While I had a great time in Illinois with my family (celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday), I sure missed being with my North Ridge family last week. I can’t wait to see you and your crew on Sunday as we continue our awesome series called Shipwrecked: Outside The Known Zone. In week three we will hang out with the Apostle Paul and join his journey to and through a scary place. As we examine Acts 27:27-44 we will identify five things that smart people need to know and do when all hell breaks loose and fear draws near. In crazy times, even the godliest guys get cold feet and God’s Word offers all of us some real hope and real help. If you’re not now, you eventually will find yourself in a stormy place so be sure to join us (and bring a friend) for one of our services at either 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM or 5:00 PM.
Also, be sure to keep us in your prayers all week as we begin VBS on Monday. This year’s theme is Shipwrecked (hmm? That sounds familiar!). Every year hundreds of boys and girls flock to our campus for VBS to hear about Jesus and how He loves us and wants to help us in our toughest times. Pray for our kids and our awesome volunteer team during this wonderful week.
Okay, time for this big bird to fly. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you experience the peace and joy of Jesus wherever you and those you love might be. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and what a delight it is to do life with you.
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. We are in week three of our food drive for the Foothills Food Bank and this week we are asking all North Ridgers to bring canned pasta and pasta sauce so if you can find your inner Italian, drop a can (or bottle) or two off this week in the lobby.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Acts 27:27-29 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.
Acts 27:30-36 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.
Exodus 33:15-17 Then Moses said to him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here…And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
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
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverb 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.