Become

Become

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…

The Underlying Influence to Prayer

Want a more dynamic prayer life… do you have a healthy, Biblical perspective of faith? Have you ever thought about what influences your prayers?  What motivates you to pray? What is your confidence level in your prayers being effective?  I think we all would agree that prayer is important… but what is the underlying factors that impact your prayer life? Your Perception of Faith One of the biggest influences on your prayer life is your understanding of FAITH.  How you…

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…
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