Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

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…

His Victory Is Our Victory

Jesus died on Friday. Death died on Sunday.   Paul wrote, “‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Jesus is absolutely victorious over sin and death, but he gives us the same victory over this formidable duo! Sin is no longer our master. Death…

Darkest Before the Light

Don’t Look Beyond the Cross Don’t make the mistake of looking beyond the cross as we prepare for Easter Sunday.  Sunday will most certainly be a day of joyous celebration! We will unite our voices with those of a thousand generations in declaring, “He is not here; the tomb is empty!”  Our celebration, however, will focus more upon the cross than the empty tomb.  John Stott, in The Cross of Christ, wrote, “The resurrection cannot stand by itself. Since it…

Invite Them In

Inclusion [inˈklo͞oZHən] A NOUN: the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.We sincerely intend for an inclusive spirit to permeate every aspect of our ministry.  Alsbury is structured around a philosophy of inclusion. We strive to include any and all in every area of our life together.The easiest and least threatening point of connection with the Alsbury family is a Sunday morning worship service. People are able to maintain some measure of anonymity…

SIMPLE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

The idea is simple but it is not always easy Inviting a friend to have a cup of coffee, see a movie, or join you for dinner can roll off the tongue without effort. But when you put church in the invitation…we revert back to that middle school kid asking their crush to the dance. Lots of nervous energy, shaky voice, fear of rejection…it would be easier to turn the other way and push down the prompting. For many of…

Recreation Becomes Outreach

The Collaboration 2019 has come to an end. Our European guests have returned to their homes in Germany and Serbia. An incredibly busy two weeks of collaborative ministry involving people from seven different countries is behind us. The goals and objectives for this year’s Collaboration were changed from those of previous years. Rather than random acts of service throughout the community we focused on taking various areas of our Alsbury ministry to a higher level. Each will continue in the months…

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…