Author Archive: West Ridge

21-Day Experiment: Day 4

21-Day Experiment: Day 4

Question: How do you expect to change as you become more confident in Christ’s love for you? For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known […]

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  April 19, 2018   1 comment
21-Day Experiment: Day 3

21-Day Experiment: Day 3

Question: How would you describe God’s grace to you? Ephesians 2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those […]

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  April 18, 2018   3 comments
21-Day Experiment: Day 1

21-Day Experiment: Day 1

Question: Are there some things in your life you are reluctant to give up in order to follow Jesus completely? What would it cost you to burn them (v19)? Paul in Ephesus While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked […]

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  April 16, 2018   1 comment
21-Day Experiment: Day 2

21-Day Experiment: Day 2

Today’s Question: What excites you most about God’s relationship with you? Ephesians 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and […]

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  April 16, 2018   1 comment
You always have a seat at the Table

You always have a seat at the Table

When I was a freshman in college, I came back home for Spring Break to be with my family.  To celebrate one night, we headed over to a well-known Japanese restaurant in our town. This was the first time I had ever eaten Japanese food.  We walked in on a busy Friday night and I […]

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  February 14, 2018   No comments
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