Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 3)

Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 3)

Faithful: Shared Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Now that its August, many people will say farewell to their 18 year old children who are moving out of the house. In this time of transition from high school to college, I guarantee these parents are taking moments to give advice – to challenge and encourage their kids on how to live, how to study, how to make friends, and in general, how to be successful on their…

936 Weeks

All parents feel like their kids are growing up too fast, but how fast is too fast? It’s 936 weeks to be exact.  That’s how long you have between birth and high school graduation.  The question each parent must answer is, how are you using your weeks? I know you sometimes feel pressure to fill your summers with more than seems to actually fit: multiple camps, baseball games, vacations,  strawberry picking (my family favorite), and all sorts of other adventures.…

Top 3 Bible Reading Apps

Technology: For Good or Evil Technology is a double-edged sword.  It devours hours of our teenagers time, and yet it put important information at your finger tips whenever and wherever you need it.  Some people lament how the prevalence of tiny screens everywhere has damaged community while others couldn’t imagine a world without the conveniences technology offers us. The same tension exists when considering how technology affects Christians.  How ironic it is that the same tiny screen can offer a…

The Other Guy – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to begin by saying  I was raised in a Pentecostal home, so this series on the Holy Spirit covers topics I am well versed in.  For those who aren’t familiar with the word “Pentecostal” — it’s a sub-group of Christians who expect the supernatural works of the Holy Spirit to show up in their lives on a regular basis.   So, I…

Transformed: Bondage to Freedom

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. This article is going to tackle the topic of SIN.  I know this isn’t exactly what most of you are interested in reading about,  but don’t worry – I’m not here to condemn you for your sin or to give you a list of ways to try harder to fight it.  My hope is that by the end you will have a good idea of what it means to…

Spirit Led Evangelism

We are returning to a series we did in November.  If you can remember ALL THE WAY BACK to then, you might remember that we taught you about Evangelism.  We admitted it was a word most of us fear, but over the course of 4 weeks, we laid down a foundation for the importance of evangelism. First, we looked at the famous scripture from Romans 10 that says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”…

Threads: We are Better Together

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. At Ashworth Road, we value connection. It is one of our core values we base all that we do on.  Stated another way, we believe we are better together! Do you believe that?  Have you ever tried to carry a long board through a self-closing door?  I tried carrying an 8’ long board out of our church and had to go through two self-closing doors.  Total pain in the…

Day 17: Make Better Choices

“I can’t believe I ever did that!” “How could I think that was a good idea?” “What was I thinking?” Each of us have done things we regret.  Sometimes we realize our error immediately and sometimes it is years later before we realize how bad of a choice we made.  And those bad choices are the result of our foolishness, selfishness, or sometimes complete naïveté.   We simply displayed a complete lack of wisdom in the situation.  The question we…

Day 15: Thirsty?

“Why can’t I ever feel happy?” is a common question people ask themselves.  It seems like no matter how much stuff we have or how busy our schedules, we always feel like we are still missing something.  We are always just one gadget away from true happiness (perhaps the iWatch) or one exciting friend away from having a really good time on the weekend. Sometimes this feeling of longing for something missing is referred to as thirst.  We find that…

Day 9: Famous Goodbyes

Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Titanic – a famous goodbye scene is what turns a movie into a classic.  The final farewell is where all the emotion of the main characters’ journey together comes to a climax and us, the audience, are left in tears. I imagine many tears were shed during Jesus’s final night with his disciples before his crucifixion on a cross.  In John 14, we read about this climax of emotion between Jesus and his traveling companions of…

Days 6 & 7: Reflect

Take this weekend to reflect on what God is showing you through the reading of his word.  I know it can be hard to find a time of quiet and solitude, but see if you can find some time to sit and meditate on what God has shown you and wants to tell you. Questions to Consider: Look back at the key verses.  Is there one you should commit to memory? Where do you need to repent of sin and…

Day 5: Humility Exemplified

Studies show that most people, when asked to evaluate themselves, rate themselves more highly than they really should.  It’s human nature to believe that we are right in our decisions, sure of our actions, and more capable than most people around us.  And the reason it’s human nature is because it’s sin – the deadly disease all of us are afflicted with. The problem with this sin is that if we all feel more important than those around us, then…