Crucifying Pride

Pastor Terry Tatum For centuries during the Lenten season Christians have fasted from different things to help better prepare themselves to remember the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday. My way of explaining this is that if there is anything in your life that is keeping you from a full relationship with Christ, this is the season to make that right or get rid of it all together.   As a family of believers we started a journey two weeks ago that will last the six Sundays of Lent. During our Crucified with Christ sermon series, we are looking at different …

Crucifying Unbelief

Pastor Craig Carter The disciples had been traveling with Jesus for more than three years when He made the astonishing declarations we looked at last week.  First of all, Christ informed them, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Luke 9:22 NIV) As disturbing as that news was to His followers, His second announcement was even more troubling.  Then [Jesus] said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple …

Crucified with Christ – Series Introduction

Pastor Craig Carter Today is the first Sunday in Lent, a 40-day period that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter.  Lent is a time set apart annually for Christians to return to the Lord through repentance and reflection so we can reorient our lives to God and His will. The term, Lent, comes from an Old English word meaning “springtime” since it always falls during this particular season of the year.  Based on my three decades of ministry experience, I generally expect attendance at our worship services to be pretty good during the …

How to Pray with Power

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’ve gained insights from Pete Greig’s book, How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People. In the book, Pete suggests the Lord’s Prayer is structured around four basic steps captured by the acrostic, P.R.A.Y. – Pause, Rejoice, Ask, Yield.  First, we pause in prayer by remembering whose presence we’re in – Our Father. We come before the Lord in silence and stillness. Next, we rejoice in prayer because we have a Father in heaven and hallowed, or holy, is His name. We praise Him for who He is and thank Him …

How to Get Right with God

Pastor Terry Tatum There are not many things I’ll claim to be an “expert” on. I’m just an ordinary guy, after all.  But one thing I’m great at, dare I say “an expert on,” is getting right with God. I have had to get right with God just about every day of my life since becoming a Christian. And through the years I have gotten really good at asking for forgiveness for all the dumb things I have done and continue to do! I boldly make the claim that I’m probably better at doing this than anyone I know. 🙂    …

How to Hear God

Pastor Craig Carter In his book, How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People, Pete Greig suggests the Lord’s Prayer is structured around four basic steps captured by the acrostic, P.R.A.Y. So far in our current sermon series, we have investigated the first three steps of pause, rejoice, and ask. Beginning today, we will turn our attention to the final step, yield, or more simply put, saying “yes” to God.  When we ask for something in prayer and don’t receive it exactly how and when we’d like it, we have to trust God and surrender to His will (i.e. …

How to Deal with Unanswered Prayer

Pastor Craig Carter  In our current series we are learning how to pray based on a prayer Jesus taught us called the Lord’s Prayer.  Last week Pastor Terry addressed how we need to ask in prayer. He said that in our prayers of petition and intercession we should give God a chance, be bold and specific in our requests, and ask in faith. Since we have a loving Father who wants to give good gifts to His children, in our asking we receive, in our seeking we find, and in our knocking doors are opened. And we all know the …

How to Ask in Prayer

Pastor Terry Tatum Over the past few weeks we have been in a sermon series titled How to Pray. Pastor Craig has helped us learn ways to pause in prayer and rejoice in prayer. Today we are going to discuss How to Ask in Prayer.  I need to confess up front that I struggle with prayer. It’s not that I have a problem with praying itself or that I have trouble talking with God. The issue is that I struggle with asking God for things.  I don’t want to be that pesky kid who keeps saying “I want this” or …

How to Rejoice in Prayer

Pastor Craig Carter During our current sermon series we are learning how to pray based on a prayer Jesus taught us called the Lord’s Prayer. It is found in Matthew chapter six and Luke chapter eleven. Last week we observed that in order to start praying we actually need to stop praying. We learned how to pause in prayer and spend time in silence and solitude. It is in quietness and stillness that we are able to position ourselves to hear from God and receive all that He has for us.  And that pause is prompted by the way in …

How to Pause in Prayer

Last week I introduced a new sermon series on prayer called How to Pray. The series is based on The Lord’s Prayer with insights from a book by Pete Greig called How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People.  According to Luke 11:1, the disciples came to Jesus with a request, “Teach us to pray…” And Jesus said, “This is how you should pray…” (Luke 11:2a NLT). Then He launched into a model prayer that has endured through the ages, “Our Father…” For us, that’s a familiar prompt to continue, “…who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name.” But …