Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

Let’s Take Our Next Steps Together

beginning this Sunday, September 9. For three weeks we will focus on Next Steps in worship services and Life Groups. We will strive to understand and embrace what church membership involves. Connect, Become, and Engage. Alsbury church membership helps us all to connect with God and one another, to become fully-devoted followers of Christ, and to engage our neighbors across the street or around the world with the gospel. The goal is to ensure that our entire church family is united in…

Passing Out Relief

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 One big, hot ride I rode one hundred miles Saturday in one of the largest cycling events in Texas. The ride in Wichita Falls attracted thirteen thousand riders. That’s a bunch of people! Volunteers staff rest stops along the course, providing snacks, fluids, and medical care if needed. Volunteers at one stop deep into the ride offered towels soaked in icy…

#Buildup

Did you accept Sunday’s challenge to speak, text, or tweet only those thoughts and opinions that encourage, edify, and build up others? Did you commit to refrain from posts, emails, and conversations that discourage, belittle, or tear down others? Read these words Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.  Proverbs 15:4 Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.  Proverbs 16:24 Words Have Power Our words, both spoken and written,…

My Prayer This Week

Personal Worries Monday during VBS our children wrote a short note about personal worries. Our leaders asked them to, “Cast all your anxiety on Jesus because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Some of the children’s responses were reasonable. “Snakes,” for instance. Or, “Braces.” One wrote, “Bugs buzzing around.” Others were amusing. “Zombies” was one child’s personal concern. Some were shared concerns. More than one wrote, “Passing the STAAR test.” Several wrote, “Making friends.” Others were disheartening. “My grandma’s…

Make It Personal

Our Vacation Bible Spectacular (VBS) begins this Sunday evening. VBS is one of a half-dozen events given absolute top priority in our church. For five days everything else is pushed to a back burner. Said another way, VBS is the one thing we do this coming week, and by doing so move a few steps forward in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Hundreds of Children will Need Hundreds of Adults Each year we host hundreds of children from throughout the…

What Is Your One Thing!

What is the purpose behind everything we do as a church family? Fulfillment of the “Great Commission!” Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”…

Being Shaped and Molded

Prayer Isn’t Prayer isn’t about seeking what we want unless what we want is to be shaped into the image of Christ himself. Prayer isn’t a secret weapon for eliminating problems or escaping life’s challenges. Prayer is active engagement in spiritual transformation. Prayer Is James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Paul wrote, “We glory in our sufferings, because…

We Need an Expanded Vision

It was Christmas. I was thirteen. I asked my parents for a rock. Not just any rock, mind you, but a crystal geode on an oak display base. I showed them the photo from a rock collecting catalog. I made sure they knew exactly what I wanted. I was fascinated by rocks and fossils. Along with my closest friend, Tom Lehman, I spent many, many hours digging for both in the Manzano Mountains east of Albuquerque. As Christmas approached I…

Take a Stand

Ephesians 6:10-19 issues a strong challenge for followers of Christ to properly prepare for the inevitable spiritual warfare approaching. Are you prepared? Paul, writing under the ever-present supervision of Roman soldiers, used the various elements of a soldier’ attire to illustrate how we best prepare for battle. The individual who fails to prepare for battle faces certain defeat at that enemy’s hand. This Sunday, April 8, we will begin with the somber warning that our enemy is determined, relentless, and…

It’s Friday, But Sunday Is Coming

Why is this Friday called, “Good Friday?” Because it was the day Jesus died. One could ask, “How is an innocent man’s death through arguably the most sadistic means ever devised by man a ‘good’ thing?” Because that Friday afternoon made salvation possible and reconciliation with our creator a reality. The death of Jesus restores hope for the hopeless and joy to the grieving. The blood that flowed down Calvary’s Tree brings forgiveness to sinners like you and me. Yes, indeed, it was…

Moving Forward, Together

Our Number one job We are commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations. Our primary task, or job number one, is to take the gospel into the entire world. What a daunting task! When we consider our assignment to reach the world we obviously feel overwhelmed. How could we possibly fulfill this monumental taskl? I think of the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We reach people locally through the many…

Excellence for God’s Glory

“Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23 An Example When I consider all that Alsbury does with excellence, Night to Shine undoubtedly tops the list. Again this year, Night to Shine was a spectacular success. As a testament to that, both the number of honored guests attending and the number of volunteers serving them far eclipsed any previous year’s totals. The Lord…
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