Wag More, Bark Less (Week 4)

After a six year courtship, my oldest son (Spencer) and my beautiful new daughter-in-law (Jojo) tied the knot in a wonderful wedding on November 10th. It was a great event but as wonderful as weddings are there’s a melancholy moment that occurs for dads when your newlywed kid drives off at the end of the reception. After the hustle and bustle finally cools, you head home, sit in silence and wonder how your “little buddy” will do and did you as a dad prepare your son or daughter for what lies ahead. At 11:51 pm on the night of his wedding (as I sat reflecting in my chair), I received a text from Spencer that simply said “Love you! Thanks for everything today. It was perfect.” I can’t tell you how much that meant to me! As a dad I want my kids to love and serve Jesus, succeed in their relationships, give and get joy, and experience and express great gratitude.

Just as our earthly dads want grateful kids, so does our Heavenly Dad!  But being thankful doesn’t happen naturally. It has to be learned. How do we grow gratitude and raise our praise? Join us this Sunday as we conclude our series called Wag More, Bark Less (How To Put The Great In Grateful). As we look at Psalm 101 we will look at Thanksgiving 101 and identify the five fundamentals we need to know to be great at grateful. In addition, we will have a wonderful time of worship and be celebrating the Lord’s supper which for centuries has been called the “table of thanksgiving” (Eucharist). It’s going to be a wonderful way to conclude our thanksgiving weekend so be sure to stop by and bring a friend.

I hope you and your loved ones have a great Thanksgiving. If you’ve got nowhere else to go (or you do but your relatives annoy you!) come on by the Ridge Cafe at noon on Thursday as our men’s ministry will once again be providing a delicious turkey dinner. We’d love to see you there and then be sure to come by on Sunday as I wrap up our series and this wonderful weekend. I sure do love you and your crew and am so grateful to be part of our awesome North Ridge family.

Together In His Care,



Pastor Mike

P.S. If you know a single mom or widow who would like a free AAA 2019 roadside assistance membership, be sure to pass on our Northern Lights gift to them. Due to the merger, we need to complete this gift program in the next week.  Also this is the last week to drop by (just leave them in front of the Ridge Cafe) a gently used bicycle for our Recycle Your Bicycle program for foster kids in Arizona.

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


Psalm 101:1-3 I will sing of Your love and justice; to You, Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will You come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.


Psalm 101:4-5 The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil. Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.


Psalm 101:6-8 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.


Psalm 149:3-5 Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory. Let His faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.


Psalm 15:1-2a Lord, who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous,


Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.


Philippians 2:14-16a 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.