Sacred 4-Letter Words: WORK

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four-letters that help us live as God intends us to live. Today we’re going to explore a concept that many people consider a four-letter word to be avoided at all costs – WORK. Some of you probably agree with Ronald Reagan’s take on the subject … “It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” The truth is: like it or not, most of us cannot avoid work and how we approach it has a tremendous impact on our …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: BODY

Pastor Terry Tatum If you’ve been to church with us recently or read any of our recent blog posts, you know that we’re in the middle of a sermon series titled Sacred Four-Letter Words. We’ve looked at the words: Holy, Self, Full, Pure, Mind, and Will. What has stood out to me during this series is how these words may have different meanings, but they are ALL important when it comes to our spiritual life. It seems like every week my mind changes on which word is the key in our walk with God, but I’ve come to the conclusion …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: WILL

Pastor Craig Carter Since it’s Valentine’s Day (2021), let me open with this question: Are you aware that God wants to be your valentine and you to be His? God is really into hearts – not symbolic ones, but of the human variety. Did you know that the word “heart” appears in Scripture 700-800 times depending on what version you use? In the Bible, it does not refer to the tangible, physical body part. Rather, like we commonly think of it, the heart is used in a figurative sense, representing an intangible reality. God’s preoccupation with the heart shows how …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: MIND

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four letters that help us live as God intends us to live. But they are not the type we normally associate with the phrase, four-letter words. Instead, they are Sacred 4-Letter Words that enable us to be holy as God is holy. Today’s four-letter word is MIND. Last week in his message on the word PURE, Pastor Terry referred to how important it is to “Guard your thoughts.” It’s critical to do that because “you become what you think.” The Old Testament writer puts …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: PURE

In our current sermon series we have been discussing English four-letter words that help us live as God intends us to live. We’re calling these words, Sacred Four Letter Words. This week our word is PURE. Now the word “pure” is a tough word to define and to understand, not to mention trying to do it in a biblical context. Let start out with a definition: Pure 1) unmixed with any other matter – pure gold 2) free from dust, dirt, or taint –  pure spring water 3) spotless, stainless Does this sound like anyone you know? Me neither. Everybody I know …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: FULL

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four letters that help us live as God intends us to live. But they are not the type we normally associate with the phrase, “four-letter words.” Instead, they are Sacred 4-Letter Words that enable us to be holy as God is holy. Last week we observed that our #1 enemy in living the Christian life is SELF. It is “the disease of me” that has infected every member of the human race from Adam and Eve onward. Jesus applied the cure when He is …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: SELF

Pastor Craig Carter Last week I introduced a new sermon series called “Sacred 4-Letter Words.” In it, we are going to explore some English words to live by, consisting of four letters each, that help us become what God wants us to be – holy as He is holy. Before we get to ones that will enable us to fulfill our God-given destiny, I first want to address a word that keeps us from accomplishing our objective. What prevents us from living a holy lifestyle? It is sin, which is the ultimate four-letter word (but not of the sacred variety). …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: HOLY

Pastor Craig Carter When my children were little, they were home schooled and lived a fairly sheltered existence. I served a small church in rural Alabama and their regular baby sitter was a young lady from our congregation who was like an adopted daughter to us. She was their primary connection to the “outside world” and, being a teenager, exposed them to a pop culture. On one occasion, after leaving them with her for a while, when we arrived home they informed us, “We watched a movie with Gigi and they said a bad word!” Holding our breath and imagining …

A New Year of Holiness

Pastor Craig Carter What are some words associated with Christmas? First, let’s eliminate the obvious answer the preacher is looking for: Jesus. What else comes to mind? From a cultural point of view, it may be naughty, nice, snow, cheer, jolly, or debt. Topping the Christian list has to be joy, hope, peace, and believe. While those words all have a connection to the Christmas story told in Scripture, we’re leaving out the most common one – holy. Some form of the word appears 70 times in our Advent devotional guide by J.D. Walt. Think about it: Christmas is a …

A New Year of Contemplation

Pastor Terry Tatum Each year around this time I tend to reflect on the past year, or years. I think about what was, what is, and what could have been. Without any prompting my mind just goes in that direction. Reflecting on 2020 has been different to say the least. I really love to hear the scriptures read regarding the birth of Christ, the wise men, the shepherds, the virgin birth, and that there was no room for them at the inn. It causes me to truly contemplate where I am and where I’m going. This week during our church-wide …