placed their hope in Him was left confused and afraid.  t’s not too difficult to imagine the depths of their feelings as a result of the devastation of that Friday. During the “in between” of this Saturday we can be encouraged by the Scriptures...

 

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” 

Psalm 30:5

 

For we know that Sunday came and the stone was rolled away. We know that the tomb was empty and Jesus rose again. The joy that comes with Sunday morning is anchored in the reality that He is alive and at work within our lives. May we remember the sorrow of that Saturday transition to a genuine sense of happiness on Sunday because of the hope that we have through Him.

 

To view today’s video thought click here.

 

We are looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection with you all. We hope you will be able to tune in to the RVCC YouTube channel tomorrow at 10am. We encourage you to invite your friends and families by sending them the link to the livestream. We trust that the Lord will meet us in our living rooms as we rejoice in the Lord and celebrate His love during this most unique Easter service.

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Ministry Team

April 11, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

We trust that the Lord has been faithful as you have been making your way through the Passion Week Devotional. We have been reminded over and over of how much the Lord loves us that He was willing to give His only son for our forgiveness. Last night we took some time to remember that Jesus, after living a perfect life, was willing to lay it down on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. After giving up His life, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea and anyone who had placed their hope in Him was left confused and afraid. It’s not too difficult to imagine the depths of their feelings as a result of the devastation of that Friday. During the “in between” of this Saturday we can be encouraged by the Scriptures.

 

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Psalm 30:5

 

For we know that Sunday came and the stone was rolled away. We know that the tomb was empty and Jesus rose again. The joy that comes with Sunday morning is anchored in the reality that He is alive and at work within our lives. May we remember the sorrow of that Saturday transition to a genuine sense of happiness on Sunday because of the hope that we have through Him.

 

To view today’s video thought click here.

 

We are looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection with you all. We hope you will be able to tune in to the RVCC YouTube channel tomorrow at 10am. We encourage you to invite your friends and families by sending them the link to the livestream. We trust that the Lord will meet us in our living rooms as we rejoice in the Lord and celebrate His love during this most unique Easter service.

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Ministry Team

April 10, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

Throughout Church history the Friday before Resurrection Sunday has been a sacred day of remembrance: a time to reflect and meditate on the sacrifice that Jesus made at Golgotha some 2000 years ago.

 

The Bible tells us that after sharing the Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus walked with them to the garden of Gethsemane where He spent time in prayer. According to the Gospel accounts, Jesus anguished in prayer over the Cup of Suffering that was before Him and yet He completely committed to the Cup by declaring that God’s plan for salvation was worth it. Jesus then embraced the Cross and willingly took it upon Himself, shed His blood, and gave His life for the forgiveness of many...

 

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, 

and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement

that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:3-5

 

On this Good Friday let’s take time to remember and reflect upon both the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, as well as the love that God extends through the sacrificial life and death of His son.  May we be drawn closer to God and more in love with Him as we do.

 

We are looking forward to remembering the love of God in Christ with you tonight at 6 for our Good Friday livestream service on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford).   We are planning a time of reflective worship, devotion, and communion.  

 

In Remembrance of Him, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 9, 2020

Hey Everyone.

 

We trust this email finds you both hopeful and healthy as you trust the Lord through this season of the Coronavirus. We continue to believe that He is present and at work in our world in a powerful way. And because He is, we have the opportunity to participate in that work throughout the day. As you move from moment to moment today, stay tuned in to the still small voice of His Spirit that will guide your mind and your heart in being a part of God’s glorious work in your world.  

 

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Matthew 26:26-28

 

As we look back at the Thursday of Passion Week we are reminded that our ability to participate in the work of God today is because of the work that was accomplished by the Son of God on that day. May we always remember, with thanksgiving, that our sins are forgiven and we are free to live a life of love because of the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross.

 

To view today’s devotional video click here.

 

Don’t forget to tune in to our Good Friday livestream service tomorrow @ 6pm.  Make sure to prepare for a time of in home communion during the service.

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Ministry Team


April 8, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

As we have looked back on the Passion Week of Jesus we have remembered how on Monday He arrived in Jerusalem as the Humble King who was willing to sacrifice Himself for His subjects. We have been awestruck by His love for all people as He cleansed the Temple on Monday. And Tuesday as we considered His teaching  in the Temple we are reminded of the importance of having a humble heart.  

 

As we have come to Wednesday we recognize that the Scriptures are somewhat silent about what took place during that day. With that in mind, we encourage you to embrace the silence of the day by taking time to remember everything you know about God’s love for you in Christ. Allow the Spirit of God to stir your soul, encourage your heart, and calm your mind as you think about His love today.  

 

With that being said, most scholars believe that at some point in the middle of the week while Jesus was in the village of Bethany with His disciples, a woman anointed Him with oil, and while the disciples were frustrated and confused, Jesus’ response is worth considering...

 

“In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.” 

Matthew 26:12

 

It’s clear that Jesus was totally aware that in a few short days He would be giving up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. As you go about your day, meditate on Jesus’ willingness to sacrifice Himself for us “while we were yet sinners." May we allow the reality of His commitment to love the world have a profound affect on how we view our world each and every day.

 

For more thoughts on this moment during the Passion Week of Jesus, click on the following link at 6pm to tune in to our Wednesday Night Live Study:

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


April 7, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

Taking time to remember the Passion of Jesus will give us the opportunity to appreciate the grace of God in a special way this year. We find ourselves within the unique circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic which may actually help us to be more mindful of all that Jesus has accomplished for us. Let’s take advantage of having a lot more time on our hands and really consider His Passion.

 

According to the Scriptures Jesus spent a large amount of time teaching in the temple courts on Tuesday. Much of those teachings are recorded in Matthew chapter 21 through chapter 25. During those teaching moments Jesus spent a lot of time being challenged by the prideful religious leaders of Israel. He responded to them by correcting their pride and calling for their humility. Sadly many who heard Him that day continued in their prideful rejection of Jesus.

 

However, we have come to know Him and have decided to follow His example of humility just as Philippians 2 encourages. May we walk humbly before God as we remember the example of Jesus...

 

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Philippians 2:1-8

 

Click here to see Pastor Josh's Holy Tuesday thought. 


Don’t forget to join us tomorrow evening at 6 for our livestream Bible study. We are planning to continue our Passion Week Devotions by considering Jesus’ anointing at Bethany as found in the Gospels.

 

In His Service, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


April 6, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

As we enter this week we remember that some 2000 years ago Jesus spent the last days of His earthly life in and around Jerusalem. Christians throughout the ages have recognized Passion Week as a time to reflect on God’s love as seen through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Our prayer is that we would be challenged and encouraged by the time spent in the RVCC Passion Week Devotionals and Scriptures this week. It was great to see so many of you who came by the church yesterday to pick up copies. We have also emailed a copy of the devotional and the Passion Week packet for kids to each of you. We hope you will follow along with us as we remember all that Jesus has done for His Church this week.

 

With that in mind, we are encouraged by what Jesus did on Holy Monday. We read in Matthew 21:12-17 that He went to the temple and drove out the money changers.  In doing so, Jesus declared that the love of God was meant for everyone. May we be a people who live to make the love of God known throughout each and every one of our days.

 

To see the video that goes with today’s devotional thought click here.    

 

For His glory, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


April 3, 2020

Hello Everyone.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.



The disciples were asking and arguing about who would sit on Jesus’ left and right in the new kingdom. Turns out, they were missing the whole point of Jesus’ life and message. As he clearly told them, the very Son of God, creator of heaven and earth, did not even come expecting red carpets and fine dining. Instead, he came as a servant. 

Jesus is our model in good times and in bad times. How can we be servants today? Your normal means of serving may not be appropriate in our “shelter in place” circumstances. Greeting at the church? Not this week. Hosting your small group? Sorry, no. Reading with kids at school? Not for a while. 


Here’s an idea. Call someone. Ask them how they are holding up. Listen and then pray together. With Jesus, we can “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” over the phone. 


Click here to see today's daily encouragement. 


Blessings,
The RVCC Staff & Elders


April 2, 2020

Hello Everyone.

 

Lately each day seems to flow into the next without much change. This “new normal” has caused me to become a little more scatter brained than usual.  I find myself getting distracted and lost in thought easily. As a result, I have resorted to writing down daily to do lists in order to help myself stay on track.  Ironically each day’s to do list ends up looking very similar to the day before. I guess that’s probably true for a lot of us as we continue sheltering in place.

 

When I finished today’s list, I was reminded that the list represented more than tasks that need to get done.  I was encouraged by the thought that each to do item was an opportunity to live as a representative of the Lord and therefore bring Him glory.

 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Colossians 3:17

 

May today be filled with much more than tasks to be accomplished. May today be one moment after another where we live in the name of our Lord Jesus and bring Him great glory in everything we say and do. To view today’s video of encouragement click here.

 

We wanted to mention how great it was to connect with everyone through last nights livestream study. We trust that the Lord will continue to use His Word to challenge and encourage us through the unique circumstances we find ourselves in. Make sure you subscribe to RVCC’s YouTube channel in order to continue connecting through our livestream Sunday service, Wednesday Bible study, and upcoming worship nights.

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


April 1, 2020

Hello Everyone.

 

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:3-6

 

The Apostle Paul penned these verses some 2000 years ago and we’ve all probably read them on many occasions. However, they just might feel a little more meaningful considering the reality of our lives during these very different days.

 

It should bring us great comfort to know that there are a lot of people praying for each of us. We may also find a great deal of joy as we continue praying for each other as well. While we are kind of locked down as far as our practical lives are concerned, we are still very free in our spiritual lives to engage the Lord on behalf of one another.  

 

It is worth noting that Paul reminds his readers that he is absolutely positive that God would work within their lives to bring about every good thing that He has planned for them. This is a great thing for all of us to remember today. God is still working out His good plans for each of us even in the midst of these strange circumstances. We can be grateful for the reality that God is using our current reality to make us more like Him in every way. We encourage you to spend some time thinking about all of the good things that God is doing in your heart today. And may each of us find the blessing of His profound presence as we do.


Finally, join us tonight at 6pm on our livestream as we begin a Wednesday night bible study. We'll begin with a worship song, followed by a half hour study on the topic of fear. You can follow this link to join in!


For His glory!

The RVCC Staff & Elders


March 31, 2020

Hello RVCC.

 

Welcome to March 31st...

 

A few weeks ago when we began to social distance and then shelter in place, it was hard to imagine the end of the month. Each day feels like a repetition of the day before as we discover the new normal that comes with our current circumstances. At some point I began to feel a little confined, wondering if time was standing still.  Yet here we are at the end of the month. I awoke this morning to an email from a dear friend reminding me of how great God’s faithfulness really is. When I look back over the last few weeks I am overwhelmed by the reality of God’s faithfulness...

 

“Great is Thy faithfulness

O God my Father

There is no shadow of turning with Thee

Thou changes not

Thy compassions they fail not

As Thou hast been

Thou forever will be

 

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me”

 

Let’s make some time today to consider how great God’s faithfulness has been. Think about the last few weeks, months, years, even decades and allow yourself to be overwhelmed with joyful thanksgiving because of all that He has provided.  

 

We would also like to let you know that God is continuing to be faithful in His provision for the church. We recognize that His provision for the ministry at RVCC takes place through the financial gifts and offerings that His people give. So today as we celebrate the greatness of God’s faithfulness, we are also giving thanks for all of you who give in response to His faithfulness.  

 

May we be a grateful people today because we have remembered how great His faithfulness is... 

Click to see today’s video encouragement


For information about online giving click here.

 

In His Service, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders

March 30, 2020

Hello RVCC, 

 

As we find ourselves heading into another week of sheltering in place and social distancing it is of utmost importance that we stay connected.  Let’s all make sure we are reaching out to one another as much as we can by continuing to send those emails, texts, and video messages.  

 

At the same time, we would like to encourage everyone to stay connected to the Lord by turning to His word even more than we tune in to the news. By looking to the Lord in the pages of His Word we are guaranteed to find an expertise and wisdom that is far superior to all others...

 

“And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 

for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.” 

Matthew 7:28-29

 

These Scriptures remind us that when Jesus taught, people were astonished and amazed by his authority and wisdom. Likewise, when we turn to Him in His Word we can be encouraged and inspired by what we read. There are a plethora of opinions, ideas, and instructions floating around out there and they can be overwhelming and confusing. Lets’ make this week full of time spent connecting with Jesus within His Word.  

 

May we lean in to all of the wisdom and inspiration that He has to offer.

 

Click on the link to see today's video encouragement. 


In His Service, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


March 28, 2020

Good evening RVCC.

 

As this Saturday is coming to an end and the sun is beginning to set, we are reminded that tomorrow represents a fresh start and a new day: a day that will be filled with God’s grace and mercy. The prophet Jeremiah spent a great deal of time in tears over the circumstances surrounding his society, calling his people back to the Lord. And within those desperate days Jeremiah also proclaimed the truth of God’s love...


“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”

Lamentations 3:22-25

 

As we anticipate tomorrow, let us rejoice in the new mercies of God and embrace His faithfulness. May we hope in Him and know that He will be good to us as we seek Him and while we wait for Him.

 

We are looking forward to “being” with you all during tomorrow’s livestream service at 10am. Click here to join us as we worship the Lord together.

 

Don’t forget that this Wednesday evening we will begin our Wednesday Night Livestream Bible Study at 6pm. Be sure to join in as we see what the Bible has to say about our discipleship during these unique days.

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


March 27, 2020

Hello RVCC, 

 

We trust this email finds you well and full of hope.  

 

Many people have found themselves in the habit of looking to the news, social media, and even their friends and families for information during these unique days. It is not surprising that a lot of us are getting a little overwhelmed by the combination of quarantine and the never ending stream of information. So with that in mind...

 

“...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”  Hebrews 12:1-3

 

As we look to God’s Word we are able to find amazing encouragements. The writer of Hebrews reminds us to keep our eyes on the Lord. The example of Jesus’ endurance is a great thing to consider today. Hebrews tells us that He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.  The reality that people would one day experience the blessing of His Kingdom reign motivated His willingness to suffer and die for our sins.

 

May we look to Jesus and remember that our present circumstances will not last forever.  In the meantime, we can endure this present trial because of what He has already endured on our behalf.

 

Fixing Our Eyes On Him, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


March 26, 2020

Hello RVCC, 


The other day I was looking in the Bible for some words of encouragement and found myself reading 1 Corinthians 13.  I was drawn to what the Apostle Paul wrote at the end of the chapter:


“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13


The circumstances surrounding the coronavirus and the limitations of sheltering in place can quickly become frustrating.  I am not aware of many people who like being told what not to do.  Which is why the encouragement from 1 Corinthians 13 is so helpful.  In it we remember what we can continue doing.  As the people of God, we can remain faithful, hopeful, and full of love.  We believe, without a doubt, God will meet us in the middle of all 3 of these things as we commit to “abiding” in them...



May your day be filled with the blessings of God as you smile, move forward, and love everyone.  To check our thoughts on video, click the link below!


Daily encouragement for March 26


We look forward to connecting with you through Sunday’s livestream service at 10am.  


For His Glory, 

The RVCC Staff & Elders


March 25, 2020

Good morning Church Family,
Admittedly it is not easy to be “at peace” in the middle of our current circumstances. In fact, I find myself longing for that “peaceful easy feeling” that I hope will come when my circumstances change for the better.  As you can imagine, the results have  been more discouraging than encouraging.


However, this morning I had the privilege of talking with Josh about the idea of peace from Isaiah 26:12, where the prophet speaks of a time when the Messiah will rule in the midst of His people forever. As a result of the presence of Jesus, people will experience His profound peace and realize all that He has done for them. Even though we exist at a different time with different circumstances, we can have the same hope: that one day we will forevermore experience the peace that comes from the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In the meantime, we find encouragement from knowing that God desires to bring His peace in us and around us. As Josh and I were talking, we realized that as we look around us and look within us we can see the peaceful works of God.

“...the Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:5b-7

May we take time today to recognize all that God is doing and find His peace even within our current circumstances...

Click on this link to watch Josh’s encouragement from Isaiah 26:12: 

Don’t forget that tonight we'll be having a livestream night of worship with Ben beginning at 6pm.  Be sure to join us on our Youtube channel for what we believe will be a timely opportunity to look to the Lord and sing His praises.

For His Glory, 
The RVCC Staff & Elders


March 24, 2020

Good morning, 


In light of the Governor’s order to shelter in place, we wanted to update you on a few things.  As a precaution we are limiting the access to the church office.  If you need anything we are asking that you call the church office to set up an appointment.  We would be happy to do our best to help in any way we can.  


We are planning to continue live-streaming as many services and events as we can.  Our goal is to do as much as we can while exercising as much wisdom as we can. We are continuing to trust in the Lord’s leading in all of these things.


We are excited about the livestream opportunities planned for the next week.  Be sure to mark them down on your calendars and plan on tuning on the following days:


3-25: Worship Night @ 6pm

3-29: Sunday Service @ 10am

4-1: Wednesday Night Live Bible Study @ 6pm


Follow this link to access our Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford


As it relates to financial offerings, there are a number of options for continuing to give.  They can be sent in by mail or given online through the church website.



“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works...”  

Hebrews 10:24


Finally, may today be filled with moments of love and kindness as we reach out and encourage one another.  Click here to view a short video encouragement.  



For His Glory, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


March 23, 2020

Greetings RVCC Community, 

 

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

 

There’s a lot of information swirling all around and much of it can make us feel like things are falling apart. However, we are reminded by the book of Romans that there is always another perspective to consider. What if we decided to look at our circumstances and see that God is actually working them all out for good, that He is at work, and as a result things are beginning to fall back into place? Many people are using the limiting affect of our circumstances to connect with friends and family in more ways than they ever did before. A lot of families are passing their time by embracing each moment with a new found sense of creativity. Bunches of friends are discovering some awesome ways to remain active and “present” for one another. It seems pretty clear that one good thing that God is doing is helping all of us to re-engage His gracious gift of community. At the same time, He is also reminding us of His amazing ability to make lemonade from lemons or turn water into wine.  

 

May we be a church community that turns to the Lord. Talks with the Lord. Trusts in the Lord. And sings the praises of the Lord because He is able to cause a lot of things to fall back into place...

 

We are thankful that so many of you were able to tune in to the RVCC livestream service yesterday. It was an amazing time for all of us to get together and give God glory. Don’t forget that we are planning a livestream worship time for this coming Wednesday evening at 6pm. Make sure to tune in for what will be a sweet time of turning our eyes upon Jesus. If you would like some help getting set up for the livestreams just reach out and let us know. We would love to help.  

 

Please note that while we are all “sheltering in place” we have decided to limit the access to the church office. If for any reason you may need help with something, feel free to give us a call and we will do our best to make ourselves available.  

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


March 21, 2020

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”                 

Psalms 133

 

The Psalmist declares that it is a good thing when the people of God gather together as one. Using a couple of images that would have been familiar to the original readers, the Psalmist proclaims that God’s people are blessed by His presence which brings a sense of refreshment.  

 

While the circumstances of the coronavirus prohibits us from meeting together at the church building, we are thankful for the opportunity to connect virtually through our livestream tomorrow morning at 10am. We can be confident as we gather together in this way that the Lord will bless us through His refreshing presence. We would like to invite you all to join our livestream from the safe comfort of your home as we worship the Lord, study the Scriptures, and pray together. You may be wondering how we are planning to handle communion and offerings.  We would like to encourage you to prepare a little bit of bread or some crackers and grape juice and then take some time to remember Christ’s sacrifice by eating and drinking together during the closing song of tomorrow’s livestream. You are welcome to continue giving your offerings by mailing them to the office or giving online through the RVCC website.

 

You can access our livestream by following this link:

 https://www.youtube.com/user/RVCCMedford  

 

Finally, we are thankful to report that we have had many communicate that they are willing to help out those who are in need. If you could use help with shopping, food, or errands let us know and we can make sure you get some help.  

 

For His Glory, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


March 20, 2020

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." 

Matthew 11:28-30

 

Some 2000 years ago Jesus turned the religious world upside down by calling people to turn away from their own efforts and embrace His offer of grace. Today we find ourselves in a different time facing very different circumstances. Yet, the call of Jesus is just as important now as it was then.

 

In the midst of discouraging days, when life as we know it seems to have been turned upside down, we can look to the Lord.  For when we do, Jesus promises to lighten our load and provide a restful reprieve from the weight of anxiety and worry. In addition He promises to provide a love that eases our worries and enlightens our outlook.

 

As today draws to a close, take some time to look to the Lord and let Him ease your mind and lighten your load.

 

In His Service, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff


March 19, 2020

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”

Psalm 37:3-6

 

Greetings to you all, 

 

In Psalm 37 David proclaims some great things for us to consider today. In just a few verses, he reminds us that God is always faithful towards his people. David declares that God is willing to “act” on the behalf of his covenant community. We would like to encourage everyone to spend some time looking through the Bible today. The Scriptures are filled with some amazing examples of how God lovingly acts towards his people. As we read these examples, we are reminded that when God acts he has a profound affect on his people. Psalm 37 declares that the actions of the Lord will make his people shine bright even in the midst of dark times.

 

As we think about the faithfulness of God, let’s also consider our part. David encourages each of us to do good, delight in the Lord, and commit ourselves to the Lord. May we be those who do good things for one another today. May we be those who enjoy the presence of the Lord today.  May we be those who dedicate every part of ourselves to the Lord today. May we be those who trust in the Lord today.

 

Our hope and prayer is that today we would continue looking to the Lord in the midst of the unsettling circumstances of the coronavirus. May we shine like a beacon of hope before our families and friends as we do good and delight in God’s presence.

 

In His Service, 

The RVCC Elders & Staff



March 18, 2020

We are quite sure that many of us may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, afraid, or frustrated.  The situation with the coronavirus can affect us in so many different ways, causing our thoughts and emotions to run rampant.  That being said, we are praying for you all continually.  

 

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

 

As we read these verses, we get a feel for God’s will concerning His people.  One of the first things that stands out is His desire for His people to rejoice in the middle of every circumstance and situation.  Today will be filled with so many opportunities to give Him glory!  May we be a people who are willing to rejoice in the tough times just as much as we are in the terrific times.  These scriptures also remind us to pray continually and we are thankful that so many of you are doing so without ceasing.  Maybe one of the most difficult things we are called to do is to maintain a heart of thanksgiving in the midst of our current circumstances.  However, if we take a step back and consider the the big picture, we have so much to be thankful for.  Let’s all make sure we take some time today to give thanks for all of the great things that God is doing in us, around us, and through us...

 

With that in mind, did you notice the encouragement at the beginning of these scriptures?  It’s pretty clear that God also wants his people “do good to one another and to everyone”.  So we would like to extend an invitation to everyone at RVCC to join us in serving our community.  At this point you may be wondering what YOU could do?  We have identified a number of ways that that we can serve others during these difficult days.  In the midst of our current circumstances we can still pray for people.  We can still check in on people by reaching out to them.  We can still help people practically.  We can still connect with people.  We would love for you to consider how you might be able to “do good to one another and to everyone”.  Please respond to this email by letting us know which of the areas mentioned above that you are willing to sign up for.  The RVCC Staff will then organize a game plan and make sure you are updated about the opportunities that come up for us all...

 

Thanks for your time and consideration in all these things, 

 

The RVCC Elders & Staff