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Rockhill and Ridgeline: Why Are We Worshipping Together?

Ridgeline will be gathering for worship with the church meeting at Rockhill Mennonite for the month of November, 2017. Why are we gathering to worship together?...

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Loving Difficult People

You are the best equipped to love difficult people when you realize you are a difficult person and you are loved… It may not too hard for you to think of someone who is difficult to love. Maybe bad habits, bad decisions, or personality traits contribute to the struggle. But oftentimes the best relationships result when you are able to overcome those obstacles by pe...

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My Unbelieving Spouse

I recently saw the movie "A Case for Christ" about Lee and Leslie Strobel. I had read the book several times and it is one of my recommendations for couples who struggle when one is a Christian and the other does not believe. The book is great and I thought the movie was even better (I'm biased, I know). I won't spoil it but the Strobel's story takes them from atheistic in...

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Romans 8 Monday Meditation

I often fail to meditate on passages before and after great verses. Most people know John 3:16 but fewer know the beauty and power of John 3:17-18. Sometimes these great verses stick out like an enormous mountain that can overpower a landscape and cause us to miss other impressive mountains around it. That's often the case with the Bible. It's easy to get overwhelmed at th...

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Damn the prosperity gospel

Damn the prosperity gospel. I have seen its terrible influence on five continents as I've traveled to serve people around the world and share the gospel. It is one of America's deadliest exports. Jesus did not suffer and die so you could have your best life now. Stay far far away from any church that teaches prosperity, health, wealth, and happiness as a result of followin...

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Night to Shine 2017

Our team of coordinators and volunteers have been sharing photos, videos, and stories since the event on Friday and I continue to hear amazing feedback. I'm so thankful for our vendors, church members, volunteers, participants, and for their caretakers and parents. Everyone pulled together to make a really special event. There's so much negative in our world lately. It rea...

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Never Send Nude Selfies, 7 Reasons from John Piper

There are some sentences you think you'll never have to say until you have to say them. Parents probably say things to kids they never thought they'd have to say. Here's one: never take and send a nude photograph of yourself to someone. Unfortunately this is something that must be said. Here's an excerpt from the post below from John Piper and Desiring God: "This is pa...

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Prom still on despite the snow...

*Update, February 9th: We are NOT cancelling the "Night to Shine" prom. We are hosting the prom on Friday, February 10th as scheduled! And we're really really excited:) ...

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Eat at Chick-Fil-A to support the Night to Shine prom

Eat at Chick-fil-A tonight, (Tuesday, February 7th) to benefit our prom for people with special needs! The prom, "A Night to Shine" is Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by Ridgeline Community Church. We're so thankful for Chick-fil-A's generous support! (Lansdale and Montgomeryville locations)...

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Take heart strugglers...

Good word from Desiring God today... "Take heart, struggler. Keep asking, seeking, knocking. Keep looking to Christ. If God gets glory by saving robbers in the eleventh hour, he surely has his purposes why he has waited till now to give you the breakthrough you have sought for years." http://www.desiringgod.org/arti…/eleventh-hour-breakthroughs...

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A Night to Shine, 2016

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A celebration and summary of "A Night to Shine" prom for people with special needs, hosted by Ridgeline and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation....

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Confusing Spirituality with Righteousness

"My error was this: I was confusing spirituality with righteousness. I also discovered that I was not alone in this. I was caught up with a crowd who confused the means with the end. Spirituality can be a cheap substitute for righteousness." I often read a dozen blogs like this before lunch - most are helpful and edifying and worth sharing to build up the Body of Chri...

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"The same Spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of our spirit."

Good snippets from Oswald Chambers to meditate on this afternoon... "The same Spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of our spirit." "May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless…" —1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Your whole spirit….” The great, mysterious work of the Holy Spirit is in the deep recesses of our...

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The church as a super-natural community

I had an excellent conversation this week with a friend about the many levels of relationship we all experience. Think about all of your layers of relationship: there's family, marriage, kids, friends, co-workers, neighbors, business, school, hobby friends, and church relationships. I think it's fair to say that it's hard to experience "maximum relationship satisfaction" i...

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New Office Location

Ridgeline is opening a new office location this week!  We found a great upper room space above Moyer Specialty Foods in Souderton. The office will be used for administrative space but also for small group bible studies and mission teams and other weekly events. Stop by sometime and say hello! Address: 20 S. 2nd Street Suite B, 2nd Floor Souderton, PA 18964 &nb...

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Your fire for God can light someone else's candle

"If my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle from its flame." A. W. Tozer "The Pursuit of God"...

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The Law of God Releases Rather Than Restricts

"There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cost you sorrow." (C.H. Spurgeon) ...

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Good Word for the Day

Matthew 19:28-30 points to a future hope for followers of Christ......

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I Love Messy Churches

Messy churches? Why would anyone love a messy church? You mean the carpet stains where all the kids eat their breakfast and spill their juice? No, I'm not talking about our building, I'm talking about the people. Loving a messy church is about a church that's full of saved people who don't pretend to have it all together. I'm a sinner doing life with a bunch of sinners wi...

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Praying More...Using An App?

Prayer Aids... In 2008 I began writing my daily prayers in a journal. Now, I had started prayer journals before - probably a dozen times over the past twenty years, but I had never really been consistent at journaling. Most of my old journals look the same: four or five entries followed by fifty blank pages. I have a dozen journals like this on my shelf. I'm not sure what...

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WHY DID JESUS SAY IT'S HARD FOR THE RICH TO BE SAVED?

Can a rich person be saved? Should a Christ-follower seek wealth? It's a heart issue. Randy Alcorn's book, "Money, Possessions, and Eternity" helps us to understand the truth about money, materialism, and idolatry... "Note the self-destructive nature of money love. It’s a life of self-mutilation in which we repeatedly pierce ourselves with grief after grief. The g...

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CULTURALLY CHRISTIAN? OR ACTUALLY A CHRIST-FOLLOWER?

Sometimes the truth stings a little bit! I recently read this post and, like iron that sharpens another piece of iron (Proverbs 27:17), I felt sharper. This post touched me... actually it hit me... well, it was more like being punched in the face... over and over again:) Honestly, the point of the blog was not to make us feel guilty - that doesn't give life but actually r...

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Ministry Spotlight

This month's ministry spotlight is Mercy for Mamas. One percent of your offerings will go to this ministry! "Mercy for Mamas started in 2010 as a small personal project for Melissa Busby. Melissa felt a burden for the pregnant women of Uganda during the adoption of her daughter Mercy, whose mother died from delivery complications. Shortly before traveling to Uganda in 2...

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Good Word

Colossians 1:13-14 "13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." ESV...

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HEALTHY = HUNGRY

I recently heard a doctor describe children with big appetites as healthy children. In a similar way, Christians who are hungry tend to be healthier. A strong and growing appetite for God's Word, for prayer, for worship, and for fellowship are all significant marks of spiritual health and vitality. The opposite is true as well: a decreasing appetite for those areas signal ...

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Good Word

A good passage to meditate upon today - Isaiah 10:1-4God watches closely over the way we treat the poor, the fatherless, and the widow - those most vulnerable in society...Isaiah 10:1-4 (HCSB) - "Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws 2 to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that wi...

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GET UP AND DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING!

Today's post comes from one of our partner churches outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. Every weekday pastor Craig of First Church of Colleyville, Texas posts a 2 minute video devotional called "Morning Thrive." These videos are a great way to start your work day!! Bitterness and boredom make for a miserable thought life! There aren't many other combinations that produce long te...

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Prayerlessness is Our Declaration of Independence from God

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:12 ...

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Consider a Family Missions Trip

Have you ever thought about taking your family on a mission trip? There are other benefits besides serving others and widening your children's perspective. It may just save your marriage and family like it did for this author... "What began as a church bulletin announcement has become a family legacy. I regularly tell my three-year-old son about what is happening in Roman...

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A Baptist Catechism

A good tool to "keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:17)...

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THE LOSS OF "CHRISTENDOM" IS A GOOD THING...

Christendom" (when culture and Christianity are largely in sync) is over in America. And that's a good thing for the church and a good thing for the culture. One of the most destructive historical events for the church was its legalization and state sanctioning by Constantine in the 4th century. All of a sudden there was an enormous influx of non-Christians bringing lots o...

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RESPONSE TO THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION TO REDEFINE MARRIAGE

Love that denies the truths of the Bible is not love, but truths of the Bible without love isn't love either. May the love of Christ control you and may He love others through your words and your actions (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). ...

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