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.…

Invest in Prayer

World Investments vs. Kingdom Investments We have seen volatile ups-and-downs in the stock market. People lost as much as ten percent of their retirement savings in a singe day. Record setting declines followed by neck wrenching increases give new meaning to the old adage, “It’s a roller coaster ride.”  The volatility is due in part to a global fear over the coronavirus. Restricted travel and trade prompted massive selloffs in stock markets around the world. We all feel the impact…

What is Your Cost?

reasonable expectations In Luke 12 we find Jesus teaching on “reasonable expectations.” Using parables, his favorite teaching tool, Jesus described a master who entrusted a servant with resources and responsibility. The parable concludes with Jesus describing future punishment for “the servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants (Luke 12:47).” We are counted among those who Jesus has entrusted with resources and responsibility. We know what Jesus wants. A…

His mission is our mission

In Luke’s Gospel, chapter four, we read that Jesus began his public ministry with a reading from Isaiah. In the synagogue in Nazareth, surrounded by respected religious leaders of the community, Jesus read: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of…

Supremely And Selflessly

What is undeniable evidence of a genuine relationship with Jesus? How can we know that a person belongs to Christ?  Jesus said our love for one another is evidence that we belong to him. In His words… 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 John wrote that our obedience to…

Love is the motivation

There’s No Other Explanation Dick and Rick Hoyt are endurance athletes. To date they have completed at least seventy- two marathons and six Ironman Triathlons. Imagine the difficulty of running a marathon, or 26.2 miles. More difficult still is an Ironman Triathlon, which involves a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2 mile run; all back-to-back without breaks. To complete one such endurance event is pretty amazing. “Team Hoyt,” however, competes as very few other teams…

WELL DONE MY GOOD SERVANT

Well Done In Matthew and Luke, we find parables in which a master affirms his servants for faithful productivity. The parables present the scenario of servants entrusted by their master with various sums of money. The master expected the servants to manage the funds, generating a positive return on investment. Those who did, heard the master say, “Well done, my good servant.” Those who didn’t heard the words, “You wicked, lazy servant.” The words “Well done” are spoken in the…

What are you neglecting?

Woe to you The twenty-third chapter of Matthew records Jesus speaking judgment against the religious leaders of the day. Six times we find the words, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!” I find it easy to criticize the Pharisees. Their self-righteousness and hypocrisy are revealed in both attitude and action; all found upon the pages of the four Gospels. I find it far more difficult to identify my own self-righteousness and hypocrisy. What are we…

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…