Posts by Scott Sharman (Page 2)

Posts by Scott Sharman (Page 2)

Darkest Before the Light

Don’t Look Beyond the Cross Don’t make the mistake of looking beyond the cross as we prepare for Easter Sunday.  Sunday will most certainly be a day of joyous celebration! We will unite our voices with those of a thousand generations in declaring, “He is not here; the tomb is empty!”  Our celebration, however, will focus more upon the cross than the empty tomb.  John Stott, in The Cross of Christ, wrote, “The resurrection cannot stand by itself. Since it…

Invite Them In

Inclusion [inˈklo͞oZHən] A NOUN: the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.We sincerely intend for an inclusive spirit to permeate every aspect of our ministry.  Alsbury is structured around a philosophy of inclusion. We strive to include any and all in every area of our life together.The easiest and least threatening point of connection with the Alsbury family is a Sunday morning worship service. People are able to maintain some measure of anonymity…

Recreation Becomes Outreach

The Collaboration 2019 has come to an end. Our European guests have returned to their homes in Germany and Serbia. An incredibly busy two weeks of collaborative ministry involving people from seven different countries is behind us. The goals and objectives for this year’s Collaboration were changed from those of previous years. Rather than random acts of service throughout the community we focused on taking various areas of our Alsbury ministry to a higher level. Each will continue in the months…

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…