God With Us
God With Us: Part One
What Presence Does • December 1, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
We all have expectations of God that He didn’t meet. Many of us don't know how to respond when God acts in ways we didn't plan for or expect. Our quest for control has us demanding answers. We spend our days creating systems that keep us from having to think, trust, or marvel. Christ replaces our system with a relationship. He did this because love doesn’t work inside a system. We'll never worship a God who we have all figured out. God invites our questions because He knows they incite a conversation. God didn’t create a system for us to live in, but instead invites us into a relationship to find life in. Jesus came to confound our expectations. He entered our space not only to redeem our brokenness and right every wrong but to give humanity a glimpse of God’s heart. God with us, is how we find life with God.
God With Us: Part Two
What Presence Restores • December 8, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
We are incapable of giving ourselves away when we're grasping for attention, affection, and adoration. There is a way of life that allows us to give freely in a way that honors another person. His incarnation shows us where real security resides. We get to express His love because we no longer have to work to prove ourselves. Forgiveness means we're no longer separated from the source of life, so we are free to empty ourselves. Emptying ourselves is the act of making ourselves available. We're forgiven so we can give.
God With Us: Part Three
December 15, 2019 • Mike Ashcraft
If God’s love is a force that breathes value and worth into our lives, then to spend our days without it, leaves us always searching and grasping to fill the void. Left to our own devices, we try to get whatever we can. Life becomes one massive power grab. We are incapable of giving ourselves away when we’re grasping for attention, affection, and adoration. Quite simply, grasping chokes giving. However, an encounter with Christ paves the way to a generous life. Unshakable confidence in Him leads to freedom for us. No longer do we have to hold on to everything for dear life. Knowing who we are in Him doesn’t compel us to some duty to serve, but rather to an others-oriented, selfless service. We get to express His love because we no longer have to work to prove ourselves. We are free from working to protect and are instead able to avail ourselves to God and others.