This is chapter 6 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: Our two memory passages are 1 John 5:13 and John 5:24. 1 John 5:13, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life." John 5:24, "Truly, … Continue reading Assurance of Salvation
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
“But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4 My faithful Father and God of truth, how I think upon the bait offered to Adam and Eve. It was a lie sugarcoated with a promise. Maybe in the instant they bit into the fruit and hit the hook they knew. … Continue reading Rejecting Lies
This is message #9 in the Creekstone sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen: An episode of the NPR radio program This American Life follows several people currently living what they call “Plan B.” As part of the show, host Ira Glass asked a room of hundred people to think back to the beginning … Continue reading Unconditional Surrender: The Key to Freedom, Peace, and Joy
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what … Continue reading What is the Gospel?
This is part 8 in Creekstone's sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen here: Sometimes you get what you pay for. That is true of my fifteen-year-old, 250,000-mile Volvo V70 that I purchased a few years ago for less than 10% of its original sticker price. Pretty amazing deal! But sometimes … Continue reading Ruined and Restored
"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?
Listen: This month, many Christians will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was unintentionally, but effectively launched on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The protestant reformation was a rediscovery of grace, that reconciliation with God is … Continue reading What About Works?
This is message #3 in our Gospel for Real Life sermon series through the letter of James. Listen: Those of you who are runners know how important good form is not only for enjoying running but for avoiding injury. Some of us have a tendency toward pronation or supination when running. Pronation is when your … Continue reading “Walk This Way”
Listen here: The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, takes place in ancient Palestine around 1100 B.C. We are going to see that, although the cultural practices were quite different than ours, the human condition is exactly the same. The same problems and the same needs, the same dreams, the same struggles. Last week, … Continue reading “Bold Obedience” (Ruth 3)
Listen to the message: The story of Ruth takes place around 1100 B.C. during the time of the judges, between the conquest of the promised land and the establishment of the Israelite monarchy in 1050 B.C. The map will give you an idea of where we are in the ancient world. While Ruth explains the … Continue reading “Hope on the Horizon” (Ruth 1:1-5)
Although some would say that people who talk to themselves are manifesting signs of insanity or dementia, we speak to ourselves all the time. Every day. Often the things we speak to ourselves are lies. These lies take on a variety of shapes. For example, some of the lies concern our identity and what we must do in order … Continue reading 7 Truths to Speak to Yourself Every Day
This is the seventh and final message in our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. Listen here: Just a few weeks ago, a 23-year-old Canadian woman drove her car straight into a bay on Lake Ontario. Since it was a dark and rainy night, so she was paying especially close attention to her GPS. Thankfully, she … Continue reading When the Path Seems Pointless – Matthew 14:22-36
This is message #6 is our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. Notes: I have a concern for my children. That concern is that they be prepared to navigate life as disciples of Jesus in a post-Christian culture where their voice will increasingly be the minority. I don’t want them to be shocked, nor do I … Continue reading “Facing the Furnace” – Daniel 3
This is message #4 in our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. In December of 2005, Tracinda Foxe's apartment building in the Bronx caught on fire. With flames quickly engulfing her third floor bedroom, Tracinda, holding her one-month old son, was forced to contemplate the unthinkable. Felix Vazquez, a Housing Authority employee and catcher on a … Continue reading The Faith to Let Go – Exodus 2 (audio & notes)
This is the first message in our present sermon series The FaithFULL Life. Transcript: Most of us have experienced the frustration. You are late for an early morning meeting, barely make it to the car without spilling your coffee. You get situated, put the keys in the ignition, and then as the car cranks, you … Continue reading “Hold Unsweringly” – Hebrews 10:23, 11:1-3
This is the final message in our Gospel of John study which was preached on Easter Sunday, 2016. Sermon Notes: Today is a message for skeptics... After all, this is Easter Sunday, which we know is not primarily about brightly colored eggs and bunnies, but rather is about the claims in the Bible that Jesus … Continue reading “A Message for Skeptics” – John 20:24-31
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.
Wise and helpful words from Richard Lovelace in his classic, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, one of my most "marked-up" books from seminary days. Much that we have interpreted as a defect of sanctification in church people is really an outgrowth of their loss of bearing with respect to justification. Christians who are no longer sure … Continue reading The Root of True Holiness
Many of us are familiar with the WWJD acrostic that stands for What Would Jesus Do? The idea is that when faced with moral or ethical dilemmas, we should appeal to the example of Jesus. I have no argument against that. However, from my experience, I often fail to do what he would do. Sometimes, … Continue reading WWJS
Enjoy some wise counsel on living by faith from my friend, Bill Blankschaen, who has a new book coming out on May 19, A Story Worth Telling. Here is what he says he learned about faith by writing this book. Thanks, Bill! "Lessons I Learned from Writing a Book about Faith" Faith is at the … Continue reading Six Faith Lessons
Based on John 6:1-15, here are 5 ways to grow a stronger faith: 1. Consider every challenge a test of faith 2. Acknowledge your lack of resources and ability 3. Never underestimate the power of God 4. Expect the miraculous 5. Plan for the miraculous For an applied explanation of these ways to grow, just … Continue reading 5 Ways to Grow a Stronger Faith
This is the Creekstone message delivered on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
This is the kick-off message to our new sermon series in the Gospel of John.
I received an email this week and thought it might encourage you as much as it encouraged me! “Just this week out of the blue, I got a renewal notice from our flood insurance company from our old home [in which we lived before moving to Dahlonega], which I thought we had cancelled already. I … Continue reading God Provides in Unexpected Ways