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August 17, 2018    

Grateful!  That is how I feel about your great gift of a sabbatical. Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to sharing with you about my time away.  It was a time of refreshing and growing in the Lord.  And, as you can tell from the picture above, a time for Pam and I to visit some of our favorite places!  

This Sunday, I will be sharing a message I have been learning for the past few weeks with a lesson we can all apply to our lives.  Simply, it is to "Live Wisely."  I look forward to seeing you Sunday.  We will also have a brief church conference in each service to elect deacons and confirm church leadership.  

Next Sunday, August 26, is our next Combined Worship Service in the gym at 10 AM.  We will have a great time of worship, including a celebration of Baptism!  I will also begin sharing our theme for Fall 2018!  After that, we kick into high gear with our fall schedule!  Hard to believe it is at our door already!  

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I was recently reading the excellent book by pastor Joseph Carroll, "How to Worship Jesus Christ."  One section of the book addressed hindrances to worship.  Dr. Carroll says that to ignore these hindrances "is to forfeit a consistent experience of satisfying worship.”  Among the hindrances listed, was  An Un-Surrendered Heart.

Luke 9:23 says,  "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

About this, Dr. Carroll writes these powerful words: 

"There MUST be a Daily Dethroning of Self and an Enthroning of Jesus in our heart."   And, “We must never cease to surrender” 

Let's all check our hearts before Sunday!  Surrender yourself to the Lord as never before.  Come expecting His presence and be prepared to offer Him praise and glory and honor.  I'm praying for Sunday to be a great day!  

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Our Facilities Maintenance Project is under way!   Remember:  We have funds on hand to take care of the most pressing items like the roof, but not enough on hand to cover the rest.  We have estimated costs of $348,000.00, available funds of $164,500.00, leaving approximately $183,500.00 to be given by members and friends of Ridgecrest.  

God has a plan.  We have a need for resources.  God has provided, is providing, and will provide everything we need to fulfill His purpose and plan.  All we have to do is live for Him, allow Him to move our hearts, and be obedient!  

I fully believe that when  we tie into God's purpose, plan and provision in and through us, we will experience great blessing and the church will experience the great blessing of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  

Pam and I have already given towards the RBC  Maintenance Project - over and above our regular tithes and offerings.  We will also be doing more. I hope you will join us and others to provide the best facilities possible to house the ministries of Ridgecrest Baptist Church!  

AS YOU GIVE, please mark your gifts as payable to the "Believe and Achieve" fund.  

Let's trust God and see what He is going to do!    

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Remember - We are Blessed to be a Blessing!!    

Pastor Marc