The Weary World Rejoices

In Matthew 11, Jesus makes an invitation that seems custom made for this time of year.  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]

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The Journey of 7,000 Miles

Last week we were introduced to the Magi, ancient astronomers who travelled 800 miles from the region of modern-day Iraq and Iran to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of the Roman governor over the region, King Herod, asking to see the newly born […]

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O Captain, My Captain

Last week, at the end of Matthew 1, we read about the birth of Jesus, which we discover in chapter 2 took place in Bethlehem, which is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. If you will look at the map, notice the red circle. The focus in Matthew 2:1-12 is the famous appearance of the […]

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The Struggle to Believe

Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, […]

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Light and the Beauty of Christmas

Monday night the Caston family went out for my 49th birthday dinner.  Afterward, we toured a neighborhood in Cumming, GA that is known for its holiday lights. Here is our favorite that we proclaimed the “winner.” It’s not full-scale Griswold-esque, but it is still impressive. As we drove through the winding neighborhood with what seemed […]

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Living Between the Advents

This is message 11 in the Creekstone Church teaching series through James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen to the audio:  Georgia fans can almost taste it. With the Bulldogs in the FBS Playoff on January 1st, many UGA fans are looking for—praying for—the return of glory that took place in 1980, when an undefeated […]

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