In his modern day classic, Knowing God, J.I. Packer says, “Many people pay lip service to the idea of grace, but they stop there. Their conception of grace is not so much debased as nonexistent. The thought means nothing to them; it does not touch their experience at all. What is it that hinders so … Continue reading Touching My Experience vs. Consuming My Experience
The Samson Society is the result of the ministry of Nate Larkin, former pastor and recovering addict. Over our vacation, I read his personal testimony, Samson and the Pirate Monks, in which he calls men to authentic brotherhood and community, something we guys rarely experience. Regardless of one's addiction, the truth is that men need … Continue reading The Samson Society
Hello friends. We made it back to Dahlonega Saturday evening from our annual two-week vacation to Monteagle, TN. I'll be posting plenty of pictures in the next few days so that you can get a feel for where we were and what we were up to. But for now, let me just say how thrilled … Continue reading Re-Entry
Hello friends, I presently am taking my annual, two-week techno detox — no cell phone, no email, no texting, no Facebook and no blogging. Will be back on June 27. See you then!
Here is the Creekstone message from June 12, 2011. I really enjoyed preaching this.
Many of us have heard of Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages. These five languages actually provide five ways to demonstrate practical love in marriage. So today, instead of a to do list, make a "love in action" list and implement these five opportunities to show love. 1. Encourage your spouse verbally. This can … Continue reading Five Ways to Show Practical Love to Your Spouse Today
Living the gospel is risky business. It means that we have no personal righteousness to defend anymore; nor anything to prove. The (ideal) result is a individual who is humble and teachable... and this means critiqueable. This person knows he/she is saved by grace and has more flaws and sinful tendencies than he/she is even aware. When … Continue reading Questions to Ask Your Spouse
On Memorial Day, we had a "Ministry Team Leader Appreciation Cookout" for a group of our staff and team leading volunteers. The weather was fantastic, and fellowship even fantasticer. Thanks to our team for all you do! It is a joy being partners in the gospel with you. See the full gallery on Posterous
Since this is my major "sermon prep day," I just want to post something quick and simple, but potentially marriage transforming. As part of our weeklong marriage resource week, the book that I most recommend is When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, by Dave Harvey. In a nutshell, … Continue reading When Sinners Say “I Do”
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When speaking of practical grace, we are dealing with how consciously believing the gospel makes a marked difference in how we deal with life, and in this case, marriage. There are three general ways that believing that Jesus is my righteousness affects marriage. First, grace prevents. If I am living out of a conscious awareness … Continue reading Practical Grace in Marriage: How it Prevents, Corrects and Restores
Tomorrow, June 5, I will be delivering a message from 1 Peter 3, entiltled, The Perfect Marriage. I guarantee that if you apply this teaching your marriage can be perfect. Really! So, this may be a great Sunday to bring a friend to Creekstone for the first time! If you are not married, this will give … Continue reading Want A Perfect Marriage?
Elyse Fitzpatrick, in Give Them Grace, says, "Jesus flipped everything in our quid pro quo world on its head. Instead of commending those who were outwardly good, he demeaned them and sent them back to school... Like most of us, they assumed that being important, grown up, responsible, and good were the ways to get … Continue reading Getting Close to God
...and their Mama!