“...everything lives where the river flows..”
Ezekiel 47:9

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WOW: Teenage Temptation

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Teenagers growing up in this dark corrupt world often face many pressures in dealing with those who do evil. Many of their friends make wrong choices, do wrong things and there are times when they are tempted to do something that is incorrect or to follow the “wrong path in life.” However, if you focus on God’s wisdom which teaches you to reverence God’s love and obey His Word and not go the wrong way then the ungodly temptations of life will not defeat you. I’m Pastor Demetria Bass of the River Christian Center and that’s your WOW (Word of Wisdom).

The Bottom Line: Gap Standers

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God is looking for an individual who will “stand in the gap” or in other words intercede on behalf of His people and plead their case before Him so they will not be destroyed. God is looking for people who will listen to His perspective on the news and respond by “standing in the gap.” Through prayer we can help establish and restore God’s eternal purposes for the nations of the world. I’m Pastor Jeff Bass of the River Christian Center and that’s the bottom line because the Word of God says so.

WOW: Common Sense

Proverbs 10:21 says, the lips of the righteous feed many but fools die for want of wisdom. That same verse in the Moffatt translation reads, but a fool’s lack of sense is death to himself. Today, many people lack common sense and it causes them much grief. They lack the sense to make proper, clear and correct choices. Are you thinking about the decisions you make? Do you ask yourself if you are using common sense? While this may seem so obvious, it is clear that many lack this basic attribute. It’s wise to use common sense before you leap! I’m Pastor Demetria Bass of the River Christian Center and that’s your WOW (Word of Wisdom)!

WOW: Wisdom and Knowledge

The dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.” This is a theme that’s recurring throughout the Bible. Knowledge, on the other hand, is defined as having information through experience, reasoning or acquaintance. God wants us to have knowledge of Him but equally important is having wisdom which is a gift from God. James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Wisdom is what God will bless us with in order for us to glorify Him with the knowledge we have of Him. I’m Pastor Demetria Bass of the River Christian Center and for that’s your WOW (Word of Wisdom)!

The Bottom Line: The Cost of Discipleship

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Here’s a quick question for you. What would be the hardest thing for you to surrender to follow Jesus on the path of true discipleship? We need to understand that the way to true discipleship is through the cross of Jesus Christ. There we surrender our old life in exchange for His resurrection life. We need to ask God to help us be willing to say yes to His will and yes to His way. Are you ready to follow Christ? I’m Pastor Jeff Bass of the River Christian Center and that’s the bottom line because the Word of God says so.

The Bottom Line: Seeking God

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Proverbs 8:17, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” Seeking God is the key to knowing Him. When we sincerely seek Him, He will reveal himself to us through His Word, other people, the circumstances of life and we won’t be disappointed. We’ll find a loving God of faultless character who delights in justice and righteousness. To know Him is to love Him and to worship Him. So, seek God. I’m Pastor Jeff Bass of the River Christian Center and that’s the bottom line because the Word of God says so.

The Bottom Line: Jealousy

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One of the most dangerous emotions is jealousy. Some people are jealous of those who have better houses. Some are jealous of those who have more talent, better jobs, bigger cars, and so on.  Jealousy is a passionate emotion, that if allowed to move to hate, can drive a person to kill. A biblical example of jealousy was when Cain killed his brother Abel. So, don’t allow jealousy to destroy friendships, relationships, or even, to take a life. I’m Pastor Jeff Bass, and that’s The Bottom Line, because the Word of God says so.

Avoid the Root of Bitterness

Did you know that bitterness is a root? Hebrews 12:15 reads, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” So, what is a root? A root is a source that is under the surface. Roots don’t directly manifest or make them known, but are a source of nutrition or fuel for other elements that are on the surface. A root’s job is not to manifest on the surface, but to brew under the surface and fuel things that are on the surface. The same is true with bitterness in a person’s soul. It’s a hidden element that lies under the surface, and out of it springs up anger and other negative emotions against others and against the circumstances around us.

Those who have a root of bitterness find it easy to get upset over things that others around them are doing. Bitterness is a root, thereby making it harder to identify and expose than many surface issues. Nevertheless, it is a deadly poison that needs to be released. If left alone, it will grow and fester, and it has the ability to spring up many surface issues such as anger, hatred, etc.

Bitterness can be caused by a traumatic experience that was forced upon you unwillingly by another. It can be caused by disappointment and shattered hopes and dreams. Also, it can be caused by unforgiveness and refusing to let go of an offense. Bitterness can be caused by rejection by someone you loved and who was supposed to love you.

The root of bitterness prevents you from having great relationships with others. It will keep you from enjoying life and will make you look at life through a selfish point of view. Additionally, the root of bitterness will prevent you from having fellowship with God. Your fellowship with God will be affected because the root of bitterness grieves the Holy Spirit, hinders your prayer life and your worship.

Finally, what are the keys to the eradication of the root of bitterness? First, let God reveal it (Psalm 139:23-24). Second, let grace remove it (Hebrews 12:15). Lastly, let God replace it (Hebrews 12:14).

In Everything Give Thanks

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. But did you know that seven other nations also celebrate an official Thanksgiving Day? Those nations are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia, and Switzerland. According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn. In the year 1621, they did celebrate a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest. But this feast most people refer to as the first Thanksgiving was never repeated. Oddly enough, most devoutly religious pilgrims observed a day of thanksgiving with prayer and fasting not feasting. Yet even though this harvest feast was never called Thanksgiving by the pilgrims of 1621, it has become the model for the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States.

Here is the historical time line of Thanksgiving in America:

  • 1541 – Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led a thanksgiving Communion celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon, West Texas.
  • 1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 800 settlers gathered for a meal with the Timucuan Indians in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1621 – Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • 1630 – Settlers observed the first Thanksgiving of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England on July 8, 1630.
  • 1777 – George Washington and his army on the way to Valley Forge, stopped in blistering weather in open fields to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.
  • 1789 – President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.”
  • 1800s – The annual presidential thanksgiving proclamations ceased for 45 years in the early 1800s.
  • 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition of Thanksgiving proclamations in 1863. Since this date, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
  • 1941 – President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

This Thanksgiving we pray everyone will enjoy their family and friends. Also, remember to give thanks to the Lord for everything and in everything.

Overcoming the Obstacles in Our Lives

In Joshua chapter 6, the people of God had to decide whether they would continue the journey to where God wanted them—would they move forward in spite of the obstacles, or would they once again retreat into safety? From this passage of scripture let’s look at three key principles on how to overcome the obstacles that oftentimes keep us from following the will of God for our lives.

First, we overcome obstacles through communication (Joshua 6:1-2)

The major obstacle facing Joshua and the people of Israel was Jericho. If they couldn’t conquer this city, then all hope for the Israelites was gone. The questions to be asked are, how would they reach the city and how would they scale the wall?

Joshua had a God who communicated with him. God told Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men, and provided the plan for taking Jericho.” Whatever your obstacle, God’s willing to cross it with you. He is committed to communicating with His people and to providing strength, comfort, and hope. If you are up against a wall and want to know how to deal with it, don’t try to overcome under your own strength. Your first plan of action should be to have a little talk with God.

Second, we defeat difficulties through compliance (verses 6-7)

In the midst of such a great obstacle, Joshua complied with the plan of God. Though he may not have completely understood the plan or its significance, he followed God and moved the people to action. God could use a man like Joshua because he was a man of faith and a man of obedience. He simply followed as God instructed and the people followed.

God instructed the people of Israel to carry the trumpets, with the ark of the Lord following for six days, and they were not to speak (verses 8, 10). On the seventh day they were to follow this routine with one addition. They were to shout in glory to God because the city had been delivered to them.  This was an act of faith and obedience and their obedience to God produced wonders. We don’t read of a negative spirit, disbelief, or discouragement. Compliance is the key to the moving of God’s mighty hand in our lives.

Finally, impossibilities become possibilities through confidence (verses 20-21)

It was uncommon common sense to believe that God could make the impossible possible. Yet in the end the walls fell.  
The walls were not the problem, the people were the problem. We are always the problem. God has the power to do as He chooses, but He desires that we act in obedient faith. When we do, He takes care of the walls and it all.
In conclusion, Joshua and the people of god demonstrated deep confidence in the power of God. Do you have that kind of confidence? If so, then you can overcome the obstacles in your life. Remember the three C’s to overcoming obstacles are communication, compliance, and confidence.