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The Small Gate

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7.13-14 More and more it is evident that we live in what many call a post-Christian society. Pluralism is all around us. Though it...

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Treating People Biblically

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7.12 How do you want people to treat you? The implication in this verse is that we would want to be treated biblically. That is the emphasis here on how one is to treat another and how they would want to be treated. Treating people biblically is a ...

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Being Diligent in Spiritual Growth

I was grateful for Coleman's sermon Sunday. The Scriptures encourage us to take an active role in our spiritual growth just as we were encouraged Sunday. In fact, 2 Peter 1.5 says, apply all diligence to your spiritual growth and practice of the faith. Not that we gain God's approval by such a work, but it is certainly fruitful qualities of one who has truly been called an...

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Self Sacrificing Love in 2011

In Sunday's sermon we were challenged by the words of Jesus to be distinct from the culture with a self sacrificing love. My prayer as we enter 2011 is that The Ridge would be marked by such a love. It is tough to take insults or to receive hurts from others. We want to repay them, seek revenge and retaliate. Jesus calls us to a different standard though. Retaliation is ...

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Today

We live in a culture where there is a great deal of attention placed on Christmas and Easter, not to mention other holidays. We must be careful with how we view such observances. The Apostle Paul speaks about our observance of certain days in Romans 14.6 saying, He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord. Whatever the celebration may be, I believe Paul's main point ...

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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 righteousness. It is not something that comes natural to you and I. Remember we are born into this world as those who are not righteous and who do not seek God (Romans 3.10, 11b). In fact, our sinful flesh wages war against such a desire or pursuit of seeking first the Kingd...

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Marriage: Simply Try

Matthew 25.14-30. I ask that you read this section of Scripture. Jesus is using a parable here to speak of the kingdom of heaven and what it is like here on earth. Jesus says that those who are part of the kingdom of God will be given a mission from God. It implies that everyone who is part of God's kingdom has tasks here on earth to make God's name known by living for His...

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Giving

But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6.3-4 This Sunday we heard the call of Christ to identify with the poor and afflicted helping them in their distress. We are to give to those in need in secret. It is no...

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Be a Trader

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealthBut seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6.24-33 Don't waste your life. That is one of the messages I hear from Jesus in Matthew 6. Matthew 6 is our ...

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Committing to Church Membership

As shared from Sunday, we live in a day when many people struggle with commitment phobia. We are afraid to commit to one thing because we are afraid that we might miss out on something else. We also believe this one thing that I commit to might cost me more than something else might, so we don't commit. So, what you have is simply the wisdom of our day, which is KEEP YOUR...

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