Lutheran professor, Dr. G. Ferdie, said, “The gospel is not a movement from vice to virtue, but rather, a movement from virtue to grace.” The idea is that when exposed as a sinner (our vice), we naturally attempt to become virtuous (i.e., we try to “be good” or at least be better). The big problem is … Continue reading Moving from Virtue to Grace
If you ever travel to a place, such as Scotland, where there are lots of sheep, it is possible that you will get to witness a very unusual and unexpected sight. It is very sad, but sometimes when lambs are born, their mothers die. The problem is that a mother sheep will only allow her … Continue reading A Coat for the Orphaned Lamb
According to the Daily Mail... Hannah Peterson was involved in a serious car accident just one month before her wedding in Ontario. She broke her pelvis in three places, punctured a kidney, broke some ribs, and suffered a concussion and partial hearing loss during the July 18 collision. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Hannah … Continue reading He was Strong for Both of Us
Christopher Parkening, considered to be the world's greatest classical guitarist, achieved his musical dreams by the age of thirty. By then he was also a world-class fly-fishing champion. However, his success failed to bring him happiness. Weary of performances and recording sessions, Parkening bought a ranch and gave up on the guitar. But instead of … Continue reading A Surprising Detour in the Pursuit of Happiness
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, at the time a Roman Catholic monk and theology professor, nailed a protest letter to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, where he taught at the local university. The letter is known as his 95 Theses, a protest against the sale of indulgences, among other things. Essentially, indulgences could be … Continue reading Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace
Mother’s Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day
This is message #3 in our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. In 1620, the Mayflower left the safety of an English harbor and set sail for the New World. There were compelling reasons to board, including the promise of a new life of freedom for this band of religious non-conformists whom we call Pilgrims. But … Continue reading “Out of the Harbor” – Genesis 12:1-9 (sermon audio & notes)
This is the Creekstone Easter message for Sunday, April 5, 2015.
This is message #3 in our series in John, Knowing Jesus. This message focuses on the fundamental message of Christiantiy with four significant implications.
This is Creekstone's 2014 Christmas message. Enjoy!
Okay, I admit it. My flesh loves the praise of man. "Great sermon, pastor!" Although I rarely hear that, I can live on that kind of praise for days, sometimes weeks. The truth is, we all can. It might not be the praise of a sermon, but of your appearance, or performance on an exam, … Continue reading Man’s Empty Praise