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Filled with Thanksgiving

Though this time next week I will be filled with turkey and all the other trimmings I am filled this morning with thanksgiving. Why?Psalm 118.21 says, I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have become my salvation. God has answered my deepest and greatest need. He saved me and I am so thankful. God by His Sovereign grace and will saved me. Not beca...

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Looking at Sunday Morning Practically

At The Ridge, Sunday mornings is when our main worship gatherings are (9 am and 11 am). Sunday mornings can sometimes be hard. It can be times of hustling around to get out of the house in time, as we struggle to get there on time. In the fast and furious movement of the morning we can get frustrated at those in our family. Then the ride to meet with the church to worship ...

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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 the Wittenberg Church door 493 years ago on this day. We thank God today for Martin Luther because he held up the belief and teaching that salvation is a gift of God's grace and received by faith. He believed that it was God's work from beginning to end. Luther changed the course ...

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The Power of Community and Relationships

Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. Now in a like exchange I speak as to children open wide to us also. 2 Corinthians 6.11-13 Relationships are important. Paul, along with Timothy, has opened up wide his heart to the people in the church at Corinth. This...

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Vertical to Horizontal: Orphan Care

For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven...In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 5.20, 7.12. This past Sunday, I shared how God has been stirring my heart with the call to care for the orphans ...

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The Fiery Hell

But I say to you everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Matthew 5.22 Jesus in His sermon He taught in the hill country goes beyond the act of murder itself when ...

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Prayer

I have mentioned in writing the last couple of weeks, Jesus' parable in Matthew 13.24-30 (explained in 13.36-43), which speaks of the wheat and tares. The obvious point of this parable is that the wheat that sprouted and bore grain is the sons of the kingdom and the tares are the sons of the evil one. Parables though, I believe, have many layers to them. The tares are a we...

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Wheat and Tares

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have...

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Remember in Your Fasting and Prayers

Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Hebrews 13.3 As you pray and fast on Wednesday I want to invite you to remember those who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. From North Korea, China, Somalia, Pakistan, India to Iran, Christians are daily being imprisoned, beaten and...

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Enemies of God: Loved and Punished

I was posed this great question this week: Since God commands us to forgive our enemies, why is he just when He punishes His enemies? My short answer is that it is God's business to punish, not ours (Romans 12.19-21). Here is my short answer explained: God commands us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, do good to those who hate you, bless those who cu...

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