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An audacious vision – Jesus’ gift of new life

Words are powerful. But when they’re just on paper or spoken, they can still be empty. Sunday, April 11, 2021, Pastor Eric kicks off a new sermon series: An audacious vision – Jesus’ gift of new life.  Listen how Jesus shares his vision of love to a Samaritan woman. She, in turn,  shares it with everyone. Through Jesus, we can continue that woman’s witness and bring Jesus gift of new life unending to all. !

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Easter marks a new beginning

Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. On Sunday, April 4, 2021, Pastor Eric continues the story of redemption in the resurrection. Jesus changes has paid for our sins by dying on the cross. In him, we can celebrate new life, new home and a new beginning.  

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Entertaining for life

Do you have a memory about a favorite party or celebration you attended? It may have been your wedding day or a loved one’s milestone birthday. Most likely you have fond memories about the day’s event including the food, the fun and the conversations. In Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021’s sermon, Pastor Eric continues his Family for Life series, talking about Entertaining for Life and how when Jesus is part of the party, it’s truly a celebration.

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Learn for life

We’re celebrating a new year and a new season at River of Life by introducing you to our new pastor. Pastor Eric Wenger and his family have moved to Omaha from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to River of Life, Pastor Eric was the senior pastor of Raized Lutheran Church since 2016. He kicks off the new year and his first sermon series focusing on what it means, what we can learn and how we can grow as a “Family for Life.” 

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Two of the Bible’s more understated people

One of Pr. Mark Rosenau’s favorite people in the Bible is Simeon. He only has 11 versus dedicated to his story but God chose him to make a big impact. Similarly,  Anna, who has three versus dedicated to her story, also happened to be at the temple the day Joseph and Mary brought Jesus for the first time as the law required. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020’s message is dedicated to these two most understated yet exemplary believers and what we can learn from them. 

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I’ve got good news

Countless lives, health, businesses, jobs and wages have been lost due to the pandemic. However, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, Pr. Mark Rosenau shares some good news. More than 2,000 years ago,  Jesus Christ was born in a lowly manger to be our Savior and save us from our sins. Pr Rosenau goes on to say God is is patient and faithful and promises that he is with us always and his love for us is perfect. What a joyful, merry Christmas!

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Advent 2020

O come let us adore him

Tonight marks the culmination of the six-week worship series entitled O Come Let us Adore Him. During this Advent worship service on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Pr. Mark Rosenau explores the threat and hope surrounding Jesus’ birth.

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O come let us give our gifts

The visit of the magi to worship baby Jesus has a number of myths surrounding the visit: there is not truth that there were three men, the men were not kings but rather learned scholars watching the stars and the men were not from the Orient rather Persia or present-day Middle East. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020’s message is part of the six-week worship series dedicated to worship as relationship. Pr. Mark Rosenau touches on the myths, but more importantly the true sacrifice these men gave to make the trek and giving something meaningful and valuable to honor the King.  

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O come let us see him

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 Pr. Mark Rosenau kicks off a six-week Advent series focused on worship as relationship. The overall theme is “Oh Come Let us Worship Him” with today’s message involving our sense of sight. Pr Rosenau explores the definition of worship and what its central focus. Listen in and discover anew your relationship with him.     

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There is no plan B

Simply stated: the church today is both an institution and a “living organism.” One of our greatest challenges is to maintain a healthy balance between the two. In Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020’s sermon, Pastor Mark breaks down what he means by that and how pastors and Christians can apply God’s intended mission to our ministry and life today.   

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