Author Archive: West Ridge

How the Bible Came to be.  The Canon

How the Bible Came to be.  The Canon

I was raised in the Catholic church and taught not to question the authority of God or the bible or the commandments.  There was a lot of memorization and classes – and every Sunday we recited much of the same verses from the bible – but in this smaller book, mixed with and Old Testament […]

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  January 17, 2018   No comments
Calling All Creatives

Calling All Creatives

Come express your creative impulses authentically in community as we explore our artistic side to better serve our church, our community and ourselves. Starting January 13 the group will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the Café. (lunch will be provided). RSVP to Lisa Riedl by phone at 224-806-6585 […]

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  December 30, 2017   No comments
The Holidays are Hard

The Holidays are Hard

Holidays are hard for me.  Aa a child, they represented three things: My parents were going to fight My mom would tell us how broke we were That darn Christmas tree my Step-Dad fixed every year would probably come crashing down to the ground before Christmas Of course, as an adult, I start the season […]

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  December 12, 2017   No comments
Continuing the Tradition

Continuing the Tradition

When I was a teenager, my brother dated a girl who came from a large family. Fifteen kids, to be exact. She loved to sing, as did her dad, siblings and many other family members. I remember my brother asking her what was her favorite kind of music and she replied, “Christmas music!” Every year, […]

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  December 6, 2017   No comments
The Narrow Path

The Narrow Path

This shouldn’t be a difficult topic to write about. I believe Jesus’ words. Truth is I just want to write out Matthew 7 and say buck up and take the road less traveled. Yes, even if it means denying yourself or earthly treasures in this life because you will reap the reward of eternal life. […]

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  November 4, 2017   No comments
Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters

“I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost The Road not Taken by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems. So many times in my life, my inner voice has said this to me when I am attempting to make a decision. If I look […]

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  October 19, 2017   No comments
What do you think church is?

What do you think church is?

I work for a company based out of Germany.  Recently the owner of the company came to visit our headquarters while he was in Chicago.  It was a big “to do” in our office.  Everyone had to dress like they were being interviewed and we stood for an hour in the company’s atrium while he […]

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  October 11, 2017   No comments
Doubt and West Ridge

Doubt and West Ridge

“I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24).” Why West Ridge? I knew when asked this question I could sum up my answer in one word, doubt. Jesus, after being crucified and buried rose from the dead. The day we call Easter completes the story of God’s promise to send a savior to […]

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  October 7, 2017   No comments
Another One in the Books

Another One in the Books

One afternoon God had a bit of down time. While He was relaxing he decided to share another success story with those who were with Him. He loved to share stories like these, and those who heard them always rejoiced loudly. As they all sat around Him, he started. “I’m going to tell you about […]

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  October 5, 2017   No comments