Beautiful Disruption: Part Three
Promised Joy • December 16, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
Hope fuels, peace protects, but joy demonstrates. When we exhibit joy regardless of the circumstances facing us, it shows the trust we've placed in His ways. Joy isn't an emotional acknowledgment to things going well or working out. Joy is a response to faith. In His presence, there is a fullness of joy that our circumstances cannot touch. His presence is a guarantee of His promise. Through the ups and downs, we can choose joy in light of a promise.
December 15, 2018
Disruption. When many of us read this word, our mind instantly gravitates toward a negative picture. From our perspective, disruptions are on par with inconveniences, annoyances, and obstacles. No one goes looking for an interruption. We love predictability and being able to control our circumstances. But, what if settling for the routine is setting us up to miss out on a vibrant faith? What if the very thing our soul needs to grow and flourish is a shock to its system? Could pausing and allowing life to come to a screeching halt enable us to articulate how God is moving in our lives? We think so. If nothing changes, if no disruption occurs, we have the potential to lose sight of all that God has done over the past year, and where He is leading us in the future.Transformation doesn't happen without a disruption. Christ making His home in our heart serves as a disruption to the old way: old patterns of thinking, old patterns of responding, old ways of dealing with bad habits and difficult people. Newness requires adjustment and reflection. Old things don't go away easily. The new will disrupt the old. But, it's a beautiful disruption that brings life and freedom as we surrender the old in light of the new. What would it look like to have an intentional disruption by carving out space in our lives to hear God’s voice? We will walk you through a personal spiritual retreat with Scripture, journal prompts and reflection questions.This is meant to serve as a guide to frame your time together with God. Our prayer is that this personal retreat will be a disruption that stirs your heart, energizes your soul, and focuses your eyes on Christ.
Beautiful Disruption: Part Two
Hope For Peace • December 9, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
Putting our trust in the unpredictability of living in a broken world leaves us with fragile footing. Protecting our peace actually undermines the possibility of truly encountering the thing we crave - a peace that passes all understanding that guards our heart at the deepest levels. The fear of letting go robs us of peace. No matter how many times we are let down, we will continue looking to lesser things to provide us with hope, security and purpose. The only thing that can alter our course is a beautiful disruption. Embracing an encounter with Christ enables us to surrender old familiar patterns for a new unfolding way. The disruption eventually brings us hope which produces peace. Hope provides the fuel for the future and the fuel to continue. Peace is the promise of protection for our soul that allows us to endure.
Beautiful Disruption: Part One
Prepare To Hope • December 2, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
The Advent season encourages us to examine our preparations, but not our decorations, baking, gift purchases or party planning. It's a season where we prepare to celebrate. We are called to reflect on our heart and our lives: are they prepared for the coming King? Anticipation provides the motivation for preparation. Preparing requires us to get His priorities. We can't celebrate the message of Christ in a hurry. Newness requires adjustment. We have to stay in a place that allows our heart to be moved. Transformation doesn't happen without disruption. A beautiful disruption is when a new, unfolding way replaces old familiar patterns. Old things don't go away easily. The new will disrupt the old. But, it's a beautiful disruption that brings life and freedom as we surrender the old in light of the new.