Posts with the category “upper-room”

True Vine • Devotion 3
by River Church on March 29th, 2023
Bearing FruitRich Sawicki“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4Jesus is the vine. The vine chose us to be grafted into it, to become part of it; but it is our choice to stay connected to the vine and feed off the vine. If we stay connected to Him we will be fed by the vine. When we are...  Read More
True Vine • Devotion 2
by River Church on March 28th, 2023
BranchesMitchell Holmes“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2The relationship between followers of Christ and God has been described in many ways in the Bible. Jesus describes us as sheep that need constant guidance and attention that are unable to fend for ourselves. We see God described ...  Read More
True Vine • Devotion 1
by River Church on March 27th, 2023
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The Helper • Devotion 6
by River Church on March 25th, 2023
The WordGary Wright“He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:14Growing up, my mom raised me in church. I learned about all the stories in Jesus’ life but had a hard time understanding how they all fit together. I learned about the Gospel of Jesus, how He lived a sinless life, died on a cross to pay my sin debt, and how God raised Him on the third day. When ...  Read More
The Helper • Devotion 5
by River Church on March 24th, 2023
“He”Emilou Irwin“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13The pronoun “He” is very important. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. He is the third person of the Trinity. He is equal with God the Son and God the Fathe...  Read More
The Helper • Devotion 4
by River Church on March 23rd, 2023
The Gift of PainDr. Randy T. Johnson“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8My wife and I are new grandparents. It is so exciting. Recently, our son and his family came back home to visit us. They named our grandson Remy Oliver. My paternal grandfather’s name was Oliver. Seeing Remy melted our hearts. However, we were quickly reminded ...  Read More
The Helper • Devotion 3
by River Church on March 22nd, 2023
Don’t Be TroubledPastor Roy Townsend“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18Have you ever been troubled by something? A basic definition of troubled in the Oxford Dictionary is defined as being “beset by problems or conflict,” or “showing distress or anxiety.” In this section of Scripture, it is not a coincidence that Jesus Christ was telling His disciples to not be troubl...  Read More
The Helper • Devotion 2
by River Church on March 21st, 2023
Healthy ChoicesCathy Story“Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17Can you guess what one of the greatest tips for living a healthier life is? People will tell you over and over, that it is all about nutrition! While one could attempt to work out daily while consuming a n...  Read More
The Helper • Devotion 1
by River Church on March 20th, 2023
A Helper ForeverAngela Cox“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” John 14:16Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. I love, in this portion of Scripture, how reassuring Jesus’ love is for us. With the simple truths of our obedience, He promises our salvation. What a loving Father! Enjoy these words again, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you an...  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 6
by River Church on March 18th, 2023
Glorify the FatherPastor Ben Kirkman“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13We find this verse in an incredibly powerful conversation between Jesus and His disciples. I can only imagine them trying to keep up with what He is telling them, “One of you will betray me. I am going away. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” This is s...  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 5
by River Church on March 17th, 2023
Do You Believe?William Kinney“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” John 14:11Why is it so hard to believe what God says is true? Yet, it seems so easy for us to consider the lies of Satan and our untruthful thoughts. We can too often accept, “If you were saved, you wouldn’t think like that,” or “If God loved me, He wouldn’...  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 4
by River Church on March 16th, 2023
God in FleshCaleb Jones“‘If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am...  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 3
by River Church on March 15th, 2023
Not Sugar-CoatedKendall Hine“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6I am a person who is bad with confrontation. My mind makes a nightmare movie roll of all the worst ways that the conversation could go and I begin to panic. My natural reaction is to sugarcoat things and skirt around the truth that can often be harsh....  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 2
by River Church on March 14th, 2023
The Hope of HomeJeannie Yates“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the heart of the Willamette Valley just one hour from either majestic mountains or the scenic ocean. My grandparent’s house overlooked that beautiful ocean and we were fortunate enough to vis...  Read More
A Place for You • Devotion 1
by River Church on March 13th, 2023
Preparing for a VisitPastor Patrick RowlandIn the final moments Jesus has with the disciples, He has much to say and is very intentional with those words. The disciples, sensing something is about to happen to Jesus, were filled with anxiety, fear, and sadness. Yet, comforting them, Jesus tells them He will be leaving soon, but not to worry He will see them again.John 14:2 says, “In my Father’s ho...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 6
by River Church on March 11th, 2023
The Key of LoveSierra Combs“These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:17This morning as I was looking through my jewelry box, I came upon a bracelet that I bought several years ago at a vintage market. Between two sets of dainty chains lies a small aged brass key with the word “love” stamped on the metal. While I completely forgot about the bracelet (it had found a pl...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 5
by River Church on March 10th, 2023
Greater LoveCaroline Roark“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13Gift-giving is often a source of stress for me. I love giving people gifts but I always want to give people a great gift. You know that great gift. It is the gift that makes you smile and feel loved. A gift that was exactly what you needed at that moment from someone that genuin...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 4
by River Church on March 9th, 2023
Word and DeedDavid Hudgens“Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” John 14:24All throughout my elementary and secondary education, I experienced a relatively high level of success and command over all the subjects matters, except for one class, English. Each year, and with every progressive degree of difficulty, I strug...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 3
by River Church on March 8th, 2023
If You Love MePatrick Bicknell“Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’” John 14:23Continuing this Easter series of looking at what took place in the upper room with Jesus and His disciples on the night of His betrayal, we get some of the best teachings of Jesus during His earthly ministry. Up t...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 2
by River Church on March 7th, 2023
Unfathomable LoveJosh Thayer“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34Being a father to a 1-year-old little girl, I finally understand what it means to really love. Not to say that the love I have for my wife, family, and friends was not real, but when you helped create something from nothing, it really puts ...  Read More
Final Class • Devotion 1
by River Church on March 6th, 2023
New CommandmentFerdinand Sanders“When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandmen...  Read More






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