Posts Tagged ‘Easter

02
Apr
12

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)

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19
Apr
11

Easter @ The Ridge is coming…


This weekend we celebrate the most significant event in history. It is the day that we were set free from the bondage of sin. It is the day that we were given access to the Heavenly Father and the Kingdom of Heaven through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and God’s raising of His Son from the dead!

Join us @ The Ridge for a special Good Friday worship gathering that you will not want to miss. I promise you it will be unlike anything you have ever been a part of. We will gather at 7pm at Austin Middle School.

Then we will continue our worship and praise of God by gathering on Easter Sunday morning at 9:30 and 11:00am at Austin MS. (Both RidgeKidz teams will serve that day, so plan to be there.)

Invite all your family and friends! I was so pleased to see almost all of the invite cards we had printed, gone last Sunday. Hand them out! Don’t miss the opportunity to invite a friend, family member, classmate, neighbor, co-worker, or even a stranger to join you for Easter @ The Ridge. It truly is urgent! Eternity hangs in the balance!

If you are a volunteer in ANY area, we need ALL hands on deck this Sunday. Please plan to be here. There are a lot of guests going to be here and we NEED YOU ALL to be available to make them feel welcome!

I can’t wait to see what God is gonna do this Easter as we look at the question “Does Easter matter…Really?” Don’t miss it!

15
Apr
11

Before Sunday…

Before this Sunday, here are a few things you need to do, think about, prepare for, and know…

  • This Sunday we celebrate our 5th Anniversary…our 5th Birthday @ The Ridge! God has done amazing things in and through us and we want to celebrate what HE has done and glorify HIS name for these 5 years.
  • We want all you Ridgers to wear any t-shirt you might have from The Ridge on Sunday. We’ve had a bunch of them over the years and we though it might be kinda cool for everyone to wear a different shirt from the past if you have one.
  • We’ll have some guests with us, so make sure you watch out for them and make them feel welcome. If you are a volunteer in any way, please wear a nametag Sunday. If you don’t have a volunteer nametag, we’ll have our usual nametags available. If everyone wears one, then everyone will know everyone else! Makes it less awkward for people like me who can’t remember names too well. 🙂
  • We will not have RidgeKidz or RidgeKidz Jr this week so that ALL of us can gather as one family. Please reserve seating on the outside edges for those with babies so that they can have freedom to get up if necessary. We had hoped that some folks from another church were going to come take care of the nursery for us this week, but that didn’t work out. But it’s gonna be fine as we will have a great time as one family. It’ll be just like we’ve done in the past when we met at the tent, so it will be fine.
  • We’ll be having an old fashioned dinner on the grounds/picnic after the worship gathering. Bring your own picnic for your family and pack a little extra for another so that you can share with someone who doesn’t bring anything. We’ll have a few hotdogs available for folks who came without knowing to bring food.
  • Plan to stay and enjoy hanging out together and even play together. Bring your games, cornhole, frisbees, etc. This is a great time to connect with one another. If you have not had a chance to get to know many folks, this will be a good time to do just that!
  • If you have become accustomed to parking in the gues lot right in front of the school…and you are not a guest…then please start parking in the larger lot and save those spaces for guests, expectant moms, and those with newborns. Especially starting this Sunday AND Easter Sunday.
  • How do I know if I qualify for guest/expectant/new mom parking? If you’ve been coming here for 1,2,3 + YEARS you are not a guest anymore. Guest parking is intended for 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd time guests. If you are MALE you are not an expectant mom. If your child is 3, 4, 7, or 15 years old, you are not a new mom. Okay…you get the picture 🙂 We will have lots of first and second time guests the next two weeks with Anniversary and Easter, make them feel welcome by leaving the best parking for them.
  • Finally, before Sunday….and next Sunday…INVITE, INVITE, INVITE!
  • There is still time to invote people to The Hunt tomorrow, April 16th at 2pm at Austin M.S. Come and enjoy the crafts and egg hunt as well as the stories and snacks. It’s another good chance to connect with other families at The Ridge, but it is also a great chance to invite someone who doesn’t attend church anywhere.
  • Make note of our Easter Weekend Schedule: Good Friday Gathering 7PM at Austin M.S. (April 22); Easter Sunday Worship Gatherings at 9:30 and 11:00 am (April 24). You don’t want ot miss any of it!
01
Apr
10

“Ya Know?” starts this week…

01
Apr
10

Tonight’s the night…

The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread…” So Paul recounts, in 1 Corinthians 11, the Lord’s Supper…the last meal Jesus would take on this earth. Tonight is that night. It is the beginning of this most Holy weekend. It is not the beginning of the end, but rather the beginning of the beginning…of the new beginning!

Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.” (1 Cor. 11:25b NKJV) It was after this meal that Jesus would go to the garden to agonize and pray and wrestle with God’s will. “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39). Then He would be betrayed, arrested and tried (illegally), beaten and tortured beyond recognition, mocked, ridiculed, rejected. What a night! And you think you’ve had a tough day. That night is tonight. The next day Jesus would be killed.

Don’t forget that Easter is only possible because of what happened tonight…Thursday night. If it were not for all of those things…the time when things seemed darkest is when God was working out His plan. Defeat seemed sure, “But God…” had certain victory coming! It may have been Thursday night… it may have been Friday…but Sunday was just around the corner! All things were about to be new!

Maybe that is where you are in life. Things seem really dark right now. “But God…” is about to do something powerful in your life, IF…you are willing to trust Him and seek Him. What do you KNOW? What do you want to KNOW? What can you KNOW for sure? This Easter we are starting a new series that will explore those questions. What really IS for certain?

Well, for one thing, I KNOW my Redeemer lives! He came to make all things new. He can make you and I new. Feeling worn, beaten down? He makes that new. Discouraged? He gives new hope. Dirty? He can make that clean and new. Feeling cast aside, broken, bitter? He can make that new too. His blood is the blood of the new covenant…shed for the forgiveness of sin…Grace…Hope…New! You CAN  KNOW these things…Ya know?

Don’t miss Easter @ The Ridge. Make certain you are here and that you bring someone with you who needs to KNOW what hope is and Who hope is.

It may be Thursday night or Friday in your life or their life, but Sunday IS coming! Tonight’s the night that makes Easter…Easter!

Devotional Thought For Today: Take some time to read Matthew 26 today or tonight with your family.




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