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Make You Like Me

Make You Like Me: Part Three

Willing & Worthy • April 22, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft

Make You Like Me: Part Two

So Simple, Yet So Hard • April 15, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft

The foundation of a relational framework is trust. Sadly, our capacity to trust without hesitation disappeared. Sin broke our nature to trust. As a result, we enter our connections with an agenda and instinctively fight to meet our own needs by any means necessary. No matter how hard we try, our "me first" approach to relationships fail to lead us to our desired goal. Instead, we just create more conflict, strife and the cycle of distrust continues. We don't become ourselves by advancing ourselves at the expense of another. We become ourselves by denying ourselves and embracing a way that is much different.

Make You Like Me: Part One

Relationships Are Simple • April 8, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft

“Make you like me.” No matter “how you say it,” (or hear it) there’s a tension that exists in every relationship. We want people to be like us and we want people to like us. The only problem is that everyone else has that same desire. Jesus understood how simple, yet at the same time incredibly complicated, our connections with others can be. The oneness of believers was such a part of His heart that it served as the focus of one of His final prayers. Relationships are the framework through which love gets expressed and experienced. The way we treat, care and love each other sends a message to the outside world. Our redemptive relationships should cause those around us to take notice. If this is the case, we have to get gut-level honest about our relationships and the job we are doing regarding living together.