Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

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.…

Put On Your Shoes!

Have you ever heard news so good that you could not contain yourself?  This is news so great that it immediately elicits a response of jubilance, dancing, elation, exclamation.  I watched my daughter receive that kind of news this week. the mind of a first grader In the mind of a first grader there is no better day of school than a field trip.  Something about the bus ride, sack lunches, uniformed t-shirts, stressed parents and eagle-eyed teachers makes a…

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Back in the day, I was a catcher for my high school baseball team. During batting practice, one of my jobs was warming up the pitcher. There was no batter, so I often caught without my mask. One day, I learned how bad an idea that was. One of my teammates was being tried out as a pitcher for the first time. He threw a couple of pitches in the strike zone, then bounced one in front of the plate.…

Take a Stand

Ephesians 6:10-19 issues a strong challenge for followers of Christ to properly prepare for the inevitable spiritual warfare approaching. Are you prepared? Paul, writing under the ever-present supervision of Roman soldiers, used the various elements of a soldier’ attire to illustrate how we best prepare for battle. The individual who fails to prepare for battle faces certain defeat at that enemy’s hand. This Sunday, April 8, we will begin with the somber warning that our enemy is determined, relentless, and…

It’s Friday, But Sunday Is Coming

Why is this Friday called, “Good Friday?” Because it was the day Jesus died. One could ask, “How is an innocent man’s death through arguably the most sadistic means ever devised by man a ‘good’ thing?” Because that Friday afternoon made salvation possible and reconciliation with our creator a reality. The death of Jesus restores hope for the hopeless and joy to the grieving. The blood that flowed down Calvary’s Tree brings forgiveness to sinners like you and me. Yes, indeed, it was…

Moving Forward, Together

Our Number one job We are commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations. Our primary task, or job number one, is to take the gospel into the entire world. What a daunting task! When we consider our assignment to reach the world we obviously feel overwhelmed. How could we possibly fulfill this monumental taskl? I think of the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We reach people locally through the many…

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

article by Mason Beasley serve during the Collaboration. Here’s a list of all the opportunities: MORNINGS Serve in the mornings by coming up to the church and helping hand out the breakfast and join them for Bible Study. Clean the upstairs café once everyone is done so that they can leave to go do their work at Eastside on time. DAYS Be a driver – Transport the German team to and from their destinations as they serve Eastside City Church.…

Why should I get involved?

By now I hope you have heard, that our brothers and sisters in Christ from CityChurch Andernach in Germany are coming to serve with us in a few weeks.  I am sure many of you are processing what that means. Who are they?  What will they do?  Should I engage them and the activities? Trust me, I have been in your shoes. Another year rolls around When I arrived at Alsbury in 2009, it was on the heels of one…

The Germans are Coming!

When Sean and I first started attending Alsbury, we kept hearing a phrase that brought more questions than answers. THE GERMANS ARE COMING! What did this mean? Should we be concerned? Are they the good Germans? I thought we handled the German problem decades ago? What we discovered was a wonderful group of young adults led by a beautiful soul by the name of Mike Vlajnic. Their main objective or purpose was clear…love God and love others. It didn’t matter if they were doing…
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