Crucifying Distractions

Pastor Terry Tatum Our current sermon series, “Crucified with Christ,” was designed to take us through the season of Lent (season of repentance) and prepare us for the remembrance of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. In this series we have discussed crucifying unbelief, pride and excuses. Today we will look at the need to crucify distractions that keep us from living an abundant life with Christ.   There are a lot of things in this world that distract us. I wish I could say that things get better as we get older, but that’s not true for me. …

Crucifying Pride

Pastor Terry Tatum For centuries during the Lenten season Christians have fasted from different things to help better prepare themselves to remember the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday. My way of explaining this is that if there is anything in your life that is keeping you from a full relationship with Christ, this is the season to make that right or get rid of it all together.   As a family of believers we started a journey two weeks ago that will last the six Sundays of Lent. During our Crucified with Christ sermon series, we are looking at different …

How to Get Right with God

Pastor Terry Tatum There are not many things I’ll claim to be an “expert” on. I’m just an ordinary guy, after all.  But one thing I’m great at, dare I say “an expert on,” is getting right with God. I have had to get right with God just about every day of my life since becoming a Christian. And through the years I have gotten really good at asking for forgiveness for all the dumb things I have done and continue to do! I boldly make the claim that I’m probably better at doing this than anyone I know. 🙂    …

How to Ask in Prayer

Pastor Terry Tatum Over the past few weeks we have been in a sermon series titled How to Pray. Pastor Craig has helped us learn ways to pause in prayer and rejoice in prayer. Today we are going to discuss How to Ask in Prayer.  I need to confess up front that I struggle with prayer. It’s not that I have a problem with praying itself or that I have trouble talking with God. The issue is that I struggle with asking God for things.  I don’t want to be that pesky kid who keeps saying “I want this” or …

What is the Gospel?

Pastor Terry Tatum Did you know that this year Americans spent somewhere between 8.5 to 10.5 percent more on Christmas gifts than they did in 2020? It was roughly $859 billion on holiday purchases, to be exact.   I don’t know about you, but I have to think this isn’t what God planned for us to be doing when he sent His one and only Son to be born in a manger 2,000 years ago. The Christmas season is about praising God for sending us His son, not for us to praise Amazon for all the great Christmas deals.  I feel …

The Angels Song – Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Pastor Terry Tatum This Advent we are looking at the Songs of Christmas as shared in Luke’s account of the birth of Christ. Four different sections in Luke are the inspiration for four classic Christmas songs that we have all heard many times. The songs are traditionally known by their latin names, but they also can be referred to as Mary’s Song, Zechariah’s Song, The Angels’ Song, and Simeon’s Song.   Near Easter each year I often get the chance to tell the story of the last week of Jesus’ life. From Jesus riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the …

Big Words: Ecclesiology

Pastor Terry Tatum This post is a continuation of our “Big Words” series, in which we are digging deep into the meaning of some of the big words that comprise the language of our faith.  Usually, I have a funny story about how Pastor Craig assigned me the least fun topic in the series, but not his time. He left me with an essential teaching in the church, a “Big Word” that I’ll bet many of you have never heard and if you have heard it, you probably have never heard it explained before. Today’s “Big Word” is Ecclesiology, which …

Big Words: Salvation

Pastor Terry Tatum We are in a series titled Big Words, where we hope to explain some of the difficult concepts that we often speak of in the church world, but not everyone understands.  Two weeks ago Pastor Craig taught us about Prevenient Grace (the grace that precedes salvation), which led us to last week’s message on Conversion (where we go from who we are to who God has called us to be).  We covered the fact that conversion has two sides: Human and Divine. God’s part of the process is achieved by His grace alone while our part is …

Big Words: Conversion

Pastor Terry Tatum Last week, Craig taught us about Prevenient Grace. I have heard it said before that “Prevenient grace is the first light of the soul,” and if accepted, it leads us to the brink of saving grace.  Have you ever heard the term saving grace before? How about salvation, justification, or being saved? Over the next few weeks we’ll discuss all of these terms but for today’s purposes let’s just say that’s where we will end up once we begin to accept and live into prevenient grace.  To be clear, you must understand that there is one God …

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 …