Become

Become

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…

We Need a Remedy

Have you ever felt stuck? You have every intention of making some changes and putting your best foot forward, but in about two weeks, old habits and emotions begin to creep back in. You opt for the familiar instead of embracing the new. It’s like you are staying safe in the shallow end instead of taking the plunge into the deep unknown. Trading big adventures for a small life. This is where my brain has been the last couple of…

The Cause for Great Joy

When Joy is Difficult For many, Christmas is a time of joy and excitement. But for others, the Holidays are not eagerly anticipated. It can be a time when we are acutely aware of the absence of loved ones, dissention and strain in family relationships, fear of the unknown of future days, or the uncertainty of a medical diagnoses. As we face some of these difficult situations, Christmas can be anything but happy. It is during these hard times that we should be reminded…

The Peace Jesus Brings

My Peaceful Place It’s quiet. The sun is coming up over the rolling hills. I’m alone with a cup of coffee. All I hear is the gentle wind making music through the wind chimes. The pressures and concerns of the day haven’t kicked in yet. Surrounded by cedars with hills in every direction, I can just be. When I think of peace, my mind takes me to that screened-in porch on Rock-N-Horse Farms in Festus, Missouri. When you think of…

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…

What Happens When We Share Our Story

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight s in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. -Psalms 1:1-2 Psalm 1 begins the whole book to convince us of a truth that we put out of mind over and over: “God’s story has everything to do with what I am doing right now.” That’s…

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…

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…