Author Archive: West Ridge

Many Get Invited; Only a Few Make it.

Many Get Invited; Only a Few Make it.

My daughter is reading William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in her 9th grade English class. She’s having a hard time understanding it and so she came to me for help. “Don’t look at me, kid,”  was my first thought. I remember reading the play in my 9th grade English class. Every time the teacher called […]

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  March 22, 2017   No comments
Baptism

Baptism

Baptism Sunday will be happening Sunday, April 30th.  If you are at the point in your walk with God where you want to publicly proclaim your desire to follow Him, sign-up here or contact Greg Bowman to learn more about being baptized at West Ridge.

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  March 20, 2017   No comments

Satisfying our Hunger

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”  – George Carlin Ugh.  When I read my assignment for this series and saw I would be needing to identify with the parable of the hidden treasure, I cringed.  Jesus was an amazing teacher, but […]

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  March 17, 2017   1 comment

Joy in Whatever Circumstance

It’s Friday and I’m sitting listening to “How Great Is Our God”, singing to myself and thinking about what keeps us from the next level, or reaching our capabilities that God has given us. How do we know what He has in store for us? What if we keep getting in His way? Fail to […]

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  March 14, 2017   1 comment

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who […]

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  March 7, 2017   No comments
Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

Gratitude:  a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. Several weeks ago I shared a couple of things that were shared with me during the early part of my spiritual awakening: “I’m not the person I could be, And, I’m not the person I should be.But thank God I’m not the person I used to be.” and […]

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  March 2, 2017   No comments
Ragged Prayer

Ragged Prayer

Ragged Prayer Darren Sloniger I believe that I am saved by the unconditional grace of God. There is nothing I can do to make God love me any more and there is nothing I can do to make God love me any less. And because of that, I come before you Jesus. Just as I […]

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  February 28, 2017   No comments
Healing the Shame that binds you

Healing the Shame that binds you

When I came to the rooms of AA and embraced a 12-step program in 2013, I discovered I was broken not only in mind and body, but also in a place of spiritual bankruptcy. I was so riddled with Fear, Shame and Guilt that I was completely blocked from God’s love and understanding. This fed […]

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  February 25, 2017   1 comment
He Will Make Us Radiant

He Will Make Us Radiant

“Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.” (Psalm 34:5) Of the painful emotions I’ve felt in my life, shame is one of the most dangerous. The thing about shame is that it attacks deep within us, takes root, and grows like an ugly parasite. When shame snakes its […]

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  February 23, 2017   No comments
The Swampland of our Soul

The Swampland of our Soul

I wish emotional healing was as easy as physical healing.  Got hurt by a friend?  Just look it up on WebMD.  Says friendship hurts should be healed within a week.  Neighbor rude to you this morning?  WebMD says 5 days.  Get flipped off in traffic- Dial a Doc says 3 minutes of an angry song […]

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  February 22, 2017   No comments