The Gospel Prayer

Throughout his book, Gospel, J.D. Greear describes what he calls The Gospel Prayer, a four-part way to tie and tether ourselves daily to the person and work of Jesus. Here ’tis (with a wee bit of reordering and modification): “In Christ, there is nothing that I can do that would make You love me more…

Give Up the Gimmicks: A New (Old) Way to Disciple Youth

I just across a book, Give Up the Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry From an Entertainment Culture, that echos a need for youth ministry that I have sensed for quite a while. Here is a blurb from the author, Brian Cosby: “All too often, youth programs have turned to entertainment-driven models of ministry in order to…

Waiting as Opportunity

Paul Tripp is today’s guest blogger. Okay, so I ripped this off from The Gospel Coalition’s website. This is the first part of a fuller post that you can read here. Since a dear friend of mine is in the process of waiting on a medical report, I actually have been thinking a lot about…

Ft. Yargo Trail Race

Saturday was a beautiful day to trail race at hilly Ft. Yargo State Park, near Winder, GA. Dirty Spokes Productions put on another great event, with equally great dry-fit t-shirts. The race started around 30 degrees but “warmed” to the upper 30s (maybe near 40) by the time most of the 13.1 mile runners were…

Special Family Need • Bring Food and Other Items This Sunday

A single mom named Rena has just moved to the community with four kids. If you could bring a bag of non-perishable food to Creekstone this Sunday, we will get it to her for you. Then, she would be able to use food money for rent and the electric bill this month. Just put Rena’s name on the bag….

Community Helping Place Staircase Project Information

Dr. Bob Christmas is organizing a project to benefit the Community Helping Place. Information is in his email below: The Community Helping Place is an arm of the local ministerial association.  Our church supports it and one of our members provides medical care there.  The clinic serves the uninsured and underinsured people in Lumpkin and surrounding counties. The…

The Difference Between By and Through

I have been reading through the historic Belgic Confession (16th c.) recently (as suggested by my wife, Kristy), and wow, it is gold! For example, Article XXII, makes a helpful distinction between being saved by faith as a meritorious work versus being saved through faith as an instrument. Here is how it reads: “Therefore we justly…

This Coming Sunday’s Sermon Info

Hey Creekstone friends, We know that not every influence is positive, and yet everyone is influenced by something or someone. This week we continue our climb up Romans 8, trekking through verses 5-13 in a message entitled, “Under the Influene: The Spirit-Led Life.” Some of us will arrive on Sunday in great spiritual shape. Others of…