Posts Tagged ‘anniversary

16
Apr
12

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!

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14
Apr
12

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

06
Jun
10

Sunday Recap 6-6-10

Today was a great day @ The Ridge as we kicked off a new series and a special journey that we are taking as a church: NewThru30. We are all going to read through the entire New Testament in the next 30 days. You can join us on this journey by printing off a NT30 Reading Plan HERE. On Sundays this month we will be talking about why the New Testament matters.

Today we kicked off talking about the priority and power of God’s word and looked at Matthew 4:1-11, where Jesus was tempted by Satan. Jesus relied on the power and priority of God’s Word. We also talked about why the Gospel matters. In Romans 1:14-17 we see the answer to that question in Paul’s writing:

14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.  16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (emphasis added)

Good attendance today, especially considering it was the first Sunday of summer. Lots of new faces still coming each week. That’s great! Ridgers, keep inviting your family and friends! The Gospel matters! The power and priority of God’s Word and the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ is why we do everything we do!

As everyone left we handed out the NewThru30 Reading Plans. I hope if you didn’t get one that you will download and print one and join us in this amazing journey of immersing ourselves in the word of God this month. I can’t wait to see what God reveals to us about Himself, His purposes and His ways!

Another special highlight today came from a young girl. Before our worship gathering today, she cam up to Wendell and I and gave us an envelope and said she had she saving and collecting money to dig a well in Africa. I am leading a team of 8 from The Ridge in 2 weeks to go to Burkina Faso. One thing we hope to do is finance the digging of several wells. We will already be building two churches in villages while we are there and hope to dig wells nearby each of these. This young girl collected and saved $128.50 and humbly gave it as an offering! Wow! I was blown away! If a little child like this can give so innocently and faithfully and humbly, why can’t we do more? It was a great illustration of our second Living Giving Principle that we are teaching right now which says “I must be willing to be made materially poor, if necessary, so that I or others may become spiritually rich.” this principle is based on 2 Corinthians 8:9 which says,

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

What a great example little Selena gave of that principle! Thank you Selena for your faithfulness, your humility and your example! God bless you!

On a personal note, today was a special day at our house. It is my daughter’s 12th birthday as well as our anniversary.

I can’t believe that she is 12 already! I never get used to how fast they are growing up! We had just a family party, because later this year, my daughter will get her special 12 year old trip with me. You can read more about what our family does with that in a post about my son’s trip a couple of years ago HERE.

My wife and I have really not done much of an anniversary celebration in the last 12 years because we share the day. We’ve just chosen to make the birthday a priority on this day. Usually we celebrate our anniversary on another day. However, we do at least try and go out on a date, which we did tonight.

I can honestly say that when I married this beautiful woman 23 years ago today, my life has never been the same. I love her more now than I ever have before.

When I think of my wife, there are so many thoughts that come to mind, she is my best friend and the one that God perfectly chose to compliment me. She doesn’t complete me, because only Jesus can do that. She does compliment me the way God intended. I am very blessed! I thank the Lord every day for choosing me worthy to be entrusted with and care for His beautiful creation in her.

When I read 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” in the Bible, I think of how my wife is all of these things:

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

These are the characteristics that my bride of 23 years has always exemplified. I am undeserving of such a friend and partner and mate. But God in His grace chose to place her in my life…and I’m glad He did!




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