God Uses Means to Accomplish His Ends

Richard Pratt says, “God’s plan is so comprehensive that it not only includes the final destinies of things but also includes the secondary, creaturely processes that work together to accomplish these ends. For instance, God does not simply ordain light to shine on the earth each day; He also employs the sun, the moon, the…

Let’s Pray for All the Churches in Our Community

Let’s pray this week and every week for all of the churches in our community. We do not want a spiritual awakening of the gospel’s fulness in Creekstone alone, but in Dahlonega Baptist, Christ’s Family, Bethlehem Baptist, Dahlonega United Methodist, Dahlonega Presbyterian, TCAD, The Fountain, St. Luke’s, and the other many churches throughout Lumpkin County…

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit

This past Sunday in a message focued on being fueled (filled) with spiritual power as gospel/grace revolutionaries, we discussed the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Here is a introduction to the subject: Water baptism is the shadow of Spirit baptism’s reality.  Water baptism symbolizes the promise of God. Spirit baptism seals the promise of God:…

Starting a New Life Today

Roger Garaudy made a stunning comment about Jesus, considering that he was a communist philosopher who eventually converted to Islam.  “I do not know much about this man, but I do know that his whole life conveys the one message: ‘anyone at any moment can start a new life.’” That is true. When folks encountered…

Whose Shoes Have I Stood in Today?

The words are famous. “You’ll never understand a man ’til you stand in his shoes and look at the world through his eyes.” So said Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. So the question for me today is this: Whose shoes have I stood in today?  

The Caffeinated Christian vs. the Decaf Disciple

We’re all familiar with the catchy commercial jingle, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” But it’s not just the flavor of coffee we crave. Some of us need caffeine in the morning to wake up. I’ve been reading John Fisher’s book, Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian, where the caffeinated Christian is the person who is…

Sharing Your Testimony of Grace

Back in 1990, I went on a mission trip to Prauge and was asked to share my testimony in front of a large group of people in the Old Town Square. I was scared to death! Not because of public speaking, but because I didn’t know what to say. I was a missionary who didn’t…

“Fueled for the Mission” • Acts 1:4-11 (audio sermon)

This is message #2 is Creekstone’s new series in Acts, The Revolution. In this message, we learn what it means to be fueled for the mission as gospel revolutionaries.  Revolution_Fueled_for_the_Mission_•_Acts_1_4-11.mp3 Listen on Posterous Acts 1:4-11 • “Fueled for the Mission”   Message introduction. Yesterday, when I got in the car to go run some errands, that…

A Tribute to My Youngest Daughter on Her Birthday

A gift was given to the world on January 12, 2004, and her name is Sarah Wynn (a.k.a., sweet pea, punkie, snurgle, precious, etc.). Today marks the 9th anniversary of her birthday. Last night each member of the family shared with her what we loved about her—what made her unique and special. It was a joy to hear…

An Outline of the Book of Acts

Outline taken From the ESV Study Bible Preparation for Witness (1:1–2:13) Jesus prepares the disciples (1:1–5) Jesus ascends (1:6–11) Matthias replaces Judas (1:12–26) The Spirit descends at Pentecost (2:1–13) The Witness in Jerusalem (2:14–5:42) Peter preaches at Pentecost (2:14–41) The Christian community shares a life in common (2:42–47) Peter heals a lame man (3:1–10) Peter preaches…

An Introduction to the Book of Acts

Acts is unique among the NT writings, in that its main purpose is to record a selective history of the early church following the resurrection of Christ. It is the second part of a two-volume work, with the Gospel of Luke being the first volume. Both books are dedicated to a person named Theophilus, and Acts…