Daily encouragement

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. 


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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... 

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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