Relationships 101: Spouse

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, Relationships 101, we’ve been learning how to love God, love others, and love ourselves in order to fulfill the Great Commandment given by Jesus.  In recent weeks we have explored Biblical principles to guide our relationships with God, friends, parents and children. This week, my wife Lee and I are writing together to share some insights about marriage relationships. We’ll go back and forth during this message, so just pretend like you are listening to us as you read. C: I have a hard time remembering where I was or what I …

Relationships 101: Children

Lee Carter In our current sermon series, Relationships 101, we have been looking at ways we can honor the words of Jesus when he summarized the commandments and said: “Love God, Love Others, and Love Yourself.”  I’m Lee Carter, wife of lead pastor Craig Carter, and it is my honor to be sharing today on the topic of relating to children. As Pastor Craig often reminds us, life is all about relationships. The primary relationship is our relationship with God through Christ Jesus. It is a relationship based on love and a relationship that empowers us to relate to ourselves …

Relationships 101: Parents

Craig Carter These days it seems like there is a holiday for just about everything and everyone. Just this past week we’ve had Teacher’s Day, Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), No Pants Day (hopefully you celebrated that occasion at home), Cinco de Mayo (or as my brothers-in-law of Mexican descent call it, “Drinko de Mayo”), and Mother’s Day.  Most holidays are for a select group of people but Mother’s Day is one that applies to everybody – we wouldn’t be here without a mom … and a dad.  There’s an old adage, “You can’t live with …

Relationships 101: Friends

Pastor Terry Tatum Last week Pastor Craig introduced our new sermon series Relationships 101, by talking with us about our relationship with God. There is no relationship more important than your relationship with God…You have to get that one right! And once you get that one right, you can start working on the other relationships we are going to discuss over the next few weeks.  Today’s topic is our relationship with our friends. And though the Bible is the authority on all relationships, and I’m going to share a bunch of Scriptures about how to be a good friend, this …

Relationships 101: God

Pastor Craig Carter Last week during our Easter services it was good to see a number of young people who have moved away from Bay County and were home for the weekend to celebrate Easter with their families.  I talked to a few of them and most told me they’d be returning to their classes for just a few weeks, with finals on the horizon. Just hearing that word, “finals,” caused a knot to form in the pit of my stomach.  Even though it’s been more than four decades since I graduated college, I still remember the feeling of being …

Don't You Remember?

Don’t You Remember?

Pastor Craig Carter Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! I’ve now been in Lynn Haven for nine years and when I arrived I knew virtually no one. I had known your former pastor, Doug Pennington, for years, but he was leaving town as soon as I arrived … which makes sense, because his departure was the reason for my arrival. ☺ So being new in town, I was happy when I realized that my wife Lee and I would be greeted by a couple of familiar faces, Randy and Sheri Chow.  Randy and I first met when we were …

Crucifying Fear (of Others)

Pastor Craig Carter I am thankful that I have accumulated very few regrets during my lifetime, but if it was possible to relive a particular moment, there is one incident that I wish had never happened.  It occurred many years ago when I was a member of our high school wrestling team. Feel free to take a moment to snicker as you try to imagine me as a big, bad wrestler, which of course, I wasn’t! Instead, I was small and wiry – like Barney Fife. Anyway, it was an away match and we were competing at a school about …

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 …

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, …