LET US ADORE HIM (Part 1) The Eternal Word, John 1: 1, Pastor Carey, December 3, 2017

In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet – will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced […]

AGAPE LIFE (Part 5) Giving & Living Thankfully, 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15, Pastor Carey, Thanksgiving Eve, November 22, 2017

It was the day after Thanksgiving. A woman caught her husband weighing himself on the scale. He was sucking in his stomach.  “That won’t help you, Fred,” the woman said. “You know that, don’t you?”  “Well, actually it helps a lot,” said Fred. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers!” Safiyah Fosua wrote, […]

AGAPE LIFE (Part 4) Calming Storms, Luke 8: 22-26, Pastor Carey, November 19, 2017

Our minds cannot be full of God at the same time they are full of fear! Don’t get lost in your troubles. Lift up your eyes!  Faith drives out fear! “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! (Isaiah 26:3) William M. Batten was quoted […]

AGAPE LIFE (Part 3) Breaking Bread, Mark 6:30-44, Pastor Carey, November 11, 2017

A wise soul once said that kindness will influence more than eloquence.  We need each other in our world. C. S. Lewis writes in his book, Studies In Theology, “God seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to His creatures. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could […]

AGAPE LIFE (Part 2) Raising The Dead, Mark 5: 21-43, Pastor Carey, All Saints Weekend – November 5, 2017

C.S. Lewis once wrote, God loved us not because WE were lovable, but because GOD IS love! That divine love is explained in scriptures as Agape love. There are 200 references in the New Testament of  agape love. Agape, and its verb form agapao, is one of the several Greek words for love. The Bible also mentions phileo, or brotherly love, […]

METHODIST MARKINGS (Part 4) Always Giving Thanks 1 Peter 1:3-9 Pastor Carey, June 25, 2017

In Cowherding Christians, Gary W. Houston tells the story of poet Robert Frost’s first assignment for a class of teachers was to read The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This Mark Twain story was about a frog that lost a jumping contest because he had been pumped full of quail shot. The next class […]

METHODIST MARKINGS (Part 2) Rejoice In God Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4-8 Pastor Carey June 11, 2017

A couple babysat an 11 year-old daughter of friends from India as they traveled around California on business. Curious about church one Sunday morning, she decided to come along to worship with them. When they returned home, they asked her what she thought of the service. “I don’t understand why the West Coast isn’t included too,” […]

METHODIST MARKINGS (Part 1) Loving God & Others, Pentecost Sunday, Matthew 22:34-40 Pastor Carey June 4, 2017

A pastor was speaking to a funeral director at the local cemetery and was asked, “Have you ever considered the effect wind has on things that grow?” He told the pastor, “Over time, trees that have to stand out in the open become shaped in the direction the wind is blowing. Unless there are other […]

UPSIDE DOWN & LOVING LARGE (Part 5) The Distracted Life Matthew 22 34-40 Pastor Carey May 21, 2017

Questions, questions, questions.  When we were young, we couldn’t ask enough questions.  As we grew older we learned which questions were more important to ask.  Later in life we learned who to ask questions – and who NOT to ask questions.  Without questions we don’t learn, discover or change our world.  But in asking a […]

UPSIDE DOWN & LOVING LARGE (Part 1) Defining Happiness Matthew 5: 1-12 Pastor Carey April 23, 2017

A devout Christian was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened?” “Yes, but it’s a wonderful burden–it’s an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my […]