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pray passionately / give generously / go fearlessly

Fear Transforms to Power When I was first invited to go to Haiti, I almost didn’t go.  I was scared to death because I didn’t know what I’d do or better yet, what I’d say. But my biggest fear was having to share the Gospel! Yes, the very purpose of the trip is what made me fear it the most.  I was just an ordinary Sunday church goer living an everyday life. But what I didn’t fully understand was that…

“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…

His Victory Is Our Victory

Jesus died on Friday. Death died on Sunday.   Paul wrote, “‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Jesus is absolutely victorious over sin and death, but he gives us the same victory over this formidable duo! Sin is no longer our master. Death…

Invite Them In

Inclusion [inˈklo͞oZHən] A NOUN: the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.We sincerely intend for an inclusive spirit to permeate every aspect of our ministry.  Alsbury is structured around a philosophy of inclusion. We strive to include any and all in every area of our life together.The easiest and least threatening point of connection with the Alsbury family is a Sunday morning worship service. People are able to maintain some measure of anonymity…

SIMPLE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

The idea is simple but it is not always easy Inviting a friend to have a cup of coffee, see a movie, or join you for dinner can roll off the tongue without effort. But when you put church in the invitation…we revert back to that middle school kid asking their crush to the dance. Lots of nervous energy, shaky voice, fear of rejection…it would be easier to turn the other way and push down the prompting. For many of…

Finding purpose among Crazy games and corn dogs

Last week I was reminded of how beautiful (and loud) it can be when God’s people work together to share his love with others. Love God/Love Others At Kidz-n-Play, over 100 kids spent part of their Spring Break playing crazy games, singing and dancing in worship, eating kid-friendly lunches, and being loved on by Americans and Europeans. People of all stages of life came together to meet a real need for families and build relationships with kids who might never…

Your Story Is Powerful

There is power in your story. We connect with others through story; the remembering of our journey through life. Our experiences are where other people identify with us.  Your story is much more than simply where you were born or what you do for a living. Your story is about: Where God found you What God did in you How he is continuing that transformation today Story binds people together. We relate to others through shared experiences, mutual challenges, and…

More than the “Big smile” moment

Big smile moments Night to Shine is one of those nights when my worlds collide. Among the volunteers are faces I know from Alsbury, Burleson ISD, Holy Cross Christian Academy, Nazarene Christian Academy, Way FM, Burleson Police Department, Center for ASD, etc. People from all over our community come together at our church for one reason… to serve a group among us who are often forgotten, ignored, and dismissed. I see volunteers working hard with smiles on their faces because…

Our Teens are Under Attack

Do you remember what it was like being a teenager?  For most of us, there are good memories, but also plenty of awkward moments, challenges, and struggles navigating those formative years. As difficult as it was for you and me growing up, our teenagers today are under attack like never before.  This may seem a little extreme in an attempt to grab your attention, so let me share with you the current state of our teenage culture.   The Current State of Teenage Culture The Nuffield…

Embrace Your Own Personal Story

There was a story playing in my head when I wrecked our car last year Our youngest was up from Sunday afternoon nap, and all the kids wanted to eat something. I wanted to be a good dad by feeding all with something healthy before I rushed out the door. (A good friend shouldn’t be late for a buddy’s ordination, and I wanted to be a good friend.) I hadn’t left enough time to get there. In my hurry, I overlooked…

Make Room for the Outsider

Going from Unsure to Belonging A few weeks ago, a little girl tentatively walked into the LAB. She held onto her mom, unsure she wanted to let her leave. In an effort to help her feel more comfortable, I introduced her to an older girl named Mady. By the end of the hour, I overheard that same shy little girl ask Mady if they could be friends. The response was an enthusiastic “Sure!” It was that easy. They had spent…

Impact the World for the Cause of Christ!

What is a celebrity? Gisele Bündchen is the wife of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. The Brazilian supermodel and the NFL superstar have been married for nine years and have two children. Gisele was asked by her son what a “celebrity” is. Apparently he heard the word used in a description of his parents. Gisele answered, “A celebrity is just someone whose job is very visible. It doesn’t mean their job is more important.” What a healthy answer! Many…
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