The Wonder of a Manger

Pastor Craig Carter Several weeks ago my wife, Lee, asked, “Where should I put Jesus?” That may seem like an odd question so let me provide a little context. We were putting out the Christmas decorations (or should I say, she was putting out the Christmas decorations). One of our cherished items is a figurine of the Christ-child. Lee’s mom had one that she placed beneath her tree each year. We searched for a similar one for years, but to no avail. Finally, we found one during our trip to the Middle East two years ago, in a Bethlehem shop …

The Wonder of the Angels

Pastor Craig Carter During this Advent season we’re exploring “The Wonder of Christmas.” A wonder is defined as “a sense of awe, admiration, or amazement.” The greatest wonder of Christmas is that it demonstrates the amazing love of God. Because of Christ’s birth, we no longer have to question God’s love for us. It was demonstrated in a tangible way when God’s Son, Jesus came and lived among us. Most of the elements of the Nativity story are fairly ordinary and don’t evoke a great deal of wonder or amazement at first appearance. Last week when we studied “the wonder …

Pray Great Prayers

Pastor Craig Carter In recent weeks we have been looking at how we can become great in God’s eyes. This should be the desire of every believer because being a great Christian, rather than settling for just being a good Christian, enables us to bring great glory to God and accomplish great things for His kingdom. We have observed that our journey toward greatness begins with thinking great thoughts, dreaming great dreams, and surrounding ourselves with great people. We’ve also learned that God wants us to enjoy great moments with Him and those around us. Starting today we’re going to …

Enjoy Great Moments

Pastor Craig Carter Our current sermon series is based on the premise that God doesn’t want us just to settle for being “good” Christians, He wants us to become “great.” That’s because He is a great and mighty God who has made us in His image. So far, we’ve discovered that before we can do great things for the Lord we first have to think great thoughts, dream great dreams, and surround ourselves with great people. Now it’s time to turn attention to some activities that enable us to become great. How would you answer this question: What are some …