Author Archive: West Ridge

Finding Delight in Silence

Finding Delight in Silence

My prayer, most every day: “Please give me patience, tolerance and the faith I need.”  Just getting through the day takes so much energy.  I wonder if I can get through yet another. I don’t have time to take a “day off” from my responsibilities.  Kids, grandson, house, yard …. life.  Sometimes, I just want […]

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  June 12, 2017   1 comment
Appalachian Christmas Quartet

Appalachian Christmas Quartet

An evening of traditional Christmas hymns featuring the musicianship of Eric Goodman, Rob Farmer, Jeanne Anne Aukofer, and Michael Aukofer. Wednesday, November 29th with two shows at 6:00pm and 8:00pm. A great family event to start the Christmas season. Free admission.

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  June 10, 2017   No comments
Divorce is a Nasty Word

Divorce is a Nasty Word

Divorce. It’s a nasty word.  I always felt like it made people look at me differently.  I knew in their heads they were thinking “Oh, she is broken and a failure, so sad.” I was married at 21.  He was a bit older and successful.  He told me everything I wanted to hear, needed to […]

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  May 12, 2017   6 comments
What is Conflict anyway?

What is Conflict anyway?

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (ESV) Conflict, what is conflict anyway? A conflict is usually a serious disagreement or argument, typically a lengthy one between two or more […]

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  May 10, 2017   No comments
Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow….For a long time I used to rely on a wise saying that it is better to bend like a willow than break like a mighty oak….The meaning of this to me was that it was better to surrender in love, truth and humility, to a storm of conflict, than to stand […]

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  May 3, 2017   3 comments
A Harsh Reality

A Harsh Reality

The Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor (Matthew 18:21-35) offers us who like to think we are Christians, a harsh reality: Forgive—you’re in. Don’t forgive—you’re out. And, of course, Jesus is talking about Heaven in that parable. I find it interesting that a debtor and money was used in the parable because it is both money […]

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  April 6, 2017   No comments
Please Have Mercy

Please Have Mercy

“Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart.  Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart” -Shawn Mendes These lyrics kept going through my head as I tried to think about what mercy was to me. My step dad passed a few months ago. When he was in the ICU dying from lung […]

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  April 5, 2017   2 comments
Easter Weekend Services

Easter Weekend Services

Easter Weekend at West Ridge reminds us, from beginning to end, that God deliberately pursues us all in love.  We hope you, your family and friends join us in celebration. Good Friday Service (Friday, April 14th) – 7:00p West Ridge Kids will be available for ages 5 and under only. Easter Sunday Services (Sunday, April […]

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  April 4, 2017   No comments
Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds. This floated past me one day – a few different times – and it stuck. Funny how, when we are open to see the perspective we need for the moment, messages will come to us in many […]

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  April 2, 2017   No comments
Nurture Your Seed …

Nurture Your Seed …

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds […]

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  March 28, 2017   No comments