Posts by Brent Clark (Page 10)

Posts by Brent Clark (Page 10)

Day 16: Don’t Give Up!

I have loved Galatians 6 for years. I have found it to be an encouragement to me. What has been an encouragement is the idea of perseverance. Paul says to us, “Don’t give up!” It is easy to get discouraged. You do good things, the right things, and they go unnoticed. You are working hard and someone criticizes you, or puts you down. Paul reminds us, keep going. Wrapped up in verses about farming, we are reminded, we will reap…

Renew Purpose

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Over the last few weeks, we have been discussing this idea of renewal. As we enter a new year, what are those areas that we feel like needs some attention, something we may have lost or forgotten. Something that might need a little jolt to get us back on track. It seems that every new year is essentially the same though. January 1st comes along, people reevaluate their lives,…

Day 11: Life and Death

Colossians 3:2-3 – “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (NIV) Death. A part of life. But not something most people like to talk about. Yet, when you look at Christianity, we see death talked about and seen all around. But there is something that is strikingly different about the death mentioned in the Bible.  We are so used to life and death. People…

Renew Passion

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. This will come as a big shock to most of you, but there was a time when I was a hopeless romantic. When Kerri and I first started dating, I did anything and everything I could to woo her. And I was pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. After all, this skinny, dorky guy who wore glasses and loved Star Trek got that beautiful woman…

Day 4: A Roller Coaster Life

Reading Psalm 30, you feel a little bit like you are on a roller coaster. Praise and pit. Healing and hurt. Weeping and joy. Wailing and dancing. We could almost recommend a good counselor or medication for David’s up and downs. That is until we remember we function much the same.  As David remembers the ups and downs of his life, what ties everything together is God. When life has been great, God was there. When he was in despair,…

Day 3: Fixer-Upers

Early in our marriage, Kerri and I wanted to buy a house. Being the poor newlyweds, the only houses we could afford were “fixer-upers.” They required time, energy, and money to repair and remodel. It wasn’t an easy process, but we always loved the final result. When new flooring was installed. When a new coat of paint went on. When the avocado green appliances were replaced! In Romans 12, Paul talks about a transformation of a different kind. This is…

Do You Believe?

Years ago, a young girl wrote a letter to The New York Sun newspaper with one simple question; Is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to The Sun these words:    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; Is there a Santa Claus”  Many of us are familiar with the story. One of…

Tis the Season for Peace

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Do you ever feel guilty at Christmastime? You look around. You see all the smiling faces. You smell the delicious aromas of peppermint, gingerbread, and cinnamon. You hear the carols and other music telling you, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” And you are reminded of all the emotions that you are “supposed” to have, the “right” way to experience Christmas, but for you, your experience is…

Finding Christmas

Who can believe that we are already in the Christmas season this year? 2014 has flown by! But ready or not Christmas is here. Christmas, with its cheerful songs, pretty decorations, and smiling people. But for some of us, Christmas doesn’t bring about thoughts of cheer, but thoughts of dread. Shopping, money, materialism, crowded malls, crazy traffic…for many it makes you just want to shout out, “BAH! HUMBUG!” This Christmas season at Ashworth Road, join us every Sunday as we…

What Is Your Something to Talk About?

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Have you ever felt totally overwhelmed by something you were supposed to do? To the point that the thought of it made you sick or you would just tremble and shake. You really would rather just run away than do it? I know I have, and my kids have too.  Several years ago, before we moved to Iowa, our previous church decided to do a children’s musical for Christmas.…

How Will They Know?

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. For those who follow Christ. there are probably very few things that strike fear and guilt into our hearts quicker than hearing the word evangelism. In fact, take a second and think about that word, “Evangelism”, what images come to your mind? We probably begin to think about telling others about Jesus. Evangelism is a nice church word. It means to bring good news. We have others churchy words…

Fighting Against Hunger

At Ashworth Road, we have been partnering with organizations local, regionally, and around the world to help end hunger. This past October, one of our ministry partners, Manos Herman, had the opportunity to present at the Iowa Hunger Summit presented by the World Food Prize. They shared about an exciting new technology that can pull the nutrients from alfalfa and reduce it to powder. This powder can be put into food to give individuals the vital nutrients they need to…