Praise Sunday

Pastor Craig Carter Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final days in Jesus’ life and ministry leading to His crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter. Palm Sunday commemorates an event that is recorded in all four gospel accounts. It is commonly referred to as the triumphal entry when Christ was welcomed into Jerusalem as a coming king. As you read the account from Luke’s gospel, look for what is noticeably absent: Jesus went on toward Jerusalem…[The disciples] brought a colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As …

Family Album: Joseph and God’s Providence

Pastor Craig Carter I remember right after Hurricane Michael, folks would use the phrase, “Welcome to the new normal.” In my mind, nothing has been remotely normal since October 10th, 2018. So I’m not surprised that, just as we were about to restore some normalcy to our church’s life and move into our renovated facility this weekend, the Coronavirus pandemic upended our plans. Maybe God is trying to tell us something – there is no new normal for the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. And that’s okay because I’m not sure God really wants His people to settle into a …

Overcoming Fear – Coronavirus special message

Pastor Craig Carter Because of the world-wide pandemic that has brought about a national state of emergency, we have suspended in-person church gatherings for at least the next two weeks. That’s the bad news…now for the good news: March 22 was supposed to be our last Sunday at the Bay Haven gym, which has been our temporary home for nearly a year and half after our buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Michael. We were scheduled to hold our first worship service in our renovated church building, the former Fusion campus, on Sunday, March 29. Well guess what? We got in …

Family Album: Jacob

Pastor Craig Carter All of us have some things we feel like we just can’t live without – for many of us these might include hot showers and cell phone service. But these items haven’t always been considered indispensable. Here in Bay County, we all learned 17 months ago that we could live without those things and a whole lot more (Internet, cable, air conditioning, oven, even ice and flushing toilet). In actuality, there are very few things we can’t live without – air, food, water, shelter.           But the next character we encounter in our Family Album, Volume 1, …

Family Album: Isaac and Rebekah

Pastor Craig Carter When I was in the 9th grade my track coach decided I needed to become a distance runner. He entered me in the mile at our next track meet. I had never run a mile in my life. My coach sent me onto the track with this advice, “Just follow the other guys and try to run their pace. Then as the race goes along, see what you can do.” Got it, coach! The gun went off and I settled into the middle of the pack on the first lap. I had previously competed as a sprinter …

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. …