Sermon Series

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
Things that delight me…

Things that delight me…

A sunny fall day My favorite boots Toes in the sand Beautiful sunsets (I’d say sunrise- but I’m not a morning person!) Laughter of children A good hug But, more than anything, it has to be music.  Music can totally change everything about your day.  Think about the last time your favorite song came on […]

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  June 19, 2017   2 comments
Finding Delight in Silence

Finding Delight in Silence

My prayer, most every day: “Please give me patience, tolerance and the faith I need.”  Just getting through the day takes so much energy.  I wonder if I can get through yet another. I don’t have time to take a “day off” from my responsibilities.  Kids, grandson, house, yard …. life.  Sometimes, I just want […]

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  June 12, 2017   1 comment
Divorce is a Nasty Word

Divorce is a Nasty Word

Divorce. It’s a nasty word.  I always felt like it made people look at me differently.  I knew in their heads they were thinking “Oh, she is broken and a failure, so sad.” I was married at 21.  He was a bit older and successful.  He told me everything I wanted to hear, needed to […]

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  May 12, 2017   6 comments
What is Conflict anyway?

What is Conflict anyway?

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (ESV) Conflict, what is conflict anyway? A conflict is usually a serious disagreement or argument, typically a lengthy one between two or more […]

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  May 10, 2017   No comments
Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow

Bend like a willow….For a long time I used to rely on a wise saying that it is better to bend like a willow than break like a mighty oak….The meaning of this to me was that it was better to surrender in love, truth and humility, to a storm of conflict, than to stand […]

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  May 3, 2017   3 comments