Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

Finding purpose among Crazy games and corn dogs

Last week I was reminded of how beautiful (and loud) it can be when God’s people work together to share his love with others. Love God/Love Others At Kidz-n-Play, over 100 kids spent part of their Spring Break playing crazy games, singing and dancing in worship, eating kid-friendly lunches, and being loved on by Americans and Europeans. People of all stages of life came together to meet a real need for families and build relationships with kids who might never…

Authenticity vs. Tradition

There was this one time in Africa… I joined three other Burleson area pastors for my first trip to Africa. Together we led a leadership seminar for pastors and workers in western Tanzania. Our first session opened with Scripture reading and songs of worship. The songs, though sung in a language I did not know, were easily recognized as hymns of the church. The congregation, made up of both men and women, stood stoically and sang “How Firm a Foundation,”…

Put Down Your Cymbals and Pick Up Love

Jesus said, A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)   Jesus also said, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. (John 14:23-24) People will say, “It’s hard to love unlovable people!” That is precisely why Jesus issued the…

Your Story Is Powerful

There is power in your story. We connect with others through story; the remembering of our journey through life. Our experiences are where other people identify with us.  Your story is much more than simply where you were born or what you do for a living. Your story is about: Where God found you What God did in you How he is continuing that transformation today Story binds people together. We relate to others through shared experiences, mutual challenges, and…

More than the “Big smile” moment

Big smile moments Night to Shine is one of those nights when my worlds collide. Among the volunteers are faces I know from Alsbury, Burleson ISD, Holy Cross Christian Academy, Nazarene Christian Academy, Way FM, Burleson Police Department, Center for ASD, etc. People from all over our community come together at our church for one reason… to serve a group among us who are often forgotten, ignored, and dismissed. I see volunteers working hard with smiles on their faces because…

In Our Desperation, Jesus Is Able

Jesus is able . . .  to transform gut-wrenching pain into glorious testimonies of praise.  to shatter the shackles that holds a person captive.  to restore what enemies have devoured.  Desperate belief In Mark 9 a grieving father described to Jesus how his son had long been oppressed by an evil spirit. The son was unable to speak. The evil spirit often caused him physical harm. The father didn’t demonstrate inspirational faith. No, hopefulness had left his heart many years…

Don’t Settle

People “LIKE US” We connect easiest with those who have similar interests, are experiencing similar life events, and who share similar perspectives on more controversial subjects. I have learned when someone says they are not able to connect with others at church they typically mean there are not enough people “just like them” within the congregation. They are actually saying, “I want people my age, who look, think, and vote like I do, who raise their children as I do,…

Our Teens are Under Attack

Do you remember what it was like being a teenager?  For most of us, there are good memories, but also plenty of awkward moments, challenges, and struggles navigating those formative years. As difficult as it was for you and me growing up, our teenagers today are under attack like never before.  This may seem a little extreme in an attempt to grab your attention, so let me share with you the current state of our teenage culture.   The Current State of Teenage Culture The Nuffield…

Lead By Serving

Alsbury has four standing committees tasked with leading our church through 2019. Each is instrumental to the overall effectiveness of our church. Committee members serve the church by fulfilling assigned tasks. A quartet of Committees Our Budget and Finance Committee develops an annual budget, distributes funds as approved by the church, and protects the church from fiscal difficulty.  Our Personnel Committee supervises our ministerial staff and makes recommendations to the Budget and Finance Committee regarding compensation.  Our Missions Committee guides…

Circles Not Rows

Church happens best in circles; not in rows.  Every time we read the word, church, in the Bible the reference is to people. Church is not a building to go to or a service to attend, but a people to live life with. As the people of God we are expected to: Encourage one another.  Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and…

We Need a Remedy

Have you ever felt stuck? You have every intention of making some changes and putting your best foot forward, but in about two weeks, old habits and emotions begin to creep back in. You opt for the familiar instead of embracing the new. It’s like you are staying safe in the shallow end instead of taking the plunge into the deep unknown. Trading big adventures for a small life. This is where my brain has been the last couple of…

The Cause for Great Joy

When Joy is Difficult For many, Christmas is a time of joy and excitement. But for others, the Holidays are not eagerly anticipated. It can be a time when we are acutely aware of the absence of loved ones, dissention and strain in family relationships, fear of the unknown of future days, or the uncertainty of a medical diagnoses. As we face some of these difficult situations, Christmas can be anything but happy. It is during these hard times that we should be reminded…