I stand duly convicted by these words of Jim Cymbala in his book, Fresh Power (p. 46). But my heart echos his. I do not need more of my (in)ability in my sermons, I need more of the Spirit. O Lord, let me pray and preach like the helpless man that I am. "Isn't it … Continue reading The Kind of Preaching We Need Today
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Horatio Spafford, "It is Well with my Soul" (stanza 3), 1873.
A dear friend from Creekstone sent me a quote from A.W. Tozer this morning. For all of you church planters, and folks at Creekstone, these are wise, challenging, and I think, encouraging words: The emphasis today in Christian circles appears to be on quantity, with a corresponding lack of emphasis on quality. Numbers, size and amount … Continue reading Beware of the Goddess “Numbers”
This is a message for the folks who are committed to seeing Creekstone Church launched, and fulfill it's mission "to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel."-------------------------------I was convicted today while driving. I love driving long distances alone. Time to think... and it hit me: "I need to pray." We … Continue reading I Was Convicted Today…
Creekstone's latest Weekly Update is posted here. I want to thank our new Administrative Coordinator/Pastoral Assistant, Matt Stephenson, for taking over the "Weekly Update," as well as several other key administrative roles. "Thanks, Matt!" I will be sending out a separate "pastoral letter" of sorts each week. However, if you are part of Creekstone, you will … Continue reading Check Out the Latest Creekstone Weekly Update
You couldn't help it, could you? This is gonna be juicy, right? Could be. Okay, let's get to it. What is my biggest sin? Of course, most of us probably think of the Top 10 list in Exodus. "Thou Shall Not..." But we've all broken every one of those. No surprise there. So what is … Continue reading My Biggest Sin
James Cameron's recent film, Avatar, is some serious eye candy that should be seen in 3-D for full effect. As you may have guessed, the acting is average at best, and, as far as plot, think Pocahontas in A.D. 2154. Although compared to Star Wars, I would not recommend this movie for younger children because … Continue reading Avatar Review and Trailer
Today is the day Americans commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only did he have a very cool name (Martin Luther), but he, like his namesake, was a reformer. He was born in Atlanta and died in Memphis. I was born in Memphis and now live in (well, near) Atlanta. So … Continue reading Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I've been reading Abba's Child, by Brennan Manning. These words, from his chapter, "Come Out of Hiding," could have been written just for me. Maybe they are for you, too. He writes about a time when he was on a personal retreat in Colorado. As the days passed, I realized that I had not been able … Continue reading Abba’s Delight
Ben Homan is a friend of mine and President/CEO of Food for the Hungry, based in Phoenix, AZ. To donate to earthquake relief in Haiti, let me encourage you to consider giving through this ministry. You can give online at their website here. Another reputable and quality ministry is the disaster relief arm of MNA (Mission … Continue reading Donate to Earthquake Relief through Food for the Hungry and/or MNA
The version of this week's update with active links can be found here. Otherwise, Elijah can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. And our Facebook fan page is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dahlonega-GA/Creekstone-Church/145345646003?ref=ts
As Creekstone begins preview services, I wanted to remind myself and all those who are part of the launch why we exist as a church. "Our dream for Dahlonega and North Georgia College and State University, is that Creekstone Church will glorify God by helping ordinary people like us come alive to the wonder of the … Continue reading The Creekstone Dream
Ann Ferris received an Honorable Mention at last night's Science Fair at Perimeter Church. Her project was to duplicate Galileo's Theory of Acceleration using the same instruments he used to confirm his hypothesis. See the full gallery on Posterous
In the midst of sermon prep today I came across this "Evangelical Warrior" (by Les Swift in Johnny Long's "Grace 4 Life" discipleship course) and just had to post it. As funny as it is, it speaks a profound warning to me, since I profess to be one of those who consider themselves "evangelical" (or … Continue reading Beware the Evangelical Warrior
"The doctrine of the atonement is very simple. It just consists in the substitution of Christ in the place of the sinner; Christ being treated as if he were the sinner and then the transgressor being treated as if he were the righteous one. It is a change of persons. Christ becomes the sinner. He … Continue reading The Doctrine of the Atonement is Very Simple
Here are images from Creekstone's first preview service. Thanks to our many volunteers for serving so well as we pursue our mission "to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel." What a great night. I'm so thankful to be part of this! See the full gallery on Posterous
A grace-centered parenting conference with Paul Tripp will be held at Perimeter Church the weekend of January 22-23. For more information and to register, go here.
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One of the best rides is Ann Ferris at about 3:20 into the 4:20 minute video. But there are several highlights to enjoy! 🙂 via vimeo.com
when: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM what: A luncheon for Church Planters and Network Leaders, sponsored by the Atlanta Church Planting Alliance, West Ridge Church and Perimeter Church. who: Speaker: Darrin Patrick: Darrin serves as lead pastor of The Journey in Saint Louis, MO, that he founded in 2002. Darrin also serves … Continue reading ATL Church Planting Alliance Luncheon- Jan. 20, 2010