This Is Us (Week 4)

June 22, 2018

Dear North Ridge Friends,

When I was a in 2nd grade our class took a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in downtown Chicago. One of the more fascinating exhibits was a glass incubator with a bunch of chicken eggs on the bottom and what looked like a heat lamp on the top. After a few minutes, we noticed a few chicks peck their way out of their eggs! A good incubator helps give life and allows baby chicks to leave one little world so they can enter another bigger and better world.

God has an incubator for people too. It’s called the family. Good families can incubate good kids. But bad families often do more damage than good. So what does a good (not perfect) family look like? Are there things they can do to promote healthy, happy and holy people and relationships? Can families that have gone down the wrong road still find direction and affection? Join us this Sunday as we look at these important questions. As we conclude our series called This Is Us we will look at a prodigal son on the run and learn how we can create an environment that brings out the best in each other. It’s going to be a great conclusion to a great series so you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to invite a friend or neighbor to join you this week as almost everyone wants to have a healthier family.

A big thanks to Pastor Chad for covering the preaching so well these past few weeks. I had a great little break and was able to get a ton done. That being said, I sure missed hanging out with my North Ridge family and can’t wait to dig deep into God’s Word with you this Sunday. You guys are incredible and have helped me and my family grow in so many ways.

Sure Do Love You,



Pastor Mike

P.S. Our refugee ministry is in need of a pick-up truck to deliver some donated furniture to a refugee family. If you have a few hours to give or would be willing to let us use your pickup truck for about two hours on a Saturday, would you call or text my wife Mary at 602.421.9256 or the church office at 480.515.4673? Thanks for helping the least, last and lost.


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


Luke 15:11-19 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’


Luke 15:20-24 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.


Luke 15:25-32 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”


Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.


John 8:7-8 When they kept on questioning Him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.


Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


Proverbs 23:10-11 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; He will take up their case against you.