A Different Set of Eyes

Pastor Craig Carter The Old Testament books of Joshua and Judges are a study in contrasts. Joshua describes the successful invasion and conquest of the Promised Land by the Israelites while Judges chronicles a sad time in the history of the nation of Israel.  Rather than obeying the Lord as they promised to do, God’s people turned from Him and rebelled against His commands. As a result, they suffered the consequences of their disobedience and were defeated by their enemies and fell into a state of despair and distress. But God didn’t give up on them so He raised up …

Samson

Pastor Terry Tatum For the last couple of weeks we have been reading through the book of Judges. Last week Craig taught us about Gideon, a man the world didn’t see as very valuable but God used him to do great things. The week before Mindy explained the cycle the Israelites were on at that time: disobedience, defeat and distress, and deliverance. We learned that God delivered His people from bad situations time and time again, but despite his deliverance they continued to do things their own way, thus repeating the cycle.  With both of those teachings in mind I …

Gideon

Pastor Craig Carter Having finished reading through the Old Testament Book of Joshua in our Summer Book Club, we are now turning our attention to the Book of Judges.  Our Adult Discipleship Director, Mindy Clemons, an Asbury Theological Seminary student, pointed out in a message last week that Judges chronicles a sad time in the history of the nation of Israel. Following their invasion and conquest of the Promised Land, God’s people turned from the Lord and rebelled against His commands. As a result, they suffered the consequences of their disobedience and ended up defeated by their enemies and in …

Breaking the Cycle

Mindy Clemons  Freedom. It’s a wonderful word. A powerful concept. Something we celebrate. Sometimes we say, “Freedom is not free.” What does that mean? Freedom is fought for, earned in battle, maintained at a cost. We celebrate freedom. We work together to keep freedom and live in peace. What is the opposite of freedom? Being trapped? Enslaved? Stuck? In prison? Have you ever known someone who was stuck? Trapped in a pattern of behavior? Maybe enslaved to a behavior that was destructive? Maybe it’s someone in your family, or a friend, or even you? Struggling to find freedom can be …

A Winning Battle Plan

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series — reading through the Old Testament books of Joshua and Judges — we have learned some important life lessons on courage, leadership, and faith from characters like Joshua and Caleb.  More than anything the book of Joshua reads like a history book as it describes the Israelites’ invasion and occupation of the Promised Land of Canaan. It chronicles three separate military campaigns that include thirteen battles through which 31 cities are conquered.  Of course, the most famous of those was the battle of Jericho. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who …

Caleb

Pastor Craig Carter Like many adults, I enjoy some good summer reading. I took a couple of books on a recent vacation, one of them being Greenlights, the autobiography by actor Matthew McConaughey. It was an interesting read as he is a fascinating character, to say the least.  Another fascinating biography is found in our Summer Book Club readings – Caleb. His story is told in Joshua chapters 14-15, but to understand what we’re told about Caleb there, we must first be familiar with the prequel which is contained in the Old Testament Book of Numbers, chapters 13-14.  The Israelites …

Of Faithfulness and Leadership

Pastor Chris Ackerman Last week in the introduction to our new sermon series Pastor Terry took us through the first five chapters in the book of Joshua. This week we’re focusing on chapters 6 through 10. Through these chapters we see some very dramatic victories. As we look at these passages today, I want us to come away understanding the connection between faithfulness and godly leadership. Let’s start by talking about the leadership skills of Joshua. Put yourself in Joshua’s shoes for just a moment and imagine that you show up to your staff meeting, a.k.a. prayer time with God, …

Be Strong and Courageous

Pastor Terry Tatum  This week at Lynn Haven UMC we’re starting a new sermon series where we will look at the books of Joshua and Judges. We are calling this series our Summer Book Club and to accompany the series we have a summer reading plan available if you’d like to read and study along with us — click here for more details! Today we’ll be looking at the first five books of Joshua. To make the book of Joshua come alive for you I want to first go back to the book that precedes Joshua in the Old Testament, …

The People-Pleasing Trap

Pastor Craig Carter This spring we have been attempting to answer life’s most important question, What on Earth Am I Here For? We have looked to God’s Word for the reasons the Lord created us in the first place and have discovered that we were made for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission (or evangelism). Pastor Rick Warren describes each of these activities in his bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life. In the final chapters, he identifies two “traps” Christians often fall into that prevent them from fulfilling their God-given reasons for being. Last week, we looked at the first …

The Comparison Trap

Pastor Craig Carter We just wrapped up our 40-day spiritual growth campaign based on Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life. In it, we tried to answer life’s most important question: What on Earth Am I Here For? As we seek to live a purpose driven life, we need to be aware of two barriers that may hold us back in our spiritual growth and development. Rick Warren describes them as “traps” Christians can easily fall into and he devotes the final two chapters of this book to them. These traps are envy and people-pleasing. Today we’ll look at …