Here is this past Sunday's message from Matthew 7:24-27, "Despair, but Don't Despair." For a link to the sermon, go here. The message roadmap is below.
This morning during family time with the kids I asked them what they were looking forward to today. Catching up in school, playing outside, and reading a new book were some of the responses. I'm looking forward to meeting a friend for lunch, running before picking Ann Ferris up from chorus, and n a movie … Continue reading Looking Forward
Personal refection #1: Trail racing is different than running on my treadmill while watching Sports Center. 🙂 Personal refection #2: Next time, I'm taking my iPod. Personal reflection #3: I should plan to finish, not to win. Personal reflection #4: Life is a lot like an endurance oriented trail race. There are ups and downs. Pace is required. … Continue reading Harbins Park 10K Trail Race Reflections
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1 Peter 5:5 happens, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." God loves his own too much to let them be proud. He longs for them to receive grace. I had my rug pulled out recently, and fell squarely on my... Let's just say, I'm really sore, embarrassed, and mad at myself … Continue reading What Happens When the Rug of Self-Righteousness is Pulled Out From Beneath You?
We sang this on Sunday— a powerful uniting of the old and new, broken and hopeful. Thanks for the words, Charles Tindley, and for the music, Chris Minor. I hope this encourages you as much as it helps me. Beams of heaven as I go, through this wilderness below, guide my feet in peaceful ways, turn my … Continue reading Beams of Heaven
In case you were providentially hindered from attending this morning, here is today's Creekstone message.
In a recent Facebook message exchange with an old friend, I was introduced to a phrase that is having a huge and helpful effect on my mind and heart— "Because of the gospel, it's okay that I'm not okay." I no longer have to fake being a nice, sweet, happy go lucky Christian who used … Continue reading It’s Okay That I’m Not Okay
View from a trail off of the AT near Hogpen Gap. Thanks to Stephen Smith for the photo.
This past week we began men's and women's DiG Groups. DiG stands for Discipled in Grace, and doubles as a metaphor for "digging" deeply into the gospel. Anyway, one of the foundational principles that we are working with is the fact that the law-gospel paradigm is a two-edged sword. The law tells me that I … Continue reading Don’t Underestimate Either Sin or the Spirit
A Special Evening of Worship — Sunday, Sept. 26Due to the Six Gap Road Race on Sunday morning, Sept. 26, we are moving our Sunday gathering from the morning to the evening. Making the most of the opportunity, we are going to make this a unique service that will include many “best of” worship songs, … Continue reading The Latest Creekstone Info.
Since the message did not record on Sunday, I thought I'd post the message handout filled-in. I hope y'all know how much I treasure sharing the gospel with you on Sundays and throughout the week. You are so receptive and encouraging, and make my job such a joy. Thanks.
As a child, there is something within that craves possession. After all, one of the first words we Westerners perfect is "mine!" My toy. My money. My house. My car. My job. My children. My achievements. Etc. What if I were able to replace mine with His, believing that and living like everything I possess … Continue reading Stewards of Grace
Today the Creekstone youth went to Adrenaline Climbing in Buford to challenge the rock walls. Here are some photos of the afternoon. See the full gallery on Posterous
In Jeff Jarvis' analysis of Google's impact on our culture, What Would Google Do?, he explains why Google has never needed to spend (waste?) money on marketing. Of Google, he says, "Learn this lesson from Google, which spends next to nothing on advertising. It became the fastest growing company in the history of the world … Continue reading What Would Google Do?
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Check out these "two ways" of following Jesus. In our DiG Groups, we will attempt to move from the left to the right. It is going to be quite the journey! Click here to register for a Creekstone DiG Group. Click on the image for a larger view.
Thanks to Johnny Long, my Paul of sorts, for such great blogging fodder in his Grace4Life course, which is the curriculum for Creekstone's DiG Groups. Click on the picture for a larger view.