Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

Who Are You Becoming?

What’s your favorite one-liner? I enjoy using puns that make my kids groan. On the other hand, a few one-liners have illuminated my hazy thoughts and emotions recently. Who are you becoming by what you are doing? Think back in your life 5 years. Did you have hopes or plans for the future? How have you responded to the major events that have happened over the last five years (family growth, broken relationships, suffering, new responsibilities, changed income, etc.)? Who…

Connect With God, Connect With Others

Do you know anticipation? For some it’s the first Saturday of college football.  You wait anxiously all summer for the moment you gather your friends and family and embark on an autumn journey, experiencing the highs and lows of “your” team.  Others lay awake the night before hunting season opens, excited to see what this year’s adventure holds.  Maybe you anticipate the next time your kids will visit you, knowing you have not seen those grandkids in far too long! …

Let’s Take Our Next Steps Together

beginning this Sunday, September 9. For three weeks we will focus on Next Steps in worship services and Life Groups. We will strive to understand and embrace what church membership involves. Connect, Become, and Engage. Alsbury church membership helps us all to connect with God and one another, to become fully-devoted followers of Christ, and to engage our neighbors across the street or around the world with the gospel. The goal is to ensure that our entire church family is united in…

Passing Out Relief

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 One big, hot ride I rode one hundred miles Saturday in one of the largest cycling events in Texas. The ride in Wichita Falls attracted thirteen thousand riders. That’s a bunch of people! Volunteers staff rest stops along the course, providing snacks, fluids, and medical care if needed. Volunteers at one stop deep into the ride offered towels soaked in icy…

#Buildup

Did you accept Sunday’s challenge to speak, text, or tweet only those thoughts and opinions that encourage, edify, and build up others? Did you commit to refrain from posts, emails, and conversations that discourage, belittle, or tear down others? Read these words Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.  Proverbs 15:4 Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.  Proverbs 16:24 Words Have Power Our words, both spoken and written,…

The Journey to Becoming a Leader

By Montana O’Banion Ephesians 4:11-16 calls Christians to teach and equip students to build up his kingdom while speaking truth in love. The Alsbury youth ministry has always exemplified this for me. Planting a Seed and Watching It Grow Coming into the youth around the 7th grade, Brian Jennings broke down all the stereotypes I had about Christianity and planted a seed in my heart for a relationship with Christ. This seed continued to grow and during a STORM weekend…

“LAB Was So Fun Today”

by Ashley Gutkowski Meaningful for the Whole Family We began attending Alsbury Baptist Church when our oldest child, Ava, was only 2 years old. She has literally grown up in the children’s program. From the first day we dropped her off in the nursery to today, as we drop her off in Lab, we have been incredibly blessed by those serving in the children’s ministry. Our 5 year old son, Landon, loves the Bible story and worship time led by…

Free to Be Himself

by Matt and Shari Gibson What We’ve Been Searching For… When our family first moved to Texas seven years ago we struggled to find a church home that was a good fit for our whole family. We bounced from church to church and were often told that our son with special needs was a distraction to others. This was heartbreaking. When a family friend recommended the VBS program at Alsbury Baptist we were reluctant to try it based on previous…

A God Worthy of Our Devotion

When it all Began… One Wednesday night in March of 1999, there was a 16 year old boy strapping on a guitar and walking toward a microphone.  This night was the culmination of weeks of practice and preparation, weeks of affirmation from a church body and years of mentoring and training from family members.  This would be the first ever opportunity for a this young man to lead his home church in worship.  Stepping up to the microphone, ready his…

Alsbury’s All New Connection Team

The Upstairs Cafe Re-imagined  Over the next few weeks there will be some changes taking place in the Upstairs Café. On the surface there will be new furniture and paint, but the changes aren’t just cosmetic. The space is changing to become a conversation place where relationships are cultivated and nurtured. By September, we hope to reveal the new Conversation Café. Every 4th Sunday we will have a coffee and conversation time with visitors and new families. This is an opportunity…

Alsbury’s First Impression

Maybe you have heard about Alsbury’s First Impressions Teams.  Who are they and what do they do?  Perhaps this can best be explained by the following scenarios: David and Jan Go to Church David and Jan are new to Burleson.  They have both accepted teaching positions in BISD.  They are determined to locate a new church home prior to school getting underway in the fall.  They have two sons; Davey is 5 and Jon is 3. Scenario 1: David and…

The Power of Saying Yes

A Brief History When the United States was establishing itself as an up and coming country, war was declared on Great Britain in June 1812. The state of Tennessee played a vital role in the success of this war. More specifically the volunteers. In 1813, Governor Willis Blount issued a call for 3500 volunteers and Tennesseans enthusiastically responded. This act began a tradition and set them on a course that impacted history. In the Mexican-American War, President Polk called on…