Love Handles: Getting a Grip on Your Relationships (Week 2)

Dear North Ridge Friends,

In his poem “Mending Fences” Robert Frost quotes an old proverb that says “good fences make good neighbors” but then suggests that fences do more damage than good! Other wise men and women suggest that fences are both functional and fantastic in that they prevent misunderstanding and provide protection and privacy. So who’s right? Are boundaries good or bad? Are they constructive or destructive? What’s the difference between a good boundary and a bad boundary?

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday (9/17) as we look at the relationship between healthy boundaries and healthy relationships. As we hit week two of our seven week series called Love Handles”, we will identify four things God’s guys need to know about Biblical boundaries. This topic will hit home in a big way with everyone except perhaps hermits (who’ve been living alone in a cave for the past 40 years) so unless your name is Fred or Wilma Flintstone I hope to see you and your crew as we learn these lessons from God’s Word together.

Okay, time for this little bird to fly! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your relationships (with those who God has placed in your path) will grow more Godly, satisfying and meaningful. It is such an honor to be on this journey with you and I love doing life with you and the rest of these cool cats at North Ridge. You rock!

In His Love,



Pastor Mike

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


Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere (w/o hypocrisy). Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.


Psalm 74:17 It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth; You made both summer and winter.


Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


Matthew 12:47-50 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” He replied to him, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”


2 Peter 1:5b-8 … make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Romans 13:12b-14 So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.


Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.