I hope you’re having a wonderful week. It’s about 1:45 pm and I’m just sitting down for a bowl of chili at a little neighborhood joint (called Gallagher’s) while an old Deep Purple song (Smoke on the Water) is playing in the background! I’m feeling pretty good and only wish you were sitting across the table from me hanging out, eating nachos and saying “I’m stuffed, would you want the rest of these?” While I sit here dreaming of being with good friends and good nachos, I thought I’d take a few minutes to invite you to join us this Sunday (1/14/18) at North Ridge as we hit week two of our series called Dream Big.
We are taking the first three weeks of the new year to look at what God’s will is for His “dream team”. Last week we looked at the big dream Jesus has for His church collectively and this week we will look at the big dream Jesus has for His sons and daughters individually. As we dive deep into God’s Word, we will learn 5 ways to find and follow God’s unique, bigger and better dream for our lives in 2018. As I’ve been studying for this message I’ve sensed that this is a really important and timely topic for true success in the coming year so I hope you will make it a priority to come by and invite someone you love, like or even tolerate!!
God has called our North Ridge family to show and grow hope to those inside and outside our family and thanks to an amazing Jesus and to amazing folks like you that is happening in some wild ways. Last week marked my 22nd year here as your pastor and I can’t tell you how much I love and respect this flock. Let’s Dream Big, lean into Jesus, and go out and have the best year of ministry impact in our history! You guys rock!
Together In His Love,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish (KJV)
Matthew 19:26b ….with God all things are possible.”
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Genesis 12:1-4 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
Haggai 1:14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God
Acts 4:18-20 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Luke 14:18-21 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’