Family Album: Abraham and Isaac

Pastor Craig Carter Since the first of the year, we’ve been reading through the Book of Genesis as a congregation. Then each Sunday, we’re exploring characters we meet in the first book of the Bible. Last week we learned some valuable lessons from an unlikely source – Hagar, an Egyptian servant. She showed us what to do when life doesn’t make sense, a condition with which most of us can relate. Many things that happen, whether of our own doing or because of someone else’s choices, simply don’t make much sense. But, as I pointed out in that message, oftentimes …

Family Album: Hagar

Pastor Craig Carter In life, it’s just a fact that a lot of things just don’t make sense. Here are a few examples: Why is a round pizza cut into triangular pieces then placed in a square box? Why is the person who handles and invests all of your money called a broker? Why do slim chance and fat chance mean the same thing? Those sort of things may leave us perplexed, but there are times when life really doesn’t make sense and serious matters are involved, such as… You’ve worked hard and spent lots of time and money to …

Family Album: Sarah

Pastor Terry Tatum Over the last few weeks we have been looking at characters from the Book of Genesis in our sermon series called Family Album. We have talked about God, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, and today we will turn our attention to Abraham’s wife, Sarah. There’s a saying that goes like this, “behind every great man is a great woman.” As we learned last week, Abraham was definitely a great man. At one point God even tells Abraham that, “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” And Scripture makes it clear that Abraham’s wife Sarah was …

Family Album: Abraham

Pastor Craig Carter “Father Abraham had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham. And I am one of them and so are you, so let’s just praise the Lord…” So begins a popular kids’ song that, at best, seems nonsensical and, at worst, can drive a person crazy as it can go on forever. But, on closer examination, we discover that according to the Bible this song is absolutely correct. The Old Testament character, Abraham, was the biological father of Isaac and patriarch of the nation of Israel. And according to the Apostle Paul, he is also the spiritual …

Family Album: Noah

Pastor Terry Tatum Two weeks ago we launched our new sermon series titled “Family Album.” In conversations with our lead pastor, Craig, I have several times referred to the series as “God’s Family Album” and Craig has corrected me and said, “No, it’s Family Album.” To which I have replied, “Well, can we pick any family member? ‘Cause I have a few humdingers in my family that I could talk about for hours.” But Craig kept me in line and suggested that we’d better just stick to the characters in Genesis. So here we are, week three of our series. …

Family Album: Adam and Eve

Pastor Craig Carter Among all the things the Lord made, one particular group is uniquely related to Him – human beings. That’s because they are created in His image and made to be like Him. Let’s explore the first members of the human race – Adam and Eve. The name, Adam, means “human” and Eve means “source of life.” Some folks see them as literary representatives of the human race rather than literal individuals. I opt for the fact they were actual persons for two reasons. First, there had to be two folks that got this whole human thing going. …

Family Album: God

Pastor Craig Carter It’s been a year since my mom died and we’re still trying to decide what to do with all of her stuff. We’ve got boxes piled along one wall of our garage and one-by-one we’ve tried to sort through their contents. If you’ve ever done something similar you know it’s a long, arduous process. And it’s very easy to get sidetracked when you find interesting or unusual items. That’s especially true when you come across photographs. Perhaps the most fascinating book among my mom’s collection is an album of relatives. My sister and I cannot even identify …

Develop Great Habits

Pastor Craig Carter How many of you have made a resolution to get in better physical condition this year? How many of you have already broken that resolution? How many of you have given up on the idea long ago and resigned yourself to being flabby and out of shape? I must confess I probably haven’t been in this poor of physical shape since I was about six months old – when I could barely crawl…and I’m not far away from that now! It’s not that I don’t believe it’s beneficial and it’s not that I don’t desire to be. …

The Wonder of a Manger

Pastor Craig Carter Several weeks ago my wife, Lee, asked, “Where should I put Jesus?” That may seem like an odd question so let me provide a little context. We were putting out the Christmas decorations (or should I say, she was putting out the Christmas decorations). One of our cherished items is a figurine of the Christ-child. Lee’s mom had one that she placed beneath her tree each year. We searched for a similar one for years, but to no avail. Finally, we found one during our trip to the Middle East two years ago, in a Bethlehem shop …

The Wonder of the Angels

Pastor Craig Carter During this Advent season we’re exploring “The Wonder of Christmas.” A wonder is defined as “a sense of awe, admiration, or amazement.” The greatest wonder of Christmas is that it demonstrates the amazing love of God. Because of Christ’s birth, we no longer have to question God’s love for us. It was demonstrated in a tangible way when God’s Son, Jesus came and lived among us. Most of the elements of the Nativity story are fairly ordinary and don’t evoke a great deal of wonder or amazement at first appearance. Last week when we studied “the wonder …