You may have noticed that at Creekstone we have one big drum that we beat all the time: God's grace changes everything. His unfathomable love is what compels us to live as devoted disciples of Jesus. We are devoted to him because he is devoted to us. We love him because he first loved us.But … Continue reading If You Think You Get It, You Don’t
In 1875, Philip Bliss wrote this timeless hymn, Hallelujah, What a Savior, to remember and celebrate the gospel. It is the perfect theme for gathering together on a Sunday, being reminded that "in my place condemned he stood." Man of Sorrows! What a name, for the Son of God, who came; Ruined sinners to reclaim. … Continue reading Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Good leaders listen. This applies to husbands, fathers, coaches, managers, teachers, politicians, pastors, etc. Since I'm on that list several times, I need to make a confession: one of the biggest mistakes I've made in ministry and marriage is not listening well. As someone who likes to be right, I find it hard (really hard) to … Continue reading Good Leaders Listen
This is a chart developed by Dr. Johnny Long to describe contrasts between religion and the gospel as articulated by Dr. Tim Keller in his Preaching to the Heart lecture series.
This is message #4 is our series, No Longer Bound.
One of the questions that I get asked all the time as a church planter is “which denomination are you.” Baptist? Presbyterian? Methodist? Episcopalian? Non-denominational? I like the attitutde of the 18th century revival preacher George Whitefield, who said, “Father Abraham, whom have you in heaven? Any Episcopalians? No! Any Presbyterians? No! Any Independents or … Continue reading Denominations with Lower Case Letters
Why go to church? Now, that is a good question! To make the answer reasonably short, we could say that there are two possible options: we go to give or to get. The law says go to church that you may give to God. But the gospel says that we go to church so that we … Continue reading Why Go to Church?
Robert Duvall shows what authentic, non-churchy prayer looks like in his role as Sonny in The Apostle. Okay, I don't necessarily promote Sonny's prayer as a model to follow (although it does reflect some of the more "desperate" language in some of the Psalms). It just seems that my prayers are often so formal and … Continue reading Praying Like We Really Know Jesus
"The doctrine of the atonement is very simple. It just consists in the substitution of Christ in the place of the sinner; Christ being treated as if he were the sinner and then the transgressor being treated as if he were the righteous one. It is a change of persons. Christ becomes the sinner. He … Continue reading The Doctrine of the Atonement is Very Simple
This quote from my friend, Charles Spurgeon, gives me great hope in preparing to speak of Jesus this Sunday for Creekstone! “Oh, the power, the melting, conquering, transforming power of that dear cross of Christ! My brethren, we have but to abide by the preaching of it, we have but constantly to tell abroad the … Continue reading The Melting, Conquering, Transforming Power of the Cross
I think a driving force for most of my life has been about trying to prove something—mainly that I am somebody. Maybe you can relate. This issue is identity, and it plays out in a thousand ways. I am smart. I'll prove it. I am athletic. I'll prove it. I am right. I'll prove it. … Continue reading There is Nothing Left to Prove
If you an official member of Creekstone Church, please plan to attend our first ever MEMBER DINNER, which will be on Sunday, January 26, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Dahlonega Parks and Rec Center. The purpose of this dinner is not only to celebrate what the Lord has done and is doing among and through … Continue reading Deadline for Membership Dinner Registration is Jan. 21st
I'm re-reading through Dan Allender's book, Leading with a Limp, and wanted to share some helpful info concerning laziness, busyness and calling. "A lazy person does little nothing while a busy person does almost everything, but the similarity is that both refuse to be intentional. Busyness is the moral equivalent of laziness." p. 128 "The … Continue reading Disappointing Many to Please One
This is message #3 in our No Longer Bound series.
I'm not impressive, and don't have to be, because Jesus is. "The Kingdom belongs to people who aren't trying to look good or impress anybody, even themselves. They are not plotting how they can call attention to themselves, worrying about how their actions will be interpreted or wondering if they will get gold stars for … Continue reading Not Impressive
This past Sunday we received this encouraging, anonymous comment on a Get Connected card: “I might as well have been the only person in the auditorium today. I needed it - the worship music, the message, the reminders - all of it. I wanted to stay home today to avoid people (for the very reasons … Continue reading An Encouraging, Anonymous Comment
This is message #2 in our No Longer Bound series.
"What will people think?" Are you ready to admit that this question drives most of what you do and how you live? What will they think about what I wear? What will they think about what I say? What will they think about what I post? What will they think if I don't say, Yes? … Continue reading Are You Ready to Admit This?
This is the first message in our series, No Longer Bound. The big idea is that freedom from guilt is a fact to embrace, not a reduced sentence achieved with good behavior.
Here are the two recommended resources that I mentioned in today's message. When People are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch From Fear to Freedom, Rose Marie Miller