FREE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP MEAL and CHRISTMAS GIFT EXCHANGE

The River Run Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a free community fellowship meal on Sunday, December 21, 2014. The fellowship meal will begin at 1:00 PM. Food will be available until 2:00 PM or while supplies last. The menu for December’s fellowship meal is “Friendship Soup”, ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, bread, dessert, beverages, and more. In addition, we will be holding our traditional Christmas Gift Exchange on December 21st, immediately following the fellowship meal. Those wishing to participate in the gift exchange should bring a gift [$3-$6 value] to share. Door prizes will also be drawn. We hope to see you on December 21st. The meal is free and open to all. It will be served at the Detroit Town Hall, located at 35 South Main Street in Detroit.

If you want more information about the River Run Church of the Nazarene, you can send us a note at the church’s mailing address [P.O. Box 88, Detroit, Maine 04929] or email us at riverrunnaz@midmaine.com.

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The Gospels – Matthew 12

12/11/2014

Anybody feeling stressed? Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and everyday living… who wouldn’t be? Matthew 12 reports numerous examples of Jesus getting bombarded with problems, challenges, accusations, or demands. He is the King of king and Lord of lords; there was no rest for Him, but yet He is known as the Prince of Peace. He desires to share His peace with us. Let us claim that hope – that promise! In His name the nations will put their hope (Matthew 12:21). We should do nothing less.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.12

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FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT and AWARDING OF SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

The River Run Church of the Nazarene in Detroit will be holding a Family Movie Night on Friday, December 19, 2014. A Christmas movie favorite will be shown. Come join us on December 19th for a relaxing and fun filled evening. Before the movie is shown, we will allow final bidding on silent auction items. Last minute bids and bidders will be accepted from 5:30 to 6:00 PM on the 19th. The movie will be shown, immediately following the close of bidding, in the Town Meeting Room of the Detroit Town Hall, located at 35 South Main Street in Detroit, Maine. The silent auction items will be awarded after the movie is over. All unclaimed silent auction items must be picked between 2:00 PM and 4:00PM on Sunday, December 21, 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be available.

If you want more information about the River Run Church of the Nazarene, you can send us a note at the church’s mailing address [P.O. Box 88, Detroit, Maine 04929] or email us at riverrunnaz@midmaine.com.

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The Gospels – Matthew 11

12/10/2014

Have you ever felt like you were paving the way for another person to travel? John the Baptist knew he was preparing the way for others to hear and receive the message that Jesus, the Christ, was born to deliver. Sometimes as leaders, when we are charting a new path in unknown or unfamiliar territory, we may have doubts about the final destination – even wondering if the chosen path will actually get us to where we want to go. Finding himself in prison, John the Baptist began to have doubts. Jesus, learning of John’s doubts, sought to reassure him. He suggested John consider the evidence and accomplishments of Jesus’ earthly ministry. As we consider the path that God has placed us on, let us consider all of the times when God has been faithful. May the Holy Spirit remove any doubts we have about fully committing to and following Jesus.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.11

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The Gospels – Matthew 10

12/9/2014

Just as Jesus sent out the original twelve disciples, so also He sends us out. He generally told the disciples where to go, who to target with His message, and what to say. He empowered them for their mission and told them what to take, who to stay with, and who and what to watch out for. He warned them of the dangers they would face, reassured them that He would be with them on their journeys, and explained the risks, costs, and benefits of obediently following Him. He will do those things for us today too. Are we listening? Are we willing to pay the price for following Him? If we are obedient, God’s blessings will flow and the ultimate reward will be great. May we desire to be obedient to His call upon our lives. May we be His “sent” people. May we never wonder if He has a place for us in His mission to the lost people of this world.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.10

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The Gospels – Matthew 9

12/8/2014

What is the key to forgiveness? Our faith! But, our faith in what or whom? Our faith should be in the one true God… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the all-in-one. We can have a personal relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ. Our faith in God grows as we continually seek to be healed from our broken relationship with Him. He is anxious to forgive and longs for an intimate relationship with us, as our creator. As with any relationship, there are responsibilities – things need to be done to maintain the relationship. May we seek Him, follow His ways, obey His commands, and work to reach others for Him. May our relationship with Him be strengthened as we are faithful to Him.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.9

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The Gospels – Matthew 8

12/7/2014

Jesus desires for us all to be healed. While many seek physical, emotional, or psychological healing, spiritual healing, including the restoration of a personal relationship with God, through Christ, is the key. Full healing may not occur until Jesus returns and all of God’s creation is restored. If you seek to be fully healed, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Have faith! Believe in the promises written of in the Holy Scriptures. However, be patient and remember that full healing may not occur until His kingdom comes and the doors to eternal life are fully opened to those who believe.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.8

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