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NorthRidge Church & Christian Academy

October 2012 Volume 4, Issue 9

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Our News Reaching You; Reaching Out to You In This Issue

A Message From Pastor David


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Expressions of Worship
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From The Desk of Pastor Harold


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Youth Happenings
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Events, Birthdays & Information Page 7 (or click here)

A Message From Pastor David


How to Pray for Revival
Revival is a gift from heaven. We dont work it up. God sends it down.

When Jonathan Edwards described the awakening in his church, he had to use words like surprising, extraordinary and astonishing. The Bible says of the early church that awe came upon every soul (Acts 2:43). We cant program that into our worship @ 10:30 am on Sunday Awe comes upon every soul. Since revival is of God, we should pray for it. But how? The Bible teaches us how to pray; Isaiah 63:15-64:12 is a biblical prayer for revival. LONGING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - Where are your zeal and your might? The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion are held back from me (63:15). Isaiah is saying, Father, your mighty heart beats with so much passion for us. But youre holding back. We need more of you! We can pray for the outpouring of Gods felt love upon us. LAMENTING OUR OWN HARDNESS - O Lord, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? (63:17). Isaiah is not blaming God for our sins, but he is saying God can hand us over to the power of our sins to be overtaken by our own rebellion. We think we can play with sin, no big deal. But it isnt that simple. When we are stuck, we can ask God to move toward us and free us again: Return for the sake of your servants (63:17). LONGING FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD - Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down! (64:1). God hung the starry canopy above us like a big curtain in space (Isaiah 40:22). Isaiah is saying God can take that curtain in his mighty hands, so to speak, rip it apart and step down into our world with power from above. When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down (64:3). Our God is full of surprises. Lets never settle for any status quo.

LAMENTING OUR OWN SINFULNESS - In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? (64:5). Its easy to think, Well never change. Nothing will ever change. After all, its not as though we fell just yesterday. We have long histories running contrary to God. Lets admit it to him. Lets admit how helpless we are. Lets hurl ourselves at Christ, the mighty friend of sinners. LONGING FOR THE TOUCH OF GOD - We are the clay, and you are our potter (64:8). If we are the clay and God is the potter if God is sovereign over us why pray? Because we are the clay and he is the potter! We lie in his power. He can touch us again and reshape us in new ways. Nothing in us limits God. FINAL APPEAL - Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly? (64:12). Oh, that God would visit us with unrestrained power! Nothing in us can hold him back. Only God controls God. We therefore cry out to him, to vindicate the holy name of Jesus Christ in our time. In anticipation of God doing a great work among us, will you join me in praying for revival, as the Bible instructs us to?

-Pastor David

Expressions of Worship:
for your ears...

Mark Schultz: All Things Possible Download Link: Here Or Listen on Spotify Here John Mark McMillan : The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down: Deluxe Reissue Download link: Here Or Listen on Spotify Here

Various Artists

WOW Hits 2013 (Deluxe Edition) Download Link: Here Or Listen on Spotify Here

Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend By Andy Stanley Find it here

From the Desk of Pastor Harold

Thanks for all who give their time and resources to this ministry. If you are considering where you might serve, please pray about getting involved with the Home-bound Ministry. This is the current group of Home-bound with addresses that are being ministered to at this time. If you know of others that would benefit from this ministry, please contact Rowena Daley or call the church office @ 863.422.4488 Ms. Irma Swain Spring Haven Retirement LLC 1225 Havendale NW Winter Haven, Florida 33881 (863)-293-0072 Ms. Vera Cook Brandywyne Health Care Center 1801 Lake Mariam Drive Winter Haven, FL 33884 (863) 293-1989 Ms. Lucille Tiner Savannah Court assisted living. 301 Peninsular Drive Haines City, FL 33844-5046 (863) 422-5204

Not home bound, but limited in some way and could use a word or two of encouragement with a visit, call or card. Mr Russ Vincent @ home Ms. Dorothy Burgess @ home Ms. Regena Lyle Savannah Court 301 Peninsular Drive #7, Haines City, FL 33844. Phone 863-422-4157.

Mr. George Price Spring Haven Retirement LLC 1225 Havendale NW Apt. 154 Winter Haven, Fl. 33881

Youth Happenings
What an amazing month we have had. All month long we have talked about discipleship and we have been able to see God really move in the lives of our young people. We had a See You at the Pole Rally that saw one young lady accept Christ as her Lord and Savior. We have had 4 students accept Christ during the course of the last month. See You at the Pole was a major success, with still a lot of room to grow. Over all, we had about 250 students come out and pray at flag poles across eastern Polk County. Lake Wales High School alone had about 150 students. Thank you for praying for this amazing event. We also had a lock in, that I am still not fully recovered from. All in all, it has been an amazing month for us upstairs. Please continue to pray for our students and leaders. I believe that God has some amazing things in store for us and I am praying that the people who need to be here will be.

God bless you my church family. Stepping out in Faith, Derrick Whiteman

Events and Announcements

All men all invited and encouraged to attend breakfast each Saturday morning at 7:00
We are currently studying the book of James. Come and enjoy a great time of fellowship and study of Gods Word

October Birthdays
SUNDAY

MONDAY
1 Julianna Mixon

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY
4 Clarence Johnson

FRIDAY
5 Linda Dillon

SATURDAY
6 Cesar Coots Don Cox

2 3 Tyler Heverly Gayland Heverly Tomi Snively Lueverne Meek

8 Jim Reeves Meagan Walters

9 McKenzie Kachmarik

10 Nathan Brewer Kala Johnson Courtney Wiley

11 Opal Kliewer Floyd Shaw

12 Charlie Boyd

13 Kerry-Ann McNeil -Harris Elizabeth Mixon Marie Mixon Trey Mixon 20 Betty Freese

14 Robert Bertsche Regena Lyle

15 Rosa Johnson

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17 Frank Marcy

18 Anna Hare

19 Lyla Coots Larry Haber

21 Luis Novoa

22 Wilene Clement George Pryce

23 Lyle Haber

24 Charolette Bolton Delores Idom

25 26 Jeffrey Buchanan Ashley Cheshire Stevie Pierce Fred Waggy

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28 29 Carolyn Beasley Peyton Kachmarik Tim Farrens Rocky Sutton Connie Pierce Aaron Schumacher

30 Chad Balko Karen Colon Amy Kerr

31 Imelda Gomez Roberta White

Wednesday services

Sunday services

5:45-6:45 -Prayer in Sanctuary 6:45-7:45 -Coffee and Bible study in Fellowship Hall

Sunday Morning Caf -8:45am Sunday School -9:20 Worship Service -10:30am (also Kids' Church K5-3rd)

Church Office
Hours-Monday -Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm. If you need to contact the Pastor On Call you can at any time by calling the Church Office 863-422-4488 and leaving a message in the On Call mailbox (ext. 2104) The Pastor that is on call for the week will return your call ASAP.