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How Do We Respond?

Few can recall a more tense season than the one we are living right now.  The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are described with the adjectives, disturbing, heartbreaking, senseless, and indefensible. No matter the crimes they were suspected of – or past crimes they may have committed – the events leading up to their deaths were shocking and unjustified. In this, we all agree. How to respond to differing opinions regarding how best to voice our grief and…

A Time for Celebration

Last Sunday was exciting… Over one hundred people gathered last Sunday for our on-site, in-person worship service. Many more joined through Facebook Live and the Alsbury Church YouTube channel.  Based upon engagement by those worshipping in person it was clear people were excited about returning. It was a special experience and the number in attendance will only grow. Based upon the number who engaged through our virtual platforms it was clear many people continue to have serious reservations about in-person…

What is Your Cost?

reasonable expectations In Luke 12 we find Jesus teaching on “reasonable expectations.” Using parables, his favorite teaching tool, Jesus described a master who entrusted a servant with resources and responsibility. The parable concludes with Jesus describing future punishment for “the servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants (Luke 12:47).” We are counted among those who Jesus has entrusted with resources and responsibility. We know what Jesus wants. A…

It’s Time to Shine

It Truly is a Night to Shine We are so excited to be an official host church for this year’s Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the…

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…

FINDING YOUR PLACE — OUTREACH

Represent When Reaching Out When we extend our hand to help others, we are being the physical and tangible representation of Jesus. We are faced with opportunities almost daily. It is our choice to step into the situations and bring relief while making His name famous. Jesus said when we do, we have a special place in the Father’s heart. He goes on to say, when you do for them you do for Me. “For when you saw me hungry,…

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…