Discipleship

God is doing something in my life...


God is doing something in my life that I can't fully explain yet. But here are a couple of websites that God is using to speak to me...and move me...

www.thepeaceplan.com

www.worldvision.com

Facing The World's Five Greatest Giants


This is a great article. Try to get your head and your heart around this stuff. This stuff will change your life if you'll let it. For those of you who have given up on positive world change - THINK AGAIN! I believe Rick Warren has a plan that will change the world.

RICK WARREN FOR PRESIDENT!!! :))

Article link
http://www.rickwarren.com/

BE ON A SPIRITUAL WATCH!


To the folks of Rocky River Community Church: Be on your guard. God is doing something very special in our church. Because of that, I have noticed that Satan is trying to derail it. He’s attacking our families. I’m not an alarmist. Nor do I see a demon behind every bush. But trust me on this; he is out in full riot gear. The way to resist is…

*Recognize that you are in a spiritual battle
*Stay in your Bible (READ IT)
*Pray
*Stick together (your family)
*Be faithful to God and the Church
*Dig in harder when it comes to giving and serving

And finally, I would challenge you to live by Joshua’s words in Joshua 24:15b, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Make this your creed. Live by it. Teach it to your children. Let it be your mantra.

Know that as your pastor I am praying for you and your families and that I love you.

God bless!
Jimmy

Journal For Spiritual Growth


Hey guys. I wanted to pass along some learning in my own life lately. I’m sure you hear a lot about journaling. But how do you do it? How do you journal…and why? Recently Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Christian Church in Hawaii taught me this simple way of journaling to help me grow and push the boundaries of my faith. I’m sure it will help you grow too. Just remember the acronym SOAP. Enjoy growing in the Word!

As we read God's words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group, mentors and friends. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

Day 2 Devotions


Day 2
More Than Asking
“And I say to you, ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
-Luke 11:19

Most of us are good at the first baby step of prayer. It is easy to ask God to do something! Unfortunately, after the asking, we think we are done, and that we are expected to do nothing. The first step in any journey is critical. We do not need to ask in order to receive. But asking is just the first step. Many more steps will make up a real journey of prayer. Jesus offers His disciples a model for such a prayer journey. Ask—yes, or course—but then seek, and finally, knock on the doors you find!

Seeking God’s will is much more work than simply asking; it takes time, attention, listening, looking, and searching. A journey of prayer will lead us far past asking, deep into new paths of seeking God’s way for our lives. Along those seeking paths we will find doorways—places where choices and decisions must be made. Do we have the courage and commitment to knock? And when those new doorways are opened, will we step into a new way of life?

Simply asking demands little from us. Seeking means finding God’s will in our lives, and such seeking will undoubtedly change us—redirecting us in God’s way. Changing us has always been the real power of prayer.

PRAYER
Lord, I seek Your will and Your will in my life. Lead me down Your paths for You name’s sake. Open doors that I might find a new way of life!

Go to www.aplacethatmatters.org and www.rockyriverchurch.com.

THIS SUNDAY IS GOING TO BE HUGE!


This Sunday coming up is going to be HUGE. And it is going to be an historical day in the life of Rocky River Community Church. In preparation of this great event, there are a couple of things I would like to share with you so that you can get the most out of this day.

Here you go…

1. Be there! This day will not be the same without you. No matter what your pledge or your offering; we need you in attendance this Sunday [November 19]. It will not be HUGE if you don’t attend.

2. Be early. Because we are only doing one service this Sunday [at 11:00AM] it is going to be a madhouse. Be early so we can start on time and you can get a good seat.

A GREAT DAY @ ROCKY RIVER!


Today was a great day at Rocky River! It was celebration Sunday where we gave a one-time offering (cash) and a pledge card for a three-year monthly commitment.

Here are the numbers…

One time cash gift, $82,110.00

36-month commitment, $501,676.00

That's a total giving pledge of $583,786.00!

This is huge! It’s a miracle! Seriously. Gang, we are on our way to that ministry campus!!! But check it out. We can't sit back on this and relax. Some have not yet made a commitment. We need you. The more money we have the more building we can build. And, now we must be sure to follow through on our commitments. Next Sunday I am going to teach a message called, "Building a Life of Commitment."

Gospel Challenge


Gospel Challenge

Last Sunday (Dec. 3) I challenged our congregation to read the Gospels (all four of them) between now and Christmas. We gave everyone an English Standard Version of the New Testament because we want people to discover God and His power through reading His Book - the Bible. If you would like to take the challenge, email me with your address and I will send you a copy of the New Testament and you too can discover the reason for Christmas...God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

My email address is jimmy@jimmybritt.com.

PS. Let me know if you have taken the challenge. And, i would love to hear about your stories of life-change.

The Blasphemy Challenge


This video shows why it is so important for us to have a thriving student (Middle School/High School) ministry. At Rocky River Community Church we are putting a lot of effort and resources into students. Travis Bush (from Liberty University) is our new pastor to students and he is developing a comprehensive ministry for our families with Middle School and High School students.

Watch this!


A Plan For Peace


On Christmas Eve, we will be giving a portion of our offerings to help in the global fight against AIDS and poverty. We will divide the gift up among the PEACE Plan (Rick Warren - Saddleback Church, which you'll see in this video), Hope & Action at Willow Creek Community Church, and the ONE campaign. All of these groups are legit and they are making a huge difference around the world. Please be ready to give your support. And don’t forget, you can give online through Paypal at www.rockyriverchurch.com. Think of it as giving to Christ at Christmas.

Jesus began His public ministry with these words: "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD (JUBILEE).” Luke 4:18-19

Watch this inspiring video…