Ashworth's Blog (Page 16)

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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…

Something to Talk About

As followers of Jesus, we have the greatest story that needs to be shared.  Unfortunately, too often that message is seen as confrontational, off-putting, and unloving. Is there a way to share the message of Jesus in the way that Jesus shared it? In a way that actually draws people to Christ instead of repelling them? Join us Sundays in November as we redefine evangelism and reveal to the world that we have something to talk about. 

Let’s Serve Des Moines

As we enjoy fall and fear the dreaded season ahead, it may be hard to think back to summer nights, but go with me. Have you enjoyed Summer of Love and serving our city on Wednesday nights in the summer? The answer has been a resounding yes from so many at Ashworth Road—enough that we want to offer more opportunities to serve year-round! It’s time to take our Summer of Love program to the next level. And so I’d like…

9 to 5: Stressed Out!

Stress. We all deal with it. It seems to be a natural part of life. And stress at work can become an all-consuming monster that eats us up from the inside. How can we deal with stress? And when the Bible talks about peace, is that a pipe-dream or something that is actually possible? Join us Sunday as we talk about stress and finding peace in the place we spend most of our time, our jobs. Contemporary worship at 9:15…

9 to 5: Integrating Faith and Work

One of the more difficult things Christians should learn to do is how to effectively integrate their faith and their work. Since we spend so much time at our jobs, it would be such a waste to not try to find some way to effectively be a Christian at work. The problem many have in doing this is overcoming the misconceptions we have about what that is even supposed to look like. Should we have the largest Bible known to…

Sometimes We Just Need to Laugh (at Ourselves) – Bad Christian Stock Photos

Every now and then, you run across something on the internet that is just too good not to share. Fortunately for me today, our Team Pastor Ryan Lenerz had this little gem waiting for me when I returned from lunch today. I love to laugh and a good belly laugh is even better. And this site had me rolling, almost in tears. As someone who is a Christian that often looks for stock photos and graphics to use for websites,…

9 to 5: Finding Value in Our Vocation

The average person will work over 80,000 hours over a 40 year career (stay-at-home moms double that number), while a faithful church attender will attend church for less than 12,000 hours in an ENTIRE LIFETIME!  In fact, many of you spend more time during the week with a co-worker than you do your own spouse.  Yet so often, pastors preach a segregated life – separating one’s spiritual life from their vocation.   Additionally, many people wrongly believe that the jobs…

It’s Cool Being a Dad

In a day when dads are made to look stupid and foolish on television and in media, it is refreshing to find an advertisement that shows dads in a positive light. Check out this great video all about #HowToDad. 

Making and Keeping the Right Friends

Most of us have friends we like and friends we don’t (and I’m not even talking about social media).  Wait – friends we don’t like?  Yup.  In fact, this phenomena is so common, it has a name – “Frenemies.”  These are the people who are your friends by association, who you actually don’t like because they do things behind closed doors that only your enemy would do to you. So the question is, why would you keep a friend who…

It’s Back to School Time!

How many of these first day of school pictures did you see all over Facebook the past few weeks!  I saw tons of them and even though it’s fun to see everyone’s children growing up, it also hits home that it’s the turn of a new school year.  With that comes change in the household.  Some are ready and some are still dragging their feet, holding on to summer.  My household seemed ready this year and are off to a…

Reflections on Summer of Love 2014

As the summer comes to a close, kids head back to school, and we begin a new season, I find myself incredibly thankful for this summer with Ashworth Road Baptist Church! You all blew me away as I filled big shoes and planned Summer of Love with the ARBC Missions Team. More than 70 of you showed up week after week in July to paint, pull weeds, lay carpeting, and most importantly to love and bless so many people in…