Become

Become

Become a House of Prayer

Prayer may be the one thing we talk about most yet engage in the least.  A House of Prayer We read in both Old and New Testaments, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17).” This does not describe people who pray for all nations, but a place of prayer open to people of all nations. Would anyone describe Alsbury as a “house of prayer?” Would anyone conclude that prayer is a…

Reading My Bible With Expectation

3-Week Challenge Sunday we committed to time each day in the Word of God. Specifically, to read through the book of John, one chapter a day, over the balance of September.  In these three weeks we will create a habit of daily time in the Word. We will hear from God. We will experience transformation by God.  Monday Morning Monday morning I grabbed a cup of coffee, my Bible, my journal, a highlighter, and a pen. I read the first…

Fresh Vision and Bright Future

The Lord is preparing us for our greatest days of shared ministry. Our future is bright with promise. Thank you for joining me in praying daily for our church. Scott Sharman Preparing for a New Day I recently announced my intention to step down as Alsbury’s Senior Pastor in January 2023. I believe the time for new leadership and a fresh vision is approaching. My hope is that Alsbury’s second Senior Pastor will be identified before the end of 2020,…

EQUIP: LIVING AS GOD’S FAMILY

There’s a super-spiritual insinuation that I’ve heard here and there that goes like this: “The Pharisees and teachers of the law were the religious experts who knew their Bibles so well but opposed Jesus. I guess the fear is that too much Bible is dangerous for us—it could make us religious hypocrites.” But the Pharisees and lawyers weren’t the best Bible students around. Do you know who knew the Bible better? Jesus. He has always wanted his disciples to know…

FIND YOUR PLACE — PRESCHOOL, CHILDREN, YOUTH

So Many Reasons to Say No “I don’t have the patience to be around preschoolers!” “I’m not a teacher.  I could never come up with a bible lesson every week!” “I can’t relate to teenagers, I’m not trendy enough!” And there are many other thoughts as to why someone CAN’T be involved with Alsbury’s ministries to children (AKM), teens (ATM), or individuals with special needs (IDD). But there are more important questions to ask yourself that are a better indicator…

T.H.I.N.k.

Consider these clear directives from Scripture.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 If Paul were writing today he might very well pen, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths or through your…

No Time?

No time to spare “I don’t have time for that.” We’ve all said it. Our schedules are too full to make even one more commitment. We simply don’t have any more time to give! Each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal as anyone else. Seven days each week. Twenty-four hours each day. One thousand, four hundred and forty minutes each day. How I use that time reveals my priorities. I will do whatever I feel…

Truth That Transforms

Statements that can transform lives Trust facts over feelings. To be in God’s presence is a privilege that came at a great price. God will never love you more nor less than he already does in Christ. Many of us have learned to feel helpless (like an elephant raised on a chain), but in Christ we are NOT helpless. Noone can fight sin alone, in the dark. If God loves us and is in control, then nothing “bad” can happen…

You Are Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) reads, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The Bible definitively declares that, we, the followers of Jesus, are extraordinary people in the eyes of our Father.  We are individually chosen to form the Church collective.  We intercede with the Creator on behalf of the world.  We are set apart by…

“I have to be part of that!”

True Story One of my favorite stories from past Vacation Bible Spectaculars involves a dad that came to see what his kids were up to at Alsbury. He didn’t have much experience with “church folks,” so he wasn’t sure what to expect. After walking into our worship center decorated to look like a swamp, he was a bit perplexed. When everything got going: He saw kids leading other kids in worship with some catchy songs. He watched two grown men…

It Is Essential!

“I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain” Psalm 3:4 (NIV). Less Talking More Praying The Bible declares with significant repetition that God both hears and answers our prayers, yet prayer may be the one thing we talk about most and do least. Most, myself included, fall short of the directive to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).   We will never fulfill the mission Jesus gave us without an unwavering commitment to prayer.…

In all things, unity

Jesus said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20 NIV) In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for himself, asking that his upcoming death would glorify the Father. Next he prayed for his disciples, asking the Father to protect them from the evil one. Finally he prayed for you and me, that we…