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Advent 2009

What if Christmas looked different this year? What if it wasn't about all the gifts, going to the mall or the rushing around from here to there? We want to invite you to rethink Christmas with us this year and to experience it for what it was meant to be. On Sunday, November 29 Advent begins. For me and my family, this is a season that we have grown to love and enjoy. The...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray your heart is filled with the joy of the Lord this Thanksgiving. I love thinking about the joy of the Lord. In fact, the bible is filled with verses talking about the joy of the Lord. Here are a few: For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king's commandment...

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Family Worship Service

Have you ever imagined what a worship gathering back in the Old Testament or even in the first century church might have looked like? I think about that at times, especially when I read books like Nehemiah and Acts. I wonder things like, Where were the children? Did the people stand the whole time? It seems in the day of Nehemiah they did stand, and not just for forty minu...

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Keeping You in the Loop

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through November. This can be a very busy time of the year, so I wanted to take a few minutes of your time and update on some things at The Ridge. Israel FamilyFirst, the Israel family was commissioned this past Tuesday night in Shreveport to serve with the International Mission Board. As many of you know they will be servi...

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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 man who never lived passed thirty years of age, with no formal ministry training and a debilitating sickness, David Brainerd has somehow managed to leave a lasting impact 250 years after his death. Missionaries, theologians, pastors and lay people alike look to the life of Da...

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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 is the issue? The Legislative Arm of Americans United for Life bring it to light in the following: Speaker Pelosi has now unveiled the new pro-abortion House bill, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards wrote to her supporters rejoicing that "every version o...

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Cross Conduct

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. Phil...

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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 challenge and make you aware. Community vs. IndividualismA phrase that consistently comes to my mind as a prayer and desire for The Ridge is a place where no one stands alone. I would love for that to be said about us as a body. As I have been studying David's life for our men's ...

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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 cancer. His friend Bill Lawrence had written something that he quoted in the blog that has stuck with me. Here is what Bill wrote to Pastor Andy: There's always more out there somewhere. More opportunity, more recognition, more power, more control, more success, more money...

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Reflections on Philippians 1

This Sunday we will close out the first chapter of Philippians. As we wrap things up I would like to reflect on this gospel centered beginning by Paul. Paul has challenged us to truly put the gospel first. Remember this is no little gospel. It is not something we should domesticate, box in or push to the periphery. It should be at the center of all things. It is to be sup...

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