Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

Authenticity vs. Tradition

There was this one time in Africa… I joined three other Burleson area pastors for my first trip to Africa. Together we led a leadership seminar for pastors and workers in western Tanzania. Our first session opened with Scripture reading and songs of worship. The songs, though sung in a language I did not know, were easily recognized as hymns of the church. The congregation, made up of both men and women, stood stoically and sang “How Firm a Foundation,”…

Put Down Your Cymbals and Pick Up Love

Jesus said, 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)   Jesus also said, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. (John 14:23-24) People will say, “It’s hard to love unlovable people!” That is precisely why Jesus issued the…

Your Story Is Powerful

There is power in your story. We connect with others through story; the remembering of our journey through life. Our experiences are where other people identify with us.  Your story is much more than simply where you were born or what you do for a living. Your story is about: Where God found you What God did in you How he is continuing that transformation today Story binds people together. We relate to others through shared experiences, mutual challenges, and…

Don’t Settle

People “LIKE US” We connect easiest with those who have similar interests, are experiencing similar life events, and who share similar perspectives on more controversial subjects. I have learned when someone says they are not able to connect with others at church they typically mean there are not enough people “just like them” within the congregation. They are actually saying, “I want people my age, who look, think, and vote like I do, who raise their children as I do,…

Lead By Serving

Alsbury has four standing committees tasked with leading our church through 2019. Each is instrumental to the overall effectiveness of our church. Committee members serve the church by fulfilling assigned tasks. A quartet of Committees Our Budget and Finance Committee develops an annual budget, distributes funds as approved by the church, and protects the church from fiscal difficulty.  Our Personnel Committee supervises our ministerial staff and makes recommendations to the Budget and Finance Committee regarding compensation.  Our Missions Committee guides…

Where Is Your Hope?

Our theme this week, the first week of the Advent season, is hope. Hope is defined as a “sense of expectancy and the desire for something to happen.” What is your hope this Christmas season? Paul wrote the Christians in Rome (Romans 5:3-5), We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the…

5 Tips to Daily Reading Your Bible

New Year/New Habit Every habit develops through a combination of discipline and time. We decide to do something. We do that something regularly for several days in a row. Consequently, a new habit develops. Sunday I asked you to commit to time in the Bible every day through the end of the year. Together we are developing a wonderful habit.  Here are 5 tips that will help us fulfill the challenge.  Make it a priority. Whether it is the first…

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;…

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…

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…