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February 15, 2019

Happy Valentines! I hope you had a good celebration of love: current love, past love, future love, and most of all, God’s love for us - displayed in Jesus.

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This past week, the Houston Chronicle released a study identifying 700 instances of sexual misconduct / abuse by pastors and other church leaders in the past 20 years. It is appalling. You may read the article by clicking here.

A couple of comments:

  • One case of sexual abuse is one case too many.

  • There have been no cases of sexual abuse involving church staff at Ridgecrest Baptist Church that I am aware of. There is no room for it. It will not be tolerated. I remind our current ministry staff often to be mindful, above reproach and to act Biblically at all times.

  • As our friend, pastor Danny Forshee says, “of the 47,000 Southern Baptist Churches and thousands of pastors, teachers and deacons, the number of those who committed such heinous crimes against those coming to them for help is only 0.05% however, that is too many.”

  • Our hearts go out in prayer for those who have had their faith scarred as they have faced physical, emotional and spiritual abuse.

  • We will not shrink away from or hide this information. We will bring it to light and condemn it. We will not tolerate misconduct in this manner.

  • If you are the victim of such conduct, we can offer you love, support and resources.

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Speaking of Prayer - we are examining the Lord’s Prayer for several weeks during our Wednesday evening Bible Study / Prayer time that we call ENGAGE. We meet in room #509 at 7:00 on Wednesdays and would love to have you join us. This past week, we examined our status as “adopted into the family of God.” It was awesome! This study will continue this Wednesday! Join us! You can jump in any time!

In 2019, our ministry staff continues to pray for a “Renewed spiritual passion” at Ridgecrest. Will you join us in that prayer? Will you join us this Sunday, expecting great things from God? I’m looking forward to it.

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is our current sermon series. God’s word is as fresh today as ever. I’m enjoying the study and looking forward to sharing with you each week. I hope you will come prepared to encounter God!

This Sunday, February 17, we will be looking at Jesus as “the resurrection and the life” from John 11. What a powerful declaration of Jesus!

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Of note, John 11 contains the shortest verse in the Bible, as well as a version of the greatest question in the Bible! Check it out and come on Sunday prepared to worship.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday as we study, worship, and share about the abundant life we have in Jesus!

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About this year’s Valentine Banquet, I told you that “it’s gonna be “BIG”! And if you were there, you know how right I was! We had a great night of fellowship, fun, and good food. Being a Christian is the most fun thing in the world! I cannot say “thank you” enough to those who prepared the set up and meal, served our tables, and provided for our children. As always a big “thanks” to Shay Reyner for lining up a great program - and this year, to Joe Yandle who stepped in at the last minute to cover for Shay after he became ill. And as always, a big “thanks” to Al Huffman for creating our Staff Infection presentation. It was BIG! Al - you did it again!


Remember, It’s All About Jesus!

Pastor Marc