Essential: Unwavering Faith

Pastor Terry Tatum To say the last couple of weeks have been challenging would be an understatement. At times it’s been down-right hard and discouraging. Earlier this month we had our staff and their families tested for COVID-19 and three tested positive. Since then all three have tested negative and have shown no symptoms of the virus. But then earlier this week we found out that Pastor Craig and his household had been exposed to the virus and were experiencing mild symptoms. It was later confirmed that they did indeed have Covid-19 and are currently recovering in isolation according to …

Essential: God’s Freedom

Pastor Terry Tatum Over the last few weeks our lead pastor Craig Carter has been taking us through a sermon series to discover what is essential in life. This subject is personal for me because, like many of you, my world was flipped upside down on October 10, 2018 when Hurricane Michael hit Bay County. In my personal life and in my professional life God literally blew away a lot that I had believed was essential that day. Though the initial months were hard, I’ve come to believe that God blessed us through the hurricane. In many ways our lives …

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 …