According to World Vision, malnutrition kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Estimates are that one person in seven in the world will go to bed hungry tonight—over 900 million people—with ninety-eight percent of them living in the developing, third world. What millions experience physically, countless others experience spiritually, and not … Continue reading Come and Get It!
Sunday, May 26, 2013 • Listen here —> My Chains are Gone (Acts 12:1-19) Listening guide: Peter is bound (vv. 1-5) Peter is rescued (vv. 6-11) The disciples are skeptical, then astonished (vv. 12-17) The guards are executed (vv. 18-19) Discussion questions: What are the chains in my life which has imprisoned me in fear … Continue reading My Chains are Gone! • Acts 12:1-19 (sermon)
This Sunday as we look at Acts 12:1-19 we are going to see something that I think will be super-encouraging for all of us as we deal with God's power to break even the strongest chains of the things that bind and imprison our hearts, whether fears, insecurities, resentments, regrets or addictions. What if this … Continue reading My Chains are Gone!
As a child, I dreamed of the day when I'd be driving a flying car. Well, that day is closer than many of us probably thought possible. As Chris Woodyard writes in USA TODAY, "Even though its first flying car is still at least two years away, a Massachusetts aerospace firm has unveiled a new … Continue reading The Soon to be Seen Flying Car: “You’ve Got to be Looking Forward”
As you know, on Monday afternoon an EF-5 tornado devestated much of Moore, OK. Mission to North America (MNA) Disaster Response is working with local leadership to help assess damages and put together the best means to help those in need. Once this plan is in place the details will be posted to their website, … Continue reading How You Can Help Folks in Moore, OK
Please make plans to join the Creekstone family at 5:30 this Sunday afternoon (May 26) at Yahoola Creek Park for our Annual Spring Picnic! Just bring your own picnic dinner, along with blankets, chairs, Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, etc., and we'll have a great time enjoying old friends and meeting new ones. Here are some … Continue reading Annual Creekstone Spring Picnic is This Sunday!
Here are some pics from the Creekstone Pot-Luck on Sunday, May 19.
May 19, 2013 • Listen here —> Can You Hear Me Now? Acts 11:1-18 Discussion questions: What are the litmus tests that I tend to use to determine whether someone is a genuine disciple of Jesus? Why does my flesh resist salvation by sheer grace? How is repentance the great equalizer? How does the cross … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now? • Acts 11:1-18 (sermon)
"I'm so out of touch." That is my conclusion after talking to my seventeen-year-old daughter about music. But that's okay. I'm fine with my acoustic folk CDs and classic rock collection from the 70s and 80s. So, I can live with being a bit out of touch with 2013 pop music. I will all be … Continue reading Am I Out of Touch?
This coming Sunday (May 19th), we will be having a pot-luck style lunch immediately after the worship service to celebrate the end of our community group ministry for the year. Not only will we get to fellowship with friends old and new, but this also will give us the chance to say goodbye to the … Continue reading What Will You Bring to the Pot-Luck on Sunday?
May 12, 2013 • Listen here —> "When Grace Happens" • Acts 9:1-22 The Big Idea: “______________________________________________________.” I may be more like Saul than I want to admit (vv. 1-2) Experiencing grace can be traumatic (vv. 3-9) Grace really means grace (vv. 10-14) Suffering does not mean that God is against me (vv. 15-16) Grace … Continue reading “When Grace Happens” • Acts 9:1-22 (sermon)
"What happened?" That is the question everyone was asking about a man named Saul. He had been the most impassioned persecutor of the church. But now, he had become the most passionate preacher in the church. Today, we know him as the Apostle Paul. This angry man become kind. He went from being hateful to … Continue reading What Happened?
This is the material we cover in Creekstone 101, our weekend seminar introducing folks to Creekstone's story, mission, vision, core commitments, philosophy of ministry, theology, leadership structure, ministry parnterships and membership process. There is no obligation to become a member by attending Creekstone 101. However, the seminar is required for those pursuing formal partnership through … Continue reading Creekstone 101 Materials Packet (pdf)
May 5, 2013 - Listen here —> "Facing the Fire" • Acts 7:54-8:4 Listening Guide: The Big Idea: “Persecution is part of the disciple's job description.” I. Stephen’s fire - Acts 7:54 II. Courage for the moment - Acts 7:55-56 III.Prepared to suffer - Acts 7:57-58 IV. The Christ-like disciple - Acts 7:59-60 V. A … Continue reading “Facing the Fire” • Acts 7:54-8:4 (sermon)
Yesterday after the morning service, we had our quarterly Leadership Collaborative for those serving in lead roles on Ministry Teams, K-Groups, and other areas of ministry. In addition to generating some great ideas for future ministry, we discussed twelve characteristics that we value in those who lead at Creekstone. Here is a brief survey: 1. … Continue reading Twelve Leadership Values
Every Christian will face the fire. That's what Paul said in 1 Timothy 3:12, declaring, "“All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." All? Really? This means that what fire is to a fireman, persecution is to a disciple of Jesus. Persecution is in the believer's job description. This … Continue reading Are You Prepared to Face the Fire?
Hello Creekstone friends, As you know, Creekstone has been blessed to have uniquely gifted folks lead our worship and tech ministry. As you may also know, our Tech Coordinator, Tom Keel, will be moving down 400 later this month so that he and Rachel can be closer to his primary job with Campus Outreach, which … Continue reading Leadership Transition Announcement for Music and Technology