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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

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 6

December 25, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas!  As we left last night's service, I thought to myself as I often do, "I love this church."  I'm very grateful today and everyday for all those whom the Lord has brought into the body of Christ at River City.  Prayerful for your Christma... Keep Reading

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 5

December 18, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

There was a time when during our announcements on a Sunday morning, we would essentially communicate that going to a Missional Community was more important than showing up on Sunday mornings.  Our hope in that was to show how important the life of the church outs... Keep Reading

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 4

December 11, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

What an amazing privilege, to take part in the work of God in our community.  The Lord's design since before the dawn of time, before the foundation of the world, was to build for himself a Church.  A Body.  A group of people who exist by the grace of G... Keep Reading

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 3

December 4, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

We're jumping right in this week to Section III entitled "Uncovering the Sources of Missionary Power," looking at chapters five and six of Outgrowing the Ingrown Church by C. John Miller.  You can check out my recaps of the previous four chapters here a... Keep Reading

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 2

November 28, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Welcome to installation #2 of our time together in Outgrowing the Ingrown Church by C. John Miller.  Last week, we discussed chapters one & two, this time around we'll get into three & four which will start the second section of the book entitled "Ge... Keep Reading

Read With Me: Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - Week 1

November 20, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Every Thursday I'll recap the general points of a chapter or two from a book I've enjoyed and found applicable to what God's doing in and through us as a church.... 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 9 Discussion Questions

July 29, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Introductory Question When it comes to the nature of temptation, what’s your prevailing attitude: ignorant/hopeless/deflecting/arrogant? Discussion/Application Questions Read Proverbs 5:1-23... How does the father’s description of temptation play... 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

MC Leader Huddle Content: Evangelism

May 27, 2014 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

In June, we will be focusing on how as MC Leaders we live as ambassadors for Christ as we are united to him by faith. We’ll look at this on an individual level as men, but also how to foster an understanding of the role everyone plays within a group as it pertai... 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

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

Arrived!

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

Zach Nielsen on Avoiding Mission Drift

December 31, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

"Jesus is clear that our job as Christians is to make disciples (Matt. 28:19-10). Any church that doesn't have this aspiration as a focal point of their mission simply disobeys Jesus. But mission drift happens even in organizations with clear goals and objectives."... Keep Reading

God's Goodness in Your Pain

December 3, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

HT: Zach Nielsen... 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

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

Getting Past Our Doubts from Ray Ortlund

September 24, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Many in our church and in our city are struggling with this or that, with unbelief in the promises of the gospel. Asaph struggled with the same thing, and shared how he worked through it in Psalm 73.... Keep Reading

Cultivating Meaningful Relationships in Small Groups

September 3, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

"Small groups. Growth groups. Mini-churches. Community groups. Cell groups. Accountability groups. Home groups. Missional communities. Mini-flocks. No matter what you call them, most churches of any size highlight the importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the local church. How do I cultivate meaningful relationships in my small group?"... Keep Reading

Platt on Disciple Making

August 29, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Missional Community leaders need to set the pace, showing that "money and possessions and sex and sports and success are not worthy of their worship." Jesus is, and we seek to see his worship increase. How can we stand by as our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. worship things other than Jesus which will only lead to death and destruction?... Keep Reading

Neighborhood Engagement

August 28, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

In searching the City of Fargo's website for regulations on slow-moving vehicles (that's another story altogether), I found that there are 7 neighborhoods in town that have formed an assocation.... Keep Reading

Timmy Brister on Inconsequential Successes

August 26, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

"When it comes to the Great Commission, there are basically three responses a church can have. A church can do nothing, something, or one thing."... Keep Reading

Gospel Identities

August 22, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

Who you are influences what you do. What you believe influences how you live. In our fallenness, we are great at getting this wrong and placing more emphasis on what you're to do rather than living out of who you are. Therefore, we must highlight our "gospel identities" as the basis for and the motivation of shared mission. ... Keep Reading

How to Tell the Better Story

August 20, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

A few years ago, I found myself leaning on Akon's Lamborghini.... Keep Reading

Four Steps to Community Engagement

August 15, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

The most valuable resource for the missional journey is real-life examples and real-time conversations. ... Keep Reading

Fighting for Corporate Identity

August 9, 2013 by: Charlie Hogstad | 0 Comments

My prayer is that as we develop our concise mission statements group-by-group, we can look at our MC's and see them "standing firm in one spirit, striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything" by those hostile toward the faith (Phil. 1:27-28).... Keep Reading

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