"He writes into our story places of grief and brings glory out of them. And the glory isn't always displayed in healing. When we talk about blessing we post on Facebook about going to the beach and we hashtag blessed. We attribute blessing only to those things that are happy or pain free or what … Continue reading When Grief is Woven into the Story
"Think of your own personal disaster, your own struggle with sin and your own failure. If you're able to be given wisdom to see those failures and struggles, and own those failures and struggles, what are they? Can you see how God can teach you through those moments, those low broken places, in ways he can't … Continue reading Light Shinging Through the Cracks
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, July 26.
In his book, The Power of Encouragement, David Jeremiah shares the following story: Had it not been for a confident wife, Sophia, we might not have listed among the great names of literature the great name of Nathaniel Hawthorne. When Nathaniel, a heartbroken man, went home to tell his wife that he was a failure … Continue reading The Power of Encouragement
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This is the Creekstone message for July 19, 2015. Ready to be set free?
"Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be … Continue reading A Prayer of St. Francis
In Leadership That Works,Leith Anderson writes, June 6, 1994, was the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which began the historic World War II battle to liberate continental Europe from Nazi control. All the major television networks ran anniversary programs that included interviews with aging veterans. One of the programs paired two contrasting interviews back … Continue reading Seeing the Battle Unfold on the Ground vs. in the Air
In 2012, on a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted, homeless man (see the full photo here). The police officer, who is normally assigned to a different section of New York City, said, "I looked over and someone was laughing at … Continue reading A Simple Act of Sacrificial Kindness
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, July 12, Light for the Darkness.
This post is an excerpt from Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters blog on "How Exciting Should Our Sunday Services Be?" Sunday mornings aren’t New Year’s Eve celebrations. They aren’t rock concerts. They aren’t pep rallies. They aren’t World Cup finals. They’re something much more mundane, and at the same time something much more eternally and cosmically significant. Our … Continue reading How “Exciting” Should Sunday Gatherings Be?
Creekstone has an immediate opening for a Director of Administration. Apply here. Kandi Ledford has served us faithfully and effectively for the past two years, but recently has been given an opportunity to work with Chestatee Hospital as their Director of Marketing. She will do an amazing job... uh-mazing! But in case you are nervous, settle down. Thankfully, … Continue reading Job Opening at Creekstone: “Director of Administration”
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Hey Creekstone folks, You can prepare for the message on Sunday by reading John 8:12-30. We'll focus on v. 12 and what it means to be light for the darkness. The preposition "for" is crucial. As disciples of Jesus we are not just lights "in" the darkness, as in a mere contrast, but are lights … Continue reading Preparing for Sunday
During the 2008 presidential campaign, John McCain was asked by Time magazine to share his "personal journey of faith." In his article McCain shared a story of something that occurred while he was a POW in Vietnam: When I was a prisoner of war in Vietnam…my captors would tie my arms behind my back and then … Continue reading Crosses in the Sand
In his book, The Beautiful Fight, Gary Thomas tells a story about the power of seeing ourselves for who we really are. A businessman in a service industry grew weary of being yelled at. He tired of getting sprayed with angry spittle from dissatisfied customers who expected five-star service at Motel 6 prices. One day, he … Continue reading If I Could Only See Myself
Wise and helpful words from Richard Lovelace in his classic, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, one of my most "marked-up" books from seminary days. Much that we have interpreted as a defect of sanctification in church people is really an outgrowth of their loss of bearing with respect to justification. Christians who are no longer sure … Continue reading The Root of True Holiness
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, July 5, 2015 — a game-changer for many of us.
Our sermon for Sunday, July 5 is from John 8:1-11. There is doubt among biblical scholars whether this was written by the the Apostle John, whether it was written by John but has been misplaced (in some early manuscripts is follows John 7:36 and in others it follows John 21:25; and in still others it comes … Continue reading The Authenticity of John 7:53–8:11
Today, any group of Christians gathered together can all read exactly the same words in their Bibles. That luxury is made possible by the invention of the movable-type printing press over five centuries ago. However, the original autographs of the NT disappeared long ago, probably within decades of their composition. Therefore, handwritten copies, or manuscripts, … Continue reading The Reliability of the New Testament