In July of 2012 a man in Sydney, Australia sold his Toyota Supra for $15,000. He took the cash and hid it in his oven because (1) “his wife never used it!” and (2) “what thief would ever suspect there was money in the oven?” Unfortunately, that day his wife came home and decided to preheat the oven to make a little snack. What ensued was a burnt mess and the priciest chicken nuggets of all time. Just as there are certain things that ovens are not made to do, there are certain things that people are not made to do either.
God wants His people to find and fulfill His perfect purpose for their life. But what if we’ve been doing something that is contrary to what God had intended us to do? How long do the mistakes of our past last? Can God use people with a trashy track-record to do great things? Join us this Sunday as we answer these questions. In week three of our Made For More series, we will meet a woman who made some big mistakes in her past yet God showed her that she was made for more. As we go to “Rehab With Rahab” (Joshua 2) we will discover four things people with a past can do to be more like the King and do more for the kingdom! In addition, we will hear another inspiring testimony and will be sharing the results of our Northern Lights Easter offering to try to fund a Hope Home for Destiny Rescue! It’s going to be another exciting Sunday so be sure to invite your friends.
Be sure to keep our women’s retreat in your prayers this weekend as well as our awesome Jr. Highers as they head out to their purity retreat at Lynx Lake! I am amazed at how many lives are being changed here at North Ridge and around the world, thanks to people like you and your crew. Can’t wait to see you on Sunday. It’s going to be a great day!
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Joshua 2:8-11 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Joshua 24:15-16 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Acts 5:28-29 We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!
Romans 16:1-5 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of His people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house.
1 Timothy 1:12-14 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
James 2:24-26 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?