Dear North Ridge Friends,
Despite the profound prosperity we are experiencing as a nation, we are living in “the age of rage” where everyone is ticked off about everything! What is stirring this anger pot? I think a big part of it is we expect and even demand that everyone should talk, think, feel and act exactly like we do and if they don’t they’re destined to go deep in our dog house. God has a better alternative and it’s called grace. Grace doesn’t cut different and difficult people off, instead it cuts them slack. Jesus was the ultimate “face of grace”. He gave the hard people in His life good when they deserved bad. How and why did He do it? What does grace have to do with love? Can grace be grown?
Join us this Sunday as we answer these and other questions in week four of our series called Love Like That! This week we will look at the story of the wild woman who got caught in a super sin and found freedom through a graceful encounter with Jesus. As we examine John 8:1-11, we will discover four ways God’s guy can be the face of grace to a world that desperately needs it. In addition, we will get to meet and visit with Kevin Yule (our soon to be new Campus Pastor here at North Ridge) in our 9:00 AM 10:45 AM and 5:00 PM services. Kevin is a great guy who knows and shows grace in a big way and I know you will love getting to know him.
Well, I better let you get back to work! Thanks for taking time for our little weekly visit. I always love learning how to live and love like Jesus with you and your crew. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday. You rock!
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
2 Pet 3:18 … grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
John 8:1-7 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn He appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger.
John 8:8-11 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
John 1:14,16-18 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…. Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Psalm 25:2-3 I trust in You; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me, No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.