Welcome to Ridgeview Christian Center
Our Mission? Reach, Teach, Send:
As far as we’re concerned, it all boils down to Reaching out to people, Teaching God’s life-giving Word, and Sending people to share the gospel to the World.
Everything we do fits into one (or more) of those categories, but nothing we do fits into none of those categories. We believe in intentionality. We believe we’ve got a big God-given mission to introduce people to our Savior, Jesus, and to disciple people that they might go and make more disciples.
So, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we work for the Lord. We are a part of His Church — His Body — and it’s all for His glory!
– Pastor Eddie Foos
An All-American Failure Story
“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.” -Abraham Lincoln
Some people face so much failure they inevitably feel like there is no hope of rising above failure.
No one’s life better demonstrates the ability to escape the results of failure than Abraham Lincoln’s:
He may have been one of the most revered people in American history, but he’s the last person I would want to be. He was a tortured soul who experienced an entire life of setbacks, sufferings, and failures. But those were the things that prepared him for the Civil War.
- In 1809, he was born into poverty in a one-room log cabin that measured 16 feet by 18 feet.
- In 1816, his family was evicted from their home, and he had to work to support them.
- In 1818, his mother died.
- In 1831, he failed in business.
- In 1832, he ran for the state legislature and lost.
- In 1832, he lost his job and wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
- In 1833, he borrowed money to start a business and was bankrupt by the end of the year. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off that debt.
- In 1835, he was engaged to be married but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken. It was devastating to him.
- In 1836, he had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for the next six months.
- In 1843, he ran for congress and lost.
- In 1849, he sought the job of land officer in his home state and was rejected.
- In 1854, he ran for senate and lost.
- In 1856, he sought the vice presidential nomination at his party’s national convention, but he received less than 100 votes. Ouch.
- In 1858, he ran for the U.S. Senate again and lost again.
- In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States of America.
What kept him going? What allowed him to survive the personal and national crises of his life? I think a lot of it is that he never lost his sense of destiny. It’s very hard to know what was going through the mind of someone who loved 150 years ago, but his speech before he went to take office in D.C. is revealing:
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being who ever attended him [referring to the God whom Washington worshiped], I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail.”
Some of the most profound words in our country’s history. Without His assistance, I cannot succeed. With His assistance, I cannot fail. That sense of destiny kept Lincoln going. And it will keep you going, too.
Find us at:
5610 N Ash
Spokane WA, 99205
Service Times: Sunday – 10:15am Wednesday – 7:00pm
Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm
Call Pastor Eddie. We’ll set up a time to have coffee!