This Sunday during our study in Acts 3:1-10, we'll see God do the impossible in the life of a lame man. But we are all lame in some capacity, aren't we? We all have areas of our lives that seem impossible to change? Sometimes we feel helpless and hopeless. But what if God helps the … Continue reading What if God were to do the impossible in your life?
At the beginning of The Hobbit, which is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins is enjoying a comfortable and predictable life in his home in The Shire, a quiet, serene place where the Hobbits live. But when the mysterious Gandalf drops in for a surprise visit, Bilbo's life is changed forever. … Continue reading Something is Stirring
March 24, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 6: Every Member a Missionary • Acts 2:47 (Revolution Series) What does it mean for every member to be a missionary? Why do you think many Christians do not have a missionary identity? What is the most compelling factor in adopting a missionary identity? Have you ever been … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 6: Every Member a Missionary • Acts 2:47 (Revolution Series)
When we began Creekstone, there were several core values to which we were and still are committed. 1. Grace-Driven Teaching 2. Grace-Shaped Community 3. Grace-Motivated Mission Since the message tomorrow is on what it means for every member to be a missionary, in order to prime the pump a bit, I thought I'd post our … Continue reading Grace-Motivated Mission
Nini and Papa took our family to Disney World the last week of January this year. Here is a small sample of the 700 plus photos that were taken that week. A slideshow will begin above automatically. To forward the pictures more quickly or to go back, scroll over the show and click the forward … Continue reading Disney Trip 2013
March 17, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 5: Palpable Joy • Acts 2_46-47a (Revolution Series) Why do you think joy is so essential for the church to impact the world with the gospel? Why do you think true joy is so elusive? Read Jeremiah 2:11-13. What are some “broken cisterns” that we pursue today? … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 5: Palpable Joy • Acts 2:46-47a (Revolution Series)
My son, Schaeffer, turned fifteen today (born 3.15.98). I am more blessed to be his father than words can express.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, reflecting on the unique sense of joy that was exhibited by the early Christians in Jerusalem in Acts 2, says, “I am certain that the world outside is not going to pay much attention to all the organized efforts of the Christian church. The one thing she will pay attention to is a … Continue reading Joyless or Joyful: What Makes the Difference?
March 10, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series) Astonishing Commitments Ongoing Challenges Pressing Considerations Is there any event that you just “hate to miss?” What is it about that event that is so compelling? What if a church were that way? Can you imagine … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series)
Check out this 4-minute highlight video of the 2013 Creekstone Youth Retreat, produced by Matthew "Fish" Luke. Thanks to Graham Sibley for organizing and leading the weekend, as well as to the worship team, speaker and college volunteers who served us so well. Student response has been amazing, with one of our guests commenting on … Continue reading 4 Minute Highlight Video of the 2013 Creekstone Youth Retreat!
I was at a meeting recently where an individual was commenting on the character of someone else. In these contexts, the topic often is a juicy morsel of gossip, or if from a Christian, it may be communicated as a "request for prayer." 🙂 However, what was said really struck me deeply because the gossip … Continue reading Are You Impressed?
This video is a gospel tour de force by my friend, Paige Benton, presented at the Together for the Gospel Women's Conference in June, 2012. She uses the concept of the temple through the Old and New Testament to show just how "in" God is in his relationship with his people. Totally worth the watch! … Continue reading How “In” is God in His Relationship with Us?
March 3, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 3: Racial Love • Acts 2:44-45 (Revolution Series) Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 4: Radical Love • Acts 2.44-45 Racial Love Revealed Radical Love Resisted Racial Love Recharged Discuss: Why is the story about the generous police officer so powerful? Share a story about how you were … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45
Here are some words that are on my mind tonight as I prepare for tomorrow. They are from Psalm 103:10-12: 11 [the LORD] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who … Continue reading Not as Our Sins Deserve
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an opportunity for Christ-followers to respond to the gospel by remembering, re-connecting and rejoicing. We remember what Jesus has done for us though his life, death and resurrection. We re-connect our hearts to the truth of the gospel by faith, knowing that God’s grace is not philosophical, but is … Continue reading Preparing for Communion This Sunday