A Quick Word For Today


Don't become like the person who hurt you. If a snake bites you, don't become a snake. We are to be like Jesus. Here's what He says about how to treat those who hurt us:

"27 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you." -Luke 6:27-31

How To Face Criticism


Hey to all my pastor buddies out there. Nelson Searcy is giving away a free copy of his mini book "How To Handle Criticism." We all know that criticism - unfortunately - is a regular part of being a pastor. This mini book (less than 25 pages) is packed with practical, helpful information for handling criticism and it is available RIGHT NOW. Get your copy here http://www.churchleaderinsights.com. BTW, it is only free until Thursday so don't wait. You guys can thank me later. :)

WELCOME JEREMY POOLE!


WELCOME JEREMY POOLE!

Hey Rocky River Church! Yesterday we made the BIG announcement that Jeremy Poole, who has been a high-capacity volunteer at Rocky River Church in our music ministry, has agreed to become our Music Ministry Coordinator. Over the past year Jeremy has done a phenomenal job giving direction and leadership to our worship ministry. He is a great guy, a high quality leader, loves Jesus and is UBER talented.

Here are a few words Jeremy gave me to share with all of you at RRC:

"I have been a part of Rocky River for approximately six years, and began serving in the band about four years ago. Through my time here I have learned just how special and how crucial each person is who volunteers each week. From the days of arriving at 6:30 am to set up, I have known that there is a special group of people at this church. I am thankful for each Sunday I get to be on stage and simply worship with them and the church as a whole, and to think that God has put me in a position to lead this group is both exciting and humbling at the same time. I am thankful for this opportunity and I am excited to see what God has in store for the future!"

Once again, WELCOME Jeremy!

Boston Bruins National Anthem 4/17/13 - AMERICAN PRIDE


TERRORISTS BEWARE!


To terrorists and freedom hating people all over the planet: BEWARE! We are Americans and we are ALL "BOSTON STRONG!" Don't you for one minute think that we will not unite to destroy you if you come into this country to destroy us. Don't confuse our hospitality and our concern and care for others as weakness. If you hurt us, we get MAD and then we go get you.

When you mess with one of us - like you messed with our neighbors in Boston - you have messed with all of us. When you hurt one of us you have hurt all of us. We have our differences, for sure. We Americans are red, black, white, brown, yellow and other colors too. Some of us eat grits and some of us don't. Some of us like our pizza Chicago style, some New York style, and hey, some of us eat it with a fork. Some of us like Hockey, and some of us don't know a blue line from a clothes line. My point is that we have our differences but we will unite to defend one another to the bitter end - YOUR END. We will not - NOT - put up with your savagery.

So, wherever you come from - Chechnya, the Middle East, Far East, or if you are homegrown, BEWARE! We are not the pansies you've mistaken us for. Oh yeah, we are also armed.

GO BOSTON! Your city is our city! We are proud of you and the job you've done to get these creeps. God bless you all! AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Open Letter From Pastor Jimmy


Hey. I just wanted to share with you my message and thoughts from Tuesday night's prayer service at Rocky River Church. I think they are even more important now in light of the tragedy in West, Texas. God bless.

JAMES 4:13-17 (NIV)
"13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them."

THREE MAJOR THOUGHTS:

1. Don’t plan your life without God. Most people live life as though God doesn’t matter. We just go about our lives doing what we think as best without even giving God any consideration in how we ought to go about our lives. The person James talks about in verse 13 has a business/life-plan that did not include God at all.

As I am posting this blog I am working from my home office. The news is on and they are showing the "joint faith service" from Boston that includes our President. The reality is that God is only an afterthought for so many after something like this happens. That church/cathedral is full today but I'll be it was like most churches in our country last Sunday - empty. It is full today because we feel like we need God today. God should just be an afterthought for our lives. We don't just call on Him when we need Him.

It is sad enough that people who don't know Jesus live that way, it is even worse when "Christians" live like this.

Our leaders are calling on us to pray for our nation. My first thought is how often they pray for God's guidance in their everyday leadership of our country.

2. Don’t presume tomorrow. None of us know what tomorrow will hold for our lives. We have today and we should make the most of it.

•Life is unpredictable. On Monday afternoon people were cheering in Boston for their loved ones finishing the Boston Marathon never imagining in their worst nightmares what terrorists had planned for them in a roadside bomb. And just last night in West, Texas people were going about their lives never imagining the terror and destruction of a warehouse fire that would reshape their lives forever. Life is unpredictable.

•Life is also brief. In Monday's bombing in Boston one of the fatalities was an eight year old boy. EIGHT YEARS OLD! James says our lives are like a mist. That is so true - whether we live 8 years of 85 years - life is short. Don't just live for this life but live with the next life in mind. This life is short, but the next life is forever.

3. Don’t put off doing good. Do good things now while you have the opportunity. You may not have the opportunity tomorrow to love your family so do it now. You may not have the opportunity to trust Christ as your Savior tomorrow, so do it today. You may not have tomorrow to share Jesus with those you love, so do it today. Do good today. Live like Jesus today. Point people toward Jesus with your life and words today. Today. James says it is a sin to wait until another time.

I hope this was helpful. Please continue to pray for the folks in Boston, West, Texas, our leaders and our nation.

BTW, This Sunday at Rocky River Church I am going to teach our folks how to have "Unshakable Faith" from the life of Abraham - Lord willing.

God bless!
Jimmy

Special Prayer Service For Boston And The USA


Special Prayer Service For Boston And The USA

Hey Rocky River Church!

As you know, there was a terrorist attack today (April 15) in Boston, MA during the running of the Boston Marathon. Several people are dead and many are very seriously wounded. As a community of faith, we are going to respond by having a special called prayer meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 16th) at Rocky River Church. I would like to personally invite you to join us for prayer for the victims and their families as well as our country and our leaders. ALL ARE WELCOME. Please help us get the word out!

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Rocky River Church, 887 Pitt School Road SW, Concord, NC 28027

God bless Boston, the victims and their families - and may God bless America!

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

Critics, Pastors and Rick Warren


Critics, Pastors and Rick Warren

Below is a link to a blog post by Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He posted it regarding the death of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren's son, Matthew. I have linked my blog to it because it is one of the best responses I've heard or read to Matthew's suicide and the criticism that Pastor Rick receives constantly in his life because he is a preacher of the Gospel.

Let me just say two things before you read this article. One, You will never know the criticism a pastor and his family take (all of us) from people inside and outside of our churches. My own children have been hated on by people who should know better. It hurts - it hurts more than you could ever imagine. Pastor Mark is right when he says "Satan hates pastors kids." He does indeed, and often he uses people closest to those kids to hurt them. Pastor Rick told me at a breakfast meeting years ago, "Jimmy, you need a tender heart and a thick skin to be a good pastor." Boy was he right. Of course, there are many more people who love and encourage their pastor, but some make life hell at times; especially when they attack your kids.

Second, Pastor Rick is a friend of mine. I have known him from a distance for more than ten years. And to his critics, I say you are a parade of fools who don't know what, or who, you are talking about. Pastor Rick is perhaps the most genuine, sincere, encouraging and Godly man I have ever personally known. To criticize him about things you know nothing about is display your own ignorance. Shame on you for making an already unimaginably painful time in his life even worse because of your criticism.

Those things said, this is a tremendous article. I hope you'll take the time to read it. Well said Pastor Mark. You have a real gift with words.

Jimmy

P.S. Pastor Rick, I cannot tell you the influence you have had in my life and ministry. I praise Jesus that He has given you a ministry to pastors the world over to encourage us and help us lead with purpose and passion. The Britt's love you and Kay and we pray for God's peace in your lives.

http://pastormark.tv/2013/04/10/rick-warren-critics-and-the-hope-of-god-...

GOD OF THE AGES


I'm sitting in my office right now (Saturday morning about 11:30) worshiping God and looking forward to church tomorrow. This is a song God put on my heart. It blesses me and excites me. I wanted to share it with you for your own worship and encouragement.

Don't miss being at Rocky River Church tomorrow at 9:00AM or 10:30AM because I believe God is doing something special in our church. He's moving. His glory (which is His presence) has come down and He is changing lives. Be here! Bring someone with you. I am going to teach you how to be a genuine faith-follower of Jesus by learning to look at life through eyes of faith.

Love you guys!
Jimmy

Can You Help Anna Beth Davis And Her Family?


Can You Help Anna Beth Davis And Her Family?

Can you help Anna Beth Davis and her family! We are supporting this at Rocky River Church. I hope you will consider it too. Come eat some food, have fun, enjoy some cool cars and do some good at the same time. This is a win/win.