Posts tagged with theridgechurch

An Awakened Hunger

Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.  My flesh and ...

Members of One Another

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and l...

Missional Community

God is on a mission. He is on a mission to spread His glory throughout all the earth.  He is sp...

Missional Community

God is on a mission. He is on a mission to spread His glory throughout all the earth.  He is sp...

Get and Give Wisdom

Wisdom is supreme – so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding (Prover...

Engaging the Membership Process

It is with great delight that I write to you.  Over the last four to five months we have been p...

Trinity Valley Church and Staff Announcements

Since June we have asked you to be in prayer about the potential joining of Trinity Valley Church wi...

Fear God

Fear God.  Ecclesiastes 5.7b This exhortation is found throughout the Scriptures.  All pe...

Not Forsaking Bible Study

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise t...

Unity at The Ridge

This week we are going to take a break from our study of Matthew's gospel and launch into a new seri...

Remember

This Sunday marks a day somber remembrance.  September 11, 2001 was a day we will never forget....

The Amenity-Less Church

Do you like amenities?  I do.  I like going to a hotel and having a place to workout (not ...

Taking Advantage of the Summer with Our Children

The Summer allows for most parents to spend more time with their children.  With the break from...

Summer

Well it is Summer, even though it is really still Spring for a few more days.  The kids are fin...

Servant to All

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jes...

Resurrection Hope

Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the res...

Biblical Mom

Today the importance of motherhood is downplayed, minimized and belittled.  So much so, that th...

Jesus' Present Kingly Reign

Do you ever have those days where you feel like God is not present?  You may feel that He is ab...

God's Terms of Peace

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in t...

Holy Week

What a special week we are approaching, as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus....

Ekklesia

And He (the Father) put all things in subjection under His (Christ) feet, and gave Him (Christ) as h...

Our Purpose: The Glory of God

Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”  Exodus 33.18 This past Sunday we be...

Necessary

For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I ...

Yes, Lord

I remember in my college days jumping at every opportunity to serve.  As I was growing in the L...

The Cry of a Generation

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we eagerly wait for You; for Your name, and renown are ...

Test the Spirits

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because...

The Small Gate

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, ...

Treating People Biblically

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law ...

Being Diligent in Spiritual Growth

I was grateful for Coleman’s sermon Sunday.  The Scriptures encourage us to take an activ...

Self Sacrificing Love in 2011

In Sunday’s sermon we were challenged by the words of Jesus to be distinct from the culture wi...

Today

We live in a culture where there is a great deal of attention placed on Christmas and Easter, not to...

Trading A Charade for Something Real

God grants to us Kingdom practices or forms, so that we would seek first the Kingdom of God and His ...

Marriage: Simply Try

Matthew 25.14-30.  I ask that you read this section of Scripture.  Jesus is using a parabl...

Giving

But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that...

Be a Trader

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devo...

Committing to Church Membership

As shared from Sunday, we live in a day when many people struggle with commitment phobia.  We a...

Advent Giving

What are you willing to trade in this season to give financially to God’s work?  Is it th...

Advent 2011

What if Christmas looked different this year?  What if it wasn’t about all the gifts, goi...

Filled with Thanksgiving

Though this time next week I will be filled with turkey and all the other trimmings I am filled this...

Looking at Sunday Morning Practically

At The Ridge, Sunday mornings is when our main worship gatherings are (9 am and 11 am).  Sunday...

Thank God for October 31, 1517

Today is a great reason to celebrate.  Martin Luther at the age of 33 nailed his 95 thesis to t...

The Power of Community and Relationships

Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.  You are not restr...

Vertical to Horizontal: Orphan Care

For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you wil...

The Fiery Hell

But I say to you everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoeve...

Prayer

I have mentioned in writing the last couple of weeks, Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13.24-30 (expl...

Wheat and Tares

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while his...

Remember in Your Fasting and Prayers

Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you your...

Enemies of God: Loved and Punished

I was posed this great question this week:  Since God commands us to forgive our enemies, why i...

Coming Into the Sanctuary of God

Until I came into the sanctuary of God.  Psalm 73.17 As we saw Sunday, Asaph’s thoughts ...

How to Fast Safely

How to fast safely.  As you begin your fast, you may hear from concerned loved ones and friends...

Fasting on Wednesdays

More than any other discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us.  This is a wonderfu...

Naming God

This is not a new trend, but in our culture and country God’s name gets thrown around often.&n...

Children and Student Ministry

For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.&nbs...

Sin

Dear Parents, Sunday’s message was about our condition of being sinners, how we got this way,...

For Theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus came saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4.17).  This is great news, but fo...

The Kingdom of Heaven

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Matthew 4.17 I have personally really enjoyed o...

Everything Must Change

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is hand.  Matthew 4.17 God is out to affect everything. ...

Kicking and Screaming

Now Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and An...

Sabbath Part Two

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.  By the seventh day God com...

Sabbath Part One

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.  By the seventh day God com...

Do Something

The longer you look at Jesus the more you will want to serve Him in this world (N.T. Wright).  ...

Pastoral Rest and Recharge

A few months ago the elders prayed about giving me four weeks away from pastoral duties.  They ...

God with Us

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Imm...

Part of the Church: Friction and Fallout

I am not a big fan of the negative.  I do not like to harp on it, nor discuss it.  I am a ...

Glorifying God in My Work

Paul says the overarching priority of a Christian’s life is that in Whatever you do in word or...

Hear, See and Think

Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me...

Legalism and Obedience

I wanted to take some time this week and follow up on Sunday's message.  Legalism is a great ev...

A Priority: Gathering Together

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and l...

Vineyard

What a joy it was to gather with Nahnum this past Sunday.  The passage we centered around has c...

Parents: Be Taken Captive By Christ

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tra...

Spiritual and Physical Care

But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that th...

The Glory of God and Joy

I have been joining a couple of men in our church in reading the book of John together.  It has...

However

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonit...

Humble and Contrite in Spirit

“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at...

Thankful for Five Years at The Ridge

This week marked five years since my family and I came to The Ridge.  As the Apostle Paul says,...

Rejoicing in the Lord (2009 and 2010)

As I reflect on 2009 and look ahead to 2010 I rejoice in the Lord.  There are many reasons to ...

Our Advent Aim Part One

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay...

The Spirit of Advent Part Two

I love this season of Advent.  Advent is the celebration of the love of God for sinners.  ...

The Spirit of Advent Part One

This past Sunday marked the beginning of our celebration of Advent.  Advent is the celebration ...

Advent 2009

What if Christmas looked different this year?  What if it wasn’t about all the gifts, goi...

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I pray your heart is filled with the joy of the Lord this Thanksgiving.&nb...

Family Worship Service

Have you ever imagined what a worship gathering back in the Old Testament or even in the first centu...

Keeping You in the Loop

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through November.  This can be a very busy tim...

Tasting the Sweetness: The Life of David Brainerd

How can such a man as David Brainerd capture the hearts of so many devoted men and women of God? A m...

Abortion and Health Care Reform

I want you to join me in making some phone calls.  I do believe on this issue they help. What ...

Cross Conduct

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see y...

Some Musings and Updates

This week I have a few things swimming in my mind that I would like to share with you to both challe...

More Always Means Less

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog of a pastor friend of mine, Andy McQuitty who is battling...

Reflections on Philippians 1

This Sunday we will close out the first chapter of Philippians.  As we wrap things up I would l...

Affection and Perspective

Affection and Perspective This morning in my readings I read through part of John Piper's small boo...

God or Money

Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unf...

Our Response to Regeneration

Our Response to Regeneration Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according ...

What is lacking?

What is lacking? For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and ...

Purity is Lacking

Purity is Lacking What is lacking?  What needs to be straightened out?  Needed in the chu...

Setting in Order What Remains

If you were to sit back and look at your life, what would need to be set in order? What is not right...

Sacred Life: Living in the Overflow

It was good to be back Sunday.  Thank you once again for the break.  We are grateful for y...

To Come to Christ is not Man's Willing or Running

If you are in Christ today be encouraged!  You are chosen of God.  Paul tells his brother ...

To Come to Christ is not Man's Willing or Running

If you are in Christ today be encouraged!  You are chosen of God.  Paul tells his brother ...

Clay Pots

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be ...

Sacred Marriage: Marriage Bed Part Two

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband (1 Corinthi...

Sacred Marriage: Marriage Bed Part One

We learned in the Spring that: 1.  Marriage is God’s design and doing for His great disp...

Elders

The writer of Hebrews says, Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and consid...

Sacred Marriage: Holiness Part Two

An important part of marriage is laying aside falsehood and speaking truth.  Paul longed for th...

Summer

It is real easy to get busy with many things to fill the time this Summer.  It is also eas...

The Fringes of His Ways

Sometimes you just want to share and testify.  Today I simply want to do that.  Before I d...

Sacred Marriage: Holiness Part One

God is the doer and designer of marriage.  He created marriage, the one flesh relationship, to ...

Sacred Marriage: Fear of God Described

Solomon says, Fear God (Ecclesiastes 5.7).  The fear of God is better described than defined, s...

Sacred Marriage: fear of God defined

For by Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether ...

Sacred Marriage: Sex

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether...

Sacred Marriage: Display

The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1.16, For by Him all things were created both in the heavens and...

Sacred Marriage: God's Design and Doing

On April 22 of this year Annette and I celebrated nine years of marriage.  We do not have it al...

Gather to Spur and Encourage

And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assem...

Who is the naked man running through the garden?

  If there is a guy in a sheet with nothing underneath you are probably thinking toga party, r...

Impact Sunday

Yesterday, I got the privilege to attend a meeting of local business men and women who are longing...

Make Disciples

What is sacred?  God’s people have a sacred calling.  Our sacred calling is to share...

That Which is of Most Importance

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in w...

Awake and Take the Mountain

I have enjoyed walking through some of Isaiah's writings the last few weeks.  This past Sunday ...

The Surest and Safest Way of Thriving

We are called to be holy as Jesus is holy which does not mean that we are called to just merely avoi...

Don't Give Up On God

I received a call this week from a lady who attends our Christmas Eve service every year with her fa...

The poor, the afflicted and the gospel

What is sacred?  What is sacred to you?  We have been asking this since the beginning of t...

Sacred Obsession

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which ...

Greater Works

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater...

Sacred Communion

Sacred What is sacred to you?  When it comes to your relationships, your time, your priorities...

Read Great Christian Authors

READ GREAT CHRISTIAN AUTHORS Last week I spoke about abiding.  This is an urgent need that we ...

Overwhelmed with Gratitude

Overwhelmed with Gratitude As I reflect back on 2008 I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  Paul&rs...

Don't Lose the Anticipation

Don’t Lose the Anticipation   Not sure if any melancholy sets in for you as you pick up...

Dance (serve and give)

The other night my wife and I spun around the kitchen to a catchy tune. I love to dance, but I am de...

Advent 2008

What if Christmas looked different this year?  I know Thanksgiving is still weeks away, but I w...

The Shack

I personally enjoyed reading The Shack.  I am not a big fan of fiction, but I truly liked ready...

Weaknesses

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting my...

Daddy

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba!...

Overwhelmingly Awesome God

Overwhelmingly Awesome God   If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law whic...

Representing Jesus in the ministry of reconciliation

But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. ...

Disciple: Be One, Make One

But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,...

Disciple: Be One, Make One

But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,...

A Man I Deeply Respect

Remembering a Man I Deeply RespectJune 11, 2008 One month ago from today my father-in-law (Papa...

A Man I Deeply Respect

Remembering a Man I Deeply RespectJune 11, 2008 One month ago from today my father-in-law (Papa...

Unity

Lately, I have been reading passages in the Scripture that deals with words such as, likeminded, one...

Unity

Lately, I have been reading passages in the Scripture that deals with words such as, likeminded, one...

Mission

In the last few weeks, we have talked about the things that are essential to our faith.  They a...

Ouch

Ouch!  It was actually much more than that coming from my son on this Monday night, as he touch...

Mission

In the last few weeks, we have talked about the things that are essential to our faith.  They a...

Ouch

Ouch!  It was actually much more than that coming from my son on this Monday night, as he touch...

Focus

        But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who forme...

Contending

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessi...

Focus

        But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who forme...

Contending

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessi...