Posts by Ryan Lenerz

Posts by Ryan Lenerz

10.20.20 Feed

ENGAGING THE REAL ENEMY Sunday’s message reminded us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers of our dark world. This couldn’t be more evident than when we think about the political climate in America. The first article by well-respected theologian Darrell Bock shines a light on how Christians should engage the culture given this very different world we now live in. This includes praying against the spiritual forces working behind the scenes to divide.…

Rooted Together

Roots for a tree are good, but intertwined roots in the woods are better. The same is true of people in in a church.
Lead, leadership, leader

10.13.20 Feed

FEEDING OTHERS We hope these first few weeks of the Ashworth Feed have delivered content to encourage and challenge you in your walk with Jesus. But beyond giving you different angles to consider as you grow in your faith, we hope some of these articles might allow you to step into a spiritual conversation with a co-worker, friend, or family member. Despite what you may think, most people aren’t hostile to Christian beliefs, they just never think about the things…

10.06.20 Feed

GIVE GOD SPACE TO SPEAK It’s been 2 days since our message about hearing God speak to us. How have you done creating space for God to speak to you, creating time to sit and be still and actually be able to hear what he has to say? If you haven’t yet made time to sit and be still and listen for God’s whisper, that’s okay. Take the time you were going to spend perusing the articles below, and instead…

09.29.20 Feed

Finding God This past Sunday we talked about how we need to look for God’s active work in our lives and this coming Sunday we will be discussing how to hear when God speaks to us. These simple acts of seeing and hearing God are what it means to have a relationship with the God who created us for relationship with him. And it is an incredible opportunity which the Infinite One offers us to commune with him , one…

Searching the Archives

Did you know our entire website is searchable, including over 5 years of blogs and messages? Perhaps you wish you knew more about a topic, but unfortunately, it’s not something we are currently teaching on Sundays. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t spoken about it in the past. Now you can see what we have said about any topic you have questions about. Below are two ways to search our website: Text Search From any page on the website, you…

09.22.20 Feed

Welcome to the Feed This is our inaugural issue of the Ashworth Feed, a weekly email full of content meant to encourage and help you move forward in your faith. Statistics show that many Christians have put their faith on pause, reading the Bible less, praying less, and attending church much less. As our new sermon series declares, it’s time for us to UNPAUSE our lives, including our lives with God. And we understand, during this pandemic, with all the restrictions and limits,…

Quarantined: Survey

Please take a moment to share some thoughts with us to help us better create spiritual formation opportunities for our church in the future.

Quarantined: FInal Day

Sometimes life’s changes are so small that we never notice how far we have come. We feel like all our efforts are for nothing because we don’t see the difference from one day to the next. We tend to be people who want instant results, and obvious results, but that’s not how life works most of the time. Take for instance, the banner image of this post. How many of you noticed that the image changed each week, gradually moving…

Quarantined: Day 30

Today’s prayer will be a bit different than we have done on other Fridays. Today we reflect on the contemplative tradition which, “Put simply, the contemplative life is the steady gaze of the soul upon the God who loves us.” Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water So today I encourage you to find a comfortable and quiet place to sit. And close your eyes and sit in silence, focussing on the heart and attributes of God. Think about who he is,…

Quarantined: Day 19

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9 We often think of ourselves as God’s children, beloved by our heavenly father. But we are also told in this verse that we are a “royal priesthood, a holy nation…” Not…