Today we continue with our Growing in Grace discipleship course with Part 4, which is titled “By Grace through Faith.” Our two memory passages on this subject from the Navigator’s Topical Memory System are Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5. Ephesians 2:8-9, 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your … Continue reading By Grace Through Faith
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, … Continue reading What is the Church?
I want to remember today that I can't change or fix anyone. And neither can anyone change or fix me. That is the role of the Holy Spirit alone. But I can pray. I can ask. In my weakness, I can go to the Father, my strong Abba. He is able to do "immeasurably more … Continue reading Immeasurably More Than All I Can Ask or Imagine
In 1939, George Dantzig enrolled as a graduate student studying statistics under Polish-born professor Jerzy Neyman. At the beginning of one class session, Dr. Neyman chalked two examples of famous unsolvable problems on the blackboard. George happened to arrive late to class that day, and mistakenly thought the unsolvable problems were their homework assignment, so … Continue reading Placing Limits on God’s Ability
I received this message in an email today from a friend, Dave McCarty. He poses a question that we began asking at the Membership Dinner a couple of weeks ago. "Are we attempting the impossible today in missions, in churchplanting, in local-church ministry? Or are we just like any other human organization, planning and managing … Continue reading Are We Attempting the Impossible Yet?
Sunday, July 28, 2013 • Listen here —> Time: A Resource to Steward, Not to Squander (Eph. 5:15-17) Main idea: Time is a God-given resource—a resource to steward, not to squander. Although it is limited, the problem is not the amount of time we have as much as it is how we use the time … Continue reading Time: A Resource to Steward, Not to Squander (Sermon)
Most of us have tried to pack a present in a box that wouldn’t fit. The gospel is that way. We just can't contain it. We never really grasp it. As Paul says, because of the vastness of its dimensions, God's love for his people "surpasses knowledge." “16 I pray that out of his glorious … Continue reading The Gospel Doesn’t Fit in a Box
This week on American Idol, Casey Abrams, who is a favorite among the judges, was eliminated before he made it to the top ten. The procedure for those who receive the least number of votes that week is to sing one last time before the judges, hoping that they will use their "save" to keep the contestant … Continue reading Why Me?
Here is the message from Creekstone today. You may also listen via iTunes podcast (just search Creekstone Church for this and past messages) or on our website on our audio page.
Here is this week's Creekstone message, The Christian in the Workplace, from Ephesians 6:5-9, along with the handout. You may also listen to or download this message here from the Creekstone media page or here on iTunes.
Have you ever seen two coaches or players on the sideline have a disagreement that turns loud, and then into a fist fight. It's ugly. When did they forget that they are on the same team, and that a "house divided" can't stand? I believe the enemy wants to get a foot in the door … Continue reading Playing on the Same Team
Click here for the link to today's message, The Grace-Centered Marriage: Submission and Sacrifice, Part 2.
Here is a link to this morning's Creekstone message, Submission and Sacrifice, Part 1. Continuing a series in Ephesians, today was the first in a two (or three)-part mini-series discussing marriage in the context of the gospel. Below is the message handout. If you think you know what submission means, and it bothers you, listen. You … Continue reading Marriage in the Context of the Gospel: Submission and Sacrifice, Part 1
If you were unable to attend, let me encourage you to take 30 minutes to listen this to this morning's message. You may download it as an mp3 and listen on your way to work via your iPod (or similar music player), while cooking dinner, or on your back porch while basking in this "perfect … Continue reading Living Under the Influence
In case you were providentially hindered from attending this morning, here is today's Creekstone message.
Since the message did not record on Sunday, I thought I'd post the message handout filled-in. I hope y'all know how much I treasure sharing the gospel with you on Sundays and throughout the week. You are so receptive and encouraging, and make my job such a joy. Thanks.
Every now and then the reality sinks in of my complete failure to love my wife well. I am naturally task oriented, quite unthoughtful of others, and often completely self-absorbed with myself. Yes, I know. Why did she marry me in the first place? Well, our "dark sides" often do not manifest themselves fully until … Continue reading “…as Christ Loved the Church”
Last night's message was from Ephesians 4:11-16, entitled, "It Takes a Team." 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and … Continue reading Post-Game Message Review: “It Takes a Team”