The Stock family is about to depart for their ministry in South Asia! Read more about it at The Stock Update • Feb '13. Be encouraged that your giving to the Kingdom through Creekstone is making this possible!
February 24, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 2: Supernatural Expecation • Acts 2:43 (Revolution Series) Listen here: A Contagious Church_ Supernatural Expectation • Acts 2_43 The Continuous Expectation They Shared The Common Excuses We Make The Contemporary Examples We Overlook The Fresh Empowerment We Need What does a lack of supernatural expectation reveal about how … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 2: Supernatural Expectation • Acts 2:43
"The Little Mermaid" is playing at the Holly in Dahlonega this weekend and next. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00pm, with a Sunday performance each weekend at 3:00pm. Tickets are $10 for children and $14 for adults. After enjoying "preview night," I can say that it well worth your time and money... and not … Continue reading The Little Mermaid is Playing at the Holly Theater!
This is a message that posted on Facebook back in December from someone who encountered our Free Gift-Wrapping Ministry at Wal-Mart at Christmas. In her post, she says that she was "shaken by kindness." Today, I spent the last the money to my name on Christmas presents for my children. Wrapping paper was something I … Continue reading Shaken by Kindness
We are all devoted to something. And that something is what we believe will bring us the most joy—the greatest personal dividend. The problem is that we tend to be devoted to the wrong things. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political philosopher, traveled through America in the early 1830s and wrote a book called Democracy in … Continue reading The Incomplete Joys of the World
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 17, Complete Devotion, the first of six messages in our Revolution mini-series, The Contagious Church. Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion - Acts 2:42 Here are questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion: Of the four devotions, which one do you think is foundational, … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion • Acts 2:42
Preaching Rocket is a ministry that is designed to help preachers fulfill their primary task, which is... preaching! I recently was deeply encouraged and highly motivated by some correspondence from the Preaching Rocket folks. I was reminded of what John Calvin said in 1536 about the work of preachers: “Their whole task is limited to … Continue reading The Supreme Work of the Preacher
As Kristy and I arrived home after going out for a Valentine's Day dinner, we discovered a den arrayed with lit candles, Nat King Cole Radio playing on Pandora, our wedding album open on the coffee table, fresh firewood on the hearth and my computer plugged in, ready to play a Valentine's Night movie on … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Surprise
AS WE APPROACH Acts 2:42-47 in our series, The Revolution, we are going to pop up our tents and camp here a while—for six weeks to be precise. The reason for this "extended stay" is that these verses provide a clear snap shot of a contagious (in a good sense!) church—a community whose influence was … Continue reading A Six-Week Camping Trip in Acts 2:42-47
The 2013 Spring Women’s Retreat with GracePointe Church is scheduled for March 15-17 at the Dillard House in scenic Dillard, GA. The cost is $140 for a 4 person room and includes a 2 night stay, 3 amazing meals, practical, gospel-centered teaching and worship led by Sue Harris—an unbeatable opportunity to get away! To register, just … Continue reading Ladies, Don’t Miss This!
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Listen here: Rags to Riches • Acts 2.22-41 What is significant about the fact that the gospel is news rather than instruction; that it is history, rather than legend, fable or myth? C.S. Lewis, in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, says, “Christianity, … Continue reading Rags to Riches: the Gospel Story • Acts 2:22-41 (audio with discussion questions)
We came across this simple, biblical, gospel-centered, Jesus-focused devotional recently and are using it individually and as a family. Here is what we're doing. 1. In the morning, everyone reads the short devotion and Scripture and prays over the theme privately. 2. In the evening, whether at dinner or before bed, we are gathering back … Continue reading New Family Devotional
Here are the books that were referenced in today's message, Rags to Riches, from Acts 2:22-41. From Fear to Freedom, by Rose Marie Miller Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt, by George Grant The Gospel for Real Life, by Jerry Bridges
"When the Word of God, faithfully taught by the people of God and empowered by the Spirit of God, falls down, people become different. Lusting people become pure, fearful people become courageous, thieves become givers, demanding people become servants, angry people become peacemakers, complainers become thankful, and idolaters come to joyfully worship the one true … Continue reading Come Expectantly Tomorrow
Tony Campolo is a sociology professor and ordained Baptist minister whose leftward leanings theologically, politically and socially have made him a person of suspicion for some more evangelically oriented believers. Nevertheless, he has much to teach the entire church about grace— or at least about what grace looks like in street clothes. In a well-known … Continue reading “I’d Join a Church Like That!”
If you want to get ahead and prepare for tomorrow's message, it will be be from Acts 2:22-41. What we are going to discover is that the gospel story is a rags to riches story that challenges, inspires and transforms those who are absorbed into it. 22“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth … Continue reading Passage for Tomorrow’s Message
This is the Creekstone team, along with a couple of coaches, figuring out the discipleship process. What an amazing weekend of equipping this has been. Thank you to Perimeter Life on Life Ministries!
Need some Friday humor? Watch this. "Hey, the word super is in superficial. And everybody wants to be super, right?" 🙂
Today, I had my annual health screening at Perimeter. Hopefully, I passed. But it wasn't my only health appointment. The first was physical, but the second was spiritual. After all, nobody needs the gospel more in a church than the lead pastor. So, in 2013, Kristy and I are continuing to act on that belief … Continue reading Physical Health, Spiritual Health and a Discipleship Clinic
This is the audio of our latest message in our Revolution series, entitled, A New Day Dawns, from Acts 2:1-21. Listen here: A New Day Dawns • Acts 2.1-21 Here are some discussion questions: What do you think the “Spirit-filled” life should look and feel like today? What factors can cause the gospel to go viral through … Continue reading A New Day Dawns • Acts 2:1-21
Yesterday, while re-reading Speechless by Scotty Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, I came across this statement, which really helped provide an image for how we can be new creatures who are declared perfectly righteous in Jesus (the penalty of sin has been abolished), but who continue to struggle with present sin (the power of sin continues to … Continue reading Taking Off My Grave Clothes