Welcome to Riverchase

HEY! My name is Malvin Sanders, and I am the new youth and family minister here at Riverchase. I wanted to take this first article to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be here. I am originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, which is just on the south side of Atlanta. When I […]

HEY! My name is Malvin Sanders, and I am the new youth and family minister here at Riverchase. I wanted to take this first article to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be here. I am originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, which is just on the south side of Atlanta. When I was a senior in high school, I made the decision to go to Faulkner University in Montgomery. This was one of the best decisions I ever made because that is where I met my wife and where I really started to take my faith seriously, which eventually led me to change my major to youth and family ministry. We then moved to New Orleans to work with the Hickory Knoll church of Christ for two years, before moving to Columbia, Tennessee to work with the Highland church of Christ, where we had our two awesome children, Owen and Blakely. We were there for six years and really loved it, but we are now just really excited to be here at Riverchase. We have heard nothing but good things from people about the congregation here, and for my wife, it’s a move home! Jan is from Gardendale and went to JCA. All four of her sisters are here in the Birmingham area, along with her parents. We are just so excited to be here and right now, just echoing the words, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord because he trusted me and gave me this work of serving Him. He gives me strength.” – 1 Timothy 1:12

Out With the Old, In With the New

A common slogan as we bring to an end the current year and look with anticipation to the coming new year. A slogan good for the passing of a year that is ending, but not good for everything. There is no “new” word of God. There is the word of God. That word is still...

Some Things Change, Some Don’t

We headed South to spend a couple of days with our vacationing grandchildren and their parents. On the way, our GPS kept giving me directions toward our destination. It kept saying, “Go toward Mobile”. It kept pronouncing it “Mo-bull” instead of “Mo-bill”. I wondered...

What’s Your Custom?

What are your habits of life? How would your family describe your customs? Twice in the New Testament the phrase is used, “as was his custom,” in reference to Jesus. In Mark 10:1 it is used to refer to his custom of teaching the people. In Luke 4:16, his going to the...

Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the...

Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...

The Hope Chest

In 1957, my grandfather was in high school shop class, and he built my grandmother a hope chest. They were high school sweethearts and were married in August following their graduation in May. The hope chest, made from cedar, now sits in my parents living room where...

Pine Straw

put out fresh pine straw in our flower beds each year. From my local gardening experts (my wife Jane and Terry Pruitt), I understand that pine straw is great for our plants. It helps to retain moisture, insulate the root systems, helps prevent weeds and improves the...

Love Lifted Me

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16...

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly said to Jesus, ‘All of self and none of thee.’”...