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 …

What is Baptism?

Pastor Craig Carter My daughter, Abby, lives in Pensacola and is attending a church of another denomination. I won’t say what it is but they talk a lot about being baptized. In particular, finding out she was raised a Methodist, they have pointed out their objections to infant baptism and sprinkling. On a recent trip home, Abby told me their arguments sounded pretty good and she really didn’t know how to answer them. A leader from our congregation overheard our conversation and admitted that she too wasn’t exactly sure what we, as Methodists, believe about baptism. How about you? Do …

One-Liners I Live By (Part 3)

Pastor Craig Carter 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 …

One-Liners I Live By (Part 2)

Pastor Craig Carter 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 …

One-Liners I Live By (Part 1)

Pastor Craig Carter 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 …