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Springs of Living Water

July 26, 2016 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Missional Communities are places where the thirsty soul can come for refreshment, for satisfaction.... Keep Reading

Embrace the Offense

June 21, 2016 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

People are easily offended. And we have believed and seek to communicate the Good News that offends in the deepest of ways. What hope do we have?... Keep Reading

My Own Worst Publicist

May 17, 2016 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

It’s when your inner publicist consults with your inner defense lawyer to concoct and justify a false reality meant to get people off the scent.... Keep Reading

The Gospel & Sanctification

May 11, 2016 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Thinking about the battle we wage against the spiritual forces of darkness and evil in the heavenly places, we need to talk about no condemnation. We need to talk about the payment being made in Christ’s blood. But we also need to talk about freedom from sin’s dominion and the ability in Christ to walk in newness of life.... Keep Reading

"I'm here to help, I'm not going anywhere."

May 3, 2016 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

On Saturday, April 23rd, many of our current and future MC Leaders gathered together for specific training related to how we help and encourage those among us in need of care.  This post is a brief recap of what was discussed and how it will impact our body going forward.... Keep Reading

Putting Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Four

August 5, 2015 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

We want our kids to have front-row seats to the spiritual growth of the community of believers as we are raising them to be Christ-centered missionaries in our world. Parents have a unique role to discipline and instruct them toward this life of following Christ. So many of you are bringing your children into the body of Christ. You are showing them your desire to know Christ, to know Christ followers, and to make new disciples. You are having the conversation with your kids about the ‘why’ behind it. What an amazing and humbling privilege to be a part of a disciple-making movement that is putting kids in their proper place!... Keep Reading

Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Three

June 18, 2015 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Could we radically redefine “normal” for our kids? As I have seen over and over in my own life, I default to “normal.” My wife will tell you that my normal is not the same as her normal but I go back to my normal all the time. Normal is a distracted mind. Normal is forgetting responsibility. Normal is waiting until someone is upset before addressing the issue. Normal is watching TV as soon as I have downtime. All of these normal’s have their root in my childhood and teen years. What if River City families could create missional living as the default normal for our kids?... Keep Reading

Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Two

May 31, 2015 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

As our children are in the family of God developing their identity as missionaries of God, we want to equip them to live in a broken and fallen world. This includes exposing them to the reality of sin in the context where they will see it appropriately.... Keep Reading

Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part One

May 21, 2015 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Throughout the bible, there are a lot of children born (or there was a lot of ‘begat’ing for the KJV fans). Their life begins and their life ends but most of the stories we know well are people in their teenage or adult years. So, where were do children show up? If you read with this question in mind, you might see that they are not where you would expect based on modern Christian Evangelical traditions.... Keep Reading

Proverbs Week 10 Discussion Questions

August 4, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

MC Discussion questions for week 10 of our series in Proverbs.... Keep Reading

Proverbs Week 7 Discussion Questions

July 14, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Each week, I'll be doing my best to post the general questions given to each MC leader to frame out their discussion. My hope is to expose participants to the questions prior to discussion to come ready to confess and repent amongst their brothers and sisters in Christ. ... Keep Reading

Gospel Identities in Practice

April 7, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

A healthy leader is one who believes the truth of the gospel, living as a disciple of Christ, as part of the family of God, and as a bold missionary. They live in light of their identity in Christ and the overarching mission of God in our city. As they lead their Miss... Keep Reading

2014 Desiring God Pastor's Conference

February 6, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

  So very grateful for the men and messages given at the 2014 Desiring God Pastor's Conference entitled The Pastor, the Vine, and the Branches: The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ. Here are my favorite messages, and it's worth the time to work... Keep Reading

Why Read the Bible?

January 26, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Here's D.A. Carson on why we read the Bible...we read the Word to meet with the Living God.  The question then becomes do you want to meet with him?  Check out the original post at Desiring God.... Keep Reading

Mission as Cultivation

January 23, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Note: this is part three of a series on being disciples, part of a family, and missionaries. God’s design in creation was good, very good in fact…as God reflected on what he had made there was a complete satisfaction with what came about. This is obvious... Keep Reading


January 16, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Note: this is the first post in a series looking at being a disciple, part of a family, and missionaries to our city.  The goal is to clarify and give depth to each aspect of our identity in Christ by looking at the theological basis, the example of Christ, and... Keep Reading

Living as a Family

January 16, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Note: this post is second in a series focusing on the disciple, family, and missionary aspects of our identity in Christ. This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, an... Keep Reading

Missional Community Multiplication

January 9, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Last night, we launched our 16th Missional Community!  It's located in the Robert Asp neighborhood of North Moorhead, which is the 14th neighborhood in which we have a presence.  This group is led by Richard & Traci Anderson, hosted by Michael & Al... Keep Reading

Assuming the Gospel

November 20, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) As Paul tells t... Keep Reading

Here are my favorite messages from the 2013 Desiring God National Conference, in chronological order... Myth Wars: C.S. Lewis vs. Scientism Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles Undragoned: C.S. Lewis on the Gift of Salvatio... Keep Reading

Boldness & Courage

October 1, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Drawing from Acts 4, David Platt and Francis Chan discuss specific prayer for boldness and courage in our disciple-making.   ... Keep Reading

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