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 …

Called to Be Sent

Pastor Terry Tatum There are only 4.6 billion people with Internet access around the world and yet the question, “why am I here?,” has been searched on the web more than 5 billion times. How is that? To me, that means a lot of people are asking the same question over and over. It’s the same question we’re looking at in our current sermon series, which is based on the book The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren.  Simply put, we are all here to serve God. You probably already knew that, right? In some way, shape or form, …

Called to Bless

Pastor Craig Carter In our current church-wide study, we have discovered that the Bible oftentimes speaks about God’s purposes for our lives in terms of “callings” He has placed on us. So far, we have observed that we are called to be loved by God and to love Him back through worship, we are called to belong to His family through fellowship, and we are then called to become like Christ through discipleship. Each of these callings builds upon the others. As we receive God’s love, we want to belong to a church family, and it is there that we …

Called to Become

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series and spiritual growth campaign, we are seeking to discover What on earth am I here for? We are using Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life, to find the answer to this important question and we’re learning that God put us on this planet for several specific reasons.  The Bible talks about God’s purposes for our lives in terms of divine “callings.” So far, we have observed that we are called to be loved by God and to love Him back through worship and we are called to belong to His …

Called to Belong

Pastor Craig Carter We are in a 40-day spiritual growth campaign based on Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life.  By listening to sermons, reading a chapter in the book each day, and joining with other believers in small groups to discuss the material, we are seeking to answer life’s most basic question, What on Earth Am I Here For? Note: It is not too late to get on board … grab a book and invite a friend! Learn more at mylhumc.net/purpose-driven. The Bible talks about the various reasons for our existence in terms of God’s calling on our …

Called to Be Loved

Pastor Terry Tatum Last week Pastor Craig introduced our new sermon series and church-wide study, What on Earth am I Here For?, based on the book The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. Through this study we are looking at what God has called us to be — our purpose. More details about this study are on our website: mylhumc.net/purpose-driven.  I have to confess that I got a little emotional when Craig mentioned to me that he wanted to do this study. You see, almost 18 years ago in the fall of 2003 our church went through this same …

Called for God’s Purpose

Pastor Craig Carter This week we’re introducing a new sermon series: What on Earth Am I Here For? It’s based on Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life.  As we learned last week on Easter, there’s more to life than simply being alive. And in order to enjoy the abundant and eternal life that is ours in Christ Jesus, we have to look to God since He is the One who created us in the first place, and He did so with some specific reasons in mind. For the next six weeks, we’re going to seek to find the …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: LIFE

Pastor Craig Carter  Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Not only is today Easter, it also marks the end of our current sermon series. Today we’re going to conclude our Sacred 4-Letter Words series by looking at a word that encompasses all others – LIFE.  It goes without saying that we must be alive to live as God’s people, but this sacred 4-letter word means a whole lot more than simply having a pulse.  Jesus once stated His divinely-appointed mission to our planet in this way: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the …