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.…

The journey of forgiveness

The difference between refusing to forgive and struggling with forgiveness is huge. refusal vs. struggle The first, refusing to forgive, is open rebellion against our Lord. Jesus commands us to forgive. Jesus expects us to forgive freely, completely, and consistently. Our model for forgiveness is Jesus himself. We are to “forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13).”The second, struggling with forgiveness, is simply part of the human experience. To grant forgiveness to those who have hurt us is not…

Does ANYTHING exceed your love for Jesus

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37 Nobody has ever loved us as Jesus loves us. Nobody.On the cross Jesus demonstrated just how much he loves us. He suffered and died as a living testimony to his love which is like no other. Response to His Challenge I received a message Sunday in response to…

Big MOVEMENTS start with Big prayers

What can you do We each have the opportunity to play a primary role in what will prove to be our most significant season of ministry. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to join others within our Alsbury family in fervent prayer, asking God to work in and through us in unprecedented fashion. Would you pray for a mighty move of God, beginning in each of us and sweeping across our city, county, state, and nation? Would…

The Great Gift of Love

I love the Christmas season. I love the Dallas Mavericks. I love my wife. (and my kids too) I love triple chocolate fudge ice cream. I love … We love lots of things and use the word quiet liberally in reference to our fondness of many different items. Of course, we don’t love ice cream with the same depth and earnest that we love our family. But we use the word so often and in reference to so many different things, that…

Finding joy in​ life’s rollercoaster

Life’s Rollercoaster I used to absolutely LOVE rollercoasters. My friends and I would go to Six Flags and ride the rollercoasters over and over again. If there wasn’t a line, we’d ask to just stay in our seats to ride back to back until we were forced to leave the ride. I loved that feeling of anticipation as we reached the top of the first incline, waiting for my stomach to feel like it was going to go right up…

The Gospel Told Through Lights

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 It is a long standing tradition in the DeWald household to hang Christmas lights this time of year.  I remember the first few times my father showed me how to replace fuses, attach gutter hooks and spiral wrap a tree trunk.  My heart warms as I pass…

DISCOURAGEMENT tUrns to hope

God can turn Discouragement to Hope The last several months have been difficult. I have not responded well to many of the challenges encountered. I have grown discouraged and frustrated and have struggled both emotionally and spiritually. Last Sunday was the first of four Sundays of Advent. Our focus was how the birth of Jesus brought hope into the world. In preparation I reflected over Romans 5:2 which reads, “We boast in the hope of the glory of God.” Paul,…

Together

We are able to do so much more together, than if we were chasing this vision alone. Well over 100 years ago, a single missionary named Lottie Moon, while serving in China, began writing letters challenging the American church to send and support more workers to go there. After her death on the field, her challenge was heeded in the formalization of an offering in her name. Even if you’re not a Southern Baptist who has given to the Lottie…

David vs Goliath

We love an underdog We love a David and Goliath story, don’t we? We find this theme in the movies we watch — Luke Skywalker goes from farm boy to Jedi while opposing Darth Vador and the Dark Side. And who doesn’t get amped when they hear the Rocky theme song? It also becomes the narrative in the sports we watch — Any time a football team other than the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, we say “that…

It’s Time to Shine

It Truly is a Night to Shine We are so excited to be an official host church for this year’s Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the…

One another…elementary things

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus . . .” Philippians 2:5 Scripture directs us to love one another, forgive one another, pray for one another, and serve one another. Each is foundational to a healthy community of Christ followers. We need only ask what priority Jesus would set when determining our response to any aspect of this life we share with others. Jesus would love, forgive, pray for, and serve others. Regardless of…

IT TAKES PRACTICE AND CONSISTENCY

How do you feel when the topic of your prayer habit comes up? If you are like many of us, you feel some guilt. Maybe you believe that you don’t pray enough. Maybe you believe that you should enjoy praying, but to you it feels more like work. Maybe you feel bad that your praying focuses more on your personal circumstances than on bigger problems and opportunities in the world.  Praying is hard, especially when we try to pray outside our…