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Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 11 April 2021. Join us as Steve opens up this new series called 'Beautiful Collision'. The cross is not a simple single thing. Rather it is like a multi-faceted diamond that is appreciated more and more as you look at it from different angles. The Biblical authors help us look a…
 
Lee Strobel says that the “resurrection of Jesus Christ is the best attested event of the ancient world.” Over the years, many have sought (and found) reason proof for the resurrection. But Scripture also talks about what the resurrection itself proves for believers. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we can have confidence in who Jesus says H…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 2 April 2021. Easter lies at the heart of the Christian faith, and for good reason. Yet Easter weekend starts with Good Friday. But how can celebrating death be Good News? How can a crucifixion become known as Good Friday? Steve speaks from Romans 5 where we see the incredible a…
 
We live in a visual culture where seeing is valuable, but what if we only think we are seeing things clearly? In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man and as his eyes open he slowly begins to see who Jesus really is: the light of the world. Contrasted with that, we also see how the people who think that they can see clearly are actually blind to who Jesu…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 21 March 2021. Repentance is one of the primary ways we participate in God's transformative power in our lives. God is wanting to rebuild us as His people, orientated around His will, His Word, and His ways. And we do this through repentance.…
 
Jesus speaks about money more than nearly any other topic and the Bible as a whole has over 2,000 verses addressing money. This is not because money is important to God but because it is important to us. God wants us to have a proper relationship to money. Proverbs has lots of wisdom about wealth, how we work for money, and what we put value or wor…
 
The world seems to be getting even more and more divided and, unfortunately, the church itself is not free of fights and quarrels. But the book of Proverbs has lots of wisdom about the characteristics and consequences of fights and quarrels. God wants His people to be people who reconcile division and His word gets to the heart of our desires that …
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 14 March 2021. The first thing that God did with his people after the rebuilding of the wall was reform and reorientate their hearts around his Word. This week's message encourages us to establish our faith on the firm foundation of God's Word.…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 7 March 2021. This week we get to the point where the wall is completed in such record time, everybody could see that it only could have happened with God's help. We too can pray for and celebrate such momentous victories in our life, when God's kingdom clearly breaks into the p…
 
In our social media lives we all may have hundreds of “friends” - but what is true friendship and what does it look like? God has lots to say about friendship in the book of Proverbs. Two key aspects of deep friendship are steadfast love and faithfulness. These are also key attributes of who God is. Jesus shows us perfectly what it means to be a tr…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 28 February 2021. These days it is so easy to share our opinions loudly and feel like we are making a difference. However, if we want to make a real difference, we would do well to learn from Nehemiah's passionate and courageous example.…
 
In a COVID-19 world being contagious is a bad thing - but what if being contagious as a Christian meant we spread the good news of Jesus to people who need the life found in Christ? In Acts 2:37-47, we see how the early church was contagious and grew in number every day because the Christians were devoted to God’s word, fellowship, breaking of brea…
 
Sermon given online by Craig Wilcock for Riverside Community Church, 21 February 2021. This week Craig encourages us as we continue in the book of Nehemiah. Just because we follow God's direction doesn't mean we will not face opposition. If anything, we can count on opposition. Craig gives us practical handles on how we can trust God through opposi…
 
Americans love their freedom, but what is true freedom? Jesus famously said that “the truth will set you free,” but what does that actually mean? In John 8:31-59, Jesus shows us how to be truly free from slavery to sin. He shows us what it means to trust God and “keep” His word. He shows us how to become and live as free sons and daughters of our h…
 
Our mouths and tongues can tell a lot about how healthy we are both physically and spiritually. Jesus said that “what comes out of [our] mouth is what defiles [us]” (Matthew 15:11). The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about the sins of gossip, flattery, and boasting, and how each can cause deep damage in our lives, the lives of others, and the li…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 14 February 2021. Nehemiah chapter 2 and 3 tells the story of Nehemiah sharing his God-given vision with his fellow Israelites. They all commit to doing whatever it takes to see the wall of Jerusalem go up. How can we Get Stuck In while we are in Lockdown? Steve provides 5 ideas…
 
Nobody wants to be lied to, but do we really take seriously how much we tell the truth ourselves? Proverbs has a lot to say about lying or bearing false witness. Satan is the “father of lies” and we align ourselves more with him than God when we lie or shade the truth. God is a God of truth who cannot lie, and He wants us to be people of integrity …
 
On average, we speak about 16,000 words each day - how well do we choose those words? Words are powerful. Words can hurt and they can heal. Words can bring life and they can bring death. God’s Word in the book of Proverbs has a lot to say about the wisdom of using the right amount of words and power of using the the right kind of words to build peo…
 
Jesus is light for those who are blind - both blind to the truth and blind to who Jesus truly is. The Pharisees were looking for a Messiah who would come in glory and power - they were "theologians of glory." But Jesus the Messiah is revealed in the crucifixion, when the light of the world seems to be overtaken by darkness. John is a "theologian of…
 
Sermon given online by Stephen Pohlman for Riverside Community Church, 24 January 2021. We begin this new series in the book of Nehemiah by seeing how Nehemiah's first response to hearing devastating news is to lament. The Scriptures depict lamenting as a healthy way to process grief and sorrow with God and with others.…
 
What the world needs more than anything right now is people who understand the power of prayer. We often forget that the power revealed at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 is preceded by a prayer meeting that happens in Acts chapter 1. What the church needs to recapture is that prayer is the prelude to power. We want to imitate the early church in their…
 
Some of us have been caught in sin, some of us are afraid of being caught in our sin, and others are too busy pointing out the sins of others to recognize their own sin. We are all condemned as guilty because of our sin. But the good news of the gospel is that Jesus was condemned so we can be caught by His grace, not enslaved to our own sin. We can…
 
People need hope - and perhaps we need hope in 2020 more than we ever have before. During this season of Advent, we look to the hope that God brings to the world. That hope is both a temporal and an eternal hope that is found in the person of Jesus. When God-given temporal hope is properly received, it can make us even more expectant of the eternal…
 
Most of us are afraid of something and that fear influences how we live our lives. We can be afraid of our circumstances, we can be afraid of what other people think, or we can let our fear of God influence our other fears. Proverbs says that “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” and the proper fear of God can help us let go of our other imp…
 
If you’ve grown up in the church or been a Christian for a while, it can be really easy to assume you fully know who Jesus is. But in John 7, we see Jesus’ own brothers, the Jews, and even the prominent religious leaders all misunderstanding who the Messiah is and what He came to do. Even Christians can misunderstand Jesus and need to be reminded o…
 
We live in a very divided world and a very divided country. How can we overcome our divisions and display unity as the church when people are more divided than ever? Paul tells us that humility is needed for the church to display the unity the world needs right now. Jesus both showed us what true humility looks like and empowers us to humble oursel…
 
The world may seem out of control, but in the book of Proverbs God calls us to be people characterized by self-control - in our mind, our mouth, and our body. But this isn’t something we do on our own. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, and we need to be constantly connected to God and understand how His grace teaches us (and enables us) to liv…
 
We live in a time of great uncertainty where people need faith more than ever before. But how do we find that faith? This message from two missionaries shows how we need to look to God through prayer, expect Him to show up, and give Him the glory when He answers prayer. We need to remember that our citizenship is in heaven and look to certainty fro…
 
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