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Today, We Test…

02.05.17 | by Ray Jones

     516 Student Ministry

    UNIGHT | TONIGHT from 5:00-8:00 PM in the RFC.

    DNOW | Kicks off on Friday at 5:00 PM.

     Don’t forget:

    • Register for WIRED by February 19.
    • Golf Hole Sponsors are due by February 19.
    • Register for SLU101 by February 26. 

     Ridgecrest Women

    Widow's Fellowship | Thursday, February 9 at 10:00 AM in the RFC Craft Room. Dianna Byrd will be our guest speaker.

     Truth Seekers

    Children’s Ministry Family/Teacher Meeting |  Sunday, February 12 from 4:00-5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  For Parents and kids grades 1-5.  Enjoy the meal, hear guest comedian/illusionist, and get important calendar information. Camp and trip discounts will be offered to families present.  RSVP by February 6 at 10:00 AM by calling the church office.

     GA Mother/Daughter Retreat | March 10th & 11th at Camp Victory. The cost is $50 for mother & daughter.  Deadline to register is February 22.  Turn in registration form and money in one of the Children’s Ministry black dropboxes located upstairs by the CM Welcome desk and downstairs in the Missions hall.  Call Susan Anderson at 790-0669 if you have any questions.

     Church-wide info

    Juice Boxes Needed | We will be collecting juice boxes (Capri Sun, Kool Aid Jammers, etc.) during the month of February for the KidzFest with the Will Graham Celebration coming in May.  Please bring your donations to the Welcome Center or the Church Office.  If you have any questions please contact Jessica Pedersen at .

    Valentine Bud Vase Fundraiser | Just $10. Pick-up Sunday, February 12th.  Be sure to RSVP by February 6.  Proceeds to assist RBC families taking the Ark/Creation Museum Trip.  Place your order in the Welcome Center at our table before or after each worship service.

     Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser | Plates served on Sunday, February 19th at either 11:00 AM or 12:30 PM and the cost is $7 per plate. Dine-In or Carry-Out.  Business plates will also be available on Thursday, March 9, to be picked up at noon.  Both served in the RBC Fellowship Hall. Tickets on sale now at the table in the Welcome Center or call the church office 334-792-9406 and ask for Heather.  

     Men’s ministry

    Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference | February, 15-18. The cost is $40 ($50 after February 3). Register online at by clicking on the banner at the top of the page.

     Recreation Ministry

    PrimeTime for Seniors |  Pick your Chicken Day!!  TOMORROW at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  Incorporate chicken into an entrée or side dish.

     Today, We Test…

    God’s Word! Through our prove the tithe offering. It is not a special offering, but hopefully everyone of us will bring a tithe to the Lord today. Testing God, sounds a bit scary or arrogant, doesn’t it? But it is God himself who challenged His people to do just that in Malachi 3:10 which said, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” That is both a command and a promise.

    Dr. Elmer Towns tells a story called, “Who Owns Your French Fries” and it is the story of a father who buys his little boy some french fries. Then the father does what all fathers do, he reaches over and takes one french fry to taste it. The little boy slaps his father’s hand and says, "Don’t touch my french fries." The father thinks that his son is selfish. The father knows that he bought the french fries and they belong to him. The father knows that his son belongs to him. The father could get angry and never buy his son another french fry again to teach his son a lesson, or the father could "bury" his son in french fries. The father thinks, "Why is my son selfish, I have given him a whole package of french fries; I just want one french fry." In a similar way, God has graciously and sacrificially given to us all that we have and only expects a 1/10th in return… let’s not be like the little boy to our Heavenly Father.

    And thinking about those things, have you seen this bumper sticker? It reads, “Tithe if you love Jesus. Any fool can honk". I love it! 

    Committed and Connected… for 2017. We’ve just finished our series, “I WILL” I hope that you made the four commitments that we discussed over the past four Sundays. Here they are again:

    1. I WILL… Go in the Power of God… I’ll be an Ambassador for Christ in 2017 and commit myself to reach and connect at least one person to Christ.
    2. I WILL… Grow in my Knowledge of God… I’ll make spiritual growth a priority, and I’ll get involved in a Sunday morning Connection Group.
    3. I WILL… Guard the Word of God… By reading it, hiding it in my heart, mastering its truth, and adjusting my life accordingly.
    4. I WILL… Give in Obedience to God… I’ll trust God with my finances and my material possessions by obeying His commands for giving.

     These four commitments… really will change your life forever! We still have plenty of the reminder magnets for each of these commitments, be sure to get some if you have not already.

     Super Sunday… Remember tonight we’ll have an adjusted schedule. We will gather at 5:00 PM in the auditorium for a brief time of song and inspiration. At 5:30 PM we’ll move to our newly renovated fellowship hall for Food (Chili, Soup, Desserts), Fun (some special prizes, table trivia) and Football (watch the Super Bowl on our 100” HD screen). Feel free to wear your team’s favorite colors.

     A FAVORED FAITH…is the title of the new sermon series I begin today. I am excited to share it with you and have been looking forward to doing so since this past July. The fact is, every sane Christian wants the favor of God in their life. In this series, I will discuss how we can better position ourselves to enable God’s favor over our life.

     And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

     For God’s Glory Alone,

     Bro. Ray