The River Church 

The River Church

Sundays: 10:00 a.m.

Located at:

The Siekman Center for Jr. Achievement

(2nd floor)
300 N. Appleton St.
Appleton, Wisconsin

(corner of W. Franklin and N. Appleton Streets)

Contact Info: 

The River Church
P.O. Box 1271
Appleton, WI  54912

(920) 213-2062







Hope for the Future

 --by Lee Ann Rubsam 

"I really messed up this time. Now I will never be able to fulfill the calling God spoke upon my life."
Have you ever had such a despairing thought? Maybe you have even said it. Such thoughts are exactly what the enemy of your soul wants you to think.
But the truth is, killing God's desires and plans for your life is a whole lot harder than that. God-given destiny is not as fragile as we may suppose. The Bible tells us God "chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, {even} above reproach, before Him in love" (Ephesians 1:4, Amplified).
He also said, "In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son .... Those he called, he also justified .... Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? ... Christ Jesus ... is also interceding for us." (Read all of Romans 8:29-34.)
Every one of us have erred along the path to what God has planned for us. For some of us, our mistakes have been minor missteps (which we may even believe are major failures), while others of us have missed it by a wide margin. But God, Who has foreknown you and chosen you before the world began, built into your life a margin for error. He planned for your mistakes to be tools to train you, not to ruin you. Destiny bounces back, as long as you continue to stay teachable, as long as you continue yielding your heart to the Lord.
Has God spoken into you a calling, a purpose, which you hold dear? Believe Him for it -- even if it currently doesn't look so good. He is faithful, even when you have not been. Jesus is in the business of restoring and resurrecting your dreams. He is THE Resurrection (John 11:25).  He will see you through to the fulfillment of His plans for you. 


An Encouraging Word is an outreach of The River Church, designed to uplift the Body of Christ. Copyright 2011.  All rights reserved. 




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