Essential: God’s Power

Pastor Craig Carter According to Luke’s gospel, Jesus ended His earthly ministry by speaking these words to His disciples: “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:49 NLT) It’s interesting that Jesus’ final words focused on “power” because that’s exactly how He was introduced as well. When Jesus’ mother, Mary, was informed that she would give birth to a son who would be the Lord’s Messiah, she asked how this was possible. The angel answered, …

Essential: God’s Perspective

Pastor Craig Carter As most of you are well aware, we were scheduled to resume in-person worship in our newly renovated church facility last Sunday, June 7. With everything in place and ready to go, we received word on Friday, two days before the planned opening, that we did not have the required certificate of occupancy and services could not be held in the building until several issues were remedied. Needless to say, that news was quite disappointing and very frustrating since we have endured delay after delay and setback after setback in the twenty months since the destruction of …

Essential: God

Pastor Craig Carter I set aside some time this past Tuesday, June 2 for sermon preparation. I was excited about preaching my first message in our newly renovated building after being “homeless” for nearly 20 months, having had our two facilities destroyed by Hurricane Michael. As I settled into my study, I received a text alert that Tropical Storm Cristobal had formed off the Mexican coast, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. I looked at our 10-day local forecast and for Sunday, June 7, it stated: “Eyeing the tropics.” A bit ironic, don’t you think? But it’s not altogether surprising …