Today is another guest post from a friend, Dave McCarty. His take on the upside-down, counter-intuitive feel of the gospel is slowly making its way into my heart. Maybe it will find its way into yours, too. To meet me, you would think… I’m a strong, confident, competent, cool, caring, together man. You would be […]Read More Appearances Can Be Deceptive
This is the Creekstone message for July 19, 2015. Ready to be set free?Read More “Prison Break” • John 8:31-36 (sermon)
This is message #2 in our sermon series in the Gospel of John, Knowing Jesus. In this message, we discover the practical implications of five revolutionary words.Read More Five Revolutionary Words • John 1:14-28 (sermon audio)
In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, the second-round draft choice for the Oakland A’s, was on the verge of playing in the Major Leagues. But Desme left behind a sizable baseball contract to embrace a life of simplicity in […]Read More The Freedom of Loosing Our Idols
In the opening chapter of John’s Gospel, he introduces two individuals: Jesus and (another) John, Jesus’ cousin (the one known for baptizing). John the Baptizer grew quite famous as a preacher in those days, and I suppose it could have gone to his head. He could have begun to think that he was important. Indispensable. […]Read More I Am Not the Christ
In the days when Jehosaphat was King (see II Chronicles 20), neighboring armies marched against Judah. The people gathered to pray for the LORD to defend them. The King stood and prayed, “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are […]Read More Jesus Works and I Watch: A Lesson from Jehosaphat
This is message #4 is our series, No Longer Bound.Read More Freedom Fighters • Galatians 5:1 (sermon)
This is message #2 in our No Longer Bound series.Read More Freedom from the Approval of Others • Galatians 1:10 (sermon)
“What will people think?” Are you ready to admit that this question drives most of what you do and how you live? What will they think about what I wear? What will they think about what I say? What will they think about what I post? What will they think if I don’t say, Yes? […]Read More Are You Ready to Admit This?
Here are the two recommended resources that I mentioned in today’s message. When People are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch From Fear to Freedom, Rose Marie MillerRead More Recommended Resources for the “No Longer Bound” Sermon Series
This Sunday in our new sermon series, No Longer Bound, we are going to begin dealing with some very practical issues in a richly theological context. For example, we’ll address questions concerning why we are so concerned what other people think, why we get over-committed, why we second guess decisions, why we avoid people, why […]Read More Book Recommendation : When People are Big and God is Small
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 civil rights supporters. He had a dream. We have a dream at Creekstone, too—a dream of helping people live in the radical freedom of the gospel. That is why in January I will be preaching […]Read More “No Longer Bound” Starts This Sunday!
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1 In marathons, runners usually “hit the wall” around mile 18 or so, when all the glycogen has been depleted from their muscles. If glycogen is […]Read More My Dream for 2014
In Galatians 1:3-10, we learn that with the approval of God, we don’t need the applause of man. Because of the gospel, I am able to live before an audience of One, where no one gets ultimate influence in my life except Jesus. So, what practical difference will this make? I can think of at […]Read More Freedom from the Oppression of Success
This Sunday as we look at Acts 12:1-19 we are going to see something that I think will be super-encouraging for all of us as we deal with God’s power to break even the strongest chains of the things that bind and imprison our hearts, whether fears, insecurities, resentments, regrets or addictions. What if this […]Read More My Chains are Gone!
The book recommendation this week, which dove-tails nicely with this week’s sermon from Romans 8:15-17, is Rose Marie Miller’s, From Fear to Freedom. As a review says, For all those who live in fear of never quite “measuring up,” this honest account of one woman’s spiritual crisis provides a new look at the transforming power […]Read More Book Recommendation: From Fear to Freedom
Today at Fight Club we discussed Galatians 5:1-6. Below I’ve pasted a copy of the handout, including Johnny Long’s notes on “The Downward Pull of Christian Legalism.” 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you […]Read More Today’s Fight Club Handout & Notes
Each month I attend the North Georgia New Church Network, a group of church planters and church planting coaches who meet to consult with, pray for and equip each other as missionaries to our small part of the world. During our prayer time at our last meeting, we were challenged to confess a particular fear […]Read More The Freedom to Fail