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River Rock Church in Belle Plaine, MN exists to help people of all ages Connect with Christ and Live W.E.L.L. Lives (Worshiping  Encouraging  Loving  Learning). We strive to share God's Word in a real, relevant and refreshing way.

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A WELL Life is full of Faith, Friends and Farewells

July 24th, 2021


Listen to  "A WELL Life is full of Faith, Friends and Farewells" Pastor Chris’ last message as the Pastor of River Rock Church. 

As we follow Jesus on …

Five Keys to Getting your Needs Met

July 17th, 2021


The Apostle Paul ends his letter to the Philippians with some great promises for us to claim when we are in need. We love to claim Philippians 4:19,

Seven Things You Can Do When Life Still Seems Overwhelming

July 10th, 2021


Our days are full of opportunities, responsibilities and difficulties that can make life seem overwhelming. Maybe you struggle with work, health, …

Experiencing True Freedom in Christ

July 3rd, 2021


True Freedom in Christ is based on what Jesus has already done and not only for the few who seem to do everything right. When we place our faith in the Savior we are adopted into God’s family with all the security and …

Help to Overcome Anxiety

June 26th, 2021


We have just endured one of the most anxious years of our lives. Unfortunately, the world is still full of trouble and sickness. The Bible offers …

Faith that Survives the Fire

June 20th, 2021


In the book of Daniel there is an event in which three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, are thrown into a fire because of their refusal to bow to …

Loved, Chosen and Called to Belong to Jesus

June 12th, 2021


Everyone wants to belong and to be loved. Those who are loved want to know the opportunities and expectations of the relationship. Listen and be encouraged as we look at how believers are loved, called and chosen to …

Trusting God on the Adventure of Life

June 5th, 2021


Life is like a rollercoaster full of unsettling ups and downs with plenty of frightening twists and turns. Covid or some other situation may be …

Onward Christian Soldier

May 29th, 2021


It’s Memorial Day weekend – a time to remember those who have given their lives fighting for our peace and freedom. The Bible says that Christians …

Experiencing the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

May 23rd, 2021


We remember when the Holy Spirit showed up and empowered the people of the church to change the world and look into the purpose, power and presence …

7 Secrets of the Vine - Success comes through Jesus

May 16th, 2021


Jesus teaches His followers have been chosen to live fruitful lives that make a difference in the world. A productive life is a rewarding life. In …

A Time for Everything

May 9th, 2021


Time. How are you spending the precious time you are allotted? Who has God put in your life to spend time with and care for? What does God Word teach us about investing our time wisely? How does God reward us when we …

Lord Have Mercy - How God Reveals His Love for Us

May 1st, 2021


When the blinders come off and we are able to see our lost and sinful condition in stark contrast to God’s purity and holiness we feel hopeless and …

God Created us to Do Good

April 24th, 2021


God created us, We are God’s masterpiece, We are created anew in Christ Jesus to do good works. We are created with with different personalities, Spiritual gifts, talents, resources and experiences. As the body of …

Authentic Missions Through Living an Authentic Life

April 17th, 2021


Jesus said He would send His Holy Spirit to empower us to be His witnesses, locally, regionally and globally.  Do we feel empowered?  The simplicity …

Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You?

April 11th, 2021


Last weekend we remembered all that Jesus did and now we get to focus on what we get to do to respond to His gift of Salvation to those who follow …

Jesus Resurrection Upheld

April 3rd, 2021


The fact that Jesus has risen from the dead is the backbone of our faith, the truth that gives us eternal hope and the good news that we share. Repeatedly the Bible shows that to be saved from our sins and welcomed into …

His Loving Sacrifice

April 2nd, 2021


It’s easy to forget when someone makes a life changing sacrifice for you. Listen to this 20 minute message to be reminded of Jesus sacrifice on the …

Regrets Undone?

March 28th, 2021


Many people go through life with a deep sense of regret over something they did or did not do. This Palm Sunday we remember those people with high expectations who praised Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. Days later the …

Run Your Race Unhindered

March 20th, 2021


Drawing from the imagery of Olympic running the writer of Hebrews in the Bible reminds us that, just like the other Christ-followers who have lived …

Authentic Discipling - A simple way to get started

March 13th, 2021


Jesus calls us to be disciples that grow disciples. Are you that kind of Christ-follower? Do you feel up to the task of sharing Jesus with the hope …

God is watching for your Authentic Worship

March 6th, 2021


Some people are surprised to learn that worship is much more than just attending church or singing worship songs. In John 4:23 Jesus shares about true worship and tells us that God the Father is watching for this: “Yet …

The Incredible Value of the Local Authentic Church

February 27th, 2021


Why do we go to church? The Covid shutdowns showed us all that internet church can be inspiring and convenient. And that there are churches far away from home that have even better music and messages we can comfortably …

Stories and Scripture to Show How Revenge may not bring Satisfaction

February 20th, 2021


Some people just get us so angry that we want to cause them to feel some of the pain and problems they have caused us. We might even stay awake at night planning what we are going to do to get our revenge.  I …

Four Things Christian Love Always Does

February 14th, 2021


Deep down we all really do want to be loved but often feel unworthy. I Corinthians 13:7 lists four things Christian love always does: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” How is that …

Pride trips you up Humility leads you to Success

February 7th, 2021


Last week we saw in 1 Corinthians 13:4 that “Love is not Proud.” And this Super Bowl Sunday is a great weekend to focus on how pride can keep us from God’s best for our lives. Repeatedly the Bible shows that God hates …

Overcoming Boredom, Anger & Misjudgement to Keep Love from going Bad

January 30th, 2021


God gives us instructions for the ways we should and should not show love in 1 Corinthians 13 and at least three things can mess that up. They are …

Setting a Priority that Comes with Jesus Promise of Provision

January 23rd, 2021


Matthew 6:33 is a verse that I have tried to build my life around.  A simple verse with profound implications that if lived out will affect every area of our lives.  In addition, this verse carries the promise from …

Even when Life is Terrible, True Love is Patient and Kind

January 17th, 2021


Even when Life is Terrible True Love is Patient and Kind. Yes, there are a lot of problems in the world. Yes, you are probably hiding behind your mask. No, you don’t get to be unloving and unkind just because you are …

Faith + Hope + Love > Politics

January 10th, 2021


Seven things to consider when it comes to the great divide caused by politics, current issues and elected leaders. The world has turned its back on …

A New Year for a New You

January 2nd, 2021


While many of us may feel helpless to change our current circumstances, the one thing we can work on changing is ourselves. We’ve got a new year to …

Hope for a New Year

December 27th, 2020


Many people would say 2020 has been the worst year of their entire lives. Others would say it has been challenging but God has been faithful and the …

The Everlasting Meaning of Christmas - Christmas Eve @ River Rock Church

December 24th, 2020


River Rock Christmas - Online Church Service is perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Watch together and share link with others. Wishing you a …

The Holy Spirit of Christmas

December 20th, 2020


Maybe you aren’t feeling the Christmas spirit yet since this year there aren’t many Christmas gatherings, nor programs to attend and there currently isn’t any snow on the ground. But we want to help you be filled with …

Find Joy When You Make Time for Jesus this CHRISTmas Season

December 12th, 2020


Most of us are very familiar with the narrative of the Biblical Christmas story. Have you ever considered how those in the story that God used greatly were busy doing things that pleased God and that they were willing …

What Are We Expecting for Christmas?

December 5th, 2020


This Christmas what is it that we are expecting?  Is it gifts, a chance to relax with a couple extra days off?  With the pandemic many will be missing traditional gatherings, meals with extended families, but is there …

When God’s Plans Leave You Speechless

November 28th, 2020


We start the Christmas message series this weekend with the amazing story of Zechariah and Elizabeth (parents of John the Baptist) as God was preparing the stage for Jesus to be born into the world. While Zechariah and …

Six Ways to Give Thanks even when Covid hinders your plans

November 21st, 2020


The calendar says we are scheduled to have a day to gather and be full of thanksgiving but the medical experts want us to keep to ourselves. In many …

Victory over Discouragement

November 14th, 2020


 There is so much discouragement these days. Fear of sickness, job insecurity, political chaos, relationship troubles, social isolation, boredom, …

Victory over Failure

November 7th, 2020


Some people never fail at anything because they avoid trying everything. Experiencing failure can help train you to be more successful. When we learn …

Victory Over Temptation

October 31st, 2020


Every moment of every day we make choices that can affect our future and our satisfaction with life. Sometimes the temptation comes from our own self will and sometimes our evil adversary the devil tempts us to sin. The …

Victory Over Fear

October 25th, 2020


Can you really find victory over fear on your own? How often do you try to convince yourself to face your fears and rise, only to still feel the terror in your life? People are afraid of getting sick, going broke, …

Does Jesus Know Me?

October 17th, 2020


Jesus, in Matthew chapter 7, makes a rather sobering statement about people who appeared to be doing wonderful things in His name, but when it comes …

Victory over Anger

October 10th, 2020


People are so angry today. While the emotions that lead us to get angry are not always sinful, angry actions may lead us into sin, pain and regret. …

Victory over Guilt

October 4th, 2020


We all make many mistakes and sometimes that leads to regret and a lifetime of guilt. The Bible shows us example of King David: a man after God’s own heart, who fell into sin and eventually was overwhelmed with guilt. …

Victory over Worry

September 26th, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares three things worry is not from Matthew 6: Worry is not expected, effective or directed. Listen and be encouraged to pray, trust and give your worries to Jesus. More at

Victory over Stress and Burnout

September 19th, 2020


While all stress isn’t bad, too much stress can cause you to burnout. People, Paychecks and Priorities among many areas of life that can lead you to become stressed out. The God who created you and knows how much stress …

Earthly Practices with Promises of Heavenly Rewards

September 12th, 2020


Jesus told us to store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy them.  Pastor Dan Jetto shares an encouraging message from Matthew 6 …

Victory through Problems and Struggles

September 5th, 2020


Hear what the Bible has to say about overcoming life’s difficulties. Can the struggle really make you stronger or does it just wear you out? Are true …

How to be a Happy, Helpful and Holy Christian

August 30th, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares three ways to effectively live the Christian life while we are all waiting for Jesus to return. From 1 Thessalonians 5.

How to Live while Waiting for Christ to Return

August 22nd, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares three perspectives to help you to get prepared and use these last days more effectively as we wait expectantly for Jesus to return. From 1 Thessalonians 5. 

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Preparing for Jesus to Come Back and Get His Church

August 15th, 2020


Here is one of the most encouraging passages of Scripture that shows how Jesus comes to get us, gives new resurrected bodies to believers who have already died and glorified bodies to those who are living, and then …

The Christians Confident Hope when Facing Death or Experiencing Grief

August 9th, 2020


Paul instructed the Thessalonians how find hope in the midst of death. God prewired us with the knowledge that there is more to our existence than …

Finding Strength in the Perfect Timing of Our Savior

August 1st, 2020


We are living in a time unlike any other in our nation’s history.  When life seems like it is falling apart God is still in control.  In the midst of …

3 Ways that God can Bring You Peace in Confusing Times

July 26th, 2020


We live in conflicting times as educators and leaders are throwing out traditional values and Biblical principles to “progressively” do whatever seems right in their own eyes. If you are living to please yourself and …

7 Ways to More Effectively Pray for Others

July 19th, 2020


Everyone knows how to pray for their own prayer needs but how are we supposed to pray for others? Is your prayer life very effective? The Apostle …

How God’s People Inspire One Another

July 12th, 2020


Be encouraged by Pastor Chris Teien with five ways God’s People Inspire One Another from 1 Thessalonians 3. Learn from the Apostle Paul’s example how …

How God's People Overcome Opposition

July 5th, 2020


Be encouraged by Pastor Chris Teien with four ways God's People Overcome Opposition from 1 Thessalonians and learn from the Apostle Paul how to be a …

How Gods People Endure Faithfully

June 28th, 2020


Be encouraged by Pastor Chris Teien with three ways God's People Endure Faithfully from 1 Thessalonians and learn from the Apostle Paul how to be a …

Living a Mustard Seed Life

June 20th, 2020


Jesus said “Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, “move from here to there”, and it will …

How to Grow Strong in the Christian Life even when Life is Painful

June 14th, 2020


Pastor Chris shares Five Ways to Grow Stronger in your Christian life from 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

Three Ways God's People can be Encouraging

June 7th, 2020


A timely message from 1 Thessalonians that in the midst of all the anxiety and fears that God’s People are Encouraging. Hear three ways you can be an encourager and make an eternal difference. Pastor Chris Teien

God's People Live in Unity

May 31st, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares a message on how Christ-followers need to be servants of others pursuing racial unity and recognizing God has established …

The CLUE to hearing Jesus tell you Well Done!

May 23rd, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares an encouraging message about investing your life wisely so when all is said and done you will be commended and rewarded by Jesus. The Bible gives us a CLUE so Jesus return and the fact that we …

Playing a New Game: What to do when Life Keeps Changing

May 17th, 2020


Listen and hear four strategies to help you win whatever competition or challenge you are now facing. This encouraging message helps you to be …

Our Need to Find, Live and Share Hope

May 10th, 2020


Be encouraged to see that hope is in Jesus as declared in the promises of the Bible. Listen to this encouraging message about finding, living and sharing hope. Whether you are an overworked mom, a student displaced from …

Sowing a Life of Significance

May 3rd, 2020


Pastor Chris Teien shares an encouraging message about sowing a life of significance. 

When the Lord is my Shepherd I find Peace, Rest, Strength and Direction

April 26th, 2020


Listen to another encouraging message from Psalm 23 and find Peace, Rest, Strength and Direction. Pastor Chris Teien church from home

When the Lord is my Shepherd I am Protected and Provided for.

April 19th, 2020


Listen to an encouraging message from Psalm 23. One of the most well known and loved Psalms can give us comfort and peace as we wait patiently to …

Find Help and Hope when you Worship Jesus Christ

April 12th, 2020


Your greatest needs and your bigger fears are put into true perspective when you choose to Worship the Risen Christ. Jesus gives purpose, power, provision and patience during these unprecedented times. Pastor Chris …

Living a Life of Worship of the God Who Saves

April 5th, 2020


Be encouraged to live a life of worship of the God who saves and experience joy, hope and a desire to spread the Good News to those who are in despair. Pastor Dan Jetto church from home

Even Faith Heroes had to Wait Patiently

March 29th, 2020


Our busy lives freely going wherever we want whenever we want has come to a screeching halt with the coronavirus isolation. Most of God's Heroes of …

7 Ways to Find Peace in a Pandemic

March 22nd, 2020


King Hezekiah was told by the Prophet Isaiah to get his house in order because he was going to die. What did the King do and how did God respond? We …

I Still Believe - When God allows me to go through Difficult Times

March 8th, 2020


In part 2 we will look at what the Bible reveals about committed Christ-followers enduring difficult circumstances like sickness, cancer, loss and …

I Still Believe: When God Doesn’t Seem to Answer my Prayer

March 1st, 2020


Listen and be encouraged to have hope and hold on to your faith when it seems like everything is falling apart as we look at what the Bible says …

Learning to Let Go so that we can Receive Gods Best

February 23rd, 2020


Do we feel like there is something missing in our lives? Are we constantly trying to find something new, and experience, a toy, job that will bring …

Misplaced Affections - the Danger of Falling in Love with the Wrong Things

February 16th, 2020


We are called to Love God and Love People. Sometimes we end up falling in love with things that pull us away from what God truly desires for our …

One True Source of Life

February 9th, 2020


An encouraging message from 1 Kings 17 by special guest Dr. Dean Erickson – Old Testament Professor from Crown College

Pressing on to Win the Prize

February 2nd, 2020


Life is difficult. Not only do we struggle with personal, school and work issues but we are also involved in a spiritual battle that can make us want …

The Church Jesus Builds

January 26th, 2020


Jesus said, “I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” The church is called the bride of Christ and most of God’s plan …

Afterlife: Where will you be One Minute After You Die?

January 19th, 2020


[Part 2 of 2] Most of us expect to enjoy long lives but there is no guarantee that our time here on earth won’t be cut short. God has created us to live somewhere for eternity – where will you be one minute after you …

Afterlife: What Jesus Revealed about Heaven and Hell

January 12th, 2020


[Part 1 of 2] Jesus came down from Heaven to teach us how to live and pay the penalty for our sins. He had three years of public ministry to teach us whatever He thought was important for us to know and it appears He …

Those Who Almost Committed Suicide; How Life Changed because they Kept Living

January 5th, 2020


Life circumstances, hopelessness and extreme depression can lead people to look for ways to check out of this life. God forbids murder – suicide is self-murder. Jesus offers hope, help and forgiveness and can empower …

Seven Re-Commitments for a Blessed New Year

December 29th, 2019


For some the New Year is nothing more than a calendar change and life goes on just like it did last year. Others make “impossible” New Year’s …

Jesus, The Blessing of God With Us

December 15th, 2019


Listen and learn about the blessings that God has for us as he continues to be our Immanuel. When the apostle Matthew wrote about Jesus’ birth He quotes Isaiah, “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give …

Jesus, the Birthday made for Celebrating

December 8th, 2019


No one really knows the exact day Jesus was born but our churches and culture have chosen December 25th as the day to celebrate His birth. It was the …

Jesus, The Treasure of Christmas

December 1st, 2019


Listen and be encouraged to experience, ponder, celebrate and share Jesus the treasure we in Jesus this Christmas season and all year round. From Luke 2:15-20  - Pastor Chris Teien

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

November 24th, 2019


People who are truly Thankful will take time to show their gratitude. We who are experiencing the unending love and undeserved grace of Jesus should …

When God calls you to Rescue them

November 17th, 2019


It wasn’t that long ago that following Jesus was welcome in our culture but that is now changing at an alarming rate. Jesus half-brother Jude wrote …

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

November 11th, 2019


In such a complex world, what does it look like to have a pure heart? Can we raise a future generation with a pure heart? How do we respond to hurt/corruption in the world with a pure heart? Jesus said, “Blessed are the …

Maturing into Child Like Faith

November 3rd, 2019


Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Some say it is a call to a child-like faith, but this is not an immature …

The Best is Yet to Come when Jesus Returns!

October 27th, 2019


While people like to argue the exact timing and details of Jesus return, the Bible is abundantly clear that Jesus is going to return and make all that is wrong in the world right. Whatever you are struggling with, know …

Rewards for Serving Jesus

October 20th, 2019


It’s amazing and inspiring to know that not only are we able to experience blessings now through Christ, but that the Bible repeatedly says we can earn eternal rewards for the way we live out our lives. It seems …

Conquering Depression

October 13th, 2019


Maybe you struggle with sadness and depression. Sometimes it is easy to identify the reason you are depressed sometimes we are depressed for no known reason. If we want to show Jesus love and encourage people it is …

Dealing with Life’s Disappointments

October 6th, 2019


God has given us the real life stories of people in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to teach us how to live with faith as we ride the …

When You Need Jesus to Heal You

September 29th, 2019


The blind beggar in Luke 18 is a great example of how we should request and respond to Jesus healing us. Miracles still happen today and the Bible …

Knowing you are Secure in Jesus our Savior

September 15th, 2019


Grow deeper in faith and get better equipped to serve by looking at what the Bible says about the Fourfold Gospel of Christ. This five-part series …

When Jesus called 911

September 8th, 2019


In an emergency, when time is of the essence, compassionate people jump in to save those that they can, but at the same time call for help so that as many as possible can be rescued.  In Matthew 9 Jesus sees the …

God Rewards Good Work

September 1st, 2019


For most of us work consumes the greatest portion of our lives. God gave us work as a gift and even warns us that if a person doesn’t work they …

Improve Your Prayer Life and Experience God

August 25th, 2019


Think about all the incredible prayer promises and detailed method given to us in the Bible. Different types of prayer to encompass all of life. Some people pray for others but they won’t pray for their own needs and …

Patiently waiting for Jesus to Return?

August 18th, 2019


The greatest day ever will be when Jesus returns - unless you haven't put your faith in Him. Jesus said He was coming back but He didn't specify when. The more we grow in our faith the more we long to see Jesus face to …

When Your Money is Not Enough

August 11th, 2019


Just about everyone dreams about how much better their life would be if they only had more money and some people spend their entire lives pursuing …

Count on Lifes Unpredictable Timing

August 4th, 2019


While it’s easy to be happy and trust God while everything is working out according to our plans, mature Christ-followers count on life’s …

Help for Inner Conflicts and Angry Outbursts

July 28th, 2019


The Bible gives warnings and offers strategies to help us keep our inner anger from raging before we blow up relationships and destroy our reputation. Listen and be encouraged to find peace for those inner conflicts and …

Wisdom Don’t Live Life Without It

July 14th, 2019


True Wisdom is more than knowledge gained by life experience – it is also insight and strategies straight from God who created us and knows the best way for us live. In James 3:13-18 we get a glimpse of how wise people …

Control Your Tongue Before it Ruins Your Life

July 7th, 2019


The Bible warns us that our words matter. James writes, “And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of …

Real Faith Works - Put your Faith in Action

June 30th, 2019


We know that we can’t do enough good deeds to get ourselves into Heaven, instead we repent and give our lives to Jesus to be saved and experience eternal life with Him. Some people think that faith is all that is …

The Short-Sightedness of Prejudice and Favoritism

June 23rd, 2019


If we are not careful it is easy to discount the value of people that are not like us or to give preference to rich and influential people over the …

Valuing and Encouraging Christian Fathers

June 16th, 2019


Christian fathers have an important role to play in their child’s life including being a provider, protector, promoter and prayer warrior. While …

You are Invited Too

June 9th, 2019


Are you feeling burdened, overwhelmed by life, frustrated by what our world has to offer?  Jesus invites us to come to Him and find rest in Matthew 11:28. Listen to find how you can experience this rest and other …

Saved from an Empty Life

June 2nd, 2019


The most important and incredible event everyone needs is to have Jesus save them and fill their lives with hope and meaning. Maybe it’s easy to look …

God uses imPerfect Heroes

May 26th, 2019


God often uses flawed people to accomplish His plans. Often heroes are remembered for one act or season of sacrifice that helped or saved others while others are heroes for investing their lives to bring peace and …

Valuing Biblical Marriage and Singleness

May 19th, 2019


God our Heavenly Father has made His design for marriage between one man and one woman clear in the Scriptures He gave us through the Holy Spirit and …

Valuing and Encouraging Christian Mothers

May 12th, 2019


Christian mothers are priceless! Married moms, single moms, women and grandmas that step in to fill the role as mom are extremely valuable to …

Time is Running Out - Salvation is Near

May 5th, 2019


What would you change in your life if you knew time was running out for people to be saved – that the day of salvation would soon be here? When is …

How to Get More out of Your Bible

April 28th, 2019


As we look into James 1:22-25 we see several references to the Word of God, our response to His Word, and the benefits available to us.  Listen as we learn how we can benefit from looking into God’s Word, finding …

Following Jesus for the Greatest Future

April 21st, 2019


If you have Jesus then the seven things listed in this message will make an eternal difference in your life that will lead to the greatest future ever. This doesn’t mean your life will be trouble free or you’ll never …

With Jesus in Paradise

April 15th, 2019


Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate that Jesus peacefully rode into Jerusalem on a mission to save His people from the sin that holds them captive …

Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak and Slow to Become Angry?

March 31st, 2019


Everybody seems to be so angry these days and occasionally it is OK to be angry. The Apostle Paul warned: “in your anger do not sin.” Jesus who never …

Don’t Let Temptation get the Best of You

March 25th, 2019


Hear ways to avoid giving into temptations that can ruin our lives. In first chapter of the book of James we learn the difference between the testing of our faith and the temptations to sin. To master temptation, you …

Turn your Troubles into Joy!

March 18th, 2019


Every day our lives are filled with difficulties that can hinder our faith or help us grow deeper in faith. No matter what you are struggling with …

The Glorious Hope of Divine Justice

March 11th, 2019


Be encouraged to find your hope, redemption, and deliverance in God even if you feel weighed down by the concerns of the world. Guest Speaker Pastor Nathan Phillips

God Still Allows U-Turns

March 4th, 2019


Ever find yourself travelling on a road knowing you were headed the wrong direction but it seemed there was no way to make a U-Turn and go the right way? Some Christians get off track and head the wrong direction …

How a Mustard Seed Faith can Change the World

February 25th, 2019


Jesus loved to teach with parables and word pictures. While it may be hard to think about seeds when there is currently so much ice and snow on the …

Learning to Love Like Jesus

February 18th, 2019


In John 13 Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment to follow – to love each other the way  that He loved them.  Come learn what this really means, …

Love more than Words

February 11th, 2019


Many people wonder, “What is True Love?” To help answer that question we will look at that famous Bible passage (1 Corinthians 13) that gives us a list of what true love does and does not do. When we experience God’s …

The Incredible Value of the Local Church

January 28th, 2019


Some people think they can be tight with Jesus and not be part of the church, not realizing the church is bride of Christ. The Church is God's Plan and He desires that all His children are part of a local church family …

Equipped to Share the Life Changing Gospel out of the Overflow

January 21st, 2019


As Christians we all know we should share our faith but inner fear and outer distractions keep us from accomplishing that task. If we pour ourselves …

Empowered by the Living and Active Word of God

January 14th, 2019


If you want to enjoy life and fulfill God’s purpose you need to be empowered by God’s living and active Word. As you read the Bible you can work to …

Following Jesus Boldly

January 6th, 2019


Is it time to commit or recommit your life to fully following Jesus? He offers a chance for you to start over and live a life of purpose and meaning. …

Starting Over: The God of “nth” Chances

December 31st, 2018


In mathematics “n” is often used to represent any number – when one talks of something to the “nth degree” they are referring to an infinitely large degree.  At the end of John’s Gospel we find Peter in a private …

The One Gift that Lasts Forever brings Joy to the World

December 24th, 2018


Jesus is a gift that just keeps giving! He has left one gift that lasts forever – have you received it? This gift may not always bring temporary happiness but it can fill you with the Joy of the Lord. Some wise men …

Have Joyful Faith like the Shepherds

December 17th, 2018


Why did God choose to send the Angels to announce Christ's birth to the shepherds? How can we find joy in life like the shepherds had when they heard …

Joy through Serving Like Joseph and Mary

December 9th, 2018


God often chooses to use People instead of Angels to accomplish His will. Two of the greatest servants were Joseph and Mary who were willing and prepared to be used by God to serve as Jesus parents. Listen and be …

A Simple Strategy to Experience More Joy

December 3rd, 2018


Joy is better than happiness. Wrong priorities and distractions can rob you from the joy God wants you to experience. Listen to this short audio message and be encouraged with a simple and memorable year-round strategy …

Trusting in Gods Perfect Timing

November 26th, 2018


From the very beginning God has been working out His plan including sending Jesus to be with us at the perfect time. The Lord wants you to experience …

Persisting in Prayer even when you Mess Up

November 11th, 2018


Sometimes living the Christian life seems so difficult as we are learning how God desires us to act and we are growing in our relationship with the …

Getting things from God through Prayer

November 4th, 2018


Some only pray to ask God for their wish-list while others spend time praying for others but think it’s selfish to pray for their own needs and wants. When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray He taught them to pray …

Seeking Gods Presence and Will through Prayer

October 28th, 2018


Listen and be encouraged to pursue the Father’s will as you pray expectantly and pray more effectively being guided by the Lords prayer “This, then, …

Running to Pray to The Father in Heaven

October 21st, 2018


When Jesus instructed his disciples how to pray, He revealed three amazing things about prayer: 1) God is not everyone’s Heavenly Father 2) God knows but you still need to ask and 3) You can address your prayers to the …

Fulfilling God’s Purpose through Proper Praying

October 14th, 2018


In Matthew 6:6 Jesus says, “When you Pray” and then he give some guidelines and promises to get us started. We will look at the importance of conversing with God through true prayer and not just vainly repeating …

Enjoying Hope in Eternity Now

October 7th, 2018


The hymn “Great is thy Faithfulness” has an encouraging line that says we have “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” and the greatest …

Bringing Hope to Work and School

September 30th, 2018


When God created us He provided the opportunity to work as a gift. Sometimes school or our jobs seem more like punishment than a place to make a …

Finding Hope in Christian Community through Life Groups

September 23rd, 2018


In today’s world we are finding more and more that people have acquaintances and not close friends. If you long to be connected to others, in caring relationships, with those who will support you in your trials and to …

Giving Hope for Complicated Relationships

September 16th, 2018


The Bible is full of wisdom to help us endure complicated relationships. In Colossians chapters 3 and 4 we are given proactive instructions on how to …

Bring Hope to all the Children

September 9th, 2018


Since the children matter to Jesus, they should matter to us. Whether they are your kids or someone else's kids our future really is in the hands of …

Discovering Hope in this New Season

September 2nd, 2018


Be inspired by God’s Word to experience and share hope this new season. God created time and seasons for our benefit and enjoyment and there are many great opportunities for us these coming months. Listen and... #1 Be …

Power to Be Bold Because Christ Opens Doors

August 26th, 2018


In the book of Acts we see the Apostles thrown into jail for preaching the Gospel. Then an angel comes and opens the prison doors telling the Apostles to get back out there and keep telling everyone about this New Life …

Power to be Bold Because Christ Speaks Through Us

August 19th, 2018


We speak boldly about what we believe deeply and we receive Power and Authority when we are walking with Jesus. We are led by the Lord and empowered …

Power to be Bold because Christ Answers Prayer

August 12th, 2018


How can you become more bold to fulfill God’s purpose for your life? Listen and be encouraged to become empowered in your faith and the way you pray …

Power to be Bold because Christ is at Work

August 5th, 2018


The Gospel is Good News and The Good News is the Gospel! All that Jesus has done for us should make us bold and the Holy Spirit Empowers us and …

Becoming Love: a double entendre

July 29th, 2018


In the parable of the ”Good Samaritan” we see a picture of what Jesus considers fulfilling the second of the two greatest commandments – Loving our …

Help for the Christian Family

July 22nd, 2018


This summer we are going through the book of Colossians and this week we start the section on relationships. This is going to be a great Sunday for …

Gods Guide to a Life WELL Lived

July 15th, 2018


Most of us want to serve the Lord and have our lives count, making a difference now and enjoying the rewards for all eternity. A lot of times we just can’t figure out what to do but this Sunday we will see some very …

Motivation to Live a Holy Lifestyle

July 8th, 2018


In Colossians 3 we are told that God has chosen us to be the holy people He loves and then shows us how we can live a life that honors Him, helps …

Heavenly Minded yet Earthly Good

July 1st, 2018


For Christ-followers this life is temporary and Heaven is our eternal reward. We are told to “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of …

Set Free from Legalism to Live Fully in Christ

June 24th, 2018


Discover why the Apostle Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, warned us against following a list of rules to try to be right with God. Some …

Some Assembly Required to Build Strong Faith

June 17th, 2018


We need to take the materials God gives us and use them to build up Wisdom, Knowledge and Strong Faith. Listen and be encouraged from the Bible book …

The Event that Changed Everything

June 10th, 2018


The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an event that changed all history for all time. His death on the cross was the payment for our sins, but initially it left His 12 disciples trembling in fear for their own lives. But …

The Power of Delight

June 3rd, 2018


One of the most encouraging verses in the Bible is Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires." We all would …

The Bold Secret to Unleashing your Faith

May 27th, 2018


What can you do to make your Christian life exciting and significant? The Apostle Paul gives us direction in the first chapter of his letter to the …

Jesus Can Rescue You

May 20th, 2018


When you feel overwhelmed by the darkness - Jesus can Rescue You. When you think there is no hope and it’s time to give up - Jesus can Rescue You. When you feel unloved and far away from God - Jesus can Rescue You. When …

How Moms Make a Difference

May 13th, 2018


We look at some encouraging moms found in the Bible and show how influential a mother can be. We know some have lost their mothers, never had a mother, don’t feel they are good mothers, lost a child, always wanted to be …

Lives that Produce Summer Fruit

May 6th, 2018


We live in the Minnesota River Valley surrounded by farms and apple orchards and we see all the work the farmers do through all four of our fully …

Learning to Walk on Water

April 29th, 2018


Before Peter left the boat to walk on water with Jesus, Jesus gave three commands and an invitation. Can you imagine the excitement in Peter’s heart when he actually began walking on water? Accomplishing something that …

The Confidence of The Faithful

April 22nd, 2018


Grow deeper in faith and make a greater impact on the world around us for Christ. Listen and be encouraged to be more confident of your faith in …

The God of Hope

April 8th, 2018


No matter how challenging life gets we can have great hope in Christ. Listen to this encouraging message from guest speaker and Crown College student …

Jesus has Risen: Come See and Go Tell

April 1st, 2018


Be encouraged to Come See and Go Tell this timeless truth we proclaimed on Easter Sunday from Matthew 28:6-7 (NLT): “He isn’t here! He is risen from …

Following Jesus the Coming King

March 25th, 2018


We are eternally grateful that Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem knowing full well that by the end of the week he would be crucified – the perfect …

Rewarded through His Abundant Supply

March 18th, 2018


Every one of us go through this life with wants and needs, hopes and dreams, requirements and opportunities. The Bible has a lot to say about the ways that God can provide for us and shows reasons why we may not be …

Did you Mess Up? It's Time to Restart

March 11th, 2018


Have you ever played a video game and when things weren’t working out as you hoped you just hit the RESTART button and tried again? Did you know Jesus made it possible for us to get a new start in life? Did you know …

Awaiting His Arrival - Are you Ready for Jesus to Return?

March 4th, 2018


The Bible instructs us to observe the Lord’s Supper until Jesus returns: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26 (CSB). The Old Testament …

Finding the Adventurous Life as Treasure Hunters

February 25th, 2018


Jesus shared two parables of people who found such great treasures that they gave up everything else to hold them. Many people are looking for that …

A Prophetic Plea to be Authentic

February 18th, 2018


Live a life that truly honors God as you are led by the Holy Spirit while always being genuine and discerning. The Bible says, “Don't stifle the …

Love Poured Out for You

February 11th, 2018


We all want to be loved and while the Bible has a lot to say about God's love it can be hard for us to truly comprehend. Many people struggle with …

Church the Assembly of the Faithful

January 28th, 2018


Sometimes we take church for granted but Jesus sees the church as His beloved bride. There is great Spiritual value and life-giving power in the local and universal church. We are in a spiritual battle and our enemy …

Life is Sacred Cherish it

January 21st, 2018


God gives life and expects us to protect and cherish it. The National Right to Life group estimates that 60 million babies were aborted since 1973 and there are probably friends among us that made that choice or had …

The New You - Living the Life in The Power Jesus Gives Us

January 14th, 2018


When we become Christ followers, we are re-created by Jesus. Listen and learn about the new you and the power and freedom available to us in Christ. 

When You Feel Unworthy to Follow Jesus

January 7th, 2018


Of all the people Jesus could have chosen to be one of his disciples, He chose Levi (Matthew) a despicable outcast no rabbi would put on his team. As …

New Hope for this New Year

December 31st, 2017


As you approach this New Year start it out with New Hope. Be encouraged to recommit your life to living for Jesus. Be more successful at achieving …

The True meaning of Christmas

December 24th, 2017


Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – our relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior. One of the best ways to understand the importance of Jesus …

Experiencing the Prince of Peace

December 17th, 2017


If you could get the perfect gift for everyone this Christmas what would it be? How about helping them connect to the source of peace with God, peace …

His Name Shall be Called - Jesus will Answer

December 10th, 2017


He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father Be encouraged to purse Jesus and quickly get back up when you fall. Jesus is …

Jesus Wonderful Counselor

December 3rd, 2017


A brief message following the kids Christmas program to encourage you to share your troubles, hope, desires and fears with Jesus. 

The Rewards of Focusing on the Eternal

November 26th, 2017


Live your life on purpose as you make choices that show your confidence that you are now and will be rewarded as you focus on eternal value, vision …

Rewards of Living a Thank-Filled Life

November 19th, 2017


Living a thank-filled life has amazing benefits and rewards. In just five short verses Psalm 100 shows us how to worship God through being thankful. …

CAMA Services - Joining Hands to Reach a Hurting World

November 12th, 2017


Mike Sohm President CAMA (Care and Mercy Associates) Services shares how God has worked in his life and encourages us to Be the Gospel, Do the Gospel and Speak the Gospel as we join hands to reach a hurting world. CAMA …

Finding Unity in a Divided World

November 5th, 2017


Discover how we can as people of diverse backgrounds, situations, personalities and even favorite sports teams can experience unity in an increasingly divided world 

Search Me? Psalm 139 in Real Life

October 29th, 2017


Be encouraged when you listen to Search Me - Psalm 139 in Real Life. #1 Lord, You KNOW Me #2 Lord, You are WITH Me #3 Lord, You know the PLAN and PURPOSE for my Life #4 Lord, You are Invited to SHOW me how to Live my …

Rewards of Working for a Greater Harvest

October 22nd, 2017


Listen and be encouraged to live a rewarding life as you plant seeds for a greater harvest and make an eternal difference. Our lives can be consumed by the tyranny of the urgent and the trap of the rat race unless we …

Where True Friends Take Us

October 15th, 2017


Be encouraged as we look at a group of men who would do anything to help their crippled friend find healing at the feet of Jesus. Learn how we can …

Power through Encouraging One Another

October 8th, 2017


There are a lot of discouraged people out there – maybe you are one of them – that just feel defeated and powerless. The Bible says, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 …

Satisfaction from Carrying One Anothers Burdens

October 1st, 2017


God gives Christians the responsibility and privilege of carrying one anothers burdens and that often results in personal satisfaction and joy. But …

Freedom through Forgiving One Another

September 24th, 2017


Most of us are quick to admit we have needed to be forgiven and that it is helpful to forgive others, but how can we forgive those who have hurt us …

Rewards from being Patient and Kind to One Another

September 17th, 2017


The Bible repeatedly tell Christians to be Patient and Kind to each other and then gives great examples for us to learn from. Hear how to put this wisdom into practice to be more effective serving God and being a leader …

How can we really Love One Another?

September 10th, 2017


How can we truly Love one another and why did Jesus say it was so important? Why is being part of a local church so important? Listen and be …

Overcoming Discouragement

September 3rd, 2017


Have you ever wanted to just give up? Felt like it would be so much easier if I coasted through life rather than strive to do what is right? In …

Faith Race - Run to Win!

August 27th, 2017


The Bible says our Christian life is like a race and then gives us strategy to finish well. It also teaches us to remember those who have run the …

When Dad lives a WELL Life

June 18th, 2017


It really doesn't take much to become a biological father but it does take commitment to be a Dad who chooses to live a WELL Life (Worshiping, …

Trusting When You Can’t See Your Miracle

May 1st, 2016


Message includes Mike Jacobs story. In the Gospel of John Jesus second miracle is healing the royal official’s son from a distance (John 4:43-54) and is a great lesson in true faith. River Rock Church was blessed by the …

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