Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Bringing Real Hope

September 10, 2017 • Mike Ashcraft

Last year a report named Wilmington, NC as the #1 city in the nation for opioid use and abuse. When we hear statistics about an opioid epidemic in our area, it sounds clinical and distant. We can easily dismiss it and pay it no attention. Yet, when you put a face to the problem, the issue becomes personal and you become invested. The opioid epidemic touches us all and will require all of us working together to free individuals from the grips of their addiction. On Sunday, Mike Ashcraft sat down with Mark Allen, PC3’s Refuge Coordinator. Mark shared his story of addiction and the power the Gospel holds in bring hope and freedom to us all. One way YOU can join the movement to end the opioid epidemic is by attending #MVMT on Monday, September 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm at our Wilmington campus.

Summer Playlist: Part Seven

Go See For Yourself • July 15, 2018 • Stuart Hall

When Jesus people ignore the problems that are happening in their community, they forfeit their ability to have influence with their community. We gain a voice by rolling up our sleeves, getting engaged, and lending a hand. There are times when what is happening in the world requires us to leverage whatever we have and to take a risk with what we have. We can’t expect to rebuild or restore anything without it costing personally. Proximity always changes our perspective. The closer we get, the better we can see, understand, and empathize with the issues. Imagine if enough of us decided that before we pass judgment, before we make a statement, and before we offer solutions that we go see for ourselves what is going on with the next generation.

Summer Playlist: Part Six

Kill The Spider • July 8, 2018 • Carlos Whittaker

Many of us strive to live for Christ, only to get caught in a web of bad choices and destructive thought patterns. We try our best to swipe and clean them away, but they continue to pop up no matter how hard we strive to make them disappear. Addressing the behavior will only get us so far. We might be able to cope with life, experience minor victories or witness surface level change, yet the hope, abundance, and the life that God promises us will remain just beyond our reach. We have to stop cleaning the cobwebs and have the courage to kill the spider. Killing a spider requires a great deal of courage because it entails asking God to expose those dark places in our heart. As we replace false beliefs with God's life-giving truths, we will discover freedom like we've never known before.

Summer Playlist: Part Five

That's The Power Of Love • July 1, 2018 • Brian Ashcraft

Living in a results-oriented culture, we feel pressure to prove our worth. Chasing after this approval is never-ending. When love is dependent on our value, there is fear, futility, and frustration. On the flip side, when our value is an outcome of being loved, we experience confidence. The power of Christ’s love allows us to see ourselves differently. Some things are loved because they have value. However, some things have value because they are loved. Christ's sacrifice spoke value and worth into our lives. Knowing we are loved unconditionally, we can love others without seeking anything in return. When we see ourselves as loved by God, we are free for God to do a new thing in us and through us. We love because He first loved us.