Dear North Ridge Friends,
I want to grumble about grumbling! As I talk to people, look at the news and scan social media it seems like everybody is mad at everybody about everything. Despite living in the most prosperous and blessed country on the planet, happy and contented people appear to be an endangered species. The troubling trend in our world is that the hateful now seem to outnumber the grateful. What does God have to say about those who’ve been given a lot but give thanks a little? How can and should God’s guys raise the praise level in their life? What is God’s formula for growing gratitude?
Join us this Sunday as we begin a new series called Wag More, Bark Less: How To Put The Great In Grateful. In week one we will look at Psalm 30 (a song about thanksgiving) and identify four truths about God that will grow our gratitude. If you’re looking for more happiness, purpose and peace in your life then you won’t want to miss this Sunday and this series because nothing on earth will generate more joy than a grateful heart. In addition to some great time in worship and the Word, we will get to meet Pastor Ryan Heath (our neat new assistant campus pastor) and also get an update on the incredible new campus enhancement projects starting soon that will blow you away. It’s going to be a super Sunday so be sure to come on by and bring along a friend.
Okay, now that I’ve talked your ear off, I better let you get back to work. I know November and December can be a horribly hectic time of year but it really is a sensational season to come together to count our blessings and worship the One who pours them out on us. I look forward to growing in gratitude with you in the weeks ahead. Have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday.
Sure Do Love And Thank God For You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Psalm 30:1-3 I will exalt You, Lord, for You lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to You for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; You spared me from going down to the pit.
Psalm 30:4-9 Sing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people; praise His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” Lord, when You favored me, You made my royal mountain stand firm; but when You hid Your face, I was dismayed. To You, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim Your faithfulness?
Psalm 30:10-12 10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.
Psalm 18:16-18 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…
Deuteronomy 4:31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which He confirmed to them by oath.
Psalm 147:1-3 How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.