God created us for a purpose that begins with a continuous experience of His great love for us.  It finds its fulfillment as we represent Him and His kingdom to the world around us.  No matter where we are in our journey God stands ready to guide us into the full expression of His plan and purposes for our lives.  Come & explore God's next step for you! 

RTF Heartland Region Testimonials

Christian Consumers or Disciples of Jesus Christ? - January 2017

On October 14, 1983, Barb and I were married at the church of my youth, Calvary Lutheran Church of Golden Valley, MN.  On our return home from our honeymoon I suggested to Barb that we attend Sunday services there the following weekend, which we did.  It was an act that would end my 14 years as one of God’s prodigal sons and led to Barb’s conversion as a believer in Jesus Christ.   Since that time we have been active church members, sometimes leaders, in Christ’s church seeking to understand, and live out, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ living in the Kingdom of God.  Over those 33 years I think we have experienced some of the best and the worst the church has to offer, along with the exhilaration and disappointment that goes with each.  It has been an amazing journey and God has been faithful each step of the way!

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Gift Giving Redeemed

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

One of the hallmarks of the Christmas season is the buying, making, giving and receiving of gifts.  In recent years, the tradition of giving and receiving gifts has been much maligned.  Primarily, this is because of our capitulation to a culture that has defined the practice in material terms.  Gifts, culturally defined, are often those things that can be purchased, wrapped and distributed with little thought or personal involvement by the giver.  Toys, computer games, ... More

Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

As I write this we are just about seventy-two hours past the general election where Donald Trump was voted by the American people to become the 45th President of the United States.  It has been an amazing week in so many ways.  Some of the words used to describe what has happened are "historic", "unprecedented", "epic", "seismic", and "extraordinary" among others. I have been fascinated to listen to some of the public commentary from both parties, as well as the mainstream ... More

The Discipline of Celebration

By Pastor Bruce Kotila

Psalm 103:1-5; Matthew 6:31-34; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 4:4  “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle” (Psalm 103:1-5) ... More

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