Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…