Posts from January 2018

Posts from January 2018

Pray God’s Will

Distracted by Life William D. Barney once wrote, “At times, reading a book, I discover that I’m doing no such things, but have drifted off the margin.” This can be true in our prayers, too. How often have we sat down to pray and suddenly realized that we have wondered off the page? Suddenly our to do list is flashing through our minds as we passively bow our heads in idle thought, instead of reverently bowing to the Creator of…

Reflection Results in Adjusting

If you’ve attended Alsbury Baptist for long, then I’m sure you’ve heard Pastor Scott say, “We should engage in ongoing theological (or spiritual) reflection.” This sounds like a high-level skill that few of us might have picked up in an elective course at the local liberal arts college. Maybe the term has sat, unexplained and unused, in the mental bucket with “hermeneutics” and “philosophy.” You might not talk about it, but you do it by instinct all the time. I…

It’s Essential!

  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 Types of GRowth Physical growth requires time. Intellectual growth demands personal study Spiritual growth, however, only occurs through obedience to the Lord’s directives. Spiritual Growth Scripture is the primary means of communication between God and his people. Through the Bible God reveals what he desires from, and…

Was 10 Minutes Enough?

Needing Christ The past three weeks have been a whirlwind for my husband and me. We were already overwhelmed with unfamiliar things, and then life was interrupted. Chip’s dad became ill and it was a roller coaster of ups and downs. A mission trip was aborted, life altering decisions were made, and there were multiple trips to San Angelo. The love of our family kept us coasting, but even so, something was missing. It wasn’t until the night of visitation…

Run in Such a Way…

Did you even notice your phone change to the new year by itself? When our lives are completely digital, nothing forces us to think about time that has forever passed into the past. Even the IRS allows some flexibility after the start of a new calendar year. If we were to start a new calendar or a new journal, blank space would hint that this is a fresh start. Like untouched snow that fell while you weren’t looking, 2018 can…