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 … Continue reading The Gospel Prayer
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 … Continue reading Give Up the Gimmicks: A New (Old) Way to Disciple Youth
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 … Continue reading Waiting as Opportunity
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, February 26.
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 … Continue reading Ft. Yargo Trail Race
It really is a blessing to have the Appalachian Trail in our community's back yard. There are lots of great hikes in our area. But there are a few hikes that are uniquely beautiful and memorable. One of those is the hike up to the peak of Blood Mtn. As we ascend the summit of … Continue reading For Skeptics, Prodigals and the Wounded: The View Will Be Worth It
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. … Continue reading Special Family Need • Bring Food and Other Items This Sunday
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 … Continue reading Community Helping Place Staircase Project Information
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 … Continue reading The Difference Between By and Through
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 … Continue reading This Coming Sunday’s Sermon Info
From the apostle Paul to the Puritans to modern day grace preachers, we learn that the more mature we get as Christians, the more we will see our sin. This does not mean that we necessarily will sin more, but that we will become more aware of various actions and motives as sinful, that before … Continue reading Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel
Here are some pics from our latest K-Group gathering. See the full gallery on Posterous
In his well-known book, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, the Scottish pastor, Thomas Boston (1676–1732) describes the four states of human nature as integrity (before the fall), depravity (after the fall), recovery (after redemption), and consummation (consummate happiness or misery, depending on one's response to the gospel). These four states correspond to Augustine's teaching … Continue reading The Fourfold State of Mankind
F. Godet, a Swiss theologican, called the thrity-nine verses in Romans 8 great because they begin with "no condemnation" and end with "no separation." The late James Boice considered this chapter to be the greatest in the entire Bible. Now, whether we can put one chapter as more significant than other God-breathed chapters of Scripture … Continue reading Beginning Our Ascent to the Peak
This week's book recommendation is The Prodigal God, by Dr. Tim Keller. This smallish book will rock your world. It rocked mine when I first heard the message in sermon form back in 1998. So simple, yet so remarkably profound. This book is on my short list of favorites and should be considered one of … Continue reading This Week’s Book Recommendation
The quote below is a blurb from Tullian Tchividjian, one of the two speakers at the spring men's conference at Perimeter Church, April 27-28. For more information and to register, just go here. "There seems to be a fear out there that the preaching of radical grace produces serial killers. Or, to put it in more theological … Continue reading Too Much Indicative?
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, on Romans 7:7-25, "The War Within."
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Here is the "assignment" mentioned in this week's Creekstone message on Romans 7:7-25, "The War Within." Remember, this assignment is not intended to make you a self-righteous Pharisee (we don't need any help with that!), but a tender-hearted lover of Jesus. It would make us more mindful of our weakness and need for grace. The … Continue reading The Sonship Tongue Assignment
Do you want to grow as a Christian? One of of my theological heroes, Octavius Winslow, in his book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, tells us how growth happens: “It is by simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true … Continue reading Do You Want to Grow as a Christian?
“The most renowned and now crowned saints have, in the days of their being on earth, relapsed into one and the same sin. Lot was twice overcome with wine; Abraham did often lie, and twice lay his wife open to adultery to save his own life, which even the heathens would not have done… David in his wrath … Continue reading Wholly, Only and Always
In Sunday's message from Romans 7:1-6, The New Way, we discussed the difference between living by the law vs. living by the Spirit. Here is a summary of the comparison.