Thanks to Mac Lake for his helpful posts on mistakes pastors make in sacrificing the wrong things in ministry. These mistakes can be made in any vocation, but seem to be particularly hazardous for us church planting types. Click on the image below to see a more high res shot. To read more, Mac's blog … Continue reading The Pastor, His Children and Church Planting
This just in from Arklie Hooten, MNA Disaster Relief Coordinator: Recent storms have left catastrophic damage all across the southern and southeastern US. MNA Disaster Response continues working with churches in the affected areas to help assess damages and determine how best to utilize volunteers. We anticipate there will be major financial and physical needs. … Continue reading How to Help in the Aftermath of the Storms
Free Family Movie Night in Hancock Park, second Fridays May through August. Movies begin at dusk. 2011 Movie ScheduleMay 13 – TANGLEDJune 10 - DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2July 8 – RIOAug 12 - RANGO All proceeds from consessions will benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.
"The good news is that we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception... As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can … Continue reading No More Spiritual Cosmetics
Thanks to Jay Smorey for capturing a few pictures from Creekstone's first Easter service. See the full gallery on Posterous
If you were visiting family or merely providentially hindered from attending today's Easter service at Creekstone, let me encourage you to listen to the finale of our series in the Gospel of Mark. I hope you will be encouraged.
"The deeper we grow in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the poorer we become—the more we realize that everything in life is a gift. The tenor of our lives becomes one of humble and joyful thanksgiving.... The poor man and woman of the gospel have made peace with their flawed existence. They are aware of … Continue reading The Gospel Poor and Making Peace with the Brokenness
Creekstone hosted the April 5 Lenten Luncheon at Dahlonega Baptist. Here are some highlights. I taught, our worship team led music, and we all enjoyed a good meal. See the full gallery on Posterous
Today is the day we remember the brutal crucifixion of Jesus. How, then, can we call this "Good" Friday? To the original disciples, it was the darkest of dark days. It was the end of hope and the beginning of despair. They had witnessed a catastrophe of cosmic proportions. How would this day come to … Continue reading Good Friday’s Prefix for Catastrophe
Here is Kristy's special birthday breakfast served in bed last Saturday. And yep, those are whole wheat pancakes. Not bad, huh?! 🙂
Bear on the Square is Dahlonega's spring festival that celebrates the area's Appalachian heritage and culture. We attended on Saturday, which was a bit overcast, windy and cold. Sunday turned out to be a world-class day. Overall, the festival was enjoyed by over 40,000 people. See the full gallery on Posterous
Here is a short video and some photos of our recent 3-day get-a-way to St. Simons Island, GA, with our friends, the Weavers. What a fantastic few days at the beach! … Continue reading St. Simons Trip • April 2011 (Video and Photos)
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A huge thanks to Elijah Merrett for designing and developing such an amazing vision for the Creekstone Study Center. I am so pumped about the future possibilities as the vision becomes reality. Can't wait to see where this leads! Check out these slides that Elijah has prepared for the office "redesign" to accommodate the study … Continue reading Creekstone Study Center Design and Development
Here is this week's Creekstone message from Mark 14:32-42, "Filing Bankruptcy."
Happy Birthday to the red-head on the right. So glad for this day back in 1970!
I had the privilege to speak these words at a wedding this past weekend. However, I find that, after almost 19 years of marriage, I am the one who needs to hear these "wedding words" the most. When two people are united in marriage, they pledge their commitment to love to each other for life. … Continue reading Wedding Words
via youtube.com This is a short, step by step video overview for Creekstone folks on how to use Planning Center. Thanks to out video producer, Jay Smorey. Great job!
This one page article by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) may be the most important thing you read today, this week, or maybe in your life. Bonar_on_Sanctification.pdf Download this file
via youtube.com Thanks to David Griffith for discovering this video and to Jeff Schermerhorn for forwarding it on to me.
This is today's Creekstone message, "The Path of True Greatness," from Mark 10:42-45.
We were excited to have one of my very best friends from the High School years, Stu Keyes, and his family join us for their prep night before heading out to backpack on the AT for spring break. See the full gallery on Posterous
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