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6 years and counting…weekend reflections from The Ridge 4-15-12

Yesterday was our 6th Anniversary as a church @ The Ridge. In a lot of ways I cannot believe that it has been six years…in other ways it seems like a lot longer. God has been good to us and has blessed this community and many others around the state and the world through His church. I am certainly blessed to be allowed to pastor such a church. I believe God is doing some significant things in us as He grows us deeper. Disciples are developing, lives are being changed, people are being made over into the likeness fo Jesus, souls are being saved, and a generation yet to be born is being impacted because of what God is doing in families. What a privilege it is to be a part of His work.

Yesterday we had a great worship time as we kicked off a new series called Life Is A Highway. We are continuing to seek God for revival and awakening. I pray that we will all humbly come before Him, hungry, broken and surrendered. We looked at Isaiah 35 and the Highway Of Holiness described there. We determined that those who walk this Highway are first hungry and second humble. They hunger and thirst for righteousness and they come befor the cross in humlity and brokenness. When we walk this highway, we are clean, full of the Spirit, in fellowship with Christ, living victoriously.

Yesterday I also introduced the church to a book that was written over 60 years ago, but is one that has had a profound impact on milllions of people, me included. Some of our small groups are using this book as a guide to study God’s Word in relationship to personal revival. This book is called The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. I was very excited to see many people pick up a copy at our resource center. You can get a copy HERE or if you have a Kindle it is available for free download. I would encourage all Ridgers to read this book during this teaching series. We are not teaching the book, but we will be exploring the principles laid out in it as we examine what revival is in God’s Word and what it looks like in our lives.

Another special part of our worship gathering and anniversary celebration yesterday was the installation of our first two Elders @ The Ridge. When the Church @ The Ridge was formed six years ago, we said, we wouldn’t have Elders until God sent us Elders. Well, it took a while, but God has affirmed two men to serve in this capacity @ The Ridge. I am so pleased to have these men serving alongside us privding wisdom and discernment as they help us seek God together for His vision and direction for His Church @ The Ridge. Mike pinkerton and Darrell Galloway have agreed to serve in this capacity. These men ahve been vetted according to God’s Word and the qualifiacations for Elder that we find in We will be adding more Elders in the future as God directs, but for now  these men will be laying groundwork for future elders. Please pray for them as they seek God with us. They will provide, wisdom, direction, vision, discernment, accountability and encouragement for the pastor and staff. I will be giving a profile of each of them in a later post.

Last evening, we had a chance to celebrate together as a community of faith with The Ridge Family Picnic. It was a great time of eating, playing, hanging out with one another.

I believe that God has some HUGE things on the horizon @ The Ridge!  The opportunity for us to “impact another generation for the glory of God by changing people’s perspective” has never been greater…nor mor urgent. May we be diligent in prayer, faithfulness, obedience as we join God is His work around us!


6th Anniversary @ The Ridge TOMORROW!

I can’t believe that it has been six years since we officially launched The Church @ The Ridge! God has been so gracious and has done so much work in and through His Church here. We are celebrating tomorrow, Sunday Evening, April 15th with a special Ridge Family Picnic and with some special elements in our worship gathering Sunday morning.

Here’s some quick details on our Anniversary Picnic

  • Picnic is at White Oak Park on Mustang Drive off Hwy 61 at 5pm look for the tents we’ll have set up.
  • FOOD: Bring enough food to fee your entire family a MEAL. We will put it all together in a big spread and share. Church will provide paper goods.
  • DRINKS: to keep it simple, bring your own cooler with your own water, soft drinks, etc.
  • We will have cornhole, but you can also bring your own games. Whatever fun picnic, family, group games you want to bring. Break out the frisbees, horseshoes, footballs, volleyballs, whiffle balls, baseballs, or whatever!
  • Come and plan on having fun and getting better acquainted with your fellow Ridgers!

YOU have been and ARE a part of God’s work here in this community. Let’s celebrate what God has done these last 6 years and what He is going to do in the future.

See you tomorrow morning @ The Ridge as we gather for worship at Austin Middle School. Remember, we are back to our regular schedule at 10:30am.

We are beginning a new series tomorrow that dovetails out of our OneCry series. This series is called “Life Is A Highway” and I believe it will be one of the most important teaching series we have ever done! Don’t miss it ! There are also going to be some other special things happening in our worship gathering tomorrow that you won’t want to miss. God has something for YOU. Won’t you be there?

See you tomorrow!

Pastor Steve


Dead or Alive?


46 years ago, Time Magazine put this question on their cover. Many people then were saying that God no longer had a place in America…or anywhere for that matter. He was dead. Not relevant. Unneccessary. Afterall, man was so enlightened that he had all the answers. Culture was moving away from a need for God, so therefore He was dead.

But what about today? What do you say? Is He dead or alive in your life? Do we need Him anymore?  Well, as we approach Easter, here is a headline for you:

Join us for Easter @ The Ridge! This Sunday, April 8, 1012
9:30 & 11:00am at Austin Middle School on Ridge Rd in So. Paulding Co!

  But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb,  taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found  the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold,  two  men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were  frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you,  while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man  must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and  be crucified and on  the third day rise.” 8 And  they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they  told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. – Luke 24:1-9 (emphasis added)



Beginning this Sunday @ The Ridge, we will start a new series called OneCry. I am excited about this series like no other series we have done. I believe with all my heart that God is wanting to do something significant in our church, community, and world, but it has to start with us as individuals. Will you join me as we join with others across our country in OneCry for God to bring revival and spiritual awakening to this land?

Be at Austin Middle School at 10:30am this Sunday, March 11th. Don’t let the time change keep you from gathering with the church. Set your clock…get to bed on time…you have an appointment Sunday morning.


The Truth Is…

Last week I was in my devotion & prayer time and I was reading in Ephesians 6. A familiar passage, no doubt. I quickly read through it as I have many times before. Then I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to pray through it, so I did. Praying through the armor of God, but I felt like I needed to pray through each piece of the armor. It turned out to be just what I needed that day. It was one of those days that I was kinda down…sort of in a little funk. So, I went back and reaqt verse 14: Stand therefore,  having fastened on the belt of truth, then I stopped and started to just pray back to God the things I knew to be true…about God, from His Word. But I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying, “Write these down.” So I got my prayer journal out and started writing. I don’t normally share what I write in my journal, but I thought I would share this. I wrote the things that I know to be true from God’s Word, about God, about me, about His will. After SIX pages I simply stopped and thanked God for the “belt of truth” from His Word! I was blown away! The more I wrote, the more God brought to my mind.  I came away inspired, revived and renewed to face the day, having immersed myself in the truth and remembering what I know to be true and seeing more clearly the falsehoods of the enemy. Here is just a little of what I wrote as a prayer back to God:

The belt of truth = Truth is…

Your grace is sufficient; salvation is sure, real, paid for; forgiveness is offered and given; You are a God of encouragement; You have overcome the world; I am no longer a slave to sin; your power is made perfect in my weakness; I have access to the throne; You love me unconditionally; You are Jehovah-Jireh; the Holy Spirit dwells in me; I don’t have to be good enough; I am a new creation in Christ; You are preparing a place for me; Your plans are to prosper me and not to harm me; You are sovereign and in control; I have nothing to fear; You are Lord Almighty; there is healing in Your wings; Your Word is a lamp to my feet; I can fully trust You; You have already won the victory!

That was just the first page I wrote that day. What do you know to be true from God’s Word? I’d love to hear your comments.

Take some time this week to do this little exercise. I can promise you God will use His truth to lift you up.


Sunday Recap…2-19-12

It was a great day @ The Ridge Sunday! While attendance was a little low (because of weather and winter break), God really spoke as we began wrapping our Family Matters series. There was a good vibe in our worship gathering today!

The band did their usual great job. Loved the new music today!

SO thankful for our volunteers in our RidgeKidz area! You guys rock! Your faithful ministry week in and week out is much appreciated…and makes a huge difference in the lives of families!

We saw 5 men stand, along with their wives and kids, at the end of our worship gathering and make a commitment to leading their families by making The Resolution, which was featured in the film Courageous. We will be allowing men to make this resolution anytime they feel led by God to do so. We felt that this opportunity needs to be made available just as we do our Family/Child Dedications peiodically through the year. It’s that important! It was also very encouraging to see a bunch of men standing behind these guys who had made that Resolution back in the fall. Pretty pwerful ending to the worship gathering today. What is the Resolution? Check this video out…

Today’ teaching was from Psalm 128 as we talked about “The Result” of walking in the ways of God and in fear of the Lord as a family.

  • When we walk in His will, He provides our needs and we are blessed or happy
  • the next generation will be blessed because of the faithfulness of your family now.

We talked about how we try to play a “quid pro quo” game with God too. Do you know what quid pro quo means? It is something done in exchange for something else. It’s “returning a favor”. We have taken passages like we read in Proverbs in regards to family and used them as quid pro quo with God.  We have misinterpreted them to say that Christian families will experience blessings from God or that He will take things away from us based on what we give Him in exchange for what we expect from Him.  We try to take Proverbs annd make them into promises like some sort of divine guarantee that we can use to manipulate God into doing what we want him to do. That is a dangerous game to play.

Without a doubt, we should look to Scripture for guidance in our homes. God’s Word speaks of family matters in the responsibilities of men (Eph. 5:25–33; 6:4; Col. 3:19, 21; 1 Peter 3:1–6), women (Eph. 5:22–24; Col. 3:18; 1 Peter 3:7), and children (Eph. 6:1–3; Col. 3:20). There are all kinds of examples of positive and negative family stories in the Bible. We should do our very best to follow all the teachings of Scripture. But we should never be deceived into thinking that the future results of our family depends on us.

Here’s The Thing…

The future results of our families depends on God, not you or me. Never take your eyes off of the One who actually holds your family’s future.

If things are going well in your home right now, don’t be fooled into thinking that somehow you have made it that way. Look again: your home is broken beneath the surface because it is full of broken, sinful, fallen people and each of us could fall apart in a moment. So, we should give God the praise and thanks he deserves and pray diligently for His ongoing mercy in the future.

If things are not going well in your home, don’t give up on the hope of deliverance. God loves to show his amazing saving power through people who have nothing left.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 says,

 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being[d] might boast in the presence of God.

Whatever the condition of your family may be, turn to the One who holds the future in his hands and ask him to honor himself through your family. Not so that you can have stuff or recognition or anything this world offers, but so that the world might see Jesus Christ in your family…God glorified in and through your home…they might see that YES, when you follow the principles and teachings of God’s Word it does work. If that’s the motive of your heart, then God will honor that. That’s why family matters…that’s the results of following Him and doing the hard work of training yourself and your family in godliness. That is where the hope lies.


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