May 19, 2019 Morning Worship Service | Pastor Carl McCray

Message: Good News for Graduates (1 Samuel 17)

Everybody likes to cheer for the underdog. We root for Indiana Jones against the Nazi. In a newer movie, we root for the Avengers against Thanos. We love to applaud and cheer for the underdog to compete and to win.. We want to see them overcome tremendous obstacles and succeed. But we don’t want to face those obstacles ourselves. We don’t want to be the underdog. Today, you may feel like you are the underdog facing a lot of challenges, adjustments, and uncertainties, Life is like a big giant. You may be graduating high school and facing the giant of college. You might be graduating college and see your opposing giant as grad school. Your giant may simply be a greater responsibility in the workforce. 

The story of David and Goliath is the ultimate underdog story. As we walk through this story together, we can learn some principles from David – how he dealt with his giant – so that you learn how to deal with yours. What did David have? How could David face the giant when others couldn’t? God is bigger than any problem you will ever face. That’s the good news! Remember this as you face your giants. The battle is the Lords!


Burgin Baptist Church

May 13, 2018 Mother’s Day Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

A Model of Motherhood (1 Samuel 1-2)

In the first book of Samuel, we are introduced to a lady named Hannah. As we learn about Hannah in the first two chapters, we will see a model of motherhood and some defining traits of women of faith.

Women of faith….

  1. exhibit real problems (1 Samuel 1:1-8 NIV),
  2. express vibrant prayers (1 Samuel 1:9-18 NIV),
  3. experience God’s provision (1 Samuel 1:19-20 NIV),
  4. excel at keeping their promises (1 Samuel 1:2-28 NIV), and
  5. explode with praise (1 Samuel 2:1-11 NIV).

Hannah was a good example of a woman of faith. She endured silent years of suffering. She goes to the place of worship time and time again. She faithfully worships and pours out her heart in tears. When God answers her prayers, she explodes with praise.

Women, you are a great worth in God’s sight whether or not you have a child. Lift your head and realize that God loves you for who you are, not for what you can do. He knows your sorrow and your pain and will meet you where you are. Moms, make it your mission to give your children to the Lord for a lifetime of service. I can’t think of a greater purpose nor a higher honor than to help children be ready to surrender their life to the Lord.

One of the lessons we can learn from Hannah is that we each, men and women, need a growing relationship with God. If you want your children to learn and become a passionate follower of Jesus, they need to see it in you. Do you have a relationship with God?


Burgin Baptist Church