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    ReadThe Ridge Community Church
    January 29, 2023
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    ReadRCC Weekly Update 1/26/23

    True Worship

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1 (NIV)


    In last week's newsletter, we looked at God’s Mercy from Romans 12:1. This week, I would like to share on the latter part of this verse where it says, “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship”. What is God is asking you and I to sacrifice? A chicken? Chocolate? The hair on my back? Because we tend to sacrifice what is easy. No, it’s something much deeper. When we wake in the morning, we’ve got a choice. Do we live the world’s way and standards... because that is easy. Or do we sacrifice our will and set the course of our life on God’s way? Which isn’t easy but is always good. This is where sacrifice comes in. I give up what is easy for what is God’s way. Paul is saying that when I sacrifice my life, that is an act of worship. Sacrifice is an act of worship! But wait, isn’t worship the songs we sing on Sundays? Certainly, but that is only a fraction of worship. Worship is not reserved for the one hour at church, worship is your life! Worship is every part of who you are, every aspect of your life. This is what worship is supposed to be like. When I reflect on God’s love and am reminded on how much He loves me, it takes my life from going the world’s way and fixes my attention on God. This is true and proper worship!


    Have a great week!


    Jake

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      ReadRCC Weekly Update 1/19/23

      God’s Mercy


      Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1(NIV)


      This is a powerful verse and a whole sermon could be given on it. Paul, right from the start says, “Therefore… in view of God’s mercy…”. Bam! I will focus on the rest of this passage next week, but this week I would like to share just this part. Paul is talking about a power that changes lives, that through God’s mercy, it leads to a changed life. In my book, mercy is defined by not getting what you deserve. The other day, I was driving on the highway to Monroe going 75-80 mph. I sort of lost track of my speed and there happened to be a cop two cars behind me. So, what is it I deserve? I deserve a speeding ticket, but I didn’t get one. He pulled some else over. I slowed back down. I am not saying God divinely inspired that, but the cop had some mercy. Mercy means we don’t get what we deserve. Our actions, which are sometimes foolish, deserve some kind of consequence in life, but mercy steps in and says, “You don’t have to face that consequence. I’m going to save you from that consequence.” There is only one person who has more mercy than anybody we’ll ever meet. The Bible says, if we keep God’s mercy in view, it’ll change your life. I yearn for God’s mercy in my life. “Yearn” is an interesting word, but I like it because it captures the deep desire, the daily dependence for it. You could spend your whole life searching it out, experiencing it, relying on it, asking God for it, and you would never come to the end of His mercy. 

       

      “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lam 3:22-23 NLT) This is a great prayer. Great is His faithfulness. His mercies begin afresh every day. Every day, His mercies are new and are different.


      Have a great week!


      Jake


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        ReadThe Ridge Community Church
        January 15, 2023
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        ReadRCC Weekly Update 1/12/23

        Lost and Found

        When I was growing up, my mom would go to the fabric store, and she would drag me along. To a 7-8-year-old, these fabric stores seemed really big. My mom would look at the patterns for what felt like hours to me. These stores were called the ‘House of Fabrics’, however to me, it was more like the ‘House of Satan’ because there is nothing for a little kid to do in these places. This was in the late 70s so there were no portable devices to play with, no toys laying around. I had to make up my own games to occupy my time. I would rearrange the fabric swatches, hide under the fabric tables or behind the hanging drapes on the walls. I would find pencils or little fabric tools to put in the manikin’s fingers, so it looked like cigarettes. I would rearrange their hands and turn their heads. You might be thinking, “Jake, you’re knuckle head.” Well, I was, but what do you do when you’re bored out of your mind. Now, I remember after some time passed with my antics, I looked up and I could not find my mom. And that fear of being lost came over me. You know that feeling right? I am looking over the tables, my heart is pounding. I raced over to the button section… she is not here. I am weaving through the aisles and the crowd, looking for her. I was lost! I started crying as I am swirling around in sheer panic that my mom left me here. But when I stop swirling around long enough, I could see out of the corner of my eye… there was my mom with her eyes on me, smiling at me. I ran over to her and put my arms around her. And this fear and feeling of being lost… what I really wanted was to be found.


        I think we all can relate to this in life. Where we want to go our own way, we want to play by our own rules, we want to do our own thing… and where it leads to is being lost. But in life, if we can stop swirling long enough, look past our antics and pride… we can actually see a Heavenly Father that has his eyes on us, is smiling over us, and is crazy about us (Luke 15, Ephesians 3:18). When we run into His arms, seek after him, and trust Him… our feelings of fear and being lost decreases and the transforming work of God increases in our lives. Thanks be to God!


        Have a great week!


        Jake

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          ReadThe Ridge Community Church
          January 8, 2023
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          ReadRCC Weekly Update 1/5/23

          Defining Moments – This Sunday @ 10AM


          We are back this Sunday 1/8 at 10AM for Ridge church service! And we are thrilled to have a guest speaker this week, Todd Morrison.


          Who is Todd? Todd is a gifted writer and speaker with an authentic, witty, and transparent style that resonates with a wide audience - especially those willing to acknowledge their brokenness. He has written articles for Relevant Magazine online that have gone viral and trended at #1 for months at a time. His words have impacted tens of thousands of people at conferences, churches and organizations around the world. Todd's experience with profound brokenness and the relentless tenderness of Jesus gives him a unique perspective and a refreshing message you can relate to, wherever you may be in your faith journey. Todd lives in Woodinville, Washington with his wife Kara and their three daughters.


          We are thrilled to have Todd join us and share a message on “Defining Moments”.


          See you this Sunday!

          Jake