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 … Continue reading Light and the Beauty of Christmas
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 … Continue reading Living Between the Advents
What compelled the Magi to travel such a huge distance, bring such costly gifts and bow in worship to a Hebrew child in a small village? What does it have to do with us? Find out this Christmas Eve message, A Magi Story.
Sometimes it feels as if God is unconcerned with our deepest hopes and dreams. Over time, we can grow pessimistic and eventually cynical about God's disposition toward us. But what if God is working in the silence? What if God actually has a better dream planned? Simeon teaches us four lessons about how to "wait … Continue reading 4 Lessons for Waiting on God’s Plan to Unfold (Luke 2:25-35)
We are more like the shepherds outside of Bethlehem than we may think. What are the practical implications? Find out in this message.
Woke up and built a huge fire in the fireplace while the children finished watching It's a Wonderful Life downstairs. Amy Grant Christmas playing on Spotify. Opened presents around the tree. Smiles. Hugs. Family breakfast at the dining room table. Finished reading our advent book by Ann Voskamp and place the final ornament on our Jesse … Continue reading A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)
This is Creekstone's 2014 Christmas message. Enjoy!
This is the final message in our Advent series. In case you missed it, you may listen here, on iTunes or on Creekstone's audio player.
This is message 4 out of 5 in our sermon series, Advent from 40,000 Feet. Listen here, or on the Creekstone audio player.
This is part 3 is our series, Advent from 40,000 Feet. The big idea is that the prophets preached God's law to wake us up to the wonder of God's grace. Will you welcome the wake up call? Listen to the message HERE to find out.
This is the second message in our Advent sermon series looking at the storyline of the Bible from beginning to end. Listen here or on Creekstone's media player.
Kristy scored some "awesome wife points" today (not that she needs them) when she encouraged me to go on a trail run as part of my post-Christmas staycation. So, obliging her, I drove up to Woody Gap and ended up running to Gooch Gap and back on the AT. Below is a photo of snow … Continue reading Snow on the AT
Here are the notes and audio from the Creekstone Christmas Eve message for those who were unable to attend. Hope you and yours have a happy New Year!
Just got the kid's presents wrapped and about to hit the sack. Wow, Kristy is an amazing gift wrapper. Anyway, I think we are ready for the morning. Also, I'm really grateful for the folks who helped with the Christmas Eve service tonight. Even with a few technical difficulties, they rallied and received the grace … Continue reading Christmas Eve Wrap Up
Dear friends, As we reflect upon the cradle and the cross at the close of 2011, it is our prayer that 2012 will be a year of grasping the glorious grace-implications of the gospel even more deeply so that we will be compelled to extend them even more widely—from Dahlonega, through the north Georgia mountains … Continue reading The Caston’s Online Christmas Card
via youtube.com Thanks to Matt Nielsen for making this video of Creekstone's practical demonstration of grace ministry to the community on Saturday, Dec. 17. Can't wait for more opportunities like this!
Here are the notes for this week's Creekstone Christmas sermon on Romans 5:12-19, "Letting Hope Out of the Box." The audio is on the Creekstone website here and on iTunes. Hope to see those of you in town for our Christmas Eve service on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the High School. NOTE: We are not having a … Continue reading Christmas Sermon Notes and Audio- “Letting Hope Out of the Box” (Romans 5:12-19)
In order to show our community a practical demonstration of grace, Creekstone regulars wrapped presents for free outside of our local Wal-Mart today. It was such a joy to describe grace and turn away all donations and tips! Thanks to all who volunteered, especially to our coordinator, Rick Nielsen. See the full gallery on Posterous
Creekstone's Gift-Wrapping MissionBy wrapping presents for busy parents next Saturday in front of Wal-Mart, we will be offering more than a great service—we will be offering a practical demonstration of grace. Our gift wrapping can’t be purchased by those in need. It can't be earned. It can only be accepted, just like God’s gift of … Continue reading A Practical Demonstration of Grace on December 17
Here is the message on Matthew 27:45-50 that I taught on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for the Dahlonega community advent luncheon series, entitled, "Waiting Through the Pain." Both audio and sermon notes are included below. I love teaching in that context, where believers from all over the community come together to celebrate the gospel of Jesus. Thanks … Continue reading Advent Luncheon Message: “Waiting Through the Pain” • Matthew 27:45-50
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Here is last night's Christmas Eve message from Romans 6:23, "Bad News, Good News." A merry Christmas to everyone!
I've adapted an excerpt that Justin Taylor posted this excerpt from a recent blog post from my friend, Matt Redmond. The question is asked, "Who is Christmas for?" I love the answer. Jesus came for daughters whose fathers never told them they were beautiful. Christmas is for those who go to “wing night” alone. Christmas … Continue reading Who is Christmas For?