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We begin our Crowned series by taking a look at a tender yet complicated man named King David. Although he came from humble beginnings, his rise to power did not come without consequences and sin. However, his story and relationship with God foreshadows the incredible mercy and grace to come from the arrival of another King, King Jesus. The post Ki…
 
As we approach Thanksgiving, we celebrate all God has done and is doing at Ashworth Church. Learn about the answer to our fear and negativity and hear stories of hope and encouragement from our congregation. The post Giving Thanks appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.โดย Brent Clark
 
We conclude The Big Picture series by exploring the restoration and renewal that comes at the end of this chapter in God and humankind’s story. Ultimately, The Big Picture is a story about God’s desire to live among His people. The post New Creation appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
As we continue exploring the metanarrative of God and humankind as described in Scripture, we come across one of the most beautiful yet polarizing parts of the story yet: the Church. God longs to use the church to meet the needs of His people. How will we respond to this challenging call to seek reconciliation and redemption in Jesus’ Name everywhe…
 
The Holy Spirit is present throughout The Big Picture, but we see this part of God revealed in more significant ways following the ministry of Jesus. Who is the Holy Spirit, and how does He still help us today? The post Holy Spirit appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.โดย Amy Becker
 
Jesus’ part in The Big Picture has always been present, but we see His role come to full fruition in His birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. He changes everything. What will you do with Jesus? The post Jesus appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.โดย Brent Clark
 
The Big Picture of God isn’t always comfortable, especially for the Israelites. In the Old Testament, there are countless stories of exile and hardship. However, God uses those time periods to develop and teach His people what it means to trust in Him, love their neighbors, and surrender to His Lordship. As we learn in this message, God ultimately …
 
The Big Picture takes a depressing turn as we learn about the judges and kings that ruled God’s people. Despite their weaknesses and failures, however, God still uses them for His glory. The post Judges & Kings appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.โดย Brent Clark
 
The Big Picture series continues with one of the most famous Bible stories around: The Law of Moses. We learn how the laws and worship practices of the Israelites were formed and ultimately shaped the course of history. Once again, God’s faithfulness and mercy stand out despite the disobedience of His people. The post The Law appeared first on Ashw…
 
In Genesis 15, God establishes His covenant with Abram, forever changing His people and our story. Pastor Amy explores this passage, ultimately showing us that covenant is not contingent on human faithfulness. It’s contingent on God’s. The post Covenant appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
As we continue The Big Picture series, we come to a breaking point. Even though the Garden of Eden was perfect, we still see sin enter the world through Adam and Eve in Genesis 2-3. Our story doesn’t stop there, though. Despite the brokenness and pride of humankind, God’s desire is always for restoration rather than condemnation. The post The Fall …
 
How was the universe created? How were humans formed? These are the questions the world has been asking since the beginning. Pastor Brent takes a look at the first few chapters of Genesis, exploring the beauty and goodness God instilled in our world while addressing the tension that often exists between science and creation. The post Creation appea…
 
Jesus’ words change everything, but we rarely listen to what He has to say. That’s why we created space to reflect, worship, pray, and ultimately listen to what God has to say over our lives, relationships, jobs, and world. Follow along this thoughtful message as we make room for God. The post Soul Check Sunday appeared first on Ashworth Church - W…
 
There are countless theologies of how Jesus will return, but what do we do while we wait? Pastor Brent explores Scripture in the books of Revelation and Matthew to invite us to discern, persevere, encourage, preserve, and proclaim in the meantime. The post While We Wait appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
Most of us grew up in fear of Jesus’ return. Terms like the “rapture,” “tribulation,” and “dispensationalism” leave us more confused than excited about what the return of Jesus will look like. Pastor Brent explores Matthew 24 with its original context and intent in mind, helping turn what is typically a doomsday message into one of hope and encoura…
 
We conclude our Today’s Special series with one final meal. In the book of Revelation, John records a letter with Jesus’ words that gives the church in Laodicea a rebuke and invitation to repentance and dependence on God. We get tot you in the past? What as see how Jesus approaches correction. When Jesus corrects, He leans into the relationship rat…
 
Peter’s story, as told in the books of John and Luke, comes full circle when Jesus invites him and several other disciples to breakfast after His resurrection. Jesus’ trio of questions may seem strange to most, but to Peter, they provide healing and restoration. God doesn’t just want to forgive our failures. He wants us to experience His love and f…
 
What would happen if two disciples had dinner with Jesus and didn’t even recognize Him? We find out in Luke 24, giving us insight into how to respond to life’s challenges when it feels like God’s not present. Hint: He’s always present. The post Disciple Over Dinner appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
In his final hours, Jesus shares a Passover meal with his disciples. But unlike Passovers they have celebrated before, Jesus begins to reshape this meal and point the symbols of this meal to himself and his impending crucifixion. And as he sets a model for us today, Jesus shows that he invites all to share this meal at his table. The post The Best …
 
What happens when Jesus sees you and invites himself over to your house? It changes your life forever. Join Steve Rogers as he retells the familiar story of Zacchaeus and how his life changed from greedy tax collector to generous follower of Jesus. The post Invite Yourself Over appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
How will we respond to Jesus’ call to compassion over creed? Pastor Brent explores the parables and story of healing that takes place in Luke. In this passage, we see how Jesus uses another dinner party to teach the Pharisees what the Kingdom of God should look like. The post Wait to Be Seated appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
In a tense dinner party with the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law, Jesus reveals what really matters in His Kingdom: compassion, humility, and heart. Pastor Amy explores Luke 11, encouraging us to live with integrity internally and externally. The post Wash What Matters appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 reminds us to pause, surrender, and engage with Jesus even when we’re worried and distracted. Ultimately, Jesus cares more about who we are than what we produce. How will we respond to His invitation to sit at His feet and listen? The post Smell the Roses appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moi…
 
Pastor Brent looks at a famous and miraculous story of Jesus when he fed over 5,000 people to see how often we are invited in by Jesus to be a part of meeting needs miraculously but are unable to participate when we operate from a theology of scarcity instead of a theology of leftovers. The post Feeding the Hungry appeared first on Ashworth Church …
 
Others. Outcasts. Self-Righteous. Often we make assumptions about people we might describe with one of these adjectives. But how did Jesus respond when confronted with those the world discarded and those who were religious? In Luke’s gospel, we find the story of Jesus having dinner with the religious crowd when it is interrupted by an immoral woman…
 
In a new series called Today’s Special: Dining with Jesus, Pastor Amy looks at the criticism Jesus received from by the religious elite by eating with those who were considered unclean and how we need to follow Jesus’ example and be willing to share the table with those who are different from us. The post Dining with the Enemy appeared first on Ash…
 
Pastor Brent sits down with Pastor Amy, Elizabeth Pavey, and Steve Rogers to discuss questions that have been submitted during the deconstruction series. Questions discussed were What led to this moment? How do the traditions we have created intersect with the commands of God? Is the Bible flawed? Isn’t deconstruction a different gospel than the “g…
 
How can we honor the significance of the Bible without missing its purpose? Pastor Brent takes a look at how Scripture can play a role in one’s deconstruction journey. The post Deconstructing the Bible appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.โดย Brent Clark
 
Often when it comes to faith, we equate faith with certainty. This understanding leaves no room for doubt. But as we experience life, it is common for doubts to arise. Is doubt incongruent with faith? Pastor Brent looks at the dangers of certainty and how doubt can strengthen faith and make space for the mystical nature of faith. The post Certainty…
 
In a world that says all truth is relative, how can those who want to authentically follow Jesus stand for anything? And as we go through the process of deconstruction is there anything we can truly believe? Pastor Brent looks at truth, the dangers of falling into the relative truth trap, the importance of discernment, and how absolute truth doesn’…
 
With all the conversations around deconstruction today, Pastor Brent Clark looks at the history of deconstruction, why people deconstruct, benefits and dangers of reconstruction, and how going through the process can strengthen faith. The post Shattered Faith 101 appeared first on Ashworth Church - West Des Moines.…
 
Deconstruction seems to be a buzzword in the world of Christianity. Whether it is due to doubts and questions, watching high profile Christian leaders fall in moral failure, or abuse that continues to be revealed in almost all corners of the Christian faith, more and more people are walking away from the faith. But deconstruction is not a new thing…
 
In a world where we can often see people as a means to an end or tools to be used for our own benefit, having relationships not based on transactions can be difficult. As Jesus began his ministry, people started following him. So Jesus looked at a few early followers and asked, “What are you looking for?” Pastor Amy Becker looks at this question to…
 
In a surprising and confusing moment toward the end of his life, at the last supper, Jesus picks up a towel and a basin and washes his disciples’ feet, a task usually left for the slave or the lowliest person. After he was done, he asked them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” Steve Rogers looks at this question to see how instead of vy…
 
Sometimes questions asked can seem silly or even obvious. But what happens when the question that on the surface seems like a no-brainer asks us to a bit dig deeper to find the answer we truly desire. Jesus asks a man who is described as an invalid for 38 years if he wants to get well. We think the obvious answer is yes. But what could be beneath t…
 
Through the twists and turns of life, we can often end up in places we didn’t expect, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. By looking at the question God asks Elijah, we can learn to recognize the warning signs of our burnout and brokenness and find the presence of God waiting for us there. The post What Are you Doing Here? appeared …
 
Have you ever given much consideration to the meaning of your name? In an age when finding trendy, popular, or familial names seems to be the utmost importance, we can miss how significant it was when those in the Bible named their children. Pastor Brent looks in Genesis at the story of Jacob to discover the significance if his birth name and how i…
 
Do you ever feel as though you have very little to offer? That your life couldn’t be of much use to others, much less God? Often, we can fail to see the value of our lives, especially when God wants to work through us. Pastor Brent looks at the call of Moses at the burning bush to see how before he was a great leader, Moses was a hesitant and quest…
 
The death of Jesus on the cross can mean many different things to many people. As Pastors Brent and Amy wrap up the message series Cross Roads, they conclude by looking at how Jesus described his followers as crucifying themselves and asking the question, what will you do as you stand at the crossroad and see the cross of Jesus? The post Standing a…
 
For the first 1,000 years of Christianity, the followers of Jesus held tightly to a view of atonement called Christus Victor, or Christ the Victor. Why was the idea of the cross of Jesus bringing victory so important and how could they find victory in a publicly humiliating execution of their rabbi? Pastor Brent looks at several New Testament passa…
 
It can be tempting to look at the cross and the death of Jesus and see something barbaric or even heinous. Some have even looked at the cross and seen nothing more than divine child abuse. But what if instead of seeing a horrific method of capital punishment from the first century, we see the love of God shown for us? Pastor Brent looks at how the …
 
Why did Jesus have to die? This question can lead us to many possible solutions. One popular answer includes seeing the cross as divine child abuse as God exacted his wrath on his son. Is this true? Or is there a greater purpose in the death of Jesus on the cross? Pastor Amy looks at the sacrifice of Jesus and how it shows God’s pursuing love for h…
 
Ideas and even conspiracy theories abound when it comes to what will happen at the end of time. How will God deal with his creation? Will he simply abandon it and let it rot? Will he doze it or burn it down and start over from scratch? Or will he do what he’s been doing from the beginning by renewing his creation? Pastor Brent looks at Revelation 2…
 
As people who follow Jesus, what is our responsibility to the world around us and our immediate community? If we aren’t careful, our beliefs and attitudes about the future can move us to a place of apathy, self-focus, and waiting for this all to end. But is that what Jesus had in mind? And is that how Jesus lived his life? By looking at God’s instr…
 
What comes to mind when you hear the word church? For some, we limit our answers to a specific day of the week or a building in our neighborhood. Yet, as we continue to think about renewal in our lives, how could adjusting our mentality around church help lead to a church renewal? Pastor Brent Clark looks at how the New Testament addresses the chur…
 
For many, a new year represents a fresh start. When we think about God, we often think about his power of creation, but when we dig deeper, we see he is also a God of re-creation and renewal. Pastor Brent looks at how we can have personal renewal when we become a new creation in Christ and the benefits that being a new creation offers. The post Per…
 
Reading through the familiar Christmas story, we might be tempted to assume Luke was only interested in a biography of the life of Jesus. But reading forward, you see how Luke wanted Theophilus and those who came after to understand the full depth of Jesus’ ministry. Join Steve Rogers as he shares how Luke emphasizes the kingdom of God and is an in…
 
In recent days, a newer Christmas song has taken some shots as being inaccurate or unbiblical with many on social media wanting to “correct” the record that Mary did know. But how much did Mary really know about her child to be? Did she have really understood the God-man Jesus would become and all that entailed? Pastors Brent and Amy look at the so…
 
The heart is used to describe the core of who we are and the seat of our emotions. But are we careless with what we are doing with our hearts, or are we giving it away to something or someone worth giving it to? Pastor Brent looks at Wham!’s Last Christmas and Matthew 15 to encourage a heart check this Christmas. The post Last Christmas appeared fi…
 
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