Posts by Ryan Lenerz

Posts by Ryan Lenerz

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…

Quarantined: Day 15

A Prayer for Those Living on the Margins Today we pause to pray for those who are poor and powerless and are struggling in significant ways dealing with the health and financial fallout from this global pandemic. Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that you are a God who provides and protects, a God who knows the number of hairs on each child’s head. In this moment, we ask you to care for those who are at increased risk to suffer…

Quarantined: Day 6

One of my favorite summer activities I most look forward to is sitting around a campfire with my family.  We aren’t necessarily talking, but are just being together.  I watch the flames dance.  I think about what we did outside in nature during the day. I feel the peace of the moment and a deep joy and ease washes over me.  In those moments, I’m not worried about DOING anything.  I am simply being present, with my family and with…

Quarantined: Day 4

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT) As followers of Jesus, we aren’t necessarily called to preach Jesus from every street corner with a bull horn. But each of us should be prepared to explain our faith to others if they ask. Our faith is not intended to…
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Ashworth Kids Egg Hunt

Hi Ashworth Kid Parents! Are your kids bummed that all of the Easter egg hunts have been canceled this year? Well…we have some exciting news for you! This year we’ll be hosting the “Ashworth Kids Easter Egg-stravaganza: Home Edition.” This is a really fun Easter egg hunt you can do with your kids at home. You provide the plastic Easter eggs and candy, and we’ll give you the video and print materials to transform your hunt into a fun-filled, Gospel-centered…

A Long Road Together

For many teenagers, learning to drive and getting your first car is a turning point in your transition to independence. But for some youth, the journey is not so easy. Because of busy parent schedules and insurance issues or not having access to a car, some youth struggle to move towards reaching that important milestone of obtaining a license. Here’s where one incredible (and patient) youth worker took the opportunity to step in and help a youth reach that milestone.…
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Are you the Neighbor?

This past Sunday we looked at our text from the perspective of the widow in need. But what if God wants you to be part of the solution?
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Pink Day

Brent and Ryan in the Morning S1 Ep27 – Bread of Life, the Know-it-All, and a Father at Work