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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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Blessings in a broken world

Psalm 30 is known as the Psalm of David and it’s one of thankfulness. Jesus goes on to say “Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness …” In Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, Pastor Mark shares about the blessings Jesus bestows on his followers in a world seemingly filled with disappointment and criticism and how refreshing it must have been to hear those simple words so lovingly and invitingly.

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By who’s authority

How do you feel when someone walks away from a conversation you’re having with them abruptly? The Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 sermon touches on how Jesus responds to the Chief Priests when they ask, “By what authority are you doing these things and who gave you the authority?” Jesus doesn’t answer directly, rather relays the parable of the two sons, one who refuses to work but later relented and did. The second son agreed to work but failed to keep his word. Listen to what Jesus trying to convey to the Chief Priests and how it applies to our lives…

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Exemplary

Has the pandemic’s rules, restrictions and safety precautions left you weary and fatigued? Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weak and heavy ladened. During Oct. 18, 2020’s sermon, Pastor Mark Rosenau talks about “model Christians” in Thessalonica. They loved others AND were obedient to God. Can it be true that love without obedience in God is not love at all?       

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