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My Prayer Retreat

I spent the weekend in prayer and it was more fun than I had ever imagined....

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Online Giving

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A new way to give to RiverOaks: Realm Giving...

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Request Realm Invitation

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Realm is an online ministry that helps our church connect with each other. Realm allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, control your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you....

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Realm FAQs

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Why use Realm? Realm helps us serve you better and leads this church well between Sundays. Everyone can be connected from anywhere at any time, right from our mobile devices. When we share life together, we will grow together....

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Do Pastors Get Depressed?

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Over the past 18 months, I went into a deep depression, and God steadily pulled me out. This series of blog posts will describe how I got there, what if felt like, and how I got out. I hope it helps you who struggle with depression, and you who love someone who does. ...

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How things got so grim: Unaddressed Trauma

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As depression started closing in on me, the unaddressed trauma of my past began to weigh heavily on my heart. ...

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Depression's Causes: Mid-Life Crisis

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Depression lied to me. It told me I had never been happy, and never would be happy. ...

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Depression's Causes: Exhaustion

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Exhaustion and depression feel eerily similar. Often the two come together. ...

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Depression and Christians: An Overview

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Christians suffer with depression like everyone else. Some Christians let their faith make the depression worse by beating themselves up or hiding it. The good news is that depression can be managed and treated. ...

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I Got Depressed Because Jesus Loves Me

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My depression forced me to see the worst version of myself, and allowed me to see the true nature of God's love for me....

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Getting Out: Everyone Needs a Hand to Hold On To

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To get out of my depression I needed the help of a counselor. ...

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Get Pals or Die!!

My counselor told me that if I did not get a hobby and get some friends who share that hobby I was going to die. ...

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Doubling Down on Devotional Habits

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When you are depressed you can talk yourself out of doing almost anything. Especially if it is something good for you. Especially if it involves Jesus....

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We Need to Talk about Prozac

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Different people experience depression in different ways. For some it is situational, the response to loss. For others it is seasonal, a reaction to less sunlight. For still others, it is genetic and needs to be treated like a physical malady. ...

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Prayer for the First Day of School

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A prayer for parents to pray on the first day of school. ...

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Instructions about Communion

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Next Year in Jerusalem

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Celebrating Holy Week during social distancing makes us feel a pronounced longing. We long to be together, and to have God make all things right. ...

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Pastoral Letter: March 24 2020

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What do we know? We know that we have each other, a church body that cares for us and misses us. We know that Jesus, the true Son of God, is a light that shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overwhelm us. We know that our God has promised to walk with us through the valley of dark shadows, so we fear no evil. We know that Jesus was raised from the dead, so we hav...

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Jesus has Overcome the World

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This world is not what we expect it to be. Sometimes we do everything right, but still get run over. Jesus knew that was coming. He lived a perfect life, and got run over worse than any of us. But that is not the end of the story. He overcame the world. His victory gives us hope. ...

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Your Father in Secret

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When our faith is only lived out in front of others, then the respect and love of others is all we get for it....

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Why Our Children did not Descend into Hell

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Exactly two of you asked me why we “edited” the phrase “He descended into Hell” out of the version of the Apostles Creed that our children learned. I figure for every question I receive, there are ten of you who wanted to ask but didn’t. So, for the twenty of you who are wondering, here are our reasons. ...

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