Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

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…

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,…

T.H.I.N.k.

Consider these clear directives from Scripture.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 If Paul were writing today he might very well pen, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths or through your…

No Time?

No time to spare “I don’t have time for that.” We’ve all said it. Our schedules are too full to make even one more commitment. We simply don’t have any more time to give! Each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal as anyone else. Seven days each week. Twenty-four hours each day. One thousand, four hundred and forty minutes each day. How I use that time reveals my priorities. I will do whatever I feel…

More Than a Sign

What’s in a Sign? Our church sign has been dark for several months and can’t be repaired. We thoroughly investigated our options and all of them are expensive. The cost to replace is well over $20,000.  A sign, of course, is not essential to our ministry. Churches ministered effectively for centuries before the technology was developed. I doubt very few people have met Christ personally because of the message displayed upon a church sign. We have one, though, and a…

You Are Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) reads, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The Bible definitively declares that, we, the followers of Jesus, are extraordinary people in the eyes of our Father.  We are individually chosen to form the Church collective.  We intercede with the Creator on behalf of the world.  We are set apart by…

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.…

In all things, unity

Jesus said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20 NIV) In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for himself, asking that his upcoming death would glorify the Father. Next he prayed for his disciples, asking the Father to protect them from the evil one. Finally he prayed for you and me, that we…