Thursday, June 28, 2012

Where Heaven and Earth Collide

What is important on earth is not what is important to our Lord.  That is clearly seen in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  “Where Heaven and Earth Collide” is what we are calling this series on the Sermon on the Mount.    I believe we will all be challenged when the worldly values we have let slip into our lives are shown to us through this teaching of Jesus.  I encourage you to start reading Matthew 5-7 to let it start working in your heart.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Staff

TIM and Deb Smith
We are excited to announce that Tim Smith is joining the staff of Northridge Christian Church.  Tim will be focusing in the areas of small groups, spiritual formation, and discipleship.  Tim is a graduate of Atlanta Christian College/Point University and Liberty University.  He has a wide variety of experiences that will be an asset to Northridge.  Tim has served as a senior pastor, church planter, and on the staff of a church of over 4,000.  A common denominator at all the churches where Tim has served has been a high value placed on small groups.  Tim and his wife, Deb, hope to be here around August 1.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Where Heaven and Earth Collide

On July 1, we will start a new series called “Where Heaven and Earth Collide.”  This series is from the “Sermon on the Mount.”  Jesus calls us to live differently than the world.  We will be talking about how to be a Christ-follower when our values come in conflict with what the world says.  This will be a challenging series.  You can start reading Matthew 5-7 to prepare. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mourning into Dancing

I love the end of the book of Ruth.  In Chapter 1, Naomi was bitter.  Despite her bitterness, she continues to follow God.  At the end of the book of Ruth, Naomi is holding her grandson.  She has gone from being bitter to being blessed.  Our God specializes in mending broken hearts.  You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness. I will sing to you and not be silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever.  (Psalm 30:11-12)
When you find yourself in a place of sorrow or sadness, follow the example of Naomi.
  • Naomi continued to follow God.  Through some poor choices her husband made, she ended up in a bad place. However, she makes her way back to following God and being with His people.  Fight to keep following God.
  • Naomi and Ruth did what they could and left the rest to God.  They didn’t have a pity party.  These ladies do everything they can to survive and then trust that God will take care of them.  We must do whatever we can and trust God.
  • Ruth and Naomi see the hand of God working and join Him in His work. These women realize that God is working in Boaz.  Ruth reminds Boaz that he can be their kinsman-redeemer.  With her prodding, Boaz steps up and becomes God’s solution for their dilemma. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just Follow

Ruth was an outsider and an alien.  She makes a commitment to follow God in Ruth 1:16.  That commitment leads her to become a part of the family that brings Jesus, our Lord, to our rescue.  The reason God uses her is that she is following Him.  It reminds me of Mark 1:17 when Jesus says, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  It is in the act of following God that He is able to use us for eternal purposes. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Exciting Genealogies?

As we conclude the study of Ruth this week, it will all come together.  We have watched the hand of God work in this great love story.  In the last few verses of Ruth, we will see what God has been up to.  You may not find genealogies exciting, but this one will knock your socks off as you see the goodness of our God and the type of people He can use. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mr. What's His Name

His name was not even recorded in the book of Ruth.  He was the kinsman-redeemer for Ruth.  As the kinsman-redeemer, he didn’t fulfill his responsibility.  He did nothing memorable.  In a book where names mean so much, this fellow is just called friend.   When we are doing what God has called us to do, we will be remembered.  Ruth and Boaz followed God.  We are still talking about what God did through them.  The man who should have been kinsman-redeemer is now serving as a bad example. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Vacation From Church?

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:25
As you go on vacation this summer, please don’t take a vacation from worshipping together on Sunday.  Look for a living and vibrant church where you are vacationing.  Go and enjoy worship.  While you are there, look for ideas that we can use at Northridge. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trusting Your Children

Naomi tells Ruth to wash, get dressed up, put on some perfume, and go after Boaz (Ruth 3).  That sounds like some dangerous advice.  We must remember that Naomi knows the character of both Boaz and Ruth.  She knows that Boaz is a man of good standing and has a great reputation.  She has watched Ruth blossom since she committed to following God.  Naomi sees God working in this situation and trusts God’s work in their lives.
Parents, how well do you know the friends of your children?  Do they have good character and a good reputation?  How well do you know your children?  We often want to believe our children are perfect little angels. Take a few minutes to honestly assess your children and their friends.  Do you have the same trust for your children that Naomi has for Ruth and Boaz?  Get to know your children and their friends.  It may help you avert some heartache and grief.