Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

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…

My Prayer This Week

Personal Worries Monday during VBS our children wrote a short note about personal worries. Our leaders asked them to, “Cast all your anxiety on Jesus because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Some of the children’s responses were reasonable. “Snakes,” for instance. Or, “Braces.” One wrote, “Bugs buzzing around.” Others were amusing. “Zombies” was one child’s personal concern. Some were shared concerns. More than one wrote, “Passing the STAAR test.” Several wrote, “Making friends.” Others were disheartening. “My grandma’s…

Make It Personal

Our Vacation Bible Spectacular (VBS) begins this Sunday evening. VBS is one of a half-dozen events given absolute top priority in our church. For five days everything else is pushed to a back burner. Said another way, VBS is the one thing we do this coming week, and by doing so move a few steps forward in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Hundreds of Children will Need Hundreds of Adults Each year we host hundreds of children from throughout the…

What Is Your One Thing!

What is the purpose behind everything we do as a church family? Fulfillment of the “Great Commission!” Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”…

Being Shaped and Molded

Prayer Isn’t Prayer isn’t about seeking what we want unless what we want is to be shaped into the image of Christ himself. Prayer isn’t a secret weapon for eliminating problems or escaping life’s challenges. Prayer is active engagement in spiritual transformation. Prayer Is James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Paul wrote, “We glory in our sufferings, because…

The Underlying Influence to Prayer

Want a more dynamic prayer life… do you have a healthy, Biblical perspective of faith? Have you ever thought about what influences your prayers?  What motivates you to pray? What is your confidence level in your prayers being effective?  I think we all would agree that prayer is important… but what is the underlying factors that impact your prayer life? Your Perception of Faith One of the biggest influences on your prayer life is your understanding of FAITH.  How you…

We Need an Expanded Vision

It was Christmas. I was thirteen. I asked my parents for a rock. Not just any rock, mind you, but a crystal geode on an oak display base. I showed them the photo from a rock collecting catalog. I made sure they knew exactly what I wanted. I was fascinated by rocks and fossils. Along with my closest friend, Tom Lehman, I spent many, many hours digging for both in the Manzano Mountains east of Albuquerque. As Christmas approached I…

When Life Feels Like a Shipwreck

What do you think of when you hear the word “shipwreck?” You might think of an epic movie, or a campy TV show. When I get past the pop-culture references and really think about a shipwreck, tragedy, loss, and damage come to my mind. So why is our Vacation Bible Spectacular theme “Shipwrecked?” Our reality sometimes resembles a shipwreck. We experience tragedy, loss and damage on a frequent basis. It can be hard to remain hopeful in the midst of…

Why Don’t We Pray?

The War We are in Foreign ambassadors get special treatment, called “diplomatic immunity.” They don’t go to prison—unless their home country is at war with their host country. Paul served as an “ambassador in chains” because his host nation (the world in rebellion against God) was at war with Jesus, his King. You and I were born into this war. King Jesus has granted clemency to us who have switched our loyalty from personal independence to our Lord, Jesus. We become…

The Devil Made Me Do It!

The devil made me do it! This is the oldest excuse in history, going way back to when Eve blamed the devil for her own bad choice. Satan’s influence certainly can be blamed for much of the evil in this world, but we, as believers, don’t have to use that excuse. We are equipped and empowered with the armor of God, and when we train ourselves to use it properly, we can stand against anything the devil throws our way.…