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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 been a joy to read this gospel again. I have seen over the last week the inseparableness of the glory of God and joy, especially in chapters 12-17. First, the glory of God. In John 12.28 Jesus says, Father, glorify Your name. This was Jesus' desire and end in all things. It is t...

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Important

This week was a refreshing week. I got away to a conference with our Student Pastor, Coleman Ford. We got to break away to Minneapolis for the Desiring God Pastor's Conference. We got the great joy of sitting under teachers like Sam Storms, Eric Mason, Paul Tripp and John Piper. Needless to say, we got a truck load dumped on us. Scripture continually puts before us the ch...

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However

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the songs of Israel, "You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these...

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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 My word." Isaiah 66.2b Sunday we begin our month long focus on looking at a life that is completely surrendered to the Lord. This is the one that the Lord looks to, gazes upon, and has as the apple of His eye. According to Isaiah 66 the apple of His eye is those who are humble, ...

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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, I am overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2.7). I am thankful to Jesus. He is the head of the church and He has given me the great joy of being one of the overseers of The Ridge. I truly cannot wait to see what the next five years bring. As I reflect, I am thankful for the foll...

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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 rejoice. As I write, my oldest son, Noah is sleeping on the couch next to me. I am reminded of his salvation experience and baptism this year. He was not the only one though. I am most thankful for the lives changed by God through Jesus Christ in 2009. The Apostle Paul says, For t...

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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 hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward ca...

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The Spirit of Advent Part Two

I love this season of Advent. Advent is the celebration of the love of God for sinners. It is the love of God that brought Jesus Christ into the world. God forbid that this would be forgotten or lightly considered this season. Instead may the birth of our Redeemer, which redeemed us from wrath, death and hell, be the center of our thoughts, conversations and worship this A...

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The Spirit of Advent Part One

This past Sunday marked the beginning of our celebration of Advent. Advent is the celebration of the love of God for sinners. It is the love of God that brought Jesus Christ into the world. God forbid that this would be forgotten or lightly considered this season. Instead may the birth of our Redeemer, which redeemed us from wrath, death and hell, be the center of our thou...

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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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