Join us for Bible Studies:

Open to those interested in participating.

Studies are held at the Rice & Rice Attorneys Offices, 100 Lincolnway Suite 1, Valparaiso – at southeast corner of Franklin St., next to the Porter County Courthouse.

Any questions can be addressed to RG at

New Year, New You for Him

With the start of the New Year, we’ll be launching a new study on Tuesday and Thursday nights (same study, two-different times, only need to attend one) based on Bill Hybels’ book “Just Walk Across the Room.” The inspiration for this study came from a message that Hybels gave to Saddleback Church in October.

Right Click to Download Message or Click on it to have it play in your browser if you have that set-up.

I’m working on a podcast version you can download and listen to in order to get a feel for the topic. The premise is that we are called by God to “make disciples of all nations” but what the heck does that mean for me (us) on a personal level. God puts us in positions all the time to help bring those who don’t know Him to know Him a little better incrementally. We play a role in the process – we aren’t called to make some find God or convert someone from non-believer to believer over coffee. We are, however, called to be who God wants us to be to anyone who might need to hear or see Christ in our lives.

Join us for a preview on Tuesday, January 3 or Thursday, January 5 at the Rice & Rice Offices – 100 Lincolnway at the corner of Franklin and Lincolnway – starting a 6:30pm and I think you’ll want to come back for the rest!

For more information about Bill Hybels and this book, visit the publisher’s site.

Sun Stand Still written by Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC
Tuesdays (starting Oct. 4), 6:30 – 8:30p

Sun Stand Still is the first book penned by Pastor Furtick. It was born from his message delivered to Elevation Church based on Joshua 10. Elevation was started based on God’s call on Pastor Furtick’s life when he was 16 to start a mega church somewhere in America. He and 7 other young families/couples moved to Charlotte and started the second fastest growing church in America in 2010.

Furtick’s message is based on Joshua’s prayer before Israel for God to stop the sun in the sky so that they may complete the task with which He had charged them – to possess the Promised Land. His message is of audacious prayer and audacious faith in our lives.

We will read through his book, discuss portions and watch video messages build around the points. Additionally, and most importantly, we will be a group of supporters and advocates for each other as we build our faith to best serve His plan.

The Sun Stand Still book is important for this study. It is available for purchase at the GracePoint Resource Center for $10. It is available at Amazon,, and It can be found in stock at Barnes and Noble sometimes. Additionally, it is available for download to Kindle and Nook.

Here is the promotional video from Pastor Furtick for the study:


Decade of Destiny from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Orange County, California
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Rick Warren launched the 2010 Saddleback Fall Campaign with a message to his congregation to provide them hope, guidance and a plan to make the next 10-years the best 10-years by getting line with God’s plan for our lives. The six week study provides an individual evaluation and group building that will give us the tools to put together our plan to fulfill God’s Destiny for our lives. Decade of Destiny looks at several areas of our lives to evaluate, prayerfully and Biblically set some goals for each and then implement a plan to achieve. The areas include our:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Financial Health
  • Relationships
  • Career/Vocation
  • Stewardship
The six week study started September 29, but we welcome new participants and will do our best to catch you up as quickly as possible. Currently, the weekly meeting consists of some group discussion, viewing a video from Pastor Rick, additional group discussion and prayer.
Here is a short promotional video for Decade of Destiny: