Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

It Is Essential!

“I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain” Psalm 3:4 (NIV). Less Talking More Praying The Bible declares with significant repetition that God both hears and answers our prayers, yet prayer may be the one thing we talk about most and do least. Most, myself included, fall short of the directive to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).   We will never fulfill the mission Jesus gave us without an unwavering commitment to prayer.…

T.H.I.N.k.

Consider these clear directives from Scripture.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 If Paul were writing today he might very well pen, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths or through your…

No Time?

No time to spare “I don’t have time for that.” We’ve all said it. Our schedules are too full to make even one more commitment. We simply don’t have any more time to give! Each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal as anyone else. Seven days each week. Twenty-four hours each day. One thousand, four hundred and forty minutes each day. How I use that time reveals my priorities. I will do whatever I feel…

More Than a Sign

What’s in a Sign? Our church sign has been dark for several months and can’t be repaired. We thoroughly investigated our options and all of them are expensive. The cost to replace is well over $20,000.  A sign, of course, is not essential to our ministry. Churches ministered effectively for centuries before the technology was developed. I doubt very few people have met Christ personally because of the message displayed upon a church sign. We have one, though, and a…

pray passionately / give generously / go fearlessly

Fear Transforms to Power When I was first invited to go to Haiti, I almost didn’t go.  I was scared to death because I didn’t know what I’d do or better yet, what I’d say. But my biggest fear was having to share the Gospel! Yes, the very purpose of the trip is what made me fear it the most.  I was just an ordinary Sunday church goer living an everyday life. But what I didn’t fully understand was that…

Truth That Transforms

Statements that can transform lives Trust facts over feelings. To be in God’s presence is a privilege that came at a great price. God will never love you more nor less than he already does in Christ. Many of us have learned to feel helpless (like an elephant raised on a chain), but in Christ we are NOT helpless. Noone can fight sin alone, in the dark. If God loves us and is in control, then nothing “bad” can happen…

You Are Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) reads, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The Bible definitively declares that, we, the followers of Jesus, are extraordinary people in the eyes of our Father.  We are individually chosen to form the Church collective.  We intercede with the Creator on behalf of the world.  We are set apart by…

“I have to be part of that!”

True Story One of my favorite stories from past Vacation Bible Spectaculars involves a dad that came to see what his kids were up to at Alsbury. He didn’t have much experience with “church folks,” so he wasn’t sure what to expect. After walking into our worship center decorated to look like a swamp, he was a bit perplexed. When everything got going: He saw kids leading other kids in worship with some catchy songs. He watched two grown men…

In all things, unity

Jesus said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20 NIV) In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for himself, asking that his upcoming death would glorify the Father. Next he prayed for his disciples, asking the Father to protect them from the evil one. Finally he prayed for you and me, that we…

Increased effectivess

For months our Deacons have questioned how to best increase the effectiveness of their valuable and important ministry. They saw the need for more people serving as Deacons. We anticipate the addition of women will elevate the care provided to the church by each and every Deacon.

What Happened After i Hit the Wall

The Big Ride Last weekend I rode the Dallas MS-150, a two-day cycling event organized by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS).  Riders raised 1.3 million dollars to fund critical research and provide valuable support to the one million Americans with MS.  Saturday took us on a 105 mile journey around Lake Lewisville. We began in Frisco, rode to Lake Ray Roberts, crossed over to Sanger, and then rode through Denton and Flower Mound on our way to the finish…

Pursue a God-Sized Dream

One of my favorite shows on Netflix is Chef’s Table. It is not a cooking show; rather, it takes a deep dive into the lives of some of the top chefs in the world. The show explores their craft, their creative spirit, and their philosophy of life. In season one, they profiled a chef by the name of Dan Barber. What he does in the world of “Farm to Table” restaurants is quite amazing. There was something he said during…