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    Ridge Staff Q&A

    What can you do today to realize your need for Jesus?

    Matthew 5:1-6

    “My need for Jesus emerges in my life when I get overwhelmed at the pace of change in both my personal life and the world around me. Everything changes including financial stability, physical health, and even the quality of our relationships. But the one thing scripture tells us doesn’t change is Jesus (Heb. 13:8). I need to know that in a world of change that borders on chaos, I can always seek and rely on Jesus. And in seeking him, I will always find the comfort and satisfaction that these verses speak of.” Jason VanderPal, Executive Pastor


     

    Devotionals

    WEEK 1 

    DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5

    WEEK 2

    DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5

    Reading plans 

    Prayers Of Habits For Happiness (5 days)

    Are you happy? In this guide from Rick Warren, you will be challenged to live a life that is full of joy. When we learn to relax in God’s grace and practice habits of happiness, we begin to understand the secret of true happiness that comes only through Jesus. 

    The Search For Happiness (15 days)

    What is the true definition of happiness? This reading plan will help you figure that out.

    Books

    Finding Your Way Back to God

    Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings – for meaning, love, for significance – end up leading us away from, instead of toward, God and the person he made us to be. Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And it’s about watching what happens next.
    Available in our Next Steps for $10.

    Too Busy Not to Pray

    The pace and number of distractions have increased in the world. Brokenness and pain in our lives and in the world seem to have increased as well. The urgent need for prayer is clear, but busyness still keeps many of us from finding time to pray. Two truths haven’t changed over the years: God is the same powerful, just, holy God he’s always been. And true prayer – prayer that changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work in the world – can’t happen on the fly. In this book, Bill Hybels offers us his practical, time-tested ideas on slowing down to pray. 
    Available in our Next Steps for $10.

    Articles 

    C. S. Lewis on Real Happiness and Real Christianity

    Bill Muehlenberg explores C.S. Lewis’s approach to real happiness. Many seek happiness in themselves, but true happiness is seeking happiness in Jesus.

    Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God

    God wants us to be happy but to search in the right place.

    Videos 

    How Can We Find Happiness

    We’re all looking for happiness, but how do you find it? This video explores the difference between happiness and joy. 

    The Beginning of Happiness

    Moments of joy are just that – moments. So is it possible to experience ongoing and eternal happiness in this life? In this video, Andy Crouch discusses joy in this life and the next.

    The Purpose of Faith

    Sally Breen discusses her father’s journey to find his purpose in life and the peace that came with embracing faith.