Five reasons why Ole Miss should be in the playoff... 1. Ole Miss faced one of the most brutal schedules in the country, playing five teams who appeared in the top 10, defeating the current #1 (who was #1 then) and current #4 (who was #1 for 5 weeks). Who else has such a combo of … Continue reading Five Reasons Why Ole Miss Should Be in the Playoff
I received this message a while ago from a friend, Dave McCarty. "The best gift I ever give myself, is permission to not know. Not know what's best for me, and those I love. Not know what I should do in the next hour, day, month, year, or how I should do, or when I should do. Priceless. … Continue reading Permission To Not Know
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato (428-347 B.C.) believed that everything in the material world was a shadow of that which is eternally true, beautiful, and good. While what we see is imperfect, especially concerning humans, there is something about humanity (and all other facets of the material world) that leads us to conclude that there … Continue reading The Gospel According to Plato
"Religious Repentance vs. Gospel Repentance" An excerpt from Dr. Tim Keller on the distinction between religious repentance vs gospel repentance. Enjoy! _________________________________________ In religion we are sorry for sin only because of its consequences for us. Sin will bring us punishment—and we want to avoid that, so we repent. The gospel tells us that as … Continue reading Religious Repentance vs Gospel Repentance
This is a slice of an email I received from a friend who is wresting through the difference between living as a follower of Jesus by principles vs. living as a Jesus-dependent by prayer. I was both challenged and encouraged. What if? Can you imagine? Could it be, that we have come to see the … Continue reading Self-Dependence vs Jesus-Dependence
In John Calvin's Institutes, he says, "We can never really seek God in earnest until we despair of ourselves." This was true of the younger son in Luke 15. He only "came to his senses" and decided to go back home when he was out of human resources. What he discovered upon his return was … Continue reading Where Religion Frowns, Grace Smiles
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. (2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)Notice how Paul was not merely thankful for his own personal salvation, but was thankful that he was part of God's mission to spread the gospel … Continue reading The Fragrance of Brand-Name Grace
"What if the church weren't just for Christian folks, but for the non-Christians, the poor, or those brand new to the faith? What would it look like if we did everything in our church for them rather than us?" So begins a Redeemer City to City newsletter. Okay, what would it look like to be the church for … Continue reading What if the Church Were for Them?
This is message #2 in our end of the year sermon series, The Next Steps.
This Sunday we are celebrating Creekstone's newest members with a Thanksgiving Pot-Luck Feast. Hope you will be able to join us!
Doug Kittrell is leading our Pre-Service Prayer on Sunday mornings and has prepared this guide. I like it so much that I'm using it throughout the week and want to encourage you to as well. Thanks for partnering with us in the advance of the gospel in Dahlonega and to the nations! Download the guide … Continue reading Creekstone Prayer Guide
This is message #1 in our end of the year sermon series, The Next Steps. The big idea is that material generosity is a primary catalyst for spiritual growth. So, get ready to give and grow!
Dr. Pete Anderson, the Executive Director for Trinity Center for World Mission, which this fall launched the Trinity Biblical Institute in Uganda, attends Creekstone with his wife, Martha. A long-time church planting pastor, his focus is now on planting churches and training leaders in Uganda. This is a real deal gospel-centered ministry that I hope … Continue reading Trinity Center for World Mission & TBI
This is our final message in our study though Nehemiah this fall. The big idea is that the focused life is the effective life. Listen to discover six ways to get and stay focused on God's calling in your life.
In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, the second-round draft choice for the Oakland A's, was on the verge of playing in the Major Leagues. But Desme left behind a sizable baseball contract to embrace a life of simplicity in … Continue reading The Freedom of Loosing Our Idols