Pursue Great People

Pastor Terry Tatum The past few weeks we have been in a sermon series entitled Becoming Great. That word “great” has always been intimidating to me. In fact, I’ve struggled with it for a long time. Great = above the normal average. How can I become great? What does that exactly look like? Have I not been doing things right my entire life? It can get scary. But today I want to tell you one way you can begin to become great, Pursue Great People. Proverbs 13:20 says: He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of …

Dream Great Dreams

Pastor Craig Carter We are currently in a sermon series on becoming great in God’s eyes. We are examining some activities that enable us as believers to bring glory to God and accomplish the work He has given us to do. Last week we discovered that great Christians think great thoughts. Today we’ll begin to explore how to turn those great thoughts into action. The next step in the process is to dream great dreams.   Some of us have crazy dreams involving prehistoric animals and purple skies, especially after we’ve eaten pizza! Those aren’t the kind of dreams I’m …

Think Great Thoughts

Pastor Craig Carter I’m happy to report that construction at our Fusion campus is now in full swing after a number of delays. Praise the Lord! Over the past several months we’ve had work stoppages for a variety of reasons. We’ve had to wait on plans to be drawn and permits to be granted, we’ve had materials backordered, and of course, some days workers simply didn’t show. But none of the interruptions has been as bizarre as what happened on a huge construction project about a decade ago. New Yankee Stadium in New York City was slated to open in …

Becoming Great

Pastor Craig Carter When my daughter Abby was little, you could predict her answer to just about any question. How was your day? “Good. How’s your lunch? “Good.” How was children’s church this morning? “Good.” Like it was for Abby back then, life for most of us is pretty good. And good is certainly all right. It’s why we relish having a good friend and enjoying a good day at the office. But, given a choice, we’d all agree that great is better than good. It’s why a good friend is nice, but having a great friend is even better. …

It’s Lived Out In Mission

Pastor Craig Carter Have you ever wondered why, after we accept Christ and are saved, God doesn’t just immediately transport us into heaven? After all, wouldn’t it make things a whole lot easier? We wouldn’t have to go through the trials and tribulations of living in this world. It would eliminate theological arguments between Baptists and Methodists about being “once saved always saved” or the proper method of baptism. But the reason God leaves us here is because there is something for us to do. Consider that, in the next world, there are two things we won’t do – sin …

It’s Focused on Relationships

Pastor Craig Carter It’s hard to believe, but the campaigning for the 2020 presidential election is in full swing. For the candidates trying to find “the it factor” among voters, they’d probably do well to steal a page from the playbook of one of the greatest campaigners of all time – former President Clinton. During the 1992 presidential campaign, George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton were virtually deadlocked in the polls. As Election Day drew closer, President Bush began to pull ahead. That’s when James Carville, one of Clinton’s top advisors, decided their campaign effort needed a new focus. After …

It’s All About God

Pastor Craig Carter Last week I introduced a new sermon series called “The It Factor.” The series is based on the premise that some churches and Christians have “it,” while others do not. But “it” is really a He, the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Of course, all believers receive the Spirit of God, but some seem to get more of “it” than others and their lives are characterized by passion for the Lord and anticipation of what He is going to do next. The Early Church provides a vivid example of what it looks like when “the …

The It Factor

Pastor Craig Carter There’s an old adage: “You either have it or you don’t!” What is “it”? You know…it! Some people have it and some people don’t! “It” is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. Example: The singer on “America’s Got Talent” who sounds like many others but she’s clearly different and Simon Cowell declares she has “the it factor.” Churches and Christians have “it” too, don’t they? Have you ever been to a church that doesn’t have “it”? It doesn’t take long to realize “it” is missing. They’re lifeless, devoid of purpose, superficial/artificial, and …

Psalm 77: A Power Ballad of the Ancient World

Pastor Rudy Olivo For the music leader. According to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm. I cry out loud to God—out loud to God so that he can hear me! During the day when I’m in trouble I look for my Lord. At night my hands are still outstretched and don’t grow numb; my whole being refuses to be comforted. I remember God and I moan. I complain, and my spirit grows tired. You’ve kept my eyelids from closing. I’m so upset I can’t even speak. I think about days long past; I remember years that seem an eternity in the …

What makes God laugh?

Pastor Craig Carter I don’t know how you view God, but according to Scripture, the Divine Being is not stoic or passionless. Instead, the Bible portrays the Lord in a personal manner as One who has thoughts, feelings and emotions. And apparently, at least according to the psalmist, He has a sense of humor. So what makes God laugh? Here are three things the Bible tells us: God laughs when… – We make our own plans – The forces of sin and evil think they are winning – The Enemy attacks His people First, let’s explore why God laughs when …