Become

Become

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…

Why Are You Here?

Blessed.  Humbled.  Excited.  Refreshed. These are some of the words that were expressed to me this past weekend as we gathered together to worship.  We tried something different to intentionally ask the question “Why are you here?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why do I attend worship on Sunday mornings at Alsbury? What expectations do I bring? Am I anticipating God’s movement as we gather as the Church? My prayer this past weekend was that we would connect…

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…

Who Are You Becoming?

What’s your favorite one-liner? I enjoy using puns that make my kids groan. On the other hand, a few one-liners have illuminated my hazy thoughts and emotions recently. Who are you becoming by what you are doing? Think back in your life 5 years. Did you have hopes or plans for the future? How have you responded to the major events that have happened over the last five years (family growth, broken relationships, suffering, new responsibilities, changed income, etc.)? Who…

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,…

The Journey to Becoming a Leader

By Montana O’Banion Ephesians 4:11-16 calls Christians to teach and equip students to build up his kingdom while speaking truth in love. The Alsbury youth ministry has always exemplified this for me. Planting a Seed and Watching It Grow Coming into the youth around the 7th grade, Brian Jennings broke down all the stereotypes I had about Christianity and planted a seed in my heart for a relationship with Christ. This seed continued to grow and during a STORM weekend…

“LAB Was So Fun Today”

by Ashley Gutkowski Meaningful for the Whole Family We began attending Alsbury Baptist Church when our oldest child, Ava, was only 2 years old. She has literally grown up in the children’s program. From the first day we dropped her off in the nursery to today, as we drop her off in Lab, we have been incredibly blessed by those serving in the children’s ministry. Our 5 year old son, Landon, loves the Bible story and worship time led by…

A God Worthy of Our Devotion

When it all Began… One Wednesday night in March of 1999, there was a 16 year old boy strapping on a guitar and walking toward a microphone.  This night was the culmination of weeks of practice and preparation, weeks of affirmation from a church body and years of mentoring and training from family members.  This would be the first ever opportunity for a this young man to lead his home church in worship.  Stepping up to the microphone, ready his…

The Power of Saying Yes

A Brief History When the United States was establishing itself as an up and coming country, war was declared on Great Britain in June 1812. The state of Tennessee played a vital role in the success of this war. More specifically the volunteers. In 1813, Governor Willis Blount issued a call for 3500 volunteers and Tennesseans enthusiastically responded. This act began a tradition and set them on a course that impacted history. In the Mexican-American War, President Polk called on…

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…