Dockery Lake Trail Hike with the Kids (Photos)

With the weather today being perfect for an outdoor adventure, I took the my three Caston kids on a hike on the Dockery Lake Trail, a spur of the Appalachian Trail just south of Woody Gap. Here are some memories. By the way, Ann Ferris, the budding photographer with quite the creative streak, took these photos.  See … Continue reading Dockery Lake Trail Hike with the Kids (Photos)

Christmas Sermon Notes and Audio- “Letting Hope Out of the Box” (Romans 5:12-19)

Here are the notes for this week's Creekstone Christmas sermon on Romans 5:12-19, "Letting Hope Out of the Box." The audio is on the Creekstone website here and on iTunes. Hope to see those of you in town for our Christmas Eve service on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the High School. NOTE: We are not having a … Continue reading Christmas Sermon Notes and Audio- “Letting Hope Out of the Box” (Romans 5:12-19)

A Year-End Gift for a Special Friend to Extend the Gospel

If you are a regular at Creekstone, you know that one of the biggest influences in my spiritual formation (my understanding of, experience with and teaching of the gospel) is Dr. Johnny Long. Not only has he preached twice at Creekstone, but also he and his wife, Becky, led our fall Marriage Conference. Now, he … Continue reading A Year-End Gift for a Special Friend to Extend the Gospel

A Practical Demonstration of Grace on December 17

Creekstone's Gift-Wrapping MissionBy wrapping presents for busy parents next Saturday in front of Wal-Mart, we will be offering more than a great service—we will be offering a practical demonstration of grace.  Our gift wrapping can’t be purchased by those in need. It can't be earned. It can only be accepted, just like God’s gift of … Continue reading A Practical Demonstration of Grace on December 17

Advent Luncheon Message: “Waiting Through the Pain” • Matthew 27:45-50

Here is the message on Matthew 27:45-50 that I taught on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for the Dahlonega community advent luncheon series, entitled, "Waiting Through the Pain." Both audio and sermon notes are included below. I love teaching in that context, where believers from all over the community come together to celebrate the gospel of Jesus. Thanks … Continue reading Advent Luncheon Message: “Waiting Through the Pain” • Matthew 27:45-50

Distinguishing the Items on the Agenda for a Pastoral/Elder Team Meeting

Perimeter Church distinguishes between three kinds of items on the agenda for a Pastoral/Elder Team meeting. I recently "re-discovered" these and found the break-down helpful. 1. Items that are FYI 2. Items that need input/discussion 3. Items that require a decision (ideally, items should have been previously discussed with all members of the team, with … Continue reading Distinguishing the Items on the Agenda for a Pastoral/Elder Team Meeting