School Pictures at The Ridge

School Pictures at The Ridge

Take your School Pictures at The Ridge! Reserve a slot and enjoy a FREE fall school photo session! On October 6th & 8th from 4pm to 7pm, we’re offering 10 minute time slots for your children to get their pictures taken.

Here’s how it works!
• Reserve a time slot [HERE].
• Include your mobile number and email when registering.
• Arrive before your time slot.
• Wait in your vehicle & we’ll text you when it’s your turn!
• Wear a face mask when entering.
• Sign in and receive a number.
• Get ready to take your photos!

A professional photographer will be onsite to take the photos. You will receive your images by email in 7–10 days. The email will include instructions on how to access your digital photos.

Date

Tuesday, October 6th
and
Thursday, October 8th

Time

4pm–7pm

Location

The Ridge lobby

Register Here

Forgive & Forget—Part 3 [Devotional]

Going Deeper with the Message:

You Also Must Forgive
by: Ben Biles

On Sunday, Tim made the point that “forgiveness is not weakness. Forgiveness is looking squarely at what the person did to you, recognizing the severity of what they did to you and choosing to release them of the debt that they owe you. It takes a lot of strength and courage to do that.” In other words, forgiveness is hard work. It takes a good amount of grit. It takes a strong person to be able to forgive. Yet, as people forgiven by God, we are called to forgive people when they wrong us. Not just once or twice, but always. God doesn’t make this optional. 

Consider one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture, Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Paul doesn’t make any exception to the rule. In all situations, we are required to forgive.  As much as we’d like to hold on to our grudges, that kind of mindset simply isn’t compatible with faith in Christ. Why? Because it is out of alignment with God’s own character and His own action. He showed the greatest commitment to forgiveness when He forgave the entire world of their sins through the sacrifice of His Son. In the same way, as God’s forgiven people, we must strive to exemplify God’s character in our lives to the world around us and part of that means forgiving people in all situations.

Jesus tells the parable in the Gospel of a man who was forgiven his enormous debt, but then went and wrongly treated those who owed him. This hypocrisy rightly disgusted his audience, but then Jesus flipped the script on them. If God has forgiven you all of your sins, then why are you not doing the same for those that have wronged you? The point is: when believers refuse to forgive, we display hypocrisy. If we are to spread the Gospel message with conviction and clarity, then we must first extend the same forgiveness that we have received in Jesus Christ to all people.

Living out the Message:

Coming soon

Forgive & Forget—Part 1 [Devotional]

Going Deeper with the Message:

Fullness of Forgiveness
by: Ben Biles

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a believer, or really anyone seeking to know God, is misunderstanding God’s forgiveness. I’ve heard countless stories of nonbelievers and believers alike who think that the mistakes they’ve made in their lives have placed them outside of God’s ability to forgive. In their minds, God must be willing to forgive minor mistakes, but not major ones. Our concept of God’s forgiveness is often too small. For a more complete understanding, I’m offering three aspects of Forgiveness: Fullness, Finality, and Family. 

God’s forgiveness is full in the sense that it covers all sins across all times. This was Kevin’s main takeaway on Sunday: “God’s love is so big that through Jesus all our sins—past, present, and future are forgiven.” His death covered over every sin that has ever been done or will be done. Hebrews 10:12 says, “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.” For you, that means that there is no sin that is left unforgiven. Even the mistakes you’ll make in the future are already forgiven in Christ. 

God’s forgiveness is also final. There is nothing that can alter or change the forgiveness He offers. Once we believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, that forgiveness cannot be removed or taken away. There was nothing we could do to earn God’s forgiveness and, in the same way, there is nothing we can do to lose that forgiveness. It is final and forever.

God’s forgiveness brings us into His family. Kevin mentioned our positional forgiveness in Christ. That is, though we were once sinners who were alienated from God, He has forgiven us and we now live in relationship with God. We are transformed from enemies of God into children of God. John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name.” As children of God, we experience the fullness of His grace and love now and into eternal life. Our forgiveness allows us to live in freedom as His children, enjoying His presence, power, and provision in our own lives.

Our responsibility now is to live out of this forgiveness and let go of past mistakes and related feelings of shame and guilt. In any and every situation, God is welcoming you into a greater and deeper relationship with Himself. No sin should hold you back, for you are forgiven. So, live free in Christ.

Living out the Message:

Forgiveness Inspires Love
By Ben Biles

On Sunday, Pastor Kevin started off our new series, Forgive and Forget?, talking about the forgiveness that we have received from God through faith in Jesus Christ. I think back to the moments in my life when I made a huge mistake that hurt another person and needed to ask for forgiveness. 

In that moment, I always felt this great tension as I realized that I didn’t deserve to be forgiven and was at the other person’s mercy. It would make logical sense if they didn’t forgive. How could they? But if they choose to deny me that forgiveness, what happens next for us? However, in the moments that I had been forgiven, I often felt the overwhelming rush of love, joy, and peace, knowing that the relationship was now in the process of restoration. Through God’s forgiveness, we feel that same love, joy, and peace, for though we have sinned, we are now restored to a relationship with God. 

I’m reminded of the story in Luke 7:36-50 where Jesus is eating at the house of a religious leader named Simon. In the middle of this formal occasion, a woman who is a known sinner enters in and falls at Jesus’ feet, washing His feet with her tears and expensive perfume. It’s difficult to imagine the awkwardness of the situation. Yet, Jesus uses this situation to explain one of the key components of forgiveness. Because she has been forgiven much, her response to Jesus is that of intense love and joy. The love expressed is proportional to the forgiveness felt. Her display of affection comes from the overflowing love felt in forgiveness.

In the same way, our love for God is proportional to the forgiveness we have received from Him. Because His forgiveness extends to all of our sin, past, present, and future, we know that we have been forgiven much. The natural response to this forgiveness is an explosive, intense love for God that strongly desires to show itself in a personal relationship with Him. But when I examine my own heart, I realize how frail my love really is because I often fail to reflect on the full extent of God’s forgiveness. I’m guessing it’s the same for you. It becomes necessary then to continually reflect on the forgiveness we have received and let that inspire a greater love for God. When we realize the magnitude of God’s forgiveness for us, our love for Him increases in kind.

No Worries—Part 4 [Devotional]

Going Deeper with the Message:

Right Person, Right Position, Right Time
by: Ben Biles

On Sunday, Pastor Tim took us through the story of Esther found in the Old Testament. Though God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, it is clear that He is moving to orchestrate circumstances to the benefit of His people as He places Esther in position as queen of Persia. When the Jewish people are threatened with extinction, Esther is in place to be used by God for the salvation of her people. Yet, this required that she risk her own life to go before the king and she hesitates. Her father-figure Mordecai advises her, “If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) 

What the story shows us is that God is sovereign over all circumstances and often places believers in the right position at the right time to make incredible impacts on others. The story challenges us to look at our own lives and think about what influence we can have in the positions we are in at work, at home, online, or in our various relationships and whether or not we are rising to the challenge. God has made you to be the right person in the right position at the right time. He has set everything up for you, but you have to act. We are faced with the question, “Are you willing to sacrifice your comfort and security in order to affect big change for God’s purposes?” If so, trust that God is in control, pray that He would accomplish His purposes through you, and move to act.

Too often we are caught up in our mundane, daily routine to imagine that God has a purpose for us this very day. The Apostle Paul writes, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) When we change our mindsets to view everyday as an opportunity to serve God and love others in the positions we are in, we begin to see where we can take action and daily walk in these good works.

Living out the Message:

Fear and Worry Inventory
By Ben Biles

As we close out our series, No Worries, our hope for you is that you have seen how God sustains us with His perfect power, peace, and purpose in the midst of our fear. We’ve been encouraged by your stories of how God has intervened in your lives and has helped you to confront the fears that plague your life. Before we move on to the next series starting on Sunday, I think it would be best if we take an inventory on all the fears, worries, and stress that we are currently facing.

Take out a piece of paper and write down as many of these fears and worries that come to mind. Think of the major stressors you have to deal with. Think of the daily challenges you face. Think of the small details you worry over. Whatever is burdening you, put them all down. 

Next, list out all the moments when God has come through for you throughout your life. How has He shown His power in your life? How has He provided for you? How has He built up your faith? What relationships has He surrounded you with to grow and stretch you? Take a moment and reflect on how God has already done so much in your past and how He will do even more in your future.

Then, at the top of your paper, write the purpose God has for you. If you don’t already know, God purposes all believers to know Him better and impact others. Every day, God is extending an invitation to experience His love and grace. Every day, God is putting opportunities before us to grow in our own faith while showing those around us the reason for our trust in God. Every day, we can live out the purpose that God has for us. When we know that God is using us, we gain confidence that He will sustain us and empower us to fulfill that purpose. 

Finally, reflect on the stories of Jacob, Elijah, the disciples on the boat in the midst of the storm, and Esther. We have so many stories throughout Scripture of how people of faith struggled with fear and doubt, but God overcame that fear to work mightily in their lives. The fears and worries that lay before you are trivial in comparison to God’s eternal power and purpose. He will provide for you and sustain you through any trial while showing you more and more of His grace. Trust in Him and let go of these fears.