by steve pyle
Health in humans is the ability of communities to adapt when facing physical, mental, social, or spiritual challenges.
Ridge church came to my mind as soon as I read the above definition of health. I believe health is one of Ridge’s strongest characteristics. There are a few questions Ridge lead team always asks before starting a ministry. Will it make disciples is normally always at top of list? How will it promote building a stronger community is also close to top of the list? Prayer Partners exist because of first our belief in the power of prayer but a very close second reason is we care deeply for hurting and/or lost people. Ridge Recovery is the perfect example of a ministry that promotes a community of people willing to admit their hang-ups. Recovery leaders lead by example while walking along side people hurting from their hang-ups. Many churches would think having Prayer Partners and Ridge Recovery ministries are more than enough to care for hurting people. Not at the Ridge, the Care Room was developed for yet another place people to be shown God loves them. One of the single most significant things I see time and time again is our ability to comfort someone else, even though we had just asked for prayer for our pain a short time before that. The best thing of all, we give God the glory.
I pray You continue to lead us at the Ridge to love people as You love them. Help us see what You see, hear what You hear, and care for what You care for. We are helpless without You Father. I pray for all the people in pain physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. I also thank you for all the people in a season of joy. Protect us from evil. God, You are so amazing. Please, please, please let us not ever forget what You have done and take for granted what You will do. I repent of the many times I denied time with You to do other things not nearly as important. I am now down on my knees as I should have been from the beginning. I bow to You Father in love and respect. Ridge church thanks You for pouring Your grace upon us all. In closing Father, we will never know how You loved us so much to send your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, but we are forever grateful He lives.