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.
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 winner and invest in people. For church at home songs and kids bulletins/video links visit...
How Gods People Endure Faithfully
Jun 28 2020 35 mins
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 good Christian leader and care for God's people. For church at home songs and kids bulletins/video links...
Living a Mustard Seed Life
Jun 20 2020 26 mins
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 move. Nothing will be impossible for you” How is it possible to do the impossible? The simple answer is...
How to Grow Strong in the Christian Life even when Life is Painful
Jun 14 2020 34 mins
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
Jun 07 2020 35 mins
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 31 2020 32 mins
Pastor Chris Teien shares a message on how Christ-followers need to be servants of others pursuing racial unity and recognizing God has established authorities to better our lives. #GeorgeFloyd
The CLUE to hearing Jesus tell you Well Done!
May 23 2020 46 mins
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 will all stand before Him to give...
Playing a New Game: What to do when Life Keeps Changing
May 17 2020 33 mins
Listen and hear four strategies to help you win whatever competition or challenge you are now facing. This encouraging message helps you to be successful when the rules change, or a new game begins. Whether you are graduating from school or just about...
Our Need to Find, Live and Share Hope
May 10 2020 36 mins
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 school and friends, a dad...
Sowing a Life of Significance
May 03 2020 42 mins
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
Apr 26 2020 37 mins
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.
Apr 19 2020 28 mins
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 leave our homes and look forward to returning to church, work and school. Pastor Chris Teien church from home
Find Help and Hope when you Worship Jesus Christ
Apr 12 2020 30 mins
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 Teien from home
Living a Life of Worship of the God Who Saves
Apr 05 2020 29 mins
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
Mar 29 2020 42 mins
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 the faith also experienced life altering times of waiting and are great examples of trusting God and...
7 Ways to Find Peace in a Pandemic
Mar 22 2020 31 mins
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 are all going to die sometime - are you ready? Listen and be encouraged to live for Jesus whether your...
I Still Believe - When God allows me to go through Difficult Times
Mar 08 2020 30 mins
In part 2 we will look at what the Bible reveals about committed Christ-followers enduring difficult circumstances like sickness, cancer, loss and depression. Why does God sometimes allow us to go through pain, shame and hardship even though we have...
I Still Believe: When God Doesn’t Seem to Answer my Prayer
Mar 01 2020 30 mins
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 about waiting on God as you pray with confidence and assurance in the midst of sickness, pain, uncertainty,...
Learning to Let Go so that we can Receive Gods Best
Feb 23 2020 31 mins
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 us fulfillment? Jesus had an encounter with a rich young ruler, a person who had everything this world...
Misplaced Affections - the Danger of Falling in Love with the Wrong Things
Feb 16 2020 31 mins
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 lives and that leads to disappointment and regret. The Bible says God even gets jealous when we give our...
One True Source of Life
Feb 09 2020 33 mins
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
Feb 02 2020 31 mins
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 to give up. The Apostle Paul’s instructions to the Church in Philippi was to press on and keep their...
The Church Jesus Builds
Jan 26 2020 30 mins
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 to save the world involves the church so why would we miss out on that. Jesus wants us to be connected...
Afterlife: Where will you be One Minute After You Die?
Jan 19 2020 29 mins
[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 die? What assurance do you have that...
Afterlife: What Jesus Revealed about Heaven and Hell
Jan 12 2020 30 mins
[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 thought it was imperative we know...
Those Who Almost Committed Suicide; How Life Changed because they Kept Living
Jan 05 2020 37 mins
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 you/them to keep living. In Acts 16...
Seven Re-Commitments for a Blessed New Year
Dec 29 2019 35 mins
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 resolutions that fizzle out within a few months. The Bible has some very encouraging advice to help us live a...
Jesus, The Blessing of God With Us
Dec 15 2019 33 mins
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 birth to a son, and they will call...
Jesus, the Birthday made for Celebrating
Dec 08 2019 25 mins
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 day that God became a man, then lived among us, paid off our sin debt, gave us a job to do, went back...
Jesus, The Treasure of Christmas
Dec 01 2019 26 mins
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
Nov 24 2019 34 mins
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 take time to express that as we come together on Sunday morning to worship the Lord at church. A.W....
When God calls you to Rescue them
Nov 17 2019 33 mins
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 under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to instruct us how to live in these difficult last days. In Jude...
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Nov 11 2019 46 mins
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 pure in heart, for they will see...
Maturing into Child Like Faith
Nov 03 2019 23 mins
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 or childish faith, it is a...
The Best is Yet to Come when Jesus Returns!
Oct 27 2019 34 mins
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 beyond a shadow of a doubt that if...
Rewards for Serving Jesus
Oct 20 2019 37 mins
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 abundantly clear that some will have more...
Oct 13 2019 35 mins
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 important for us to get help if we are...
Dealing with Life’s Disappointments
Oct 06 2019 33 mins
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 roller-coaster of life. Just about everyone’s life is full of victories and disappointments, divine...
When You Need Jesus to Heal You
Sep 29 2019 29 mins
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 shows us how we can ask for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. While we all will die sometime and...
Knowing you are Secure in Jesus our Savior
Sep 15 2019 33 mins
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 will encourage you to embrace and proclaim Jesus as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King. [Part 1 of...
When Jesus called 911
Sep 08 2019 28 mins
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 multitudes harassed and helpless, in need...
God Rewards Good Work
Sep 01 2019 39 mins
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 shouldn’t eat. God can help you at work and reward you for your efforts. Your work truly does matter to God....
Improve Your Prayer Life and Experience God
Aug 25 2019 32 mins
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 desires – some people can’t seem to...
Patiently waiting for Jesus to Return?
Aug 18 2019 28 mins
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 face. Life can get difficult when...
When Your Money is Not Enough
Aug 11 2019 28 mins
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 more wealth. The Bible has a lot to say about money and the wise ways to use it for a more fulfilling...
Count on Lifes Unpredictable Timing
Aug 04 2019 26 mins
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 unpredictable timing and keep walking with Jesus even when it seems like life is falling apart. James helps us put...
Help for Inner Conflicts and Angry Outbursts
Jul 28 2019 32 mins
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 avoid giving into to those angry...
Wisdom Don’t Live Life Without It
Jul 14 2019 26 mins
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 think and act, “If you are wise...
Control Your Tongue Before it Ruins Your Life
Jul 07 2019 33 mins
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 wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by...
Real Faith Works - Put your Faith in Action
Jun 30 2019 23 mins
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 required in the Christian life, but...
The Short-Sightedness of Prejudice and Favoritism
Jun 23 2019 26 mins
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 poor and unknown. It must have been a problem in the early church too since James took time to warn them...
Valuing and Encouraging Christian Fathers
Jun 16 2019 32 mins
Christian fathers have an important role to play in their child’s life including being a provider, protector, promoter and prayer warrior. While Christian fathers are often taken for granted and sometimes don’t adequately fulfill their parenting duties...
You are Invited Too
Jun 09 2019 32 mins
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 blessings available if we will answer...
Saved from an Empty Life
Jun 02 2019 32 mins
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 back and see how empty your life would be without Jesus and you need to share that hope. Maybe today...
God uses imPerfect Heroes
May 26 2019 31 mins
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 provisions. Jesus is the perfect hero...
Valuing Biblical Marriage and Singleness
May 19 2019 40 mins
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 it was even spoken directly about by Jesus our Savior. While our society seeks to redefine marriage and...
Valuing and Encouraging Christian Mothers
May 12 2019 38 mins
Christian mothers are priceless! Married moms, single moms, women and grandmas that step in to fill the role as mom are extremely valuable to children, families and society. Today moms are pulled in more directions than ever before and often feel...
Time is Running Out - Salvation is Near
May 05 2019 25 mins
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 the best time to be saved and how should we live while we are waiting for our Savior to return? Listen and...
How to Get More out of Your Bible
Apr 28 2019 31 mins
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 strength to withstand those who would...
Following Jesus for the Greatest Future
Apr 21 2019 35 mins
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 feel lonely or disappointed, but it...
With Jesus in Paradise
Apr 15 2019 31 mins
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 and make it possible for them to be reconciled to God. Shortly after his grand entrance Jesus was put on...
Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak and Slow to Become Angry?
Mar 31 2019 31 mins
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 sinned was so angry he flipped over the tables of the money changers in the temple and chased them out...
Don’t Let Temptation get the Best of You
Mar 25 2019 31 mins
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 must let Christ master you. God...
Turn your Troubles into Joy!
Mar 18 2019 36 mins
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 you can ask God for help and wisdom to turn your troubles into joy. We also took a few minutes to remember...
The Glorious Hope of Divine Justice
Mar 11 2019 34 mins
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
Mar 04 2019 35 mins
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 thinking either God doesn’t care or...
How a Mustard Seed Faith can Change the World
Feb 25 2019 34 mins
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 ground, following Jesus teaching on planting seeds for a future harvest can radically change your life....
Learning to Love Like Jesus
Feb 18 2019 30 mins
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, and how learning to love the way Jesus did can radically change how we look at the world and how the...
Love more than Words
Feb 11 2019 26 mins
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 love in our lives it will radiate...
The Incredible Value of the Local Church
Jan 28 2019 30 mins
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 where relationships are built,...
Equipped to Share the Life Changing Gospel out of the Overflow
Jan 21 2019 30 mins
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 into God’s Word, experience a true and saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and are filled with the...
Empowered by the Living and Active Word of God
Jan 14 2019 30 mins
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 discover the treasures and wisdom it is ready to reveal to you. Be encouraged to dig into God’s Word and...
Following Jesus Boldly
Jan 06 2019 30 mins
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. Don’t let the stuff the world offers get in the way and don’t be discouraged that Jesus followers you...
Starting Over: The God of “nth” Chances
Dec 31 2018 30 mins
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 conversation with Jesus. It is the...
The One Gift that Lasts Forever brings Joy to the World
Dec 24 2018 32 mins
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 traveled from afar to visit baby Jesus...
Have Joyful Faith like the Shepherds
Dec 17 2018 25 mins
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 the awesome news about Jesus? Listen and be encourages to have joyful faith like the shepherds. Guest...
Joy through Serving Like Joseph and Mary
Dec 09 2018 36 mins
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 encouraged to be ready and willing to...
A Simple Strategy to Experience More Joy
Dec 03 2018 20 mins
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 to experience more joy in your...
Trusting in Gods Perfect Timing
Nov 26 2018 31 mins
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 joy and fulfillment as you follow His lead and live out His plan for your life. Listen and be...
Persisting in Prayer even when you Mess Up
Nov 11 2018 39 mins
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 Lord yet we keep messing up. When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray He taught them: "...and...
Getting things from God through Prayer
Nov 04 2018 28 mins
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 for “daily bread” and gave us...
Seeking Gods Presence and Will through Prayer
Oct 28 2018 28 mins
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, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be...
Running to Pray to The Father in Heaven
Oct 21 2018 29 mins
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 God of the Universe with "Our...
Fulfilling God’s Purpose through Proper Praying
Oct 14 2018 31 mins
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 memorized prayers and see how prayer...
Enjoying Hope in Eternity Now
Oct 07 2018 28 mins
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 hope a Christian has is living for all eternity with Jesus and we are going to look at what the Bible...
Bringing Hope to Work and School
Sep 30 2018 30 mins
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 difference in the world but God sees our heart attitudes and the actual work we accomplish and He will...
Finding Hope in Christian Community through Life Groups
Sep 23 2018 28 mins
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 become the person Jesus wants you...
Giving Hope for Complicated Relationships
Sep 16 2018 35 mins
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 live wisely among friends, family, coworkers and others we interact with every day. Listen and be...
Bring Hope to all the Children
Sep 09 2018 34 mins
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 the children so let's do all we can to bless the children, give them hope, help them connect to Christ...
Discovering Hope in this New Season
Sep 02 2018 32 mins
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 encouraged to understand the...
Power to Be Bold Because Christ Opens Doors
Aug 26 2018 36 mins
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 in Christ. With Bold faith you may...
Power to be Bold Because Christ Speaks Through Us
Aug 19 2018 38 mins
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 by the Holy Spirit to encourage and correct ourselves and others. We are motivated to lead people toward...
Power to be Bold because Christ Answers Prayer
Aug 12 2018 32 mins
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 so that others around you will be forever blessed by your boldness for Christ. Pastor Chris Teien
Power to be Bold because Christ is at Work
Aug 05 2018 28 mins
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 Equips us to be effective. In the book Acts Peter and John proclaim Jesus and many get saved, then they heal...
Becoming Love: a double entendre
Jul 29 2018 30 mins
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 Neighbors as ourselves. Listen as we open this passage and learn how we can become, like the good...
Help for the Christian Family
Jul 22 2018 29 mins
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 parents and grandparents! We all need to be supportive of marriage, parenting and kids and do all we can...
Gods Guide to a Life WELL Lived
Jul 15 2018 30 mins
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 practical ways we can honor the Lord,...
Motivation to Live a Holy Lifestyle
Jul 08 2018 27 mins
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 others and leads to peace. Come be encouraged to live the life Jesus made possible through His sacrifice to...
Heavenly Minded yet Earthly Good
Jul 01 2018 25 mins
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 earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3 NLT)....
Set Free from Legalism to Live Fully in Christ
Jun 24 2018 34 mins
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 people find it more appealing to try to follow a strict list of rules or the LAW to attempt to show they...
Some Assembly Required to Build Strong Faith
Jun 17 2018 30 mins
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 of Colossians 2:1-7 to grow in your faith and help others grow in their faith. We need to be building...
The Event that Changed Everything
Jun 10 2018 29 mins
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 three days later the stone was...
The Power of Delight
Jun 03 2018 30 mins
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 love God to give us the desires of our heart so what exactly does it mean to "Delight in the Lord" and how...
The Bold Secret to Unleashing your Faith
May 27 2018 25 mins
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 Colossians. Listen and be encouraged to be bold and active in the ministry God has for you.
Jesus Can Rescue You
May 20 2018 29 mins
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 you feel like you will never be...
How Moms Make a Difference
May 13 2018 26 mins
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 a mom but it hasn’t worked or...
Lives that Produce Summer Fruit
May 06 2018 29 mins
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 distinct seasons. After the fruit is picked at the end of summer there is work to do during the windy fall,...
Learning to Walk on Water
Apr 29 2018 28 mins
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 is humanly impossible! Come and...
The Confidence of The Faithful
Apr 22 2018 34 mins
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 Christ and even more faithful to serve Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Confident Because the...
The God of Hope
Apr 08 2018 22 mins
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 Elliot Wiens.
Jesus has Risen: Come See and Go Tell
Apr 01 2018 30 mins
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 the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell...
Following Jesus the Coming King
Mar 25 2018 34 mins
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 sacrifice for our sins. We celebrate that Jesus died and rose again this Easter Season. Jesus isn’t just...
Rewarded through His Abundant Supply
Mar 18 2018 36 mins
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 getting all we desire. Listen and be...
Did you Mess Up? It's Time to Restart
Mar 11 2018 36 mins
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 that living the Christian life is...
Awaiting His Arrival - Are you Ready for Jesus to Return?
Mar 04 2018 34 mins
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 prophecies Jesus will return and...
Finding the Adventurous Life as Treasure Hunters
Feb 25 2018 32 mins
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 one thing that will forever excite them. Listen as we explore a treasure that is beyond measure, whose...
A Prophetic Plea to be Authentic
Feb 18 2018 40 mins
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 Spirit. Don't despise prophecies” in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20. Be encouraged to rely on Scripture and the...
Love Poured Out for You
Feb 11 2018 32 mins
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 understanding what love is and how could God really love them. Listen and be encouraged to pursue God who...
Church the Assembly of the Faithful
Jan 28 2018 28 mins
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 will do all he can to destroy church...
Life is Sacred Cherish it
Jan 21 2018 35 mins
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 that choice made for them. Sometimes...
The New You - Living the Life in The Power Jesus Gives Us
Jan 14 2018 33 mins
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
Jan 07 2018 35 mins
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 a tax collector for the Roman government, Levi was considered an untrustworthy traitor, yet Jesus gave...
New Hope for this New Year
Dec 31 2017 33 mins
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 your goals and make an eternal difference in your life and the lives around you.
The True meaning of Christmas
Dec 24 2017 35 mins
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – our relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior. One of the best ways to understand the importance of Jesus is to consider what we would have missed out on if He had never been born.
Experiencing the Prince of Peace
Dec 17 2017 36 mins
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 with others and peace with ourselves? Isaiah foretold almost 800 years in advance that Jesus the...
His Name Shall be Called - Jesus will Answer
Dec 10 2017 24 mins
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 all prophesied is Isaiah 9:6: He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father. Jesus fully...
Jesus Wonderful Counselor
Dec 03 2017 23 mins
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
Nov 26 2017 37 mins
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 and vocation. Your money and possessions are tools to used to glorify God and accomplish His plans for...
Rewards of Living a Thank-Filled Life
Nov 19 2017 30 mins
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. Includes the song "Different" and faith testimony by Micah Tyler (used here with his permission).
CAMA Services - Joining Hands to Reach a Hurting World
Nov 12 2017 49 mins
President of World Relief Outreach Shares Life Story
Finding Unity in a Divided World
Nov 05 2017 30 mins
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
Oct 29 2017 34 mins
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 Life.
Rewards of Working for a Greater Harvest
Oct 22 2017 32 mins
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 purposefully pursue the life God...
Where True Friends Take Us
Oct 15 2017 29 mins
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 find and become friends like these, as we look at the unconventional means they used, and experience the...
Power through Encouraging One Another
Oct 08 2017 31 mins
Biblical Ways to Encourage Each Other
Satisfaction from Carrying One Anothers Burdens
Oct 01 2017 31 mins
How to Help Others until they can help themselves
Freedom through Forgiving One Another
Sep 24 2017 29 mins
Be Encouraged to Forgive Others and Be Forgiven
Rewards from being Patient and Kind to One Another
Sep 17 2017 37 mins
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 at work, school and your...
How can we really Love One Another?
Sep 10 2017 37 mins
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 encouraged to experience God through loving one another. Matthew 13:34-35. Pastor Chris Teien
Sep 03 2017 27 mins
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 Galatians 6:9 Paul writes, “Let us not get tired of doing good…” Come and learn some of the reasons that we...
Faith Race - Run to Win!
Aug 27 2017 35 mins
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 race before us, especially Jesus who is the champion we should stay focused on. Be encouraged to live a...
When Dad lives a WELL Life
Jun 18 2017 31 mins
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, Encouraging, Learning and Loving). Listen and be encouraged to live a life that blesses others. Pastor Chris...
Trusting When You Can’t See Your Miracle
May 01 2016 31 mins
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 life of one of our members Mike...