"12 …sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." Romans 5:1 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, … Continue reading What is Wrong with the World?
"The death of the Lord Jesus is absolutely unique. It is subsitutionary. There is no death like Jesus' death... His substitutionary death on the cross, in space and time in history, had infinite value because of who His is as God. Thus nothing need be added to the substitutionary value of His death, nor can … Continue reading Jesus + Nothing
Listen to the Community Lenten Service message from Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
O My Savior, I thank thee from the depths of my being for thy wondrous grace and love in bearing my sin in thine own body on the tree. May thy cross be to me as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs, as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty, as the brazen … Continue reading The Very Essence of My Religion
This is message #2 is our sermon series, Rebuilding the Ruins. The big idea is that realizing dreams requires taking risks. Sometimes it just takes twenty seconds of insane courage to take that risk. Find out more in the message below.
In 1875, Philip Bliss wrote this timeless hymn, Hallelujah, What a Savior, to remember and celebrate the gospel. It is the perfect theme for gathering together on a Sunday, being reminded that "in my place condemned he stood." Man of Sorrows! What a name, for the Son of God, who came; Ruined sinners to reclaim. … Continue reading Hallelujah, What a Savior!
This quote from my friend, Charles Spurgeon, gives me great hope in preparing to speak of Jesus this Sunday for Creekstone! “Oh, the power, the melting, conquering, transforming power of that dear cross of Christ! My brethren, we have but to abide by the preaching of it, we have but constantly to tell abroad the … Continue reading The Melting, Conquering, Transforming Power of the Cross
I love books and studying theology. However, this statement in Brennan Manning's book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, gripped me with a new desire, as Paul said in Philippians 3, not just to know about Jesus, but "to know him." "Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority … Continue reading Travel Agent Evangelism
Journalist Piers Morgan interviewed radio shock-jock Howard Stern in January, 2011. At one point in the interview, Morgan brought up Stern’s relationship with his father, asking, "How often does [your father] say to you, 'Great show, Howard'?" Even though you couldn't see Stern's eyes because of the dark glasses, the pain in his heart was … Continue reading The Gospel Rocks
This Sunday we are going to study Acts 4:1-31, a passage that reveals in dramatic fashion what it looks like to pledge one's allegiance to Jesus. Two men, Peter and John (along with a man who had been miraculously healed) are prepared to die for the testimony about Jesus as the crucified and risen Messiah. … Continue reading How Far Would You Go?
Here are the books that were referenced in today's message, Rags to Riches, from Acts 2:22-41. From Fear to Freedom, by Rose Marie Miller Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt, by George Grant The Gospel for Real Life, by Jerry Bridges
This Labor Day, let's remember the great work of the cross, where Jesus said, "It is finished!" His work allows us to rest. So let's glorify Jesus by resting well in the full-scale grace that is ours through his life, death, burrial and resurrection. It's all been done. Salvation is complete. It is finished!
Just a note to self: The cross was neither easy, nor convenient. And the result was incomparably glorious.
If we are living our lives in view of the cross, then we will recognize that we are standing on level ground with everyone else. We might need to let this sink in a bit, because most all of us seek to justify ourselves by making a name for ourselves. And since I desperately want … Continue reading Level Ground
At a Key Life pastor's conference, Dan Allender, said, "The Christian faith and the grace at its heart is so radical that most congregations can't deal with it." I will raise my hand to confess that I am one of those who wants to believe the gospel at a radical depth, but who struggles. Fear … Continue reading God’s Drastic, Offensive, Liberating, Shocking and Counterintuitive Grace
This is the message from the Community Lenten Service on March 27, 2012.
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
This map of the seven wonders of the ancient world should include and eighth, and greatest wonder, which was located just outside of Jerusalem for just one day around 30 A.D. Though its scope is incomprehensible, seeking to gain greater understanding into its significance is at the heart of Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3: 16 I pray … Continue reading The Eighth and Greatest Wonder of the Ancient World
In case you were providentially hindered from attending today, here it today's Creekstone message from 1 Peter 2:13-25, "Practical Humility."
"You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good, to bring about the salvation of many lives." ~ Joseph, in Genesis 50:20 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us." ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:13
How was the cross the ultimate Fear Factor challenge? Find out in this message, entitled, "The Cup."
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul provides the secret to his preaching, saying: "1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and … Continue reading The Secret of Paul’s Preaching
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Horatio Spafford, "It is Well with my Soul" (stanza 3), 1873.
Main ideas from last night's SNF teaching on Discipleship... 1. Chrisitan discipleship is not primarily about performance and practices (what to do as a Christian), but about identity (discovering who I am as a forgiven and adopted child of the King). 2. "Being precedes doing" / "Being empowers/motivates doing" 3. Four key elements of Christian … Continue reading Post-Game Message Review: “Discipleship 101: Living in Light of the Gospel”