Become

Become

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…

Why Don’t We Pray?

The War We are in Foreign ambassadors get special treatment, called “diplomatic immunity.” They don’t go to prison—unless their home country is at war with their host country. Paul served as an “ambassador in chains” because his host nation (the world in rebellion against God) was at war with Jesus, his King. You and I were born into this war. King Jesus has granted clemency to us who have switched our loyalty from personal independence to our Lord, Jesus. We become…

The Devil Made Me Do It!

The devil made me do it! This is the oldest excuse in history, going way back to when Eve blamed the devil for her own bad choice. Satan’s influence certainly can be blamed for much of the evil in this world, but we, as believers, don’t have to use that excuse. We are equipped and empowered with the armor of God, and when we train ourselves to use it properly, we can stand against anything the devil throws our way.…

Put On Your Shoes!

Have you ever heard news so good that you could not contain yourself?  This is news so great that it immediately elicits a response of jubilance, dancing, elation, exclamation.  I watched my daughter receive that kind of news this week. the mind of a first grader In the mind of a first grader there is no better day of school than a field trip.  Something about the bus ride, sack lunches, uniformed t-shirts, stressed parents and eagle-eyed teachers makes a…

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Back in the day, I was a catcher for my high school baseball team. During batting practice, one of my jobs was warming up the pitcher. There was no batter, so I often caught without my mask. One day, I learned how bad an idea that was. One of my teammates was being tried out as a pitcher for the first time. He threw a couple of pitches in the strike zone, then bounced one in front of the plate.…

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…

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…

Pray God’s Will

Distracted by Life William D. Barney once wrote, “At times, reading a book, I discover that I’m doing no such things, but have drifted off the margin.” This can be true in our prayers, too. How often have we sat down to pray and suddenly realized that we have wondered off the page? Suddenly our to do list is flashing through our minds as we passively bow our heads in idle thought, instead of reverently bowing to the Creator of…

Reflection Results in Adjusting

If you’ve attended Alsbury Baptist for long, then I’m sure you’ve heard Pastor Scott say, “We should engage in ongoing theological (or spiritual) reflection.” This sounds like a high-level skill that few of us might have picked up in an elective course at the local liberal arts college. Maybe the term has sat, unexplained and unused, in the mental bucket with “hermeneutics” and “philosophy.” You might not talk about it, but you do it by instinct all the time. I…

It’s Essential!

  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 Types of GRowth Physical growth requires time. Intellectual growth demands personal study Spiritual growth, however, only occurs through obedience to the Lord’s directives. Spiritual Growth Scripture is the primary means of communication between God and his people. Through the Bible God reveals what he desires from, and…

Run in Such a Way…

Did you even notice your phone change to the new year by itself? When our lives are completely digital, nothing forces us to think about time that has forever passed into the past. Even the IRS allows some flexibility after the start of a new calendar year. If we were to start a new calendar or a new journal, blank space would hint that this is a fresh start. Like untouched snow that fell while you weren’t looking, 2018 can…
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