"He writes into our story places of grief and brings glory out of them. And the glory isn't always displayed in healing. When we talk about blessing we post on Facebook about going to the beach and we hashtag blessed. We attribute blessing only to those things that are happy or pain free or what … Continue reading When Grief is Woven into the Story
In Isaiah 55:1, God says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Did you notice the the critical word—no. The invitation to the king’s banquet is not for those who don’t have … Continue reading An Invitation to the Feast
Last night at Creeekstone's Midweek for Men, Andy Woznicki shared a quote from C.S. Lewis's essay, The Weight of Glory. In that essay, Lewis writes: "In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible … Continue reading The Promise of Glory
This is message #7 in our summer sermon series, Getting Emotional. This week we explore the difficult subject of grief.
This Sunday I will be teaching from Psalm 77 on the subject of grief. In preparation, I have found this adapted Puritan prayer, The Valley of Vision, helpful. Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, you have brought us to the valley of vision, where we live in the depths but see you in the … Continue reading The Valley of Vision & the Paradox of the Gospel
This is message #3 in our Easter sermon series, Resurrection in 3D.
I was at a meeting recently where an individual was commenting on the character of someone else. In these contexts, the topic often is a juicy morsel of gossip, or if from a Christian, it may be communicated as a "request for prayer." 🙂 However, what was said really struck me deeply because the gossip … Continue reading Are You Impressed?
Just a note to self: The cross was neither easy, nor convenient. And the result was incomparably glorious.
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
This is the Creekstone Sunday message from May 27, 2012.
This is a revealing "60 Minutes" interview of Tom Brady, where he reflects on his massive success and fame, but laments, "There has to be more than this." When the interviewer asks what it is, Brady replies, "I wish I knew." So, regardless of who wins tonight's Super Bowl, there will be something more. The … Continue reading Tom Brady Interview: “There Has to Be More Than This”
David Platt, in Radical, says, "The American Dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. The American Dream prizes what people can accomplish when they believe in themselves and trust in themselves, and we are drawn toward such thinking. But the gospel has different priorities. The gospel beckons us to die to ourselves … Continue reading Making Much of Ourselves vs. Making Much of God