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I heard a message at church last weekend that made a real impact on me.

The focus was on the importance of restoration in our interpersonal relationships – whether with family, friends, loved ones, or whomever it might be. The importance of ‘making peace’ by coming to one another with love and humility instead of doing the opposite with avoidance or combativeness.

Continue reading Restoration

Meaningful Messages

Looking for direction? Guidance? Perspective? Encouragement? Purpose? Motivation? Hope? All of the above?

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I trust that you will find what you’re looking for. If you can’t find any of those after listening to the sermons on this page, please let me know.

Meanwhile if you live in or near Peoria, Illinois I encourage you to join us at Riverside Community Church this Sunday. If you don’t, I still encourage you to enjoy one or several of the sermons online and check back for more in the future.

Every time I set foot inside this church I am thankful to be there. The messages I have heard at Riverside have truly changed my life.

Hopefully the words spoken in these messages will bless you as much as they have blessed me 🙂

What If (Words of Encouragement)

I’ve had some really difficult conversations with friends and loved ones this past week. There is a lot of hurting going on for a lot of people right now.

I’m praying that healing will come for everyone who is going through a difficult time.

As I heard in church today, God’s love for us is always there…even when it seems like nothing is going right. It’s not always easy to trust that but I can assure you that if you do, you will be able to make it through anything.

Psalm 46:1 God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Here is a song I felt I should share today. I hope it will mean something to you.

There is a purpose behind everything. Every struggle, every disappointment, every heartache, every failure. Everything. God is using all of those things to make you a stronger person.

Wouldn’t you know, He is also using those things to bring you closer to Him. As the song lyrics say, so appropriately:

“What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.”

I hope that you will find comfort in this song and in knowing that God loves you no matter where you are, what you’re doing, or how far away He might seem to you. He is right there with you.

Just believe that things will get better. They will. Might not be the way you choose them to or as fast as you want them to…but they will.

Worship // Service (Riverside Worship) iTunes Album

Looking for an energetic, uplifting worship album? Well, look no further than right here:


The album was recorded live at Riverside Community Church in Peoria, IL and the energy in the building that night was incredible. These musicians are blessed with some real talent and their heart for God certainly shows in the way they sing and play the instruments.

Face to Face and Can’t Stop are my favorite songs on here but they’re all really good. I hope you will enjoy the album as much as I do.

The New Wednesday Night Routine

Wednesdays have become a lot of fun in recent weeks.

I signed the kids up for a discipleship class at church. They go for an hour every Wednesday and learn fun stuff about Bible stories in small groups with other kids their age. They also learn some general life lessons like how to be respectful and obedient, and they get to have some fun too.

It’s really neat because they both enjoy being there and ask when they get to go back every time it wraps up. Makes me happy to see them getting into it. It’s nice for them to meet some kids that don’t go to their school and at the same time to have an opportunity to grow in their faith.

Meanwhile there’s a Bible study for the ‘grown-ups’ during the time the kids are in their groups and that’s been a good experience as well. Hoping to learn a few things myself while I’m there.

Church can be a pretty cool place. Didn’t always feel that way but I do now and I’m pretty happy about it 🙂

Time to head out…looking forward to what’s in store this week.