As you probably know by now, Creekstone is having our long-awaited "Particularization Service" THIS SUNDAY, April 3, when we become an independent, self-governing congregation! During this service we will ordain and install our first elders, as well as install yours truly as Organizing/Founding Pastor. Rather than a morning gathering, the service will be at 4:00 p.m. Same location … Continue reading This is a Big Deal!
Listen to the sermon audio: Sermon notes: Until his recent death, Lee McCarty was the most famous potter in Mississippi, if not one of the most recognized in the south and possibly the nation. Using clay dug from the Mississippi Delta, he created both functional and decorative pottery, some of which has even been featured … Continue reading “The Super-Glue of Christian Unity” • John 17:20-21 (audio & notes)
Listen to the audio: Read the sermon notes: Few of us who saw the image will soon forget it. Just over a year ago, a line of twenty-one Egyptian Christians dressed in orange jumpsuits, were kneeling on a beach near Tripoli in Libya, just moments before masked ISIS executioners dressed in full black beheaded them simply … Continue reading “The Persecuted Church” • John 15:18-20
Apparently, Andy Stanley will be coming out with a video explanation this week concerning his "what did he just say" comments about large vs smaller churches. As a preacher/pastor myself, I know what it's like to say something off-the-cuff and wish you could stick it back in your mouth. Andy Stanley is one of the best … Continue reading Does Andy Stanley Really Need to Apologize?
This is a special message delivered for Creekstone in light of the elder confirmation elections that were held on March 6 after the morning service. Here are my notes (elaboration on audio): It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. That was true for the fencing industry during the days following the … Continue reading “The Elder Team” • 1 Peter 5:1-4
I read this article and am wondering what it might look like to create quiet zones in life, maybe in my home, or at least somewhere? What do you think? Imagine a cell phone free zone. Actually, the United States has such a place. It's called "The Quiet Zone." Anyone driving west from Washington DC … Continue reading A Quiet Zone
In 1969, in a science lab in New Jersey, Canadian physicist Willard Boyle and his colleagues invented the concept of an electronic eye. Using their knowledge of mathematics and the behaviour of light they provided the science behind digital cameras known as a charged-coupled device or CCD. The CCD technology revolutionized photography, as light could … Continue reading No Need to Explain: “I Invented It”
These are notes from Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 231–232. In vv. 1–4 Peter addressed the elders in the church. The word “elders” (presbyteroi) is often used in the New Testament to refer to those who had leadership positions in the church.58 … Continue reading Elders in the Early Church
Sometimes life is like driving in a fog. In John 14:1-6, Jesus gives us very clear directions on how to step out with peace and hope... even in the fog. Here are my sermon notes (which are expanded upon in the audio message): In the spring of 2014, I drove my firstborn child up Lookout … Continue reading “Faith for the Fog” • John 14:1-6
What are some basic guidelines that we can use in order to determine whom we should choose and vote for as a candidate? After all, as responsible citizens, we should make informed decisions when it comes to the governing of our nation, states, counties and towns. So, here are three simple principles that may help as you choose a candidate. … Continue reading How to Choose a Candidate: Three Simple Principles
Since the sermon audio was corrupt this past Sunday, I have posted my notes here in case you missed the message and wanted some devotional material to chew on this week. It is a sad day when your children outgrow playing make believe. Not sure when it happens… Not immediate, gradual… Not to stereotype, well, … Continue reading “Taking the Lowest Place” • John 13:1-17
The following article is from the ESV Study Bible (esvbible.org). Almost every book in the NT has something to say about false beliefs and those who advocate them. We are warned, e.g., about false prophets (Matt. 7:15–16; 24:11), false christs (Matt. 24:5, 24; Mark 13:22), a different Jesus and a different spirit (2 Cor. 11:4), … Continue reading Christianity vs Cults: How to Know the Difference
As you may know, Creekstone members will be confirming our first elder candidates after the morning service at the Lumpkin County High School on Sunday, March 6. If you have been around Creekstone for any amount of time, you probably know these guys. However, if you don't, then please, meet Creekstone's elder candidates, James Daniel … Continue reading Meet Creekstone’s Elder Candidates
My friend and Creekstone member, Bill Blankschaen, just released his interview with Dr. Russell Moore on how Christians should respond to cultural persecution. Although there is more to be said (and we will address many of these things at Creekstone Church in just a couple of weeks from John 15), Dr. Moore comes to the … Continue reading Preparing for Persecution
Yikes, religion and politics in one message? Yep! 🙂 I hope that you will find this message timely and helpful as you face the political and cultural challenges of 2016. Here are some of the applications that you will discover in this message: Christians are citizens of both the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God, which is altogether, … Continue reading “Jesus and Politics” • John 12:12-16 (sermon audio)
This Sunday we return to the Gospel of John, where we left off at the end of last summer (chapter 12). The entire second half of John's gospel focuses on the final week of Jesus' earthly ministry, leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. This Sunday we witness him ride into Jerusalem for the Passover … Continue reading “Let’s Get Political, Political”
This is message #5, the final installment in our sermon series, Dynamics of a Healthy Church.
For the past few days, I have been in Lookout Mountain, GA, at Covenant College with my second child, a son, whose name is Schaeffer. He was invited to attend this weekend's opportunity to complete for a "Church Involvement" scholarship. Interviews. Rund table discussions. Group activities. And you know, whether or not he receives the … Continue reading Church Involvement
Hello friends, Tomorrow is the 5th and final message in our January sermon series, Dynamics of a Healthy Church. If you want to read ahead, the passage we will study together is Joshua 1:1-11. By the way, the focus will not only apply to the church, but also to our personal lives, families, etc. For … Continue reading The 5th Dymamic
This is message #4 in our sermon series, The Healthy Church.
Dear Creekstone family, This Sunday is going to be a bit unique as far as our Sunday gatherings go, as we are going to carve out about 15 minutes in the service for Doug Kittrell, Creekstone's Finance Team Leader, to share the details concerning our present financial position and where we need to be in order to … Continue reading Challenge and Opportunity: A Financial Update This Sunday
This is message #3 in our sermon series, The Healthy Church.
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This is part 2 in our sermon series, The Healthy Church.
Dear Creekstone family, As we enter the formal process of particularization as a local church, I want to share with you key dates and how you can pray. Saturday, January 9, 2016. Our elder candidates, Jesse Turk and James Daniel, will be personally interviewed and theologically examined by the Church Planting Commission of Perimeter Church. Please … Continue reading The Pathway to Particularization (Key Dates and How You Can Pray)