In light of Ephesians 3:20-21, Creekstone men are invited to participate in a weekly prayer breakfast in the Creekstone office on Saturday mornings from 8:00-8:45 a.m. We primarily are going to be praying for goals that we’ve set as a church which are beyond what we can accomplish and above what we can attain. It’s … Continue reading Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday
Statistics tell us that, in the wake of the social media revolution, human loneliness has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Shane Hipps has experienced the effect, saying, “Electronic culture disembodies and separates us from those closest to us. Most of us are quite unaware of this phenomenon and, in fact, believe our technology … Continue reading It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way
This the the fourth of four messages in our series, Unfathomable. Be encouraged!
Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin; How shall my tongue describe it, Where shall its praise begin? Taking away my burden, Setting my spirit free; For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for … Continue reading Wonderful, Greater, Deeper, Broader
As you know, we all fail in many ways. Moral failure. Marital failure. Parental failure. Business failure. The list could go on and on. The question is not whether we will fail, but what we do with the failure? This is such a huge question that Matt Chandler, teaching pastor at the Village Church in … Continue reading Blown it Lately?
I think I heard it from Jerry Bridges, who said, "God will not love you more because of your success, and will not love you any less because of your failure." His love is perfect and complete. Steadfast. Unrelenting. That is what the cross says to those who repent and receive the gift of the … Continue reading The Blessing of Failure
One of the most helpful things that I have learned about practical ministry from Randy Pope at Perimeter Church is his model of equipping leaders (which also applies to equipping children, folks at work, etc.). I've tweaked it a bit, using my own terminology, but here is a summary: Tell, Show, Watch, Release, Evaluate & … Continue reading Five Phases of Equipping Leaders
This is message #4 in our sermon series, Unfathomable: How the Vast Dimensions of God's Love Empower the Visible Expression of Ours.
This year's Women's Spring Retreat is again in partnership with Gracepointe Community Church. The difference is the location, Callaway Gardens! The basic info is below. So, ladies, get ready for a Girls' Getaway!
Before Newsweek folded as a print magazine last year, it ran an article a reporting that after a period of cutting back Americans are starting to spend again—whether we can afford it or not. Some experts call it "frugality fatigue"—in other words, we're weary of cutting back, and we're ready to splurge again. But don’t … Continue reading My Money Flows Freely to What I Love Dearly
If 7-Up is the uncola, then Christianity is the unreligion. In his book, Defiant Grace, Dane Ortlund says, "Christianity is the unreligion. It turns all our religious instincts on their heads…. The ancient Greeks told us to be moderate by knowing our inclinations. The Romans told us to be strong by ordering our lives. Buddhism tells us … Continue reading Christianity as the Unreligion
Just like the lack of leaves on a tree reveals the lack of physical life, the lack of observable love reveals an absence of spiritual life in people like you and me. The biggest problem may be that we think we are lot better at loving others than we really are. We are blind to … Continue reading Let’s Be Honest
This is message #2 is Creekstone's Unfathomable sermon series. Enjoy!
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." ~ Romans 8:1
Steve Smith, in The Jesus Life (David C. Cook, 2012), pp. 153-154, provides some interesting information on the impact of having family meals together. He writes: The Council of Economic Advisers to the President reported, "The largest federally funded study of American teenagers found a strong association between regular family meals (five or more dinners … Continue reading Let’s Eat! The Impact of Having Family Meals Together
About a year ago, I read Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, by Ruth Haley Barton. She writes, "Most of us are more tired that we know at the soul level. We are teetering on the brink of dangerous exhaustion, and we really cannot do anything else until we have gotten some rest." … Continue reading Rest Comes Before Ready
Tim Keller says that Lectio Divina (or "Divine Reading") involves meditative listening to the reading, out loud and slowly, of a short passage or a few isolated verses of Scripture. It can be done individually or with a group. In a group context, those who listen are encouraged to set aside analysis and what they … Continue reading Learning to Pray Lectio Divina
Phil Brabbs was a placekicker for the University of Michigan. On August 31, 2002, he lined up for the most important field goal attempt of his career. With five seconds left on the clock and his team trailing the Washington Huskies 29-28, he was called upon to kick a 44-yard field goal in order to wind … Continue reading Failure is the Father of Learning
Last Sunday I found myself in the lobby visiting with a number of new folks. As I stood there talking, I noticed that there was a team of people in the auditorium taking down all of the equipment we use for worship—lights, speakers, screen, mic stands, the sound board, etc, and taking it all out … Continue reading You are Making a Difference