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 …

Family Album: God

Pastor Craig Carter It’s been a year since my mom died and we’re still trying to decide what to do with all of her stuff. We’ve got boxes piled along one wall of our garage and one-by-one we’ve tried to sort through their contents. If you’ve ever done something similar you know it’s a long, arduous process. And it’s very easy to get sidetracked when you find interesting or unusual items. That’s especially true when you come across photographs. Perhaps the most fascinating book among my mom’s collection is an album of relatives. My sister and I cannot even identify …