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    Ridge Staff Q&A

    What Value is Self-Control to You?

    often stop and think now more than ever, how would Jesus react to certain situations. This gives me time to pause and think before I react. The value this has given me is balance, to be calm, taught me the value of what is really important, has given me confidence and has proven that you simply can’t sweat the small stuff. After going through so much over the last few years I have really learned the power in thinking before reacting as small things I used to get upset about DO NOT really matter. The value of Self-Control is priceless and has been life changing for me. We are here to lead our children as they are given to us as a gift for a short time before they are off on their own and what better way to lead them but by example.

    Jami, Engagement Coordinator


     
    READING PLANS

    Gaining Control (3 Days)

    How do we cope when we are under pressure? Do we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, or do our mango trees produce bitter fruit, and our grapevine sour grapes? When the mercury rises, do our tempers keep pace? Irreparable damage is done when we react under the control of anger, intolerance, and pride. But patience and grace will catapult us into a new sphere of living.

    Problem with Pain (4 Days)

    The problem with pain is simple: it hurts. Even in the pain, though, God says this: I will never leave you. Humanity runs from pain, resists it, medicates it, and anesthetizes pain. But consider this: only by experiencing pain do we recognize the areas of our life that require healing. This Reading Plan offers reflections on pain, healing, and recovery from author Seth Haines.

    Who Controls You? (5 Days)

    Although we may agree that self-control is a positive character trait, learning to temper our cravings and control our behavior can be difficult and, frankly, not much fun. In this five-day plan, you and your children will be challenged to consider how God’s desire is not to deny us, but to protect us. Each day includes a prayer prompt, brief Scripture reading and explanation, hands-on activity, and discussion questions. 

    Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Through Spiritual Warfare (5 Days)

    With each daily reading, learn psychological and spiritual strategies to tackling fear and anxiety. Gain insight to strengthening your mind and your faith. This devotional is based on Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Through Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley.

    Fear & Anxiety (7 Days)

    Do you struggle with moments of fear and anxiety? The Bible has many tools that can help you throw off these shackles and live in freedom. This 7-day journey will help you navigate such a journey!
     

    Taboo: Devotions from Your Time of Grace (5 Days)

    There are some topics that we consider taboo, that we don't want to talk about with others. But when we keep those secrets and problems to ourselves, they don't just go away; they often grow and get worse when we don't deal with them. This video series covers some taboo topics and shines the light on God's promises and forgiveness. 

    Today God Is First - Devotions on Adversity (18 Days)

    TGIF, Today God Is First is a daily devotional by Os Hillman designed to encourage you and to bring the presence of God into your work life. With topics such as the theology of work, overcoming adversity, integrity, leadership, calling, relationships, and becoming a chance agent, these devotionals will be sure to inspire and equip you to live out your calling to the workplace!
     

    BOOKS 

    Life’s Healing Choices: Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits
    By John Baker
     

    With a foreword by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, this life-changing book helps you find true happiness if you choose to accept it. LIFE HAPPENS. Happiness and Healing are yours for the choosing. We’ve all been hurt by other people, we’ve hurt ourselves, and we’ve hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here? Life’s Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, Senior Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and John Baker, who is also a pastor at Saddleback, developed the eight choices shared in this book.

     Available in the Next Steps Room  

    Let It Go: Breaking Free from Fear and Anxiety
    By Tony Evans

    Christians struggle daily with anxiety and fear and are in need of biblical solutions for understanding and overcoming this. Tony Evans deals with this issue in a pleasant, clear and simplistic manner. Learn how to let go of the past, live in the present, and trust God for the future.  

    Fearless
    By Max Lucado
     

    Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?

    Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less. 

    ARTICLES

    Confessions of a Recovering Control Freak 

    Read how this person was trying to work out every little detail in her life – and everyone else’s. What can you learn from their story? 

    Christians and Social Drinking

    What does the Bible say about alcohol consumption? It never gives us detailed instructions regarding the consumption of alcohol. It does, however, provide principles that every Christian should consider.

     
    How to Overcome Fear, Anxiety, and Worry

    God wants so much more for us than to walk through life full of fear, worry, and anxiety.

     

    VIDEOS 

    Acceptance in Culture

    It’s human nature to want to be accepted. This video examines how accepting brokenness and trusting God can help us move beyond our fear of rejection. 

    Stop Worrying

    We worry about so many things, but when we wait in the presence of the Lord, God reminds us that only one thing is needed. If you're upset, lacking, or just plain worried, you need to heart this faith-building testimony about how God is the good Provider.  

    How Does Knowing God Help Us?

    Human brokenness can be traced to fear and/or laziness. How do we move forward and can God help us?