Take This Job And Love It! (Week 2)

Dear North Ridge Friends,

Sometime around 14 or 15, I applied at McDonalds! The manager clearly saw my french frying potential (long arms!) and called two days later to tell me I made the cut. He offered me a job and told me that I needed to stop by the restaurant at 9 AM on the following Sunday for training. I got off the phone and shared the good news with my mom. Rather than celebrating my budding career, she frowned and said “you can’t work on Sundays – you have to go to church!” Despite hours of negotiations mom wouldn’t budge and I had to call the manager back and tell him “my mommy says I can’t work on Sundays but could I work other days?” Ugh! Embarrassing!!! The McDonalds manager also stood his ground and said Sunday’s were a non-negotiable work day and thus ended my brief career in the world of fine dining!

The world of work and the world of worship have long had an antagonistic relationship. But Jesus maintained that your work life and your worship life can and should be friends and not enemies! How can God’s guys turn work into worship? Can our faith actually bring more joy to our job? What steps need to occur to “love thy labor” not just “love thy neighbor? Join us this Sunday as we address these important questions in the final week of our series called Take This Job And Love It! This is such a profoundly practical subject that I know it will not only benefit you, but it will be a great week to invite a friend to North Ridge. What better time to talk about labor than on Labor Day weekend!

Speaking of labor, I’d better stop blabbing and get back to work! I always appreciate you taking the time to let me visit with you. I only wish it was in person (like at a McDonalds!). Your partnership in this special church is helping us make a big difference in the lives of those both inside and outside our flock. I can’t wait to see you and your crew on Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Together In His Love,




Pastor Mike

P.S. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in our 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM or 5:00 PM service.

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


Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Psalm 44:6-7 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.


James 4:13-15 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”


1 Samuel 17:34-37a But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”


Romans 5:3b-5a we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame.


Matthew 5:39b-41 If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.


Jeremiah 17:5-8 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.