Hard Work For The Glory of God

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“There is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot.”  Ecclesiastes 3:22

Let’s be honest; all work is hard.  Otherwise it wouldn’t be called work, it would be called FUN.  But there is a difference between good work and just plain ole work.  There is work that just must be done and you labor through it work until the job is done.  Something like doing the laundry or changing the oil in the car.

Then there is what I like to call work for the glory of God; work that brings God glory.  Almost all work that we do, can bring God glory, even that 9 to 5 thing you do 5 to 7 days a week.  But that’s another post for another time.  Sometimes the work that brings glory to God is really obvious.  It looks like work, feels like work, but ultimately it’s work that’s having a Kingdom impact.  Take for example what is taking place on our campus currently.

In the last few weeks, maybe you have noticed some slight changes to our campus.  There has been some cosmetic changes to the landscaping and outside of the building.  There has been some changes to the way things are arranged on the inside as well as some new and improved additions that have made things look and feel “better.”  If you sit on the side on the left or right sides of the auditorium, you are sitting in chairs that had to be cleaned well before being sat out to sit in (there’s a really cool story about those chairs actually- for another time).

Just this week, there have been several groups of people working hard and late in our Ridge Kids area nursery, ripping up tile and carpet, to replace it with a much softer, and more nice flooring to be ready for this Sunday.  That work continues later this week.

All of these things have taken 3 things: Commitment, grit, and passion.  They have and WILL result in a greater impact for God’s Kingdom.

To every single person that has put in sweat, commitment, grit and passion into making the LaSalle campus a better place (and better looking!) THANK YOU.  Your work has not gone unnoticed.  It’s hard work.  But it’s hard work for the glory of God.  

Day 21: 21 Days of Prayer

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Today, for our final day of the 21 day prayer campaign, we want to lift up the student ministry and it’s leaders at Ridge Church.  God is doing some amazing things in the lives of students across multiple campuses in our area through the Ridge student ministry.  Let’s thank Him for what He’s done and what He’ll continue to do.

Father,

What you’ve done in such a short time in the lives of students here has been amazing.  We thank you that you continue to draw godly leaders to lead them.  We pray protection, boldness and wisdom over our student leaders as they navigate the messiness and beauty of teenage years.  Give them an even deeper passion to reach students and be there for them in what can be some of the toughest years of their lives.

We pray for our students; make them bold, give them eyes to see and ears to hear and the courage to do as you lead them.  Let them take light into darkness and give them opportunities like never before to show your glory to those around them in their schools.

Lord, give our students the opportunity to make you famous in Oak Ridge!

Amen

 

Day 20: 21 Days of Prayer

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He IS Risen!  Jesus IS Alive!

It’s Easter Sunday and today, millions of people will celebrate a risen Savior and millions others will meet Jesus for the very first time in churches all over the world.

Today, let’s not only pray for the services at Ridge Church and those that will come, hear the Gospel for the first time or the first time in a very long time, but also for our area churches as well.  We’re all on the same team here and all about His Church.

Pray that today, much will be made about Jesus and that people will leave our services talking about Him, not us, the music, the message, or anything else.  And most importantly, let’s pray that the Gospel at Ridge Church today will pierce hearts and that God will save people on this campus today!

Day 19: 21 Days of Prayer

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Today, April 19th, Ridge Church turns 5 years old.  Let’s pray and thank God for the last 5 years and look forward to the next 5 years.

Father,

We are ever so grateful for these 5 years as a body of believers who have gathered under your name.  Thank for everyone you have sent to here, everyone who has served, given, and have trusted their hearts to you.  This church is yours.  We are thankful we just get to be part of it.  Thank you for sending us to Oak Ridge and for preparing us to go beyond.  You have been more than good to us.  You have answered so many of our prayers and yet, there are many more that you have yet to answer but we trust that in your timing, all will be revealed.

Lord, increase our faith over the next 5 years.  Increase our boldness, and increase our opportunities to take your Gospel even further into this city and beyond.  Bring to us like-minded people, unbelievers, and disciple-makers.  Let us hear your voice loudly and let us be bold in doing as you’ve stated to us.

Ephesians 3:20 has been our prayer and it will continue to be…to you who are able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine….do more than we can imagine Lord!

Amen