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.…

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…

Forgiveness Is Freedom!

It’s Story Time One day, Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times do I have to forgive someone who offends me? Surely seven times would be enough.” Jesus answered, “not seven times but seventy times seven.”  He, then, told a story of a servant who had borrowed money from his master. When it was time to settle debts, the servant could not pay what he owed. The master ordered the servant and his family to be sold as…

Is this genuine love?

“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast and is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, easily angered, or keeps record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 We have all asked the question, “Is this genuine love?” The Bible answers the question! We must remember that love is seen more than felt. Genuine…

A Giving Church…A Generous Church

Preparation for our 2020 budget is underway. It may only be October but it takes time to coordinate the budget needs of the various areas of our ministry.  This is always a challenging process. This year, however, is significantly more difficult. Our giving has not met our budget for several months. We are not by any means in a financial emergency. We have ample reserves to cover the shortfall.  What This is Not! This is not an appeal for additional…

Move past merley listening

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” twin command This direct and unambiguous directive was delivered by James, the half-brother of Jesus. There are twin commands to obey. First, stated negatively, we must not simply “listen to the word.” Second, expressed in the positive, we must “do what it says.” Do you live in obedience to Scripture? Do you strive to obey the instruction and directives of the Bible? It is possible…

Expecting God to Work

“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4 A Hunger For God What do we hunger for in our daily lives? Do we find fulfillment by carving out time for our relationship with the Lord, or do we crave things that leave us empty and dissatisfied? God makes it clear throughout the Bible that He uses and responds to those who humbly seek Him and…

Become a House of Prayer

Prayer may be the one thing we talk about most yet engage in the least.  A House of Prayer We read in both Old and New Testaments, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17).” This does not describe people who pray for all nations, but a place of prayer open to people of all nations. Would anyone describe Alsbury as a “house of prayer?” Would anyone conclude that prayer is a…

Reading My Bible With Expectation

3-Week Challenge Sunday we committed to time each day in the Word of God. Specifically, to read through the book of John, one chapter a day, over the balance of September.  In these three weeks we will create a habit of daily time in the Word. We will hear from God. We will experience transformation by God.  Monday Morning Monday morning I grabbed a cup of coffee, my Bible, my journal, a highlighter, and a pen. I read the first…

Fresh Vision and Bright Future

The Lord is preparing us for our greatest days of shared ministry. Our future is bright with promise. Thank you for joining me in praying daily for our church. Scott Sharman Preparing for a New Day I recently announced my intention to step down as Alsbury’s Senior Pastor in January 2023. I believe the time for new leadership and a fresh vision is approaching. My hope is that Alsbury’s second Senior Pastor will be identified before the end of 2020,…

EQUIP: LIVING AS GOD’S FAMILY

There’s a super-spiritual insinuation that I’ve heard here and there that goes like this: “The Pharisees and teachers of the law were the religious experts who knew their Bibles so well but opposed Jesus. I guess the fear is that too much Bible is dangerous for us—it could make us religious hypocrites.” But the Pharisees and lawyers weren’t the best Bible students around. Do you know who knew the Bible better? Jesus. He has always wanted his disciples to know…