Ashworth's Blog (Page 3)

Ashworth's Blog (Page 3)

Mary Flynn: Faith and Grace Garden Volunteer of the Year

Mary Flynn, 84, volunteers in the Faith & Grace Garden on Wednesday evenings in July. She is part of group 6 – 10 from Ashworth Road Baptist Church who have been volunteering in the garden for the past five years. When Mary is not volunteering in the Faith & Grace Garden she is working in her own garden.. Mary has brought over one hundred pounds of vegetables from her home garden with her when she volunteers so we can transport…

Summer School: Anger

  Introduction This summer we have been taking a look at what many would think is the fortune cookie of the Bible. The book that doles out nice tidbits of helpful advice on how to live. But as we have looked at the book of Proverbs, I hope that most of us have seen that even though on the surface it appears that the statements help us know how to live, more importantly, they are concerned about who we are as…

Summer School: Honesty

Introduction I want to tell you today that I can’t stand being lied to!  This is seriously one of those things that drives me crazy.  Any time I find out a person has deliberately lied to me or deceived me for their own benefit I want to blow my top. My kids know this about me – we have made it very clear that lying is NEVER okay in our home.  You can ask William about that – he once had…

Something Worth Giving Everything For

Introduction As we approach the end of July, we approach the end of another ministry year. And this has been a great year. It seems very evident to me that God has been leading us as a church, and God has been blessing our efforts over the last year. It’s not that he owes us because we are something special, but because our desire has been to find where he is working and join him there and to glorify His…

Summer School: Greed and Wealth

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction We are in the middle of a series of messages we are doing over the summer called “Summer School: Life Lessons from Proverbs.” Proverbs is this very interesting book in the Old Testament that many people treat like a fortune cookie. When we want advice we crack it open and read one of the “fortunes” to tell us what we should do. The problem is that this isn’t…

Summer School: Laziness

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Days off are great.  In fact, wouldn’t it be nice if every day was a day off?  That’s what retirement is like, right?  I kid — I hear from most our retired folks that life after work seems busier than when they had 40 hour a week jobs!   But back to lazy days off — as good as it sounds to some of us to have nothing to do…

Riding the Waves

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element.  Introduction This week, Vacation Bible School has all been about one theme: Catching the Wave of God’s Amazing Love. What is fascinating about this statement is the idea of the wave.  Because depending on your perspective, and honestly your location, the wave can have either a positive or a negative connotation. It is good when you are on top of the wave, riding that wave to the shore, but…

Summer School: Pride

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Today we are going to talk about pride — something for which I am the most qualified to speak about.  I’ve been an expert on pride for most of my life.  I can remember my dad talking to me about my constant bragging at a very young age.  Fortunately, because I’m amazing at everything I do, over the years I have been able to uproot the pride from my…

Summer School: Wisdom

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Do you like Chinese food? I didn’t grow up eating Chinese food, but quickly found a passion for it in college. Jade China, right down the road from the college served these massive portions for about $3.50. . .a college student’s dream. What I quickly learned in college is that the food in the container was the tasty stuff, but it was the fortune cookie where the real…

Dialogue: Praying Together

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction What comes to mind when you hear the words “Prayer Meeting”? If you’ve been around church for some time, I assume you are familiar with the concept. A prayer meeting is a time where Christians get together and they pray. There can be a lot of variations of this activity. They can be loud, boisterous times like my wife, Kerri and I experienced at a Pentecostal church in Tulsa, Oklahoma…

Dialogue: When God is Silent

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Today we take up a topic that I am positive we have all had to deal with at some point in our lives. In fact, I dare say that some of us here this morning are currently living in this moment right now. Over the last month, we have been looking at the topic of prayer in this series we call “Dialogue – Recovering the Lost Art of…

Dialogue: God (Still) Speaks

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. One-Sided Conversation Today I’ll be continuing our series called Dialogue: Recovering the Lost Art of Communicating with God.  Now to begin, I want to tell you a story about a recent conversation I had at Caribou Coffee earlier this week.  I went to Caribou on Tuesday to start my day with time reading and praying.  I wanted to get a start on this message and just start my day…