Just a heads up that tomorrow's music at Creekstone is, as usual, going to be really great (and not just because my eldest is playing keyboards!). If you'd like to take a listen, just visit the set list on Grooveshark. Here is the link —> http://grooveshark.com/#/playlist/31july2011+creekstone+Music/57566592
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Creekstone will be celebrating our one year anniversary of morning worship on Sunday, Aug. 21. That service will be followed immediately by a Vision Banquet (the meal will be provided) in the high school cafeteria, where we will get informed and inspired about what we are trusting the Lord to do in and through Creekstone this upcoming … Continue reading Creekstone Anniversary and Vision Banquet – Sunday, Aug. 21
As we have mentioned already, after much discussion and prayer, the staff team has decided to redesign our K-Groups (K is for koinonia, the Greek word for fellowship). Rather than base these groups on age and stage, we are going to encourage groups to gather geographically. This means that we likely will have groups representing the … Continue reading New K-Group Plan
One of Creekstone's three core commitments is Organic Mission. As our philosophy of ministry statement says: We will encourage all the folks in the church to see themselves as missionaries, word and deed ambassadors of the gospel. With that missional mindset, we will emphasize what it means to be “salt and light” in the context of … Continue reading “Mission Impossible” – A 3-Week Summer Sermon Series Beginning This Sunday
If you are wondering how you can pray for Creekstone over the next few weeks, here are some suggestions: Pray that we would be relentless about keeping the message of grace through the cross front and center in everything, from Sunday mornings to staff meetings. Pray that the many new folks who have become connected … Continue reading Want to Pray for Creekstone?
In light of today's message in 1 Peter 5:8-14, Facing the Lions, I thought I'd post a few points about what we should think about the devil. Here is a summary: 1. The devil is the chief fallen angel, who longed for God's glory and led other angels in rebellion. The devil is called Satan, … Continue reading What Should I Think About the Devil?
Julia Johnston, the daughter of a Presbyterian pastor, lived from 1849-1919 and wrote over 500 hymns. One of her most well known goes like this: Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, Threaten the soul with infinite loss; Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold, Points to the refuge, the mighty cross. Grace, … Continue reading Grace Untold
These lectures may be the best teaching on the gospel-centered marriage available. They are by my Sonship/World Harvest Discipleship Mentor, Stu Batstone, and his wife, Ruth Ann. Listen as a couple for the greatest benefit, and enjoy.
This focus of this week's message, entitled, "Facing the Lions," will be on how important it is to recognize the destructive strategies of the enemy in our lives. We will need very practical help standing against his schemes—help that 1 Peter 5:8-14 provides. This message will wrap up our summer teaching series in 1 Peter, … Continue reading “Facing the Lions” Message Will Wrap Up Our Summer Teaching Series This Sunday
Hello, tech friends. Check out this story on CNN.com, which summarizes 50 new tech apps. My favorites so far (and all free): Google+ Nickname (gives you a personal URL for your G+ profile - mine is http://www.gplus.to/mckaycaston) postagram iMotion HD Tout There are 45 more to check out. So enjoy!
From a party at the Schermerhorns to fireworks over the college drill filed, the Fourth was a great day spent with friends. See the full gallery on Posterous
A friend challenged me yesterday to probe the possibility that my heart has been poisoned with a deadly spiritual toxin called self-pity. I expressed frustration to my friend that I continued to experience setbacks in my life with sin and that I wanted so badly to change. I want to be holy! Sounds spiritual, doesn't it? … Continue reading How Can My Desire for Holiness be Rooted in Arrogant Pride?
Is it possible that God might be letting me experience intense anxiety, worry and stress so that I finally will come to a point where I will stop trying to control my life, and will cry out for grace... and then experience peace." Or as Peter says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to … Continue reading How Anxiety and Worry Function Like the Law
Thanks to our friends, the Weavers, for hosting our crew for an afternoon at the lake this week. Check out the pics of Sarah Wynn getting up on water-skis for the first time—and what a classic wipe-out. Way to go, Sarah Wynn! See the full gallery on Posterous
Our friends the Pruitts, are hosting a young boy from Ukraine this summer. His name is Vlad (the one in the blue "M & M" shirt). He lives in an orphanage and has never had a birthday party of any kind. Yesterday we were able to participate in a very special party—Vlad's very first birthday party! … Continue reading A Uniquely Special Party
This morning while listening to a long section in 1 Chronicles on my One Year Audio Bible app (thanks, Janet Keane), I was struck by the amount of warfare in the narrative. The conflict and bloodshed under David's reign seemed to be non-stop. Of course, Jesus is the ultimate David/hero who slays our enemies of … Continue reading Nothing but Grace
Check out the Creekstone worship team leading this past Sunday. This is a clip from the song In Christ Alone. Elijah Merrett was lead vocal with Beth Minnear as female lead. I think Sharon Keane was on keys, Lauren Stephenson on bass with husband, Matt, on lead guitar. Peter Diamond was on drums. Did I leave … Continue reading Listen to the Creekstone Worship Team
Here are the lyrics to a song that we will be singing again this Sunday at Creekstone, I Boast No More. Although the words were originally written by Isaac Watts, the tune has been updated and modernized by Sandra McCracken (Same Old Dress Music) and sung by Caedmon's Call. Listen on Grooveshark. No More My God, I boast … Continue reading I Boast No More
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I just wanted to write a quick note to my Creekstone friends to let you know how grateful I am to have a ministry among you. It is hard to put in words what a joy it is to teach such a receptive and responsive group of folks who come hungry for grace week after … Continue reading Going to Bed Grateful
On his weekly email, Graced Again, Tom Wood quotes Mike Mason, who says, “Christians no longer need to pretend to be better than anyone else. We don’t have to put on any show of being good, for we know we are not. We are not good—we are forgiven; and so we are free to be … Continue reading No Need to Pretend
In his helpful, gospel-centered autobiography, Samson and the Pirate Monks, Nate Larkin tells the story about his nagging, mere proximity to the gospel: “When I think about my life as a Christian, it seems to me that I spent the first forty years in the upper deck... I liked those seats just fine. I was in … Continue reading Yearning to Move Closer
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