Pastor Craig: One-Liners I Live By (Part 3)

RELATIONSHIPS WITH SPOUSE As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way…Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. (Ephesians 5:31-33 NLT, MSG) You’ll notice Paul suggests the marriage relationship teaches us something about the relationship between Christ and His Church. The one-liners here apply not just to …

Pastor Craig: One-Liners I Live By (Part 2)

In my previous post I shared some of the “Family One Liners” my wife Lee and I have developed to help us relate to our children. In this post, I’ve summed up what we’ve learned about relating to our parents. I was fortunate to have two loving, involved parents. My wife Lee didn’t have that same set of circumstances. Our combined perspectives and the guidance of God’s Word led us to these one-liners for relating to parents (no matter your age!). RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS Interestingly, while the Bible gives considerable guidance to parents on how to raise their children, it …

Pastor Craig: One-Liners I Live By (Part 1)

I tend to overthink things so I like to use short phrases I call “one-liners” to keep me on track. Examples: “Let go and let God,” “Feelings are not facts,” “DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.” That last one is my favorite and the one I lean on the most. My wife Lee and I recently co-taught a sermon series titled “Family One Liners.” We’ve been married 37 years and the sermon series was based on the one-liners we have developed throughout our marriage that helped us relate to each other, to our parents, to our children and to just about …

Serve Others

Serving others is an indispensable part of making disciples because it shows folks we care about them, not just as projects we’re trying to convert and get to join us, but as people who are valued and valuable to God. On the night before His death, Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet. Then He shared a meal with them that He said was to become a tradition. Since Jesus is our model, we need to look to Him for guidance on how to serve others. From His life and ministry, several principles emerge: 1) SEE a need Jesus …

Grow in Christ

In Bay County following Hurricane Michael, everyone is experiencing “house challenges.” Make sure you do not let not having a space to meet stop you from connecting with your circle of life-givers and finding opportunities to bless people. It is important to keep relationships alive… we call this “taking turns pulling each other out of the pit.” Just as the hurricane stripped away the outside of many of our houses, leaving the insides exposed… so has the hurricane stripped away our personal masks, and given us the opportunity to be real and transparent about what is really going on in our …

What is a Life-Giver?

Our goal as a church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We do that by loving God and loving others in life-giving ways. Now, for that to happen, each of us must be a life-giver. What exactly does a life-giver look like? Let me describe it in this way: The opposite of a life-giver is a life-taker. It’s that person you dread to see coming because you know he/she is going to suck the air right of the room (and the life right out of you). It’s Debbie Downer or Negative Nick – someone who is pessimistic, self-absorbed, and …

Mission and Vision: Simply Put

The LHUMC Mission is: Make disciples of Jesus Christ who bring God’s love and life to their community and world. This mission statement is based on a couple of key scriptures: The first one is the Great Commission where Jesus told His followers… “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). And since our mission is an extension of Christ’s own mission, we need to accomplish it the same way He did. “This is how God showed his love to us: He …