Resources

The Bible: Where do I begin?

The Bible is a big book...in fact, it's made of 66 little books. So, naturally, it can be hard to know where to begin. Just remember, it's key to start with a plan. When you set yourself in the right direction, gather people to cheer you on, and press "stop" over...

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8 Steps in Meeting God in Silence and Solitude

8 steps in meeting God in silence and solitude Ruth Haley Barton   The spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude may be quiet, but they're also full of adventure, because God Himself is waiting to meet you there. Whenever you get away from the noise and...

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From Death to Life!

One beautiful picture that we get to show the world is life change through baptism! Baptism is simply your way of publicly declaring your devotion to Christ. On Sunday, September 10th, we will be celebrating baptisms during our birthday party service. Have you taken...

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Lent – Let's Make a Trade

March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Do you Lent? I grew up in church but I never heard about this special season leading up to Easter. Ah, yes. Easter – we Christians know about Easter! It’s the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the...

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Where Are You? An Experiment in Prayer

Sometimes when I call my wife the first thing I ask her is, “Where are you?" The answer to that question will tell me a lot about what she’s doing - in the laundry room, at Target, at the Bank... Where you are and what you’re doing are intertwined. And we can even...

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Lots of Grace, Seasoned with Salt

It's Thanksgiving! The table will be covered in food and surrounded by family and friends. This year I'm hoping to have an extra helping of grace, with a little seasoning of salt! Here's what I mean... Colossians 4:4-5 says, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders making the...

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Get Ready for Advent!

Ready or not...here comes Christmas! If you're like me, you want to get the most out of this season...and not just the most cookies and presents (thought they are great); you want the most meaning! This year at Two Rivers Chattanooga we want to introduce you to...

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Stepping Into Christ's Clothes

When I was in middle and high school, I would spend what felt like hours deciding on what I was going to wear every day. Every thing had to be perfect from my hair to my shoes. Looking back, I realize that all I wanted was to prove myself to others. Prove that I was...

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From Death to Life…then Death to Life Again

This week I received a text I had been waiting on. The timing didn’t surprise me, but the content made me pause. A friend and former co-worker was losing her husband to cancer. The sentence that struck me was this: "Please pray that he will die NOW." And I...

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Am I God's Enemy?

I’ve never had any legitimate enemies, which a small part of me regrets because I think it would have made things more exciting. Sure there have been people I didn’t like – there was that one guy in college I couldn’t stand, but he wasn’t a true enemy, he was just...

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Strength Training: Lessons from the Weight Room of Life

It was a bright, sunny, summer day. A great day to disobey...or so I thought. I was seven and had just decided to follow Jesus, but the struggle was as real then as it is now. To be honest, I have no recollection of my actions that caused me to be in trouble, but I do...

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Driving Toward Grace

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, I am a 6.4 driver - on a good day. At least that is the joke that a few of my friends and I run with. Really...it’s not that I am that bad of a driver, it’s just that I get terribly distracted. The moment the light...

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Family Time Activity – Week of July 17

Change. We see it in our kids as they get taller and grow out of their clothes and shoes! We also see them changing emotionally and intellectually. And we pray for the opportunity to see them grow and change spiritually as well. That's what this week's family time...

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Family Time Activity – Week of July 10

This week our family time activity fits right in with the sermon from July 10, which was on James 3:1-12 - the power of the tongue! Our words are powerful. The Proverbs say that life and death are in the power of the tongue! So using words of life in our family is so...

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Family Time Activity – Week of June 26

This week we have another family time activity brought to you by D6Family! This site has a lot of great resources for churches and families, including something they call SPLINK. It's a great resource to help parents start conversations and spiritually connect with...

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Summer Family Time – Week of June 19

This week's family time activity is brought to you by D6Family! This site has a lot of great resources for churches and families, including something they call SPLINK. It's a great resource to help parents start conversations and spiritually connect with their kids!...

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Summer Family Time – Week of June 12

Big Idea: When facing tough circumstances, trust God instead of complaining. Be a thankster, not a crankster! Scripture: Numbers 13-14; Philippians 2:14 Memory Verse: "Do everything without complaining or arguing." Philippians 2:14 Parent Prep: Read the story in...

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Summer Family Time – Week of June 5

Scripture: Luke 15:1-7. This is the story of the lost sheep. Jesus is speaking to the religious leaders, and he is describing what God is like. He is like a shepherd who has lost a sheep. Supplies: Shepherd outfit - a piece of cloth to put on your head, and a belt or...

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Summer Family Time – Week of May 29

Here's your first Family Time Activity for the Summer! Read it over to familiarize yourself with the passage and activity. Look at your schedule for the week, pick a day when you can do the activity, and communicate it to your family. Scripture: Matthew 7:25-27...

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What If – 40 Days of Prayer Week 5

Here's the fifth and final installment in our 40 Days of Prayer! These are themes we sensed the Lord putting on our hearts during our "What If" series in February and March. Jump in and pray with us! 40 Days of Prayer...

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What If – 40 Days of Prayer Week 4

Here's the fourth installment in our 40 Days of Prayer! These are themes we sensed the Lord putting on our hearts during our "What If" series in February and March. Jump in and pray with us! 40 Days of Prayer...

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What If – 40 Days of Prayer Week 3

Here's the third week in our 40 Days of Prayer! These are themes we sensed the Lord putting on our hearts during our "What If" series in February and March. Jump in and pray with us! 40 Days of Prayer...

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What If – 40 Days of Prayer Week 1

We concluded our teaching series through Nehemiah by building a "What If" wall. On each brick were written prayers, dreams, heart cries. These are the things God has put on the hearts of the people of Two Rivers Church Chattanooga. But those prayers will not end there...

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How the Hope of the World Grows Up

Growing up is messy. It's messy because we don't learn all of life's lessons in a book; we learn them through experience - the hard way. We trip and fall. We stain our clothes. We hurt feelings. We get our feelings hurt. I have a ton of stories as anecdotal evidence;...

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You Never Know Who's Watching

My dad used to always tell me that being a good person was more important than grades. I wish I hadn’t taken that so literally looking back. There were more than a few occasions we would have to have hard talks about my grades. I was a little too social for high...

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Football, Skinny Jeans and Marriage

It turns out football, skinny jeans, and marriage have more in common than you may realize. Kyle and I will celebrate our first anniversary this month. More than ever, I am realizing that time goes by so quickly. Our first year has been the greatest journey. We have...

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What's the Difference?

What’s different about you? Your physical characteristics are probably pretty easy to spot. Are you short or tall? Do you have long hair or short? Are you younger or older? And, the list could go on… But, the more important question is: What’s different about how you...

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Getting More for Christmas – A Guide to Advent 2015

A few years ago , I was flipping through my journals looking for something that would spark a sermon idea. Our church was heading into the fray of the holiday season and I needed a little inspiration. As I flipped through my journals, I paid special attention to...

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Hope Brighter than a Box of Matches

Some people say knowing the first 1,000 digits of Pi is a useless talent. They say finishing a Rubix cube is a silly waste of dexterity. They say a database of fairy tale/Disney knowledge is a useless, nay! a foolhardy use of brain capacity. Specifically speaking to...

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When You Feel Like You're Being Pulled Apart…You Are

Why is that when things get hard the first question we ask is, "Did I miss it? Did I not hear God correctly?" Or is that just me? Two years ago my wife, Katie, and I agonized over the biggest decision of the eleven years we had been married. Option 1 Accept a...

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The Cross in the Rubble

Post by Jenn Hand I had been on a plane for the past two days. Now I was arriving in the middle of the night on the other side of the world in Kathmandu, Nepal - a country that will always hold a huge part of my heart. I lived in Nepal almost 3 years total. I love...

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