The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

 Below is from a post by Susie Steiner. I found it quite thought provoking and an encouragement to consider “reverse engineering” my life.  _____________________________________________________________________ Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives… [She] writes of the phenomenal clarity of…

Four Views Concerning the Relationship Between “Church and State”

In my study for this coming Sunday’s message on Romans 13:1-7, “Citizenship in the City of Man,” I have been reading John Stott’s commentary on Romans. In his comments on chapter thirteen, he distinguishes four historic views concerning the relationship between the church and state.   He writes, “Relations between church and state have been…

Do Not Fear the Judaizers

In his book, The Cross Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney says that there are three ways that my heart gets drawn away from having the gospel/cross central in my life:legalism, condemnation and subjectivism. Legalism is basing my relationship with God on my performance. Condemnation is being more focused on my sin than on God’s grace Subjectivism is basing my view…

Motivation for Mission

After John the Baptizer denies being the Christ in John 1, he sees Jesus and tells his disciples, “Look, the Lamb of God.” Next we read, “When the two disciples heard him say this, the followed Jesus.” What a great picture of true discipleship. John gathered men to himself with the purpose of leading them…

The Confrontation and Consolation of the Gospel

I tend to be a people-pleaser. Yes, I know that it is a curse, and I struggle. This struggle is especially acute when counseling folks. I so want to make them feel better, and say something that will encourage them. Mainly, I want them to know that I am on their side so that they…

Christian Socialism?

Acts 4:32-35 is a remarkable picture of unity and generosity in the lives of the early Christians in Jerusalem. Everyone shared their possessions, and sometimes sold what they had to supply the material needs of other believers. On the surface, it looks a lot like socialism… but it wasn’t. Socialism is an imposed, or forced…

It Takes a Team to Fulfill a Dream

Creekstone is a team with a dream—a dream to help peopole live all of life in view of the cross. And there is a place on the team for you!  In fact, there are a number of specific positions you may be interested in filling on Sunday mornings. A few of them are listed below….