This Sunday we are going to study Romans 1:18-32, which talks a lot about idolatry. An idol is a "functional lord." It drives my life, gives me security and an identity. Unlike Jesus, an idol deceives and enslaves. In his study on this passage, Tim Keller identifies numerous modern day idols. Here is a partial … Continue reading Modern Day Idolatry
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Here is the study/discussion guide for our first lesson in our new series in Romans. Use it for personal edification or as a family devotional. Our K-Groups will use similar guides when they launch on Sunday, Sept. 11. romans 1.1-17 (study guide).pdf Download this file
David Brainerd was a missionary to the native Americans of New Jersey in the 18th century. While a student at Yale, he was a very religious man. Eventually, he came to realize that his religiosity was not a virtue, but the primary barrier stading between him and God. By grace, that barrier fell. This is … Continue reading I Felt Myself in a New World
A new sermon series beginning tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 28.
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This is the handout we've been using for our youth discipleship dating series. To download, just click on the image.
Schaeffer (#18) plays for the Dawson Christian Academy Eagle Middle School football team, a great group of friends and coaches (including Quincy Carter, former QB for Georgia and the Dallas Cowboys—how cool is that?!). Ann Ferris is an Eagle cheerleader. 🙂 Tonight was their first game, a 31-6 victory over Dominion Christian. Way to go, … Continue reading Eagles Win Season Opener (Photos)
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Here is our new Creekstone poster. If you want to put one up in your office or dorm, just let me know and I'll email you the PDF (firstname.lastname@example.org). Notice the QR code, which when scanned, directs folks to our website.
Quadrant II Living: How to Focus My Life on What Matters Most Do you sometimes feel as if you have been asked to cut down a forrest with a hatchet, and are only making dents in trees without actually felling any? The problem is knowing which trees to chop and which ones to leave for … Continue reading Lunch and Learn Next Wednesday – Quadrant II Living
Today was Creekstone's one year anniversary of Sunday morning services followed by our annual Vision Banquet. Here are some photos of what was a wonderul time of gospel celebration. See the full gallery on Posterous
REGISTER HERE "A Special Conference on the Grace-Centered Marraige" September 16-17, 2011 at the Dahlonega Marketplace On the Historic Square in Downtown Dahlonega, GA Schedule: Friday, Sept. 16 - 7:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 - 9:00 a.m. — Noon “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.” … Continue reading Grace-Centered Marriage Conference Information
This Sunday, Aug. 21, is one of the most important Sundays to date in the life of Creekstone Church. Not only are we celebrating our one year anniversary of Sunday morning services, but following the service, we will hold a special Vision Awareness Banquet in the cafeteria. There is no need to sign up. Just plan to stick around … Continue reading Creekstone’s One Year Anniversary and Vision Banquet This Sunday (Info.)
Thanks to my daughter, Ann Ferris, for taking these pics last Sunday of folks setting up for Creekstone's Sunday gathering. And thanks to the many volunteers who make it happen week in and week out. So grateful to have you all on the team! See the full gallery on Posterous
Yesterday at Creekstone's post-service Inquirer's Lunch, someone made a comment then asked a couple of questions: "You say you want Creekstone to be a safe place for people who are a mess. What does it look like for Creekstone to be a mess? In what ways are you struggling right now?" Whoa. Talk about getting … Continue reading The Question that Popped Open the Hood of My Heart
Paul Miller, in his book, A Praying Life, says something that rings true in my experience. He describes the disconnect that takes place when my heart gets out of tune with God. He says, "I continue to perform and say Christian things, but they are just words." That is the place of revival. Running on empty. … Continue reading Knowing the Words vs Hearing the Music
Today I had lunch with a friend who made a comment that rocked me. He said something to the effect, "The key to sanctification is learning to get used to my justification." That idea really struck me: I am called to get used to being the recipient of extravagant grace. I am called to get … Continue reading It is Hard Getting Used to Grace
Wednesday, Aug. 10, was Creekstone's Youth Back to School Pool and Pizza Party at Jennifer and David Kinser's house. Food and fun was had by all! See the full gallery on Posterous
A while back, our family watched a documentary on the Scopes "Monkey" Trial in Dayton, TN, which took place early last century. With the theme of Biblical creationism vs. Darwinian evolution on the table, I began to wonder: Why do humans wear clothes? Why do apes wear not wear clothes? It seems as if the … Continue reading Why Do Humans Wear Clothes?
When the light of the gospel was turned on in Martin Luther's mind and heart, the Protestant Reformation was given a huge dose of momentum. Some say it began in that moment. But that is to miss the whispers of Reformation that had been taking place for over one hundred years. But that is a … Continue reading Luther’s Struggle is My Struggle
In the gospel he authored, John calls himself, "the disciple Jesus loves." Interesting. Did he mean that Jesus did not love the others? Not at all. He knew better. However, his own self-perception was wrapped up in being loved by Jesus. And so rather than mention himself by name, he uses that rather stunning description … Continue reading Am I Treasured or Tolerated?
I don't like broken stuff. I want it either fixed or thrown out. But God loves broken stuff. King David knew this when he wrote, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." And the way we get "broken" usually hurts. Applying this concept … Continue reading An Unexpected Qualification for Effective Leadership
April 18, 1775, is a date known to every American. It was on that night that Paul Revere was sent to alert Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington, MA, that British soldiers were on the move from Boston... and were looking to arrest them. Revere's message literally was a matter of life and death. After … Continue reading Tomorrow at Creekstone
Francis Schaeffer, in one of my all-time favorite books, True Spirituality, says, “I'm convinced…that this is when we begin to make our forward steps as Christians: When I know through experience that I can lay hold of Christ's blood by faith to cover my sins this morning, and then to cover my sins this afternoon, … Continue reading How to Make Progress as a Christian