About Us

Kristin is a Southern Georgia belle, who graduated from UGA as a veterinarian May 2010. Carter grew up in NC, went on to seminary, became an ordained pastor, and has completed his doctorate of ministry. Carter resided in SC for about 7 years (4 of these years with Kristin), and we now reside in FL. After about a month of emailing, asking questions, and going through the steps of eharmony.com, we were full of excitement and became very eager to meet one another face to face. October 25, 2009, we met and enjoyed every minute together. We had no doubt God was going to strengthen our relationship with Him as well as with one another. Carter proposed August 9, 2010 on the boat in the middle of Lake Wylie at sunset. Kristin said "Yes" after some happy tears. We got married April 2, 2011 and what an amazing beautiful day that was! God has continued to bless us throughout our marriage. We look forward to see what He has in store for us each and every day. We are super blessed to be down in Boca serving the Lord. God is constantly surprising us with new callings!

Pastor's Porch: July

What does it mean to be Christ Centered?

The officers of the church had a retreat in June, and in it, the concept of “Christ Centered” was presented from the book “Move.”

As Christians (those who have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior), we are called to be His disciples. Each of us. Christian and Disciple should be synonyms. If we are a Christian, we are called not to be baby Christians, but called to become “Christ Centered.” Every youth and child in the church of course wants to grow up and become adults so that they will be mature.

Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.”

If your elementary teachers let you stay forever in elementary school, did they do a good job as a teacher?

The goal of teachers is to help their students grow, learn, and move to the next
level.

As Christians, we are also called to continuously grow. We canNOT be a disciple of Jesus Christ if we aren’t growing. We MUST be growing in Jesus Christ to be a disciple of His.

Let’s take that a step farther. Disciple = Christian. Therefore, if we are a Christian, we must be growing. There are no stagnant Christians! If you are stagnant, what does that mean then?

Revelation 3:15-17 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

Lukewarm are people who aren’t growing. If you are hot, you are growing in Jesus Christ. Otherwise, Jesus says you will be spit out!

Don’t be spit out! As a church, we know the Bible is the word of God! Therefore, it is the truth!

My prayer for us as a church is that we are all growing. Each and every one of us. The session takes this very seriously and is working hard to create the steps and opportunities for growth for each of us. But the truth is, you have to want it. You have to feel the need to grow. You aren’t going to grow unless you want to.

Want to GROW? Get passionate about growth in Jesus Christ. The steps of growth are there, but desire it. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. First and foremost, each of us, as Christians, need to seek growth in Jesus Christ. God promises us if we do this, everything else will be given to us.

Today, grow. Tomorrow, grow. The day after tomorrow, grow.

Every day, we need to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Are you?

Where are you growing in Jesus Christ?

Is it visible to others?

If you can’t say where you have grown in Jesus Christ, then you probably aren’t growing.

If others can’t see it, then you probably aren’t growing. (Remember, fruit is ALWAYS visible!)


~Carter
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