Alsbury Expressions

Alsbury Expressions

Who Is My Neighbor?

“Who is my neighbor,” an expert in Jewish law asked Jesus. Leviticus 19:18, which reads, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” prompted the question. Truth in a story Jesus didn’t answer the question directly. Instead, he told a story about a Samaritan who cared for the needs of another person. Jesus then posed a question of his own, asking, “Who do you think was a neighbor to this man in need.”  He then challenged the lawyer to show mercy to others;…

Embrace Your Own Personal Story

There was a story playing in my head when I wrecked our car last year Our youngest was up from Sunday afternoon nap, and all the kids wanted to eat something. I wanted to be a good dad by feeding all with something healthy before I rushed out the door. (A good friend shouldn’t be late for a buddy’s ordination, and I wanted to be a good friend.) I hadn’t left enough time to get there. In my hurry, I overlooked…

Make Room for the Outsider

Going from Unsure to Belonging A few weeks ago, a little girl tentatively walked into the LAB. She held onto her mom, unsure she wanted to let her leave. In an effort to help her feel more comfortable, I introduced her to an older girl named Mady. By the end of the hour, I overheard that same shy little girl ask Mady if they could be friends. The response was an enthusiastic “Sure!” It was that easy. They had spent…

Forgiveness…What Does it Matter

Forgiveness is at the core of our relationship with God. “God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” — Psalm 103:10 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” — Isaiah 43:25 God is willing to forgive any person of any wrong. No sin is too heinous. No failure is too grand. God is rich in mercy and quick to forgive. Forgiveness…

Why Are You Here?

Blessed.  Humbled.  Excited.  Refreshed. These are some of the words that were expressed to me this past weekend as we gathered together to worship.  We tried something different to intentionally ask the question “Why are you here?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why do I attend worship on Sunday mornings at Alsbury? What expectations do I bring? Am I anticipating God’s movement as we gather as the Church? My prayer this past weekend was that we would connect…

No Other Option

We who have been forgiven of much should be the most forgiving of all. Poured Out Luke 7 details an encounter between Jesus and someone identified simply as “a woman who had lived a sinful life.” She wept at Jesus’ feet, wiping her tears away with her hair. She poured fragrant perfume upon his feet in an act of unbridled worship. Witnessing this emotional encounter was Jesus’ host, a Pharisee, who was incensed that Jesus had allowed the woman to…

Impact the World for the Cause of Christ!

What is a celebrity? Gisele Bündchen is the wife of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. The Brazilian supermodel and the NFL superstar have been married for nine years and have two children. Gisele was asked by her son what a “celebrity” is. Apparently he heard the word used in a description of his parents. Gisele answered, “A celebrity is just someone whose job is very visible. It doesn’t mean their job is more important.” What a healthy answer! Many…

ARE YOU READY TO “SAY ‘YES?’”

Every person who calls Alsbury home should have a place of meaningful, productive ministry within the life of our church. Every person. Watching it First Hand This week I witnessed firsthand what God will do through fairly ordinary people who possess an extraordinary commitment to serve Christ with their gifts and abilities. Some were young. Others could be described as elderly. A few were male. Most were female. Some were relatively new to the church family. The rest have been…

Who Are You Becoming?

What’s your favorite one-liner? I enjoy using puns that make my kids groan. On the other hand, a few one-liners have illuminated my hazy thoughts and emotions recently. Who are you becoming by what you are doing? Think back in your life 5 years. Did you have hopes or plans for the future? How have you responded to the major events that have happened over the last five years (family growth, broken relationships, suffering, new responsibilities, changed income, etc.)? Who…

Connect With God, Connect With Others

Do you know anticipation? For some it’s the first Saturday of college football.  You wait anxiously all summer for the moment you gather your friends and family and embark on an autumn journey, experiencing the highs and lows of “your” team.  Others lay awake the night before hunting season opens, excited to see what this year’s adventure holds.  Maybe you anticipate the next time your kids will visit you, knowing you have not seen those grandkids in far too long! …

Let’s Take Our Next Steps Together

beginning this Sunday, September 9. For three weeks we will focus on Next Steps in worship services and Life Groups. We will strive to understand and embrace what church membership involves. Connect, Become, and Engage. Alsbury church membership helps us all to connect with God and one another, to become fully-devoted followers of Christ, and to engage our neighbors across the street or around the world with the gospel. The goal is to ensure that our entire church family is united in…

Passing Out Relief

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 One big, hot ride I rode one hundred miles Saturday in one of the largest cycling events in Texas. The ride in Wichita Falls attracted thirteen thousand riders. That’s a bunch of people! Volunteers staff rest stops along the course, providing snacks, fluids, and medical care if needed. Volunteers at one stop deep into the ride offered towels soaked in icy…