The 1982 movie, Annie, was originally a musical set in 1933 during the Great Depression at the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City. Miss Hannigan is the oppressive caretaker of the orphans. One day, Grace Farrell, secretary to the billionaire philanthropist, Oliver Warbucks, comes by to pick up one of the children who will … Continue reading 5 Ways Spiritual Adoption Can Change Your Life… Starting Today
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
This is message #3 in our series, Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel. If you are like me, you tend to live as a functional spiritual orphan. This sermon is intended to provide us with a new way to live - as objects of the Father's present and eternal affection. After … Continue reading “From Orphanhood to Adoption” (Romans 8:15-18)
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, … Continue reading WWJS
A blog post by Dr. Ed Welch says that fighting sin is tiring. It is hard. Exhausting. And he is right, because any fight is going to drain physical and psychological resources. So, some encouragement. If you are fighting sin (not in light of the law, but in light of the gospel), and have been … Continue reading Fatigued from the Fight?
What do I do when life feels overwhelming and out of control? How about stop trying to play Atlas, and start crying out, "Abba, Father." It's what a child does. And the Father loves for us to come to him in our need. So let's review: 1. I can't bear the weight of the world, … Continue reading Stop Trying to Play Atlas
http://vimeo.com/40037663 This Sunday we will talk about the Generosity Cycle and how receivers become givers. This short video (4:45) shows the Cycle in progress in a very practical, personal and powerful way. Soli Deo gloria.
Johnny serves as World Harvest Mission’s Cross-Cultural Renewal and Leadership Development Specialist and has served in East and West Africa, Madagascar, the UK, and has taught recently in Chile, Spain and the Ivory Coast. In addition to him and his wife, Becky, being Creekstone supported international missionaries, Johnny has been one of the primary influences … Continue reading An Interview with Dr. Johnny Long on Living as Sons and Daughters of God
A great, 2-minute parable of transforming grace. Watch this video in the context of God's fatherhood and consider the statement, "Who you used to be doesn't have anything to do with who you can become." In light of the gospel, this is so good. It is the Father who makes us complete in Christ. We … Continue reading Who You Are vs Who You Can Be
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The Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
You do know that if it were up to us, being reconciled to God would be on our shoulders. That’s how we operate, isn’t it—we bless those who meet demands, perform their duty, and fulfill their obligations. But thankfully, that is not how God operates. The gospel tells us that rather that calling us to … Continue reading If It Were Up to Us
Here is the sermon audio from Sunday, March 4.
Why is the boy in the back row smiling so widely? Read the remarkable, inspiring story here. If we can make his story, our story, then I think you will find a life-changing gospel lesson in it for all of us that will make us smile just as wide.
Join us on Sunday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County YMCA gym for a talent show fundraiser to help the Pruitts bring Vlad, a Ukranian orphan, home. There will be dancing (featuring Gainesville Ballet Company), singing (Elaine Holubitsky), a black-belt Karate demonstration (by United Karate), an archery demonstration, a variety of musical instruments, and … Continue reading North Georgia’s Got Talent!
Some dear friends of ours, Connie and Jeff Pruitt, are in the process of adopting a 12-year-old boy from the Ukraine. His name is Vlad (above in the center of the photo wearing the blue M&M shirt). Some of you met him when he was living with the Pruitt's this summer. The above photo is … Continue reading Help Bring Vlad Home!
On Monday, Kristy and I had our monthly "marriage maintenance" phone appointment with our World Harvest mentor/gospel discipler, Stu Batstone. As I was expressing my frustration with how often I seemed to run into a wall in sanctification (2 steps forward and 3, 4, 5 or more steps back... and feeling totally unsaved), he shared an … Continue reading My Heart as a Continent in Need of Perpetual Gospel Advance
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Fight Club ’09 Round 4 • Galatians 4:3-7 / “Adoption: From Slavery to Sonship” 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, … Continue reading Fight Club Notes on Galatians 4:3-7 • From Slavery to Sonship
Each month I attend the North Georgia New Church Network, a group of church planters and church planting coaches who meet to consult with, pray for and equip each other as missionaries to our small part of the world. During our prayer time at our last meeting, we were challenged to confess a particular fear … Continue reading The Freedom to Fail