I appreciate those who led the services Wednesday night and especially the good job Brother Donohue is doing with the orphanage ministry. As you will see, today, I had a spot taken off my nose and it will have to be bandaged for a little while. Otherwise, I should be back in the service this morning. Please pray for the service, today, and continue to thank the Lord for the good opening start of the Christian day school and Bible college. Amen
September 4, 2015
August 31, 2015
I want to express my thanks to everyone who helped in the church celebration of my birthday last Sunday. Several did many special things and some drove a considerable distance to be with us. Most of all I want to praise the Lord for allowing me to serve Him together with so many of His best people. It has been a great journey of grace that the Lord has given Sonja and me. I was thinking this week how we have been blessed in so many ways. Our health and strength has been unusual and seems to be still holding well. Our son and family are healthy and serving the Lord in his pastorate in West Virginia. I still remember well when I surrendered to preach, how I has some fears as I stepped out on faith, but my Lord has proven Himself to me in so many ways.
August 21, 2015
Today is Back to School Sunday! We appreciate the enthusiasm of the staff ( those new and those returning) in all the preparations made over the summer to ensure a good start. More goes into being ready than most would imagine. We’ve been busy getting all the paperwork, staff needs, lesson plans and classroom maintenance done, and I believe, with the Lord’s blessing, we will have a very good year. We are thankful for the offering that came in for the school last week and I am asking our church family to again give extra this week to help us with all the expenses. I know you agree, our kids are worth it!
August 14, 2015
Next Sunday is designated “Back to School Sunday.” One ministry of our church is our Christian day school. It is well over forty years old. From the beginning, it has been a ministry of faith. As a church, we know that if our Christian values are going to be passed on to our children we must place them in a Christ honoring environment and that is certainly not in the government schools. Today, to keep this Christian school ministry going I must keep asking our church family to give a little extra. I pray you will once again give a little more as we start another school year.
July 16, 2015
We are having a good summer here at Landmark. Yes, many are gone for the summer and some are on shorter vacations, but there are enough left to keep up with our summer activities. Our teen camp will start Monday week and we are looking for a great turnout. I do want to encourage everyone to give a little extra so that many teens can go that can’t pay their own way. Thankfully, many of you do so, and I believe we will understand what a great investment we made when we see the Lord Jesus. Amen
June 8, 2015
Today, is promotion Sunday in our Sunday school. While it won’t effect us more mature ones, it is a big deal to the kids. No 4th grader wants to stay any longer with the little kids now that he is a big fifth grader. That’s the attitude until a certain age when much money is spent to try to look younger. This reveals in every heart a desire to live on forever, yet there comes a time in this earthy life when suffering can make living unbearable. Thankfully, the Lord Jesus has made it possible to not only have eternal life, but even now to make life more abundant.
June 1, 2015
By today we will be seeing and hearing that the last of those going north may be leaving. We will miss them greatly along with those who take extended summer vacations. This means we who remain, holding the fort, are more important than ever. We do joke about the thin summer crowd, but we still have many summer visitors and the full work of the ministry continues faithfully, as always. The Scripture tells us to be instant is season and out of season. I think instant means to be quick to do what is needed, and certainly the need in this late hour is very great. Only heaven will finally reveal the reward for serving the Lord Jesus in His cause for reaching souls. Amen
April 21, 2015
It’s my time of the year to bring out my “crying towel” as so many are heading back up north. In all seriousness we will miss so many that are with us faithfully in the winter time. I am praying for each one to stay healthy and return as soon as possible. I am also asking all of our membership to stay as faithful as possible this summer. The ministry here at Landmark remains just as busy in the summer time, and the need is always great. Please be praying for the summer’s activities such as graduation times and summer camps. The Scripture says to be “instant in season and out of season.” Truly the Lord’s work is never seasonal but important all the time. Amen
March 29, 2015
I am writing this on Wednesday morning and I have received news that our college soul winning is off to a good start. They left early Monday morning for the trip to Waycross, Georgia at the Countryside Baptist Church. Dr. Pitts said on the phone that the weather had cleared and they had forty-four decisions for Christ on the first day. Please keep praying for them as we are hoping to reach the goal of 100 being saved during the three day effort. The truth is, souls can still be saved in these last days before Christ returns; the problem is, not enough of God’s people speak up with the gospel as in the old days. let’s keep on being a church that gets out the good news that Jesus still saves. Amen
January 26, 2010
The last Sunday of this month, January 31st, Landmark Baptist Church will celebrate the beginning of my parents’ 40th year of ministry in Haines City. My father and mother came to this town in December of 1970. My father’s first Sunday as pastor, there were 37 people in attendance. Last year on Anniversary Sunday, there were 4,142 in attendance.
Someone recently asked me how a pastor could stay in one place for so long. I answered by saying that I did not know, but that, by the grace of God, my parents have helped people and dealt with them honestly. The Bible says that you reap what you sow, and the harvest that God has given my parents is a testimony to this truth. My dad is not perfect, yet after almost 40 years, he has nothing to run from or skip town over.
In I Thessalonians 2:1, Paul says to the Christians in that church, “For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:” By the Grace of God, my parents have a testimony of ministry that brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to ask all of our members and friends to join us as we celebrate my parents’ 39th anniversary this Sunday at Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City.
Pastor Steven Carter
- Sunday School 10AM
- Sunday Morning Service 11AM
- Sunday Evening Service 7PM
- Wednesday Evening Service 7:30PM