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 […]

JESUS, The Living One Alive Forever Mark 16:1-14; Revelation 1:9-18 Pastor Carey Easter Sunday April, 16 2017

A Muslim man converted to Christianity and some of his friends asked him, why.  He answered, “Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn’t know which way to go, and there at the fork in the road were two men, one dead and one alive–which […]

The New Has Come 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Pastor Carey Easter Sunrise Service 4/16/17

3 women on a chilly Sunday morning make a decision to “finish the job properly”.  They got up early thinking it would be a long day for them.  Because time had been so short on Friday afternoon, the burial of Jesus had not been done “properly” they felt.  So they all agreed to meet early […]

SET APART (Part 6) To Discover God’s Word Like Josiah 2 Kings 23:1-2; 2Chronicles 35: 1-7, 16-19 April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday

Someone once said that a Bible in the hand is worth two in the bookcase. Over the years, the English Bible has experienced slight printing errors that changed the entire meaning and created a “new version” of the Bible: 1) CAMELS BIBLE: in 1832 had Rebekah leaving her tent to meet Isaac with a group […]

SET APART (Part 5) To Worship Like Hezekiah Lent Week 5 2 Chronicles 29:1-5, 16-19, 27-31, 35-36; 30:6-9 Pastor Carey April 02, 2017

In his book, Resurrection Living, Billy D. Strayhorn shares a story of Merv Griffin who, years ago, was interviewing body builders on his talk show. While looking at these men with huge muscles, he asked, “What do you use those muscles for?”  Without saying a word, one of the men flexed his muscles in a […]

SET APART (Part 3) To Mentor Like Elisha Lent Week 3 1 Kings 2:1-22 Pastor Carey March 19, 2017

On the morning of their graduation, the 1998 senior class at Harvard University continued their tradition of seniors gathering in Memorial Church to hear the minister offer words of solace and encouragement. That day they heard the unvarnished truth from the Rev. Peter Gomes, minister at Harvard and the author of several books on the […]