As you may know, the Mega Million lottery is up to about $540 million (and probably will grow higher). Standing in a convenience store today, I considered buying a ticket (just for fun, of course). I began to imagine all the good that I could do with such a prize (think rationalization). Then a passage … Continue reading One Way to Ruin Your Marriage and Children
In a word: yes. This subject is on my mind because tonight we begin our next Creekstone 101 class at my house, which serves as our Inquirers/Membership course. Since the question about membership being "biblical" usually arises, I decided to put something together as a resource. This is not extensive, but does serve as a … Continue reading Is Church Membership Biblical?
All Creekstone folks are invited to attend the Community Helping Place's Open House to celebrate their new facility (and view the new staircase built by Creekstone members). Here is the info:
This is the message from the Community Lenten Service on March 27, 2012.
Here is the audio of the Creekstone message on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Today we welcome guest blogger, Tullian Tchividjian, who is posting a series of blogs for The Gospel Coalition on the distinction between the law and the gospel. Part one is below. What do you think? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For centuries, Reformational Theologians have rightly noted that in the Bible God speaks two fundamentally different words: law and gospel. … Continue reading Law and Gopsel, Part 1 (by Tullian Tchividjian)
Archibald Alexander, in Thoughts Concerning Religious Experience (1844): “Why is there so little advancement made [in living the Christian life]? First, there is a defect in our belief in the freeness of divine grace. To exercise unshaken confidence in the doctrine of gratuitous pardon is one of the most difficult things in the world… Christians … Continue reading The Miracle Grow of the Soul
Here are some pics of our memories at Ridge Haven Retreat Center near Brevard N.C., March 16-18, 2012. What a great weekend! See the full gallery on Posterous
This week's sermon passage, Romans 8:26-28, is one of those remarkable vistas on the journey to the peak of Romans 8—a peak that we eventually will experience on Easter Sunday. In some ways, this is a training passage, preparing us to trust God now in advance of those times that otherwise would paralyze us with … Continue reading God Never Comes Through For Me… and Other Issues
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Wise words from Paul Tripp from a recent blog post at the Gospel Coalition. His audience is vocational ministry leaders, but consider how this applies to marriage, parenting and friendship. I think if I took this to heart, my relationships would benefit all across the board. There is no doubt about it: too many of … Continue reading Relationships Are Like Gardens
This is a sample of photos from over the years—fourteen years of blessing. See the full gallery on Posterous
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Schaeffer had a combo birthday party with Daniel Minnear this past weekend. An afternoon and into the evening airsoft war, pizza, movie, boxing tournament and overnight = a worn out host family (not us!). Thanks to Beth and Doug Minnear for putting on a great party for two great guys! See the full gallery on … Continue reading Schaeffer’s 14th Birthday Airsoft Party
Humpty Dumpty, an English nursery rhyme, is a wonderful tool for sharing the gospel. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall." First, Humpty was a rebellious egg. After all, what is an egg-like creature doing on a wall? He must have been told by his mama not to play on that wall, or else he might fall … Continue reading Humpty Dumpty Evangelism
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This is another post from chapter six of Bryan Chapell's book, Holiness by Grace, which deals with the power of God that enables us to change from the inside out. "People drowning in destructive habits are not rescued by simply urging them to act more like Christians... True spiritual change is more a consequence of what … Continue reading The Power to Change
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"People who spend their lives in the slums... suffer from underdeveloped imaginations. They wish for nothing better than that their children live in a tenement with uncracked windows and running water and fewer rats. For a hobo, it's really living to ride in a railroad car that doesn't smell. But God's children are neither slum … Continue reading Dreaming Bigger Dreams
Hey guys, I want to challenge you to give your wives the special gift of a weekend away—a mountain retreat. A time to rest, to connect with friends and to encounter God through worship and grace-centered, Jesus-focused teaching—a time to be renewed. As you know, Creekstone's Spring Women's Retreat (with GracePointe Church) is set for … Continue reading Guys, Give This Special Gift to Your Wives!
In preparation for this Sunday's message in Romans 8:18-25, I'm re-reading Larry Crabb's book, Shattered Dreams. One theme he deals with is how suffering produces a new hunger for God, who is the source of true soul satisfaction and eternal joy. Here is a challenging excerpt: "If we are satisfied with good health, responsible children, enjoyable marriages, … Continue reading How Suffering Produces a New Hunger to Know God
This week's book recommendation is Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb, which ties in with the message this coming Sunday from Romans 8:18-25. It is a senstivie, helpful, honest, and hopeful study for those who have been, as the hymn says, "bruised and broken by the fall." I have read my copy numerous times for the balm of grace … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Shattered Dreams
Here is the sermon audio from Sunday, March 4.