Become

Become

The journey of forgiveness

The difference between refusing to forgive and struggling with forgiveness is huge. refusal vs. struggle The first, refusing to forgive, is open rebellion against our Lord. Jesus commands us to forgive. Jesus expects us to forgive freely, completely, and consistently. Our model for forgiveness is Jesus himself. We are to “forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13).”The second, struggling with forgiveness, is simply part of the human experience. To grant forgiveness to those who have hurt us is not…

Does ANYTHING exceed your love for Jesus

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37 Nobody has ever loved us as Jesus loves us. Nobody.On the cross Jesus demonstrated just how much he loves us. He suffered and died as a living testimony to his love which is like no other. Response to His Challenge I received a message Sunday in response to…

Big MOVEMENTS start with Big prayers

What can you do We each have the opportunity to play a primary role in what will prove to be our most significant season of ministry. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to join others within our Alsbury family in fervent prayer, asking God to work in and through us in unprecedented fashion. Would you pray for a mighty move of God, beginning in each of us and sweeping across our city, county, state, and nation? Would…

The Great Gift of Love

I love the Christmas season. I love the Dallas Mavericks. I love my wife. (and my kids too) I love triple chocolate fudge ice cream. I love … We love lots of things and use the word quiet liberally in reference to our fondness of many different items. Of course, we don’t love ice cream with the same depth and earnest that we love our family. But we use the word so often and in reference to so many different things, that…

Finding joy in​ life’s rollercoaster

Life’s Rollercoaster I used to absolutely LOVE rollercoasters. My friends and I would go to Six Flags and ride the rollercoasters over and over again. If there wasn’t a line, we’d ask to just stay in our seats to ride back to back until we were forced to leave the ride. I loved that feeling of anticipation as we reached the top of the first incline, waiting for my stomach to feel like it was going to go right up…

The Gospel Told Through Lights

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 It is a long standing tradition in the DeWald household to hang Christmas lights this time of year.  I remember the first few times my father showed me how to replace fuses, attach gutter hooks and spiral wrap a tree trunk.  My heart warms as I pass…

DISCOURAGEMENT tUrns to hope

God can turn Discouragement to Hope The last several months have been difficult. I have not responded well to many of the challenges encountered. I have grown discouraged and frustrated and have struggled both emotionally and spiritually. Last Sunday was the first of four Sundays of Advent. Our focus was how the birth of Jesus brought hope into the world. In preparation I reflected over Romans 5:2 which reads, “We boast in the hope of the glory of God.” Paul,…

David vs Goliath

We love an underdog We love a David and Goliath story, don’t we? We find this theme in the movies we watch — Luke Skywalker goes from farm boy to Jedi while opposing Darth Vador and the Dark Side. And who doesn’t get amped when they hear the Rocky theme song? It also becomes the narrative in the sports we watch — Any time a football team other than the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, we say “that…

One another…elementary things

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus . . .” Philippians 2:5 Scripture directs us to love one another, forgive one another, pray for one another, and serve one another. Each is foundational to a healthy community of Christ followers. We need only ask what priority Jesus would set when determining our response to any aspect of this life we share with others. Jesus would love, forgive, pray for, and serve others. Regardless of…

IT TAKES PRACTICE AND CONSISTENCY

How do you feel when the topic of your prayer habit comes up? If you are like many of us, you feel some guilt. Maybe you believe that you don’t pray enough. Maybe you believe that you should enjoy praying, but to you it feels more like work. Maybe you feel bad that your praying focuses more on your personal circumstances than on bigger problems and opportunities in the world.  Praying is hard, especially when we try to pray outside our…

Forgiveness Is Freedom!

It’s Story Time One day, Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times do I have to forgive someone who offends me? Surely seven times would be enough.” Jesus answered, “not seven times but seventy times seven.”  He, then, told a story of a servant who had borrowed money from his master. When it was time to settle debts, the servant could not pay what he owed. The master ordered the servant and his family to be sold as…

Is this genuine love?

“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast and is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, easily angered, or keeps record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 We have all asked the question, “Is this genuine love?” The Bible answers the question! We must remember that love is seen more than felt. Genuine…