Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve Clips from Scotch Ridge

Here are a few video clips from our Christmas Eve service at Scotch Ridge.

Axel and Joe singing Feliz Navidad

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Jessica and Chris singing Away in a Manger

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Jessica and Leigh Anne Singing The First Noel and then the congregation singing While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Silent Joe

Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus, does not have a line of dialogue in the gospel, yet provides for us one of the greatest examples of faith and obedience in scripture. Check out this week's message from the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church pulpit.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Surprise!

Elizabeth and Mary were surprised when they discovered they had conceived a child, both through extraordinary circumstances--Elizabeth after years of barrenness and Mary by the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. Surprise! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then God has conceived his Son in you. Did you realize you had so much in common with Mary? Check out this week's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit from Luke 1:39-56.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Reason to Hope

In today's world of violence, evil, and hatred, a world on the brink of nuclear destruction, is there any reason to hope? The athiests say there is no reason for the season--don't believe. But I disagree. We have the best reason to hope. Here's today's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Secret of Contentment

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It's time for a reality check. Are you satisfied with life? Are you content? Or has that ache of discontentment risen to the surface, making you wonder what is the secret to fulfillment in life. Check out today's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit from Paul's letter to the Philippians 4:8-13.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

End Time Opportunity

With wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, volcanos, meteors showers, and other disasters threatening to happen around the world, what should we do? Head for the bomb shelter and keep plenty of canned food on hand? Or, is there a door of opportunity opening before us. Check out this week's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit.



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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gambling with Souls

Why is it that some people are willing to gamble their souls that there is no resurection, judgement, or eternal life? They claim this life is it--we live and we die. Because they believe there is no afterlife or accountability for what they did on earth, they can live any way they want on earth. But what if they are wrong? What if the One who created will hold us accountable on judgement day? Then they have gambled away their most important possession--their souls. Here is today's message from Luke 20 as Jesus answers the Sadducess trick question about the resurrection.


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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

God, Are You Listening?

Have you ever wondered if God is hearing your prayers? This week's message from Luke 19 unveils the direct line to God's throne=the prayer of a humbled person.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Prayer Changes You

Persevering in prayer was important to Jesus. In a parable about a persistant woman and a corrupt judge, Jesus taught his disciples how persistant prayer changes things--especially the one doing the praying. Check out this week's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Spiritual Spinach

Don't you wish we believers had spiritual spinach available to us during the trying times of life? Then like Popeye we could gulp it down, flex and expand our forearms of faith and break free from the fearful grasps of the Blutos of this world. Here's some good news. We do have spiritual spinach. Listen to this week's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit to find out where to get yours!

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Monday, September 27, 2010

When God Throws a Brick at You

When God throws a brick at you, you better pay attention because he's trying to tell you something very important. If you remain spiritually insensitive, you will miss out on something very important. Check out this week's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit from Luke 16:19-31.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

From a Hunk of Clay to Something Beautiful

Did you ever feel like a slimy, messy, hunk of clay? The Master Potter wants to turn you into something beautiful. Today, from the Scotch Ridge Pulpit, we take a trip to the potter's studio with Jeremiah--Jeremiah 18:1-11
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Help for the Hurting

Do you feel like you're hurting? Whether you are suffering physically, mentally, or spiritually, there is help. In this amazing passage from Luke 13 a woman who had suffered for 18 years finds immediate relief. Check out Joe's sermon from the Scotch Ridge pulpit:

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Race Course God Has Set before You

Have you ever felt like your life is marathon and you have just reached the 20-mile mark and "hit the wall"? God has laid out a course for each of us. Usually it is long and challenging. Today's message from Hebrews 12 provides essential principles to finishing this race of life and running it well.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

If Tomorrow Never Comes

Why do we major in the minors. We become obsessed with things that are'nt important and neglect things that are. Maybe we should live our lives as as if tomorrow may never come. Perhaps then we'll get our priorities straight. Here's Joe's message from Luke 12:13-21.


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Enjoy this original song from local Christian song writer, Jeremy Lewis, called Easier.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Trampling Snakes

Are you facing a life decision or obstacle that scares you? Paul's words to the Colossians offers insight into facing the difficult future in the power and confidence of the Spirit. Here's Joe's message for this Sunday from the Scotch Ridge pulpit.

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Here is Hillsong's Darlene Zschech singing Power of Your Love:



Sunday, July 18, 2010

That One Thing

What is that one thing in life that is missing? What is that one thing that brings fulfillment, satisfaction, and wholeness. What is the one thing that causes a household to be blessed? Today's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit offers the answer.

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Here is Darlene Zschech singing Shout to the Lord




Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Entering the Promised Land

Moses had some important things to say to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land. It all came down to choices they would make. Those decisions would bring blessing and prosperity or destruction and death. God calls us to enter into the Promised Land where we can experience abundant living in Christ. But we face the same choices. Here's today's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit--Scripture text: Deutoronomy 30:11-20:
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Here's the Newsboys singing "I'm Free!"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Freedom Fighters

It will be a bad day for hell and a good day for the church when believers exercise the spiritual authority bestowed upon them by the Lord. Then those bounded by chains of addiction, brokeness, and failure will delivered, lifted up, and set free. Today's message comes from Luke 10:1-20.

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On this day of celebrating Independence Day, here's Lee Greenwood singing "Proud to Be an American."


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Living in Liberty

There is a battle that rages within each one of us. Our lower nature cries out for instant gratification to please SELF. This self-centered life results in many problems--physical, psychological, and relational. We fight back by trying to follow rules and regulations. But the Spirit knows the solution: freedom from our lower nature and freedom from the law. Listen to today's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit to learn how to live in the liberty of Christ.

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Here's Kari Jobe singing "Healer."




Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Battling Depression

Is being depressed a sin? You'd be surprised by the answer. Some of the greatest Bible characters battled depression, including Jesus. Check out Joe's sermon to discover the spiritual principles from Psalm 42 to overcoming depression.

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Here's Pasty Cline singing "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."




Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The New Eden

What will it be like to see God face to face? Electrifying? Peaceful? Awesome? Scary? It will certainly be the climax of the Christian faith--one that will never end. Today's sermon from Pastor Joe brings us full circle from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the new Eden of Revelation 21:22 through 22: 5.


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During our time of praise we honored our mothers and gave testimonies of how our mothers impacted our lives.



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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Longing for Heaven?

What will heaven be like? Sitting around on clouds and watching angels float by with harps? One long church service where we sing a lot of hymns? Perhaps a celestial retirement community where we golf on the clouds and play shuffle board all day? You may be surprised what the Apostle John says about it from Revelation 21.

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Alan Jackson joins us this morning to sing his version of "I'll Fly Away."





Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Worthy Is the Lamb

John, the disciple exiled to the island of Patmos, received an incredible vision of heaven and the future. Today we look at Revelation 5. Who will open the scroll containing the Living Word and revelation of God. Is there someone on heaven or earth who is worthy?

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Today we invite you to listen to Third Day's powerful song: REVELATION





Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Date with Deity

Little did John, Jesus' beloved disciple, know that his exile to the island of Patmos would result in the unveiling of the most prophetic book of the Bible--Revelation. But sometimes God speaks most deeply to us when we are in desperate situations. Here's Joe's sermon today from the pulpit of the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church.


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I invited Leeland and Brandon Heath to join us and sing their powerful song, "Follow You." Actually I just embedded the song's video from YouTube, but still, give a listen because it's a great song.





Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Where Easter Begins

For Mary Magdalene Easter began on the darkest day of her life. In an instant her sorrow turned to joy and her darkness turned to light. Where does Easter begin for you? In difficult circumstances. In a time of confusion. During the sorrow of great loss. At a place where you least expect it Easter can begin for you. Check out Pastor Joe's Easter message from the pulpit of the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Faces in the Crowd

There were many faces in the crowd the day Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem. Some objected to his arrival. Some feared his arrival. Others were curious. Many celebrated. Many just followed the crowd. But those whom he touched went on to form the church. Here's Joe's message on Palm Sunday from the pulpit of the Scotch Ridge Presybterian Church: Faces in the Crowd

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During our time of praise we sang "Shout to the Lord."

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

An Extravagant Gift

Have you ever been broken open and poured out? Mary, the sister of Lazarus, offered an extravagant gift to Jesus, a pint of nard. She broke it open and poured it on him, thus preparing him for the cross and death. In doing so she demonstated for us what it means to be broken and poured out for Christ. Today's sermon text is John 12:1-11.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Metamorphosized

This time of year we see nature spring to life. This transformation from gray to green reminds us of of God's power to make a new creation out of a broken and defeated person. Check out Joe's message from the Scotch Ridge pulpit: Metamorphosized!
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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Deeper Waters


Is it time for a change? Do you feel like there is something more? Perhaps God is trying to move you to deeper waters. It's scary because you'll be far from shore and you won't be able to see the bottom, but it is here the big catch awaits.

Finally, after more than a month of record snow we worshiped again at Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church. Here's Joe's sermon, Deeper Waters. Sermon text: Luke 5:1-11



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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!


Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Most Excellent Way: Love

Most people think love is something you fall into, and more often than not, fall out of. But the scriptures teach us that love is something you do. To love can be challenging and at times difficult. Our message today from Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church is: The Most Excellent Way: Love. But first, check out our time of praise. We sang Oh How He Loves You and Me and They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love.


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Pastor Joe's sermon from I Cor. 13:1-8, The Most Excellent Way: Love



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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!





Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Are You Having an Identity Crisis?

Are you having an identity crisis? Today Pastor Joe's message from the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian church focuses on who you are in Christ. But first, here's a video of our time of praise. We sang "God Is So Good" and "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord."

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Here's today's message from Joe Ellis: Know Your Identity--Ephesians 1:3-14.

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Welcome to the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church's (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Blog Site. Here you will find weekly videos of our time of praise and Pastor Joe C. Ellis's sermons. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for our worship service and children's church. Click on the "Follow Blog" button on the blue bar at the top and and become a part of our online community of faith!



Directions to church: Take Ohio 7 north through Martins Ferry. Turn left onto CR4. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Nixon's run. Go two miles to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Treadway Road. Go 150 yards and make a right up the church's steep driveway to the top of the hill.