Dear North Ridge Family,
In 1973 singer Billy Joel scored his biggest hit with an autobiographical song called Piano Man. In one verse he describes playing the piano in a bar on a seedy Saturday with these words “…And the piano, it sounds like a carnival and the microphone smells like a beer. And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar. And say, “Man, what are you doin’ here?” That last line echoes what most of us have said at one time or another about our life. When I say “what am I doing here” I’m really saying “wasn’t I meant for more than the life I’m living?”
If you’ve ever felt like the Piano Man (and who hasn’t?) God wants you to know that you were indeed “made for more”. That’s why I want you to join us this Sunday for week two of our series. We are looking at six ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives once they found and followed God’s plan for their life. This week as we look at the life of Abraham, we will identify five things God’s Guys need to know to go to and through the door to more. Be sure to invite your friends for this timely topic. In addition, it’s going to be a super Sunday as we will have the I Am Family (Uganda children’s choir) with us doing special music, we will announce how we did on our “North Ridge Buys The Farm” Project, and will have a big party on the patio (with homemade BBQ by Kevin!) after the 10:45 AM service. I only wish Sunday was already here!
In closing I want to thank you for joining me and the North Ridge family on this journey as we discover what it means for us as a church and as individuals to be “made for more”. Sure do love you and your crew and can’t wait to light things up on Sunday. Keep handing out that hope!
Together In His Graceful Grip,
P.S. We will also be doing a baptism this Sunday in the prayer garden at 10:10 AM so stop by and celebrate with us!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Hebrews 11:8-12 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
Genesis 12:1-3 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.”
Genesis 12:4-5 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. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Matthew 4:18-22 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.
Genesis 13:8-9 Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’
Genesis 21:1-5 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. … Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.