Love Handles: Getting a Grip on Your Relationships (Week 1)

Dear North Ridge Family,

While I’m too young to drink coffee myself, my wife drinks enough for her and me and most of the state of Arizona! Mary was an early fan of Starbucks which started with one store in Seattle in 1971 and now has about 24,000 stores around the world. Honestly, I never thought Starbucks would make it selling coffee at twice the price of everyone else. Then years ago I watched an interview with Howard Schultz (the man who has built it into a “java juggernaut”). Schultz said that what made Starbucks so successful was that it sees itself more in the relationships business than the coffee business. He referred to it as providing busy but lonely people with what sociologists call a “3rd place”. Love him or hate him, Schultz has changed the way the world works in some ways because he (like we) recognizes that relationships matter!

While relationships are incredibly valuable, they also are incredibly volatile. During my 20 years as a licensed professional counselor, I saw relationships create both elation and frustration. They bring out both our best and our worst. So how can we get a grip on something that is so precious yet precarious? Are there proven principles that create and maintain meaningful relationships? Join us this Sunday (9/10/17) as we begin a great and highly caffeinated new series called Love Handles: Getting A Grip On Our Relationships. In week one I’ll introduce us to Romans 12:9-14, explain why relationships matter, and then talk about some of the primary principles God offers for finding, building, and repairing our relationships. If you or someone you know is interested in more satisfying relationships, be sure to join us on this incredible journey.

Okay, my friends, I’d better get back to work. Thanks for taking the time for this visit. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you and your crew as we head down this road! If you’re new to North Ridge, I’d love to meet you in person at one of our Newcomer Socials after our 9:00 AM service (Sedona Room) or 10:30 AM service (Forum Room).  I’d also encourage you to join a life group study on this series. Sure do love you and our whole North Ridge band!

Together In His Care,



Pastor Mike.

Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages:                           (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)


Romans 12:9-14 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.


Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless….


Colossians 1:16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.


1 Peter 2:17-18 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.  Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.


John 15:15  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.


Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.


2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.