There are a lot of options to gather our life around. We can look to our success, ambition, self-sufficiency, comfort, and convenience. We can pour our time and energy into our desires, wants, strengths, plans, and way. The reality is we can even make the Christian life about a lot of things it shouldn’t be. We can focus on rules, religion, performance, service, or attendance. We can gather around our parent’s faith, our pride, our knowledge, as well as checklists and to-do lists. The Christian life is meant to be pretty simple. To live our lives for Jesus, we must gather our lives around Jesus. Jesus never gathered people around Himself to keep them there. Jesus always gathered people together in order to send them out. As a follower of Jesus, we have been sent out with a purpose - to know God and to make Him known.
Ascend The Hill
February 17, 2019 • Clay Everett
With God: Part Four
The Power of With • May 19, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
Instead of obsessing about how we can make a difference in the world, we need to learn to make a difference in the moment. Relational disciplines are ways in which we can start to find the availability of God’s Kingdom and the power of His presence to reframe what we experience in the moment. Our attention and focus center on what is to come and how we can do BIG things for Him. But, all God asks of us is to be present in the moment and faithful in the small things. We don’t get a THERE without HERE. We don’t get a THEN without NOW. Don’t underestimate the power of the moments before us.
With God: Part Three
With As A Way • May 12, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
When we reflect on the growth and transformation we hope to see in our lives, we can quickly forget the importance of staying connected to Christ. Disconnection leads to futility. Scripture backs up this point. Jesus says that if we remain connected to Him we can accomplish great things, but apart from Him, we can do nothing. God honors our effort when we rely on His strength. To remain is to be and to become. Relational disciplines are the way to stay in a place of trust. They are outside forces designed to help support the work on the inside. They serve as placeholders that allow our heart to catch up to our actions. They provide sufficient strength for the moment in the moment. What we remain in is what we become a disciple of.