Love Handles: Getting A Grip On Your Relationships (Week 3)

Dear North Ridge Friends,

Have you ever started but not finished something? I sure have. Maybe you started a project around the house that began with a bang but you then got distracted. Maybe it was an educational program- in fact I just heard that only 43% of those who started at a college 6 years ago, have now finished their degree at that college! Maybe you entered into a friendship or romantic relationship with someone you thought would “go the distance” but found yourself and your relationship sitting on the sideline vs. at the finish line. Let’s face it “going the distance” is not for sissies.

Even with a lot of work and a ton of prayer, relationships are frighteningly fragile. The inclination and capacity to “finish well” is called commitment and it has never been more needed or in shorter supply than it is right now. What is commitment? What benefits does it bring? How can it be grown or blown? Join us this Sunday as we answer these important questions. As we hit week three of our series called Love Handles: Getting a Grip on Your Relationships, we will explore the radical role commitment plays in creating relationships that please God, generate love, and stand the test of time. You and your crew won’t want to miss this meaningful message so be sure to join us as we learn these “love lessons” together.

Thanks for letting me share a little of what’s on my heart and where God will be taking us this Sunday. This will be a great weekend to invite a friend to our Live@Five service as everyone wants and needs better relationships. With no Sunday Cardinals game and the cooler weather finally here, we will be holding our Sunday night service on the patio and as a special feature the award winning “Wandering Donkey” food truck (featured on the Travel Channel) will be here from 4:30 -5:30 pm so you can buy some great grub and enjoy it during the service. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to hang out with the church that is widely known (at least by me) as the “best in the west”!

Sure Do Love You,



Pastor Mike

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


Romans 12:9-10a Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love.


Matthew 13:20-21 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.


John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Matthew 5:44 He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.


Luke 5:10-11 Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.


Ruth 1:16-18 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.