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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
Living Life with West Ridge

Living Life with West Ridge

Damaged and broken; just a lost soul doing my best to find a way in this world. I was searching for something six years ago …. I wasn’t really sure what IT was, but I knew I needed it. I was wandering in a world that I thought I could navigate on my own.  I […]

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  October 4, 2017   No comments
My West Ridge Story

My West Ridge Story

The older I get, the more I can look back and recognize some of God’s pretty cool plans with my life. Here I am, looking at how God led me to West Ridge: I grew up in Streamwood, Illinois and was the youngest of three kids. My parents were not active in any church, yet […]

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  October 2, 2017   3 comments
A Bigger Plan

A Bigger Plan

I still can’t believe the God who created heaven and earth chose to save me. Truth is, in the beginning I fought coming to West Ridge. However, I now know that we are here because God has a much bigger plan for our lives than we could have ever imagined for ourselves. The journey that […]

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  September 21, 2017   No comments
This is my church, this is my home

This is my church, this is my home

This is my church, this is my home. These people are like family to me, my soul brothers and sisters. I have laughed and cried, felt anguish and great grief, healing and relief. There have been fervent prayers, many hours of service, life and death moments, and lots of learning and growing. I learned what […]

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  September 19, 2017   No comments
A Different Path

A Different Path

It’s August. Summer is coming to a close and another school year is about to begin. Normally, I would be busy making sure my daughter has enough clothes that fit her and buying all the necessary school supplies. But this year is different. This year, I have been busy researching alternative school options: private schools, […]

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  August 14, 2017   1 comment
Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

Swimsuits, flip flops, dirty feet, sun kissed faces, lemonade stands, playdates, picnics, dripping popsicles, bike rides, catching fireflies, road trips, heat waves, long days, late nights, lazy mornings, all things summer halted by the return to school. Kids and parents are now immersed with the “Great Back to School Scavenger Hunt” to find 28 glue […]

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  August 11, 2017   No comments
The Difference in Sponsoring a Child

The Difference in Sponsoring a Child

I want to share with you what it is like to sponsor a child in Nicaragua. Steve and I decide to sponsor a child after the Wine to Water event at church last October. The commitment was for a year and seemed like something that would fit into how we wanted to give back. We […]

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  July 16, 2017   No comments