Hey Creekstone folks, This Sunday I want to share with you a simple and practical financial strategy that is designed by God and leads to financial freedom. If you are like most folks, you know what it feels like to be enslaved to financial fears and the anxiety that comes with economic uncertainty. Thankfully, there is … Continue reading A Simple, Practical Strategy for Financial Freedom and Blessing
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 • "The Antidote to Materialism" Listen here. Questions for reflection and discussion: In what way has your life been affected by the plague of materialism)? What does Jesus mean when says that my heart follows my money? In other words, what is the relationship between faith and finances? How is generosity … Continue reading The Antidote for Materialism (Part 2 in The Generosity Factor)
For the past two years Creekstone has hosted the Free Holiday Gift Wrap at Wal-Mart from 10:00 a.m. 'til 4:00 p.m. during a Saturday in mid-December. It's been a great success and a unique opportunity for us to share the simple message of the gospel during the Christmas season. We don't advertise for Creekstone, nor do … Continue reading Gift Wrapping Ministry Needs a Coordinator!
The Gospel Transformation Study Bible (ESV) promises to be a revolutionary new study Bible. Not only will it help to explain the text of Scripture, but it will reveal the Christ-centered, redemptive, grace-oriented purpose of the Bible of every page, whether in the Old Testament or the New. I couldn't be more excited about a … Continue reading An All-New Study Bible That I Will Get and Use
October 31 is one of the most historic days in human history, and surprisingly to many, it has nothing to do with costumes or candy. On this day in 1517, Martin Luther, a German university professor, nailed his 95 Theses upon the door of the Wittenburg Church, knowing that on the following day, All Saints Day, people would … Continue reading October 31 and the Re-Discovery of Grace
"I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis, but moment by moment. There is the same base (Christ's work) and the same instrument (faith); the only difference is that one is once for … Continue reading Foundational Quotes for Creekstone Church
This is a primer in the gospel that is based on the illustration that I call "The A+ for the F." I hope that it helps you live in the context of God's grace, as well as provides you with an easy way to share the revolutionary message of the gospel with others.
Please join me at the Dahlonega Parks and Rec Center THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, October 27, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Creekstone’s 2013 Vision Banquet, when we will unveil a vision for Creekstone's future that I think will make you glad that you came. Dress is casual, dinner is provided, and childcare is available. Just show up and join us! Hope … Continue reading Creekstone Vision Banquet Info. – THIS SUNDAY NIGHT
"If I had more money I'd finally be happy." Even if you have not said this, you probably have thought it. I have. But I hope you know that is a deceptive lie, which to believe and embrace could ruin your life. After all, how much is enough to be happy? Maybe mega-millions would do the trick? Listen … Continue reading If I Had More Money I’d Finally be Happy
Sunday, October 20, 2013 • "Transferring Ownership" (Message #1 in The Generosity Factor) Listen to this week's message here. Questions for reflection and discussion: Why do you think how we view and use money and possessions would be considered the number one spiritual indicator for grasping the gospel and living by faith? To what does … Continue reading Transferring Ownership (The Generosity Factor, Part 1)
As we pursue a study on Sunday mornings related to money and possessions, a super-helpful (and really short) book on giving and generosity is by Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving. Get it and read it. You will be really glad that you did. When our view and stewardship of … Continue reading The Treasure Principle
Check out this fascinating and helpful discussion by Tullian Tchividjian on the reasons vs. motivations for obedience, originally posted here at the Gospel Coalition. ___________________________________________________________________________ My friend Matt Smethurst interviewed me about the themes in my new book One-Way Love. I always appreciate Matt’s thoughtful questions. One of the questions he asked me had to do … Continue reading Reasons vs Motivations for Obedience
"Everything that I possess belongs to God. Not just 10%, but everything is his." That is a concept that has changed my life, and I think it will change your life, too. After all, did you know that the number one indicator of my spiritual health is how I view and use my money and … Continue reading The Concept that Changed My Life… with a Money-Back Guarantee
Here are some highlights from our fall family camping trip with our friends at Classical Conversations at Fort Mountain State Park, about an hour west of Dahlonega between Ellijay and Chatsworth, GA. Although we didn't get any scenery pics, the mountain views are amazing. For more info on the park, just go here.
Last night I taught on Galatians 3:1-14 for the Sunday Night Fellowship of Creekstone UNG students. This morning, I marinated my heart in that passage again, and am glad that I did. In verse 5, Paul says, "Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or … Continue reading Faith and Miracles
These words written by Philip Bliss in 1873 are worthy of daily meditation. Read, believe and be blessed! Free from the law, O happy condition, Jesus has bled and there is remission, Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all. Once for all, O sinner, receive it, … Continue reading Once for All!
Jesus, as the ultimate Peacemaker, calls his disciples to be peacemakers, too. So, rather than something from which to run, in view of the cross, we can see conflict as an opportunity to show the same grace to others that has been shown to us. To listen to this past Sunday's message, The Peacemaker, just … Continue reading The Peacemaker • Matthew 5:9 (sermon)
This past Friday, I took the Caston Crew apple picking in Ellijay to make some family memories. Here are some photos.
Through forgiveness God tears down the walls that our sins have built, and he opens the way for a renewed relationship with him. This is exactly what we must do if we are to forgive as the Lord forgives us: We must release the person who has wronged us from the penalty of being separated from … Continue reading The Four Promises of Forgiveness
This material comes from Peacemaker Ministries. For the original page and more information, just go here. Harmful conflict is usually triggered by unmet desires. "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it" (James 4:1-2). Even good desires can evolve … Continue reading A Conflict Continuum – Fight, Flight or Pursue Peace
In view of our message on Sunday, The Peacemaker, I wanted to highlight a helpful book on the subject, and with the same name, The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande. Just click the image below to order from Amazon.