Author Archive: West Ridge

Why Does Bad Stuff Happen to Good People?

Why Does Bad Stuff Happen to Good People?

I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this question, and have even asked it myself.  My daughter, my perfect four year old daughter who’s only sin was probably taking one of her brothers toys, was diagnosed with cancer when she was four years old. Four years old.  At that point can […]

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  November 15, 2016   1 comment
Rock Collection

Rock Collection

What can keep us separated from God? Jesus was asked once “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind”. The new, biggest TV, the shiniest car, jewelry, fashionable clothes. The latest smart phone. Money. These things […]

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  November 9, 2016   No comments
Live Free and Let Go!

Live Free and Let Go!

“Trust in the Lord with All your heart  and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 So as I sat down this morning to ponder the idea of letting go and freedom, I coincidentally experienced both […]

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  November 7, 2016   No comments
Second Chances

Second Chances

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you? She said  “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8:10-11 Writing about adultery was not on my list of things that I was looking forward to […]

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  November 1, 2016   No comments
The Face of Desperation

The Face of Desperation

God wants us to come to him with everything: big problems, little problems, and everything in between.  But if were really honest we feel pretty good about ourselves when we don’t have to involve God.  We act in a way as if to say to God, “I’ve got this one, you can sit this one […]

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  October 29, 2016   No comments
Getting Over the Hurdle

Getting Over the Hurdle

A crowd. A man with a dying daughter. An anonymous woman with a long term medical problem. Me A man called Jesus. In Mark and Luke we are privy to a really awesome and dynamic story.  It’s a story that tells of a man who openly displays his faith.  He has a dying daughter, and […]

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  October 27, 2016   No comments
Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

If you have read much of the Bible you have possibly read the story of Jesus healing the woman who had bled for 12 years. You know she was bleeding unhealed for many years. The loss of blood for so long made her ceremoniously unclean and anything she touched would be unclean. From all account […]

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  October 25, 2016   No comments
The changed life of Zaccheus

The changed life of Zaccheus

I am an observer.  I typically don’t like to be the center of attention.  Rather, I’d prefer to be somewhere along the outskirts of the situation, watching.  When my daughter was younger, I took her to West Ridge’s Christmas Eve service and she wanted to sit in the front row.  Come on, really?  I’d say […]

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  October 23, 2016   1 comment
Taking a Risk

Taking a Risk

The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Zacchaeus is an interesting cat.  I wonder what possessed a man with such stature to throw all pride aside and climb a tree to catch a glimpse of this prophet named Jesus.  What was it that prompted him, compelled him to take […]

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  October 20, 2016   2 comments
To Save What Was Lost

To Save What Was Lost

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). I am someone who usually tries my best to blend into a crowd. When I serve, I prefer to stay behind the scenes, and I blush with embarrassment if someone calls attention to my deeds. When I made the […]

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  October 18, 2016   2 comments