Relationships 101: Children

Lee Carter In our current sermon series, Relationships 101, we have been looking at ways we can honor the words of Jesus when he summarized the commandments and said: “Love God, Love Others, and Love Yourself.”  I’m Lee Carter, wife of lead pastor Craig Carter, and it is my honor to be sharing today on the topic of relating to children. As Pastor Craig often reminds us, life is all about relationships. The primary relationship is our relationship with God through Christ Jesus. It is a relationship based on love and a relationship that empowers us to relate to ourselves …

Relationships 101: Parents

Craig Carter These days it seems like there is a holiday for just about everything and everyone. Just this past week we’ve had Teacher’s Day, Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), No Pants Day (hopefully you celebrated that occasion at home), Cinco de Mayo (or as my brothers-in-law of Mexican descent call it, “Drinko de Mayo”), and Mother’s Day.  Most holidays are for a select group of people but Mother’s Day is one that applies to everybody – we wouldn’t be here without a mom … and a dad.  There’s an old adage, “You can’t live with …

Relationships 101: God

Pastor Craig Carter Last week during our Easter services it was good to see a number of young people who have moved away from Bay County and were home for the weekend to celebrate Easter with their families.  I talked to a few of them and most told me they’d be returning to their classes for just a few weeks, with finals on the horizon. Just hearing that word, “finals,” caused a knot to form in the pit of my stomach.  Even though it’s been more than four decades since I graduated college, I still remember the feeling of being …

Essential: God’s Promises

Pastor Craig Carter A couple of years ago, my wife Lee and I went out for an anniversary dinner. When I made the reservation I mentioned that we would be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary … in the hopes we’d get a free dessert! So when the waiter came to our table, he offered his congratulations (but no dessert). After the waiter left, a guy sitting in the next booth said, “Hey, I couldn’t help but hear that you’ve been married 36 years. Wow, that’s great. My wife and I have been married just a couple of years. So, we’d …

A Hopeful God

Pastor Craig Carter According to the Apostle Paul, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT) In our current sermon series, we’ve been looking at these enduring realities. First, we explored how we can ensure these virtues are part of our lives. Now we’re studying how they have their origin in the very character of God. To put it simply: You and I are to be faithful, hopeful, and loving because God is. Today we’re going to explore the hopeful nature of God. In his letter …

A Trusting God

Pastor Craig Carter It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that something has gone horribly wrong in the world in which we live … and I’m not just talking about the current pandemic. With or without reports about Covid-19, every day we hear news of sickness, famine, disasters, violence, and all manner of evil. Who’s to blame for it all? Who’s responsible for the sad state of affairs? Well, the simple answer is: God is … at least indirectly. Let me explain. According to the opening chapter in the Bible, “God created human beings in his own image…” (Genesis …

Love that Lasts Forever

Pastor Craig Carter Happy Mother’s Day 2020! Today we are going to continue our investigation of what the Bible describes as enduring realities: “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT) Having explored faith and hope in two previous sermons, today we’re going to turn our attention to the subject of love. Why is it eternal? And why is love the greatest of all things? The Apostle John gives us the answer in his first epistle when he states quite simply, “God is love.” (1 John …

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 …

Make Great Sacrifices

Pastor Craig Carter Several weeks ago I went to pick up my daughter, Abby, from work as she was unable to drive while she recovered from hip surgery. I was in Lynn Haven on 389 where it becomes 12th Street headed toward Highway 77. Suddenly traffic came to a standstill. Figuring there was a wreck or roadwork, I headed down a side street. Looking for a way to get to my intended destination of Lynn Haven Elementary School, I was thwarted again and again as every cross street was blocked. Zigging and zagging as best I could, next thing I …