Tearing Down the Seawall Around My Soul

The prophet Jeremiah tells us in Lamentations that the mercies of the Lord are new every morning. In other words, grace, like the tide, continues to wash into, over and through our hearts day after day. Part of my problem is that my flesh builds sea walls around my soul. It speaks to me, “You…

Surrendering to Sheer Grace

“Even though we are now in faith, the heart is always ready to boast itself before God and say, ‘After all, I have… lived so well and done so much that surely He will take this into account.’ We… want to haggle with God to make Him regard our life, but it cannot be done….

The Impact of an Electronic Culture

“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 is bringing us closer. I was eating lunch with one of those friends when his phone rang and he answered it. He briefly apologized for the interruption and then…

Five Truths to Embrace Every Day

In view of the cross and resurrection, here are five gospel truths that I need to embrace every day in order to re-align my heart with the grace of God in Jesus. I am completely forgiven. Through the cross, my sins have been covered so that I am now a citizen in good standing in…

An Invitation to the Feast

In Isaiah 55:1, God says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”  Did you notice the the critical word—no. The invitation to the king’s banquet is not for those who don’t have…

Creekstone 101: Coming Soon!

If you have not attended C-101, this is your opportunity! If you have not attended in a while, this would be a great time to get a refresher course on the history, philosophy of ministry, theological distinctives, mission, vision and values, as well as our leadership structure and denominational connection. Online registration is coming soon,…

Fuel for the Soul that Craves Grace

Horatius Bonar was a “grace-cowboy” pastor who ministered in Scotland in the 19th century (1808-1889). In an article entitled, “The Root and Soil of Holiness,” he deals with what produces the fruit of new life in true Christians. Read this as preparation for gathered worship tomorrow. It is fuel for the soul that craves (and…

Not in Part, but the Whole

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!— My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! – Horatio Spafford, It is Well with My Soul

The Old Testament is All About Jesus

“Christ is the sum and substance of the Old Testament. To him the earliest promises pointed in the days of Adam and Enoch and Noah and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. To him every sacrifice pointed in the ceremonial worship appointed at Mt. Sinai. Of him every high priest was a type and every part…

“The P Word” • John 1:29-34

This is message #3 in our series in John, Knowing Jesus. This message focuses on the fundamental message of Christiantiy with four significant implications.