Posts by Scott Sharman (Page 2)

Posts by Scott Sharman (Page 2)

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…

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…