The Melting, Conquering, Transforming Power of the Cross

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

Labor Day as a Day of Rest

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!

God’s Drastic, Offensive, Liberating, Shocking and Counterintuitive Grace

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

Advent Luncheon Message: “Waiting Through the Pain” • Matthew 27:45-50

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

The Eighth and Greatest Wonder of the Ancient World

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

The Secret of Paul’s Preaching

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

Post-Game Message Review: “Discipleship 101: Living in Light of the Gospel”

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”