This is message 10 in our series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen: The American Dream has been alive and well since 1620, when the Pilgrims saw America as a dream of religious freedom. Over the next century, English speaking settlers would continue to arrive, largely with the same vision. In the 1840s … Continue reading The Danger of the American Dream
On Sunday I confessed that, as I considered fulfilling my pledge, I felt a strange tension. I had been so excited in early July to stretch beyond what I originally thought our family would pledge. But now it was August, and since pledging we have received tuition bills for two of our college age children … Continue reading I Confessed This on Sunday
As a follower of my blog, you get early-bird access to all of the Creekstone Ground for Grace Videos. Thanks, and enjoy! Part 1: The Need https://player.vimeo.com/video/169297586 Part 2: Guiding Principles https://player.vimeo.com/video/169293756 Part 3: The 5-P Plan https://player.vimeo.com/video/169293929 Part 4: The Pledging Process https://player.vimeo.com/video/169294067 Part 5: Practical Ways to Give https://player.vimeo.com/video/169294215
Yesterday, we had an opportunity as a church family to give a special, year-end gift to the minstry of Creekstone in order to "close the gap" on our fiscal need for the Sept.-Dec. quarter, enabling us to enter 2015 "in the black" and with a goal of "particularizing" as a local church apart from our "sending" … Continue reading Close the Gap Sunday Results
This is the final message in our series, The Next Steps. I trust that it will be a blessing and encouragement to you.
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
This is the next message is our series, Next Steps, oringinally preached on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
This is message #2 in our end of the year sermon series, The Next Steps.
This is message #1 in our end of the year sermon series, The Next Steps. The big idea is that material generosity is a primary catalyst for spiritual growth. So, get ready to give and grow!
As many of you know, in order for Creekstone to "particularize" as our own church, we need to be financially self-sustaining. To this point, there has remained a gap between our financial budget need and our local giving (which is to be expected for a while in a college town context). However, last month's financial … Continue reading Big News! A Creekstone Financial Update
Before Newsweek folded as a print magazine last year, it ran an article a reporting that after a period of cutting back Americans are starting to spend again—whether we can afford it or not. Some experts call it "frugality fatigue"—in other words, we're weary of cutting back, and we're ready to splurge again. But don’t … Continue reading My Money Flows Freely to What I Love Dearly
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Tomorrow is a special event for Creekstone, our first ever Pledge Sunday, where we have the opportunity to put feet on what we've been learning these past six weeks in our Generosity Factor sermon series. This fall, we have discovered that the subject of money, possessions and giving actually is more about God's giving than … Continue reading Pledge Sunday is Tomorrow!
There are opportunities to give and bless others all around us. Just look and listen. This short (3:40) video will provide some simple, but powerful inspiration!
If you are part of the Creekstone community and missed the Nov. 3rd message, Generosity Training Wheels, please take time to listen to it here, or via iTunes or our website's media player. Thanks!
http://vimeo.com/40037663 This Sunday we will talk about the Generosity Cycle and how receivers become givers. This short video (4:45) shows the Cycle in progress in a very practical, personal and powerful way. Soli Deo gloria.
Hey Creekstone folks, This Sunday I want to share with you a simple and practical financial strategy that is designed by God and leads to financial freedom. If you are like most folks, you know what it feels like to be enslaved to financial fears and the anxiety that comes with economic uncertainty. Thankfully, there is … Continue reading A Simple, Practical Strategy for Financial Freedom and Blessing
As we pursue a study on Sunday mornings related to money and possessions, a super-helpful (and really short) book on giving and generosity is by Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving. Get it and read it. You will be really glad that you did. When our view and stewardship of … Continue reading The Treasure Principle
The Generosity Factor: Discover How God’s View of Money and Possessions Can Revolutionize Your Life Money is not just a secular, financial issue; it is a profoundly theological, spiritual issue. In fact, how we view and use money is one of the most significant factors in determining the level of joy we will experience in … Continue reading Upcoming Sermon Series at Creekstone
April 21, 2013 • Listen here: The Urge to Splurge • Acts 4:32-5:11 How does the use of money reveal my true God? How does changing my view from owner to steward change the way I see money and possessions? How can money be deceptive and dangerous? Why is giving miracle grow for spiritual growth? … Continue reading The Urge to Splurge • Acts 4:32-5:11 (sermon)
This Sunday we continue The Revolution series in Acts by looking at chapter 4:32-5:11, a passage that teaches us how my view of and use of money and possessions is a primary indicator of what I love the most. Or as Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also." What we are … Continue reading Does My Checking Account Contradict My Profession of Faith?
If you are a regular at Creekstone, you know that one of the biggest influences in my spiritual formation (my understanding of, experience with and teaching of the gospel) is Dr. Johnny Long. Not only has he preached twice at Creekstone, but also he and his wife, Becky, led our fall Marriage Conference. Now, he … Continue reading A Year-End Gift for a Special Friend to Extend the Gospel
Here is the message and handout that I gave at Campus Outreach on Monday night. What a GREAT group of students - so blessed to live in a college town! Anyway, preparing for it affected me so deeply that I wanted to share it with the rest of the Creekstone community. I hope that you … Continue reading Radical Generosity • 2 Corinthians 8:1-9