Author Archive: West Ridge

The Ups and Downs of Faith

The Ups and Downs of Faith

Did you play on a “teeter-totter” when you were young? A simple device, traditionally consisting of a long plank of wood, with a seat (or maybe just a handle) on either end, that pivots about its midpoint. Riders balance between the downward pull of gravity and the upward push of their feet, bouncing from the […]

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  August 21, 2016   No comments
Pursuing Godliness

Pursuing Godliness

2 Peter 1:1-9 While it’s true God loves us as we are, Godliness, becoming Christ like in our character, is what God wants to love us into. Paul talks a lot and teaches us about Godliness. He warns us to say no to the worldly temptations of life and be self-controlled and live “godly” lives. […]

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  August 21, 2016   No comments
Unattainable Godliness

Unattainable Godliness

So here I am in front of my screen trying to figure out how to write about Godliness when I totally just lost it on my son while we were leaving the food pantry where we were dropping off shoes we had collected. How in the world, can I think that I am anywhere near […]

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  August 21, 2016   No comments
Finding Perseverance through Trails

Finding Perseverance through Trails

What is the secret to joy in trials? What’s the secret for a Christian to have joy while suffering through bankruptcy, cancer or even a lost child? Is it realistic that both joy and anguish can exist together? We can rejoice in trials because they have purpose. They are not haphazard; they are not by […]

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  August 11, 2016   No comments
Let us Never Tire of Doing Good

Let us Never Tire of Doing Good

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of […]

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  August 11, 2016   No comments
When Difficulty Comes Our Way

When Difficulty Comes Our Way

Life is hard, and being a Christian does not change that truth.  We are all faced with challenges and difficulties at some point in our lives.  It may be the sudden death of a loved one, a terminal illness, accident, betrayal, injustice… to name a few.  It is how we react to these things that […]

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  August 10, 2016   No comments

Eyes of Faith

There have been times in my life when I could hear God’s voice so loudly and clearly that there was no question He was right there next to me. A few years ago, I packed my bags and traveled to India on a fellowship for teachers. This trip fell right in the middle of some […]

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  July 12, 2016   No comments
You First

You First

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in […]

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  May 25, 2016   No comments