Archive Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Rejection: 4 Essentials for Facing One of Our Greatest Fears” • John 6:60-71 (sermon)

This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, May 31, 2015. Here are the 4 essentials. Listen to the full message below. 1. Truth is not always popular. This requires that we face challenges and take risks. 2. You must know who you are in order to live by the truth. The Father’s validation of us […]

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The Lie that “Work Makes You Free”

This May, my eldest, Ann Ferris, has been in India for two weeks with student leaders from Covenant College, and now is exploring Germany for a week before coming back to the States. It truly has been a life-changing experience for her. One of those  moments occurred yesterday a the Dachau Concentration Camp just outside […]

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All Four Audio Messages in Our Parenting Series: Generation NEXT

Part 1: The Goal of Christian Parenting Part 2: Grace Grows Godliness Part 3: Redemptive Discipline Part 4: Heart Inspectors

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“Thy Mercy, My God” (Extended Version)

17th century hymn writer, Isaac Watts, wrote a hymn entitled, “Thy Mercy, My God.” We will sing this together on Sunday. Here is the extended version: Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to […]

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“4 Marks of a Counterfeit Christian” • John 6:22-40

In John 6, many people are following Jesus. He has fed the 5,000. He has demonstrated his power and authority over nature by walking on water. But many of the crowds of potential disciples were counterfeits. They looked like disciples outwardly, but were not real on the inside. What characterizes a counterfeit Christian? What are […]

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Sixty-Second Videos to Follow Up Sunday’s Message on Anxiety

In a desire to provide more practical help through Sunday messages and during the week, I will post short, sixty second follow up posts the following week that will review applications, go deeper on occasion and sometimes take a different angle than was addressed in the sermon. For one-minute follow up videos to this past Sunday’s message, […]

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6 Things You Can Do When Anxiety is Winning

Based on John 6:16-21, here are six things you can do when anxiety is winning: 1) Evaluate your life strategy. Do you begin with action and then consider prayer? Or do you pray as the foundation of your action? 2) Let your first reactions reveal a potential disconnect in your heart. Anxiety and faith do […]

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Integrating Faith and Work

Today I received an email from my friend, Matt Adair, who, in addition to serving as a lead pastor, runs a consulting firm to church leaders called Griddiron. This morning’s content focused on the significance of Christians learning to integrate faith and work. It is a missing link in the lives of many believers. Here are four helpful resources […]

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WWJS

Many of us are familiar with the WWJD acrostic that stands for What Would Jesus Do? The idea is that when faced with moral or ethical dilemmas, we should appeal to the example of Jesus. I have no argument against that. However, from my experience, I often fail to do what he would do. Sometimes, […]

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A Full-Orbed View of Mother’s Day

Amy Young wrote a post about Mother’s Day called “An Open Letter to Pastors.” It captures the multi-faceted, and sometimes surprising angles from which we should embrace the topic of motherhood—a full-orbed view. I found it helpful and hope you will, too. Here is a selection from Amy’s post: To those who gave birth this year […]

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