Love Handles: Getting A Grip On Your Relationships (Week 4)

Dear North Ridge Friends,

A few years back my wife walked in the front door and told me that a friend of ours (who lived about a block away) was getting a new smaller bed and wanted to know if we wanted their old king size mattress. I said “no!” but since Mary’s favorite shopping mantra is “cheap is good but free is better”, minutes later I was enroute to pick up our new treasure. I quickly found out that the mattress wouldn’t fit in or even on my car so I decided to try to carry it the block to our house. Bad idea! The mattress was too big, too bulky but worst of all it didn’t have handles on it which caused my grip to slip. I eventually just dragged it down the street much to the amusement of my neighbors. A good handle can help us move valuable things from here to there.

Just as a good handle can help move a mattress, a good handle can help move a relationship to a better place. Love Handles are important because sometimes a grip can slip and our friendships, marriages and others relationships can quickly deteriorate. How can we get a handle on our relationships? Join us this Sunday (10/1/17) as we continue our series called Love Handles. In week four, we will look at the role of respect in creating great relationships. As we look at Romans 12:10 and other passages we will identify five things we need to know to develop the handle of “deference” and make it onto God’s “Honor Roll”. This has been a terrific series and I can’t wait to share with you what God’s been teaching me on this timely topic.

Okay, I’d better let you get back to work. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you and your crew on Sunday. So blessed to have you on this dream team. I also hope you will invite a friend or neighbor to join us as well. It’s gonna be a sensational Sunday. #nrccLoveHandles

Sure Do Love You,



Pastor Mike

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


Mathew 13:54-58 Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s Son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.


Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.


Proverbs 18:2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.


Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.


1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.


John 13:12-14 When He had finished washing their feet, He put on his clothes and returned to His place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.


Luke 14:7-11 When He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, He told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”