Blog (Page 21)

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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…

What’s Your Story? Beyond Buddhism

A young man raised in a devout Buddhist home, hears the good news of Jesus for the first time at college. Growing up in a “sea of deities,” he finally encounters God with us, Emmanuel. A powerful story of community, faith and honor. What’s your 2015 story? Click … click … click. I could hear my parents in the other room using a handheld tally counter as they recited mantras. In one day in our home, the counter might reach…

What’s Your Story? From Atheism to Christ Follower

What could possibly move someone from a long held atheist worldview to not only believing in, but trusting in God? A very powerful story of searching, surrender, and following Christ wherever he will lead. I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was…

What Is Your Story?

What Will Be Your Story in 2015? We all have a story. Where we have been. Where we are. Where we are going. And everyone’s story is different. Our stories are littered with twists and turns, good decisions and bad, blessings and trials.  For many of us, we don’t think too much about our story. We go through life just trying to survive from day to day. We can’t stop and think about the tory being written in our lives because…

Threads: Jesus Changes Everything

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Every so often, something or someone comes along that radically transforms the way we think or the way we do things. An event happens, a product is invented, an event transpires, a person is born, and life as we know it is changed forever.  For years and years, if you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you did it standing next to a device that was on…

Threads: The Values Woven Through Ashworth Road

What is important to you? What shapes your life? Have you ever given much thought to that question? All of us are shaped by an internal set of values that guide us and help prioritize our lives. Values that shape who we are personally and, if you are married,  values that shape your marriage and family. We are all different. We all, to some extent, value different things. Some place a high value on exercise. And so you plan your…

Day 21: The Excitement of New Birth

1 Peter 1 There is nothing more exciting than the birth of your child(ren). I had the great privilege of being present at the birth of three of my six kids, although I nearly missed one of those because of an extremely fast delivery! (I was only present for three births because my wife and I adopted three wonderful children in 2014. We are very blessed to have six kids we love dearly!) I cried at every birth. It was…

Day 18: Read the Directions

I love to put things together. This past Christmas,we bought one of my sons a robotics kit. It took every ounce of energy I had not to push him out of the way and put it together myself. But I resisted that urge. He put it together just like the instructions told him to. And in the end, it looked great.  For many of us, directions are for those losers who can’t figure it out or lack the imagination to…

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 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,…