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Fight Back…

03.11.18 | by Ray Jones


    Sunday Night Activities

    5:00 PM | Student Bible Drill (6th-9th Grade) in Room D202

    5:16 PM | 5ONE6 Leadership Training in the Spot (for High School students)

    6:00 PM |  FCA Worship in the Worship Center

     Wake Prayer Gathering  |  Join us for a time of prayer on Mondays at 7:00-7:30 AM at the Chick-Fil-A on Ross Clark Circle.

     Wednesday Night Activities

    6:00 PM | Gravity (6th-8th grade) in the Meeting Room.

    7:00 PM | Elevate (9th -12th grade) in the Meeting Room.

     Friday Night Activities

    Guy’s/Girl’s Night | 6:00-8:00 PM in the RFC/Meeting Room.

    Snacks will be provided.

     Reminder: Don’t forget to sign-up | Elevate Mission Trip to Honduras (9th-12thGrade)-$100 Deposit due by March 18.

     516 Nation Summer Camp |  at Lookout Mountain (6th-12th Grade)- $60 Deposit due by March 25.

     Wired 2018 (6th-12th Grade) | $50 Deposit due by April 1.



    Kids Summer Camp in Marianna | July 8-12 and the cost is $150. Camp flyer, registration forms, and envelopes are outside the Children’s Ministry black drop boxes. A deposit of $50 is due to hold your child’s spot.  Contact Heather in Children’s Ministry office at 334-792-9406.

     VBS Spring Training | March 15 at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. Anyone interested in helping with VBS come hear this year’s VBS theme, music, and receive valuable training in your assigned age group.  Get a jumpstart on VBS 2018!



    Vermont Mission Trip | Acts29 will be going to Arlington, VT to partner with Arlington Community Church to do children’s ministry and evangelism July 21-28. Total cost of $500 includes flights. Sign up online at My Ridgecrest. See Jonathan Blair for more info.



    Orlando Holy Land Experience Trip | Monday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 5th. The Cost is $250 per person per couple.  A $50 deposit is due per person to hold your spot. There is an interest meeting TODAY at 5:00 PM in room C-101 for anyone interested in the trip.  Contact Tim Bristow for more details at 792-9406. Register by going to: and click on MyRidgecrest.


    Spring Golf Tournament | March 23rd the 516 Nation will be hosting a Golf Tournament at the Highland Oaks Golf Course. Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM followed by a four-man scramble at 12:30 PM. There will be 1st place prizes and lots of door prizes. If you would like to sign-up to play for $75 or sponsor a hole for $100,  please see one of our students or pick up a brochure at the Welcome desk or in the RFC. All proceeds help students with Wired, Mission Trips, Summer Camp, or other activities. TODAY is the last day to sign-up!


    LifeGroups that are being offered beginning March 14th  |

    No Other Gods | Facilitator: Alison Jones

    Pursue the King | Facilitator: Dianna Byrd

    Please join one today by emailing or clicking the banner on

     Easter Egg Hunt | Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM at 540 Allen Wells Rd, Dothan, AL 36301. Preschool thru 5th Grade.  Bring your own basket.

    Fight Back…

    A November Yahoo News article by Rod McGuirk, entitled, "Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape" proved that for one man, watching a YouTube video was a lifesaver! For British doctor Charlie Fry, it taught him how to survive a life-threatening shark attack. According to the article, Fry, a beginner surfer, found himself blindsided by a shark on a recent vacation to Australia and did exactly what he saw pro surfer Mick Fanning teach in a YouTube video-punch the shark square on the nose. "I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned, and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head," he said. "So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at my friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in."  Fry said afterward that he didn't even notice until he got to shore that his arm was punctured and bleeding. "I didn't really notice it at the time because when you're surfing, all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die. I'm literally about to die,'" he said. The good news is, thanks to quick thinking and a YouTube video, the new surfer's injuries were not serious, and he'll live to surf another wave.

    Likewise, in the spiritual world, the enemy of our soul is always lurking and looking to make a sneak attack on us. Consequently, we must be learned in the Word of God, protected by the armor of God (Eph. 6) and ready to resist the devil’s assaults. James 4:7 tells us to fight back!…“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Always remember that you are in a war, a spiritual war, that cannot be won without resisting the enemy.

    Honduras Team… A team of four left yesterday and will be working all week with our Ken Nelson and BMDMI in Honduras. BMDMI is one of our 5 mission partnerships. Here are 3 things you can be praying for our team:

    1. Safety in travel during their stay and in their return.
    2. Presence of God upon all of their work.
    3. Transformation of lives during their mission.

    Like “Arnold” said, I’ll be Back… tonight, and I hope you will be as well. I’ve been away at my 40th high school reunion this weekend and I feel old! But I’ll be here tonight to hear a very special guest. Charlie Ward the former Florida State Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and NBA all-star will speak in our evening service. It’s a part of another mission partner area emphasis. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring the event. I am proud of Mike Phares the area director of FCA. He is doing a fantastic job with student-athletes in the Wiregrass area. He, his wife Karla and sons, Carter, Hunter, and Tyler are dedicated members of Ridgecrest.


    Thanks, James Oney… for filling the pulpit this morning. We have such an outstanding staff team with several good communicators of God’s Word. I am proud of them and know you will be blessed by the Word this morning. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    Make God First,

    Bro. Ray