When I was a kid my orthodontist used to have a stack of Highlights magazines in his waiting room. Highlights was a semi-educational kid’s publication that overall was pretty boring to an 8 year-old but it featured one thing I loved! Contained in every issue was a full-page picture that had as many as 20 hidden objects embedded in the picture. Some people could quickly spot what was there but not obvious, others (like me!) weren’t too good at it. I suspect Jesus could’ve spotted those 20 hidden objects in nothing flat. The Bible tells us that Jesus had the ability to quickly see what others couldn’t or wouldn’t. He could spot hidden hurt, hidden motives and hidden potential better than anyone who ever walked the planet. Psychologists call this capacity “mindfulness” and it is foundational to loving like Jesus did. What role does mindfulness play in our relationships with God and people? Is it something that can be grown and if so how do we enhance our powers of perception? Join us this Sunday as we explore this incredibly important skill. As we hit week #2 in our series called Love Like That, we will look at what mindful love looks like (Luke 19:1-10) and identify four things Jesus says His followers need to know to raise their powers of perception.
Of equal importance, I want to remind you that that this Sunday is the day we will be asking our members to vote on our Better Together proposed merger with Scottsdale Bible Church. Since I first formally shared this with you all on August 27th, I’ve asked us all to do four things: (1) Keep an open mind; (2) Attend a town hall and/or Ask any questions we may have of our elders or staff; (3) Read carefully through the Better Together brochure that explains this great opportunity and addresses the FAQs that most of us have asked; and (4) Pray for wisdom (mindfulness) and unity through this journey. I shared from day one, I won’t twist any arms but have also shared that as challenging as this may seem I will be voting for this (and hope our congregation does too) as I believe Better Together offers the best opportunity for North Ridge to preserve and greatly promote its unique culture, mission and ministry to and in our community for the next generation. I look forward to seeing you soon! Have a wonderful weekend.
Sure do love you guys,
P.S. I can’t think of a better way to conclude our Sunday services than by celebrating the Lord’s Supper!
P.S.S. I’d love to have you all join us this Saturday (September 29) in the Ridge Cafe at 6:30 PM as Pastor Jimmy leads us in a beautiful time of prayer and worship as we approach this historic crossroads. I don’t want to go anywhere without Jesus and I also don’t want to stay behind when He says “Let’s go!”
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Luke 19:1-6 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed Him gladly.
Luke 19:7-10 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
1 John 4:20-21 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Luke 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to His host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Matthew 25:42-43 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’
Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.