Church Consulting

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Is your church is looking to be more effective in Discipleship, Leadership, or Mission? If so, Rod would love to work with you. Click here for more details: Consulting, Training, Development

Rod TuckerChurch Consulting

Jesus, Pilate, Job, and You

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

A collection of stories. Redemption – Bob and Jen from The River Church on Vimeo.

Rod TuckerJesus, Pilate, Job, and You

Community

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

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Harvest TV

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching, Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyLA7SpvVsM
Rod TuckerHarvest TV

Quote from Uncovered

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Interested? Check out the rest of the book: Uncovered, by Rod Tucker

Rod TuckerQuote from Uncovered

Generous Life Radio Interview

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

Here is a radio interview I did with some great guys: Mike Stickler and Tom Clegg. Generous Life Radio

Rod TuckerGenerous Life Radio Interview

Meant to Shine

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

We are called to have significant impact in God’s Kingdom.

Rod TuckerMeant to Shine

Two

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

A friend of mine told me an old cliche today that gave me an epiphany. He said “It takes two to tango.” And it’s true. It does. How many times have you been in some kind of a conflict with another person and thought: “I’m the healthy one. I just wish they would get healthy!”? The next time that happens

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Mirror Room

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

A retired football coach, Frosty Westering, wrote a book years ago that everyone needs to read. Unfortunately, it is a collector’s item, and you need to have around $40 to get a copy. In the book he talks about the difference between the Mirror Room and the Window Room. Essentially, when you are in the mirror room you can only

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Church Isn’t Safe

 by Rod Tucker in Video

Church Isn’t Safe

Rod TuckerChurch Isn’t Safe

Welcome to Church

 by Rod Tucker in Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74eTj_JE3mo

Rod TuckerWelcome to Church

Learn To Fly

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Have you ever watched a bird fly? I mean really watched? Birds are made to fly. That is what makes watching them fly so amazing. They are doing what they were created to do. Profound. Exhilarating. Wow. But did you know birds have to learn to fly? I know you knew this fact. But have you really thought about it?

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The End – Catching a Glimpse

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

We as the church, are the movie trailer for the Kingdom of God

Rod TuckerThe End – Catching a Glimpse

Johny Hendricks

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Have you ever heard the name Johnny Hendricks? He is a Mixed Martial Artist. He is a good one, and recently he fought for the championship belt in his weight class. If he were to have won the belt, he would have been classified as the best fighter in the world at his weight. I watched the championship fight. It

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American

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Here is an awesome quote from my favorite author, Brian Zahnd. Enjoy! “To be born in America is to be handed a certain script. We are largely unconscious of the script, but we are ‘scripted’ by it nevertheless. The American script is part of our nurture and education, and most of it happens without our knowing it. The dominant American

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Freedom

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 When we are being overwhelmed by God’s Spirit we are typically only concerned about what The Spirit is doing in those moments. This, I believe, creates freedom. Freedom from everything else going on in our lives. Freedom from the lies

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Life-on-Life Discipleship

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Here are some great Life-on-Life Discipleship Tips. Enjoy! Rod

Rod TuckerLife-on-Life Discipleship

On Worship

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

When Israel was finally freed from the iron grip of Egyptian slavery, they got out of there pretty quickly before the Pharaoh had any time to change his mind . Exodus 12 tells us that these newly freed people did not even wait for the yeast to make their bread rise. Instead, they quickly packed and headed out. And then

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A Worshiping David

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

David was a true worshiper. From a Shepherd to a King, he changed Israel.

Rod TuckerA Worshiping David

Tough Conversations

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

My wife, Anna, and I are planting a church. Actually it is a site plant of another church, and we love it. Here is what we have: 1. We have excitement about what we are doing. 2. We have a desire to reach people for Jesus. 3. We have mentors who have gone before us. And . . . 4.

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God’s Voice vs. Lies

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

It is important that we learn to recognize God’s voice versus lies. Sometimes we can discern what we are hearing by recognizing what is going on internally. One important thing we can do to help ourselves discern what we hear [in our minds(maybe from God), and from others] is to establish some principles of when God speaks and when we

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Worship

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” ~ C. S. Lewis God is God. And God is to be worshiped. May we take part in reveling in His luminosity.

Rod TuckerWorship

Fishing

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Fishing in Bible times looked like this: 1. One boat would cast a large net all the way to the bottom of a lake. 2. This large net trapped fish so that a smaller net could bring them in. 3. This fishing all occurred on ONE side of the boat. So in John 21:6 Jesus tells his disciples to cast

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No Longer Estranged

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

2 Samuel 14:14 But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. Have you ever noticed that God is devising ways for people to not stay far away from him? He is doing it all of the time. Think about Moses being led by God to lead

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Rod TuckerNo Longer Estranged

The Little Tiny Seed

 by Rod Tucker in Book

The Little Tiny Seed. The story of a little seed growing into a tall tree. Also, a story about our lives.

Rod TuckerThe Little Tiny Seed

The Fall

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

In Genesis 3 Adam hears God in the garden, notices his nakedness, becomes afraid, and as a result, hides. I believe we do the exact same thing as Adam. We hear God. We feel insecure about what He calls us toward. And so we hide. Or at least we reinterpret what He is saying to make it easier on us.

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When God Speaks

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

When we read Gen. 1: 1-2 we begin to see some unique qualities in regard to what happens when God speaks. We notice that God’s response to a big chaotic mess is to speak. He sees something not as He would like it and so God speaks into it, and changes its DNA. When God speaks He brings order. God’s

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The River – Dirt

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

Jesus tells a story of a farmer scattering seeds. How some seeds fall on the road and get eaten by birds, some fall among thorns and get choked out before they can grow up tall, and some fall in a pile of rocks where they grow up and then get burnt by the sun. But there are some seeds that

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Rod TuckerThe River – Dirt

Uncovered

 by Rod Tucker in Book

Uncovered: The Truth about Honesty and Community. Here is what people (okay, one person) is saying: “This little book is dynamite — and for anyone imprisoned by shame, fear, and self-hatred, a little dynamite is exactly what is needed. Rod Tucker delivers the Good News, the message moralists despise and legalists hate. This is the gospel, pure and simple, presented

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Glimpses

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

When I, Rod, was a child my dad was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. We prayed for him. He went to the doctor. It was gone. I have a friend who had a slipped disc in his back. We prayed for his back. His back was fine. Maybe this was all God’s Kingdom being loosed on earth. I have also prayed

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You Become

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

Who are you in the Kingdom? Who will you become?

Rod TuckerYou Become

The River – Multiplication

 by Rod Tucker in Teaching

Focusing on The River’s 2013 site plant on Lake Street.

Rod TuckerThe River – Multiplication

The River Mentoring

 by Rod Tucker in Video

The church that I work at takes a different approach to student ministries. We believe that students’ can best become disciples of Jesus through life-on-life mentoring relationships. Here is a video we shot to help cast this vision:

Rod TuckerThe River Mentoring

Little Children

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Brennan Manning writes in his book, The Importance of Being Foolish: “To become a little child again (as Jesus enjoined we must) is to recapture a sense of surprise, wonder, and vast delight in all of reality.  Look at a child’s face on Christmas morning as he enters the living room transformed by the midnight passage of Santa Claus.  Or

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Blessed are the poor…

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  And in Luke 6:20 He is recorded as saying, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” There is something profound about the Kingdom of God or Heaven coming to the poor.  I wonder if it is

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Broken to Beautiful

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

A few weeks ago my wife, Anna, took an old jacket that no one would ever want to wear and made a beautiful scarf out of it.  To me this idea was brilliant. She has taken old cans that anyone normal would throw away in a heartbeat and turned them into lovely pencil holders.  She has made elaborate wall hangings

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Rod TuckerBroken to Beautiful

Human

 by Rod Tucker in Thoughts

Throughout Scripture and throughout our lives we can see a common thread – there is an Enemy (whether this is called Satan, the Devil, the serpent, etc.) who is fighting against humans. We are the only branch of creation that God made in His image, and this is precisely what makes us human. This leads the Enemy to do everything

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The River – The Last Supper

 by Rod Tucker in Video

Jesus rose from the dead. He did this so that we don’t have to stay dead or even asleep for that matter. We can live! We can experience life to the fullest! But what does this mean? I got this idea from Brian Zahnd’s blog. Here is the link: http://brianzahnd.com/2006/04/the-last-supper/

Rod TuckerThe River – The Last Supper

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