Archive for April, 2011

Helping

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Riverwwods is headed to Smithland this morning to prepare food for the workers helping with the flooding. Sorry I haven’t blogged much lately it is just not high on the priority list. As soon time allows God has been speaking to me on a couple of subjects that excite me. Hopefully that excitement will translate onto the page and God can speak to you. Pray for us as we try to help people in this difficult time.

Plans & Prayer 2

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago I came to a new understanding about my walk with God. It is summed up in the short phrase I wrote on this blog under “Kingdom Work”  and is; “when in a walk with God He is so far ahead putting things together all you have to do is listen and follow”. God says in (Jer. 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” God has our best interest in mind, he wants to bless us. Too often we take things into our own hands and think we know what is best, but it only leads to difficulty. I want to listen and follow but sometimes in the best attempt self gets in the way. Scripture says in (Proverbs 16:9) “We make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.”
Also, (Proverbs 19:21) “You can make many plans but the Lord’s purpose prevails.” With this understanding I have come to the conclusion to listen and follow. His will always prevails. God will accomplish His purposes with or without me. Sometimes I am about my plan and busy fulfilling what I want to do; but, am I involved in what he is doing?

Lately I have watched in amazement just how far God is ahead of me. God’s timing is perfect! I don’t believe in luck or chance, however, providence, purpose, timing and blessing are realities worth submission. This old knowledge but new understanding makes me shutter at the thought of attempting something in my own time and strength. Don’t misunderstand, I still have plans but they are growing out of my prayers. I used to have plans and pray about them. Now I pray and out of that intimate relationship plans are birthed. I really think plans and prayer go together.

Riverwoods Prayer & Plans

Posted: April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

This past week has been a blur. I had a great time in revival services at Southside in Bowling Green, KY. I love that town, maybe because of Longhorn and Mariah’s my two favorite eating places in the area.

Friendly reminder about Prayer and Plans tomorrow night at 6pm, don’t miss this meeting if at all possible. The design team from i5Design group will be here to walk us through the new children’s and operations expansion. They have done an amazing job. I think you will be amazed at the final product. We will be sharing some other upcoming events and general vision for the near future. To top things off we have a huge announcement to make. The future is bright but also very challenging. To close the night we are going to pray corporately for our plans and the Easter worship experiences. If at all possible make it to this meeting.

Don’t forget 9:00 & 10:30 tomorrow for our new service times as we finish up the marriage series.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Pastor Darrin

Oftentimes people are negative and critical of the youth in today’s society. I take a different approach because I see greatness and a tremendous heart for the things of God. I was so blessed and excited to realize that Sunday the average age on the stage at riverwoods was about 18 years of age. I was out of town and had total confidence in the next Gen to lead our services. I have heard they did an awesome job. As we approach the future it is very bright because possibly more than any recent generation today’s youth are searching spiritually. It’s time to realize the tremendous potential within the next gen. That you Logan, Lakin, Josh, Danii, Haley and Peyton for leading at riverwoods and being an awesome group of next generation leaders.

Life of Revival

Posted: April 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have the privilege to preach at the revival services of Southside Baptist Church in Bowling Green, this week. Before starting a modern culturally relevant church I preached 8 or 10 revivals a year and have always enjoyed those services. Revival meetings are almost a thing of the past, not many modern churches have this type of meetings. I think it is good to draw aside and allow God to speak to His local church, challenging her to walk closer to Him. Just holding services does not make a revival. The old-timers called these a protractive meeting because they knew unless God moved and people experienced repentance and renewal, it would not be a revival, just a series of services. I am praying for revival to occur in this local body of believers that is contagious and spreads to others. (Psalm 85:6) “…revive us again that your people will rejoice in you again.”

Revival is returning to the place of normalcy for the people of God. Leonard Ravenhill said “we have become so subnormal that being normal seems abnormal. Get on fire and stay on fire, being a radical for Jesus. When you live in a constant state of revival it is like drinking from a fire hydrant. I believe it is time for the church to be and live like God intended. At riverwoods let’s just live in that place of normalcy, that place of joy, excitement and revival. Rather than experiencing a week of revival I am praying for and seeking a life of revival.