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?
Lutheran professor, Dr. G. Ferdie, said, “The gospel is not a movement from vice to virtue, but rather, a movement from virtue to grace.” The idea is that when exposed as a sinner (our vice), we naturally attempt to become virtuous (i.e., we try to “be good” or at least be better). The big problem is … Continue reading Moving from Virtue to Grace
Listen: 500 years ago this coming Tuesday, on October 31, 1517, a Roman Catholic, Augustinian monk and university professor named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 Theses to the front door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses were 95 statements that not only challenged the authority of the Pope, but challenged … Continue reading “Open Doors into Paradise”
Listen: In 1998, Jewish Rabbi Joseph Telushkin published a book entitled, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal. His thesis is that words have inherent power and can be used for good or ill; to build up or tear down; to inspire the spirit or crush it. Words can put a baby to sleep or they … Continue reading “Words that Hurt, Words that Heal”
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: This is message #2 in our expository series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. I like to fish. Admittedly, I’m not very good at it. But when I do catch a fish and proceed to remove the hook, I kind of feel sorry for the creature. He was hungry, thought he saw an … Continue reading “Resisting the Bait”
It is Father's Day 2017 and I am away from the crew I love the most, my wife and three children. Typically, we all go together to our family cottage in Tennessee for two weeks each June. However, this year, while they were with me here in the cottage last week, numerous forces collided to … Continue reading Reflections on Being a Father
Listen Here: We all know the final words to practically every Fairy Tale: "And they lived happily ever after." This is everyone's dream. To live "happily ever after." To marry the dream girl. To have the dream job. To live in our dream house. To enjoy dream vacations. To raise dream children. To experience a … Continue reading Happily Ever After (Ruth 4)
Listen here: My parents divorced just months after I was born. In fact, I didn't meet my father until I was about 10. While I spent a few random weekends with him in my childhood, those visits were sporadic and brief, and we rarely talked between visits. Although I knew stuff about him, I really … Continue reading Knowing the Great Goel (Ruth 2:14-23)
A friend of mine in Mississippi takes broken pottery and turns the pieces into beautiful picture frames. Most folks would just throw those pieces away. But to Stacey, the broken pieces are beautiful. In fact, she can't use them until they are broken. Listen here: The same is true with us. We can't be used … Continue reading Repurposing Brokenness (Ps. 51:13-19)
This is message #2 in our Broken and Contrite: The Unexpected Pathway to Spiritual Renewal sermon series. Listen: The Bible speaks of a sickness that is not transmitted by physical contact. It is a sickness that invaded the world in the earliest chapters of the Bible. It is worse than a sinus infection. It is … Continue reading How to Survive the Pandemic (Ps. 51:3-5)
This is the first message is our 4-week study in Psalm 51, Broken and Contrite: The Unexpected Path to Spiritual Renewal. Listen here: It has been twenty years, but I still remember the stain. After I had completed my seminary studies and the trials of pastoral ordination, I received a fountain pen as a gift. … Continue reading Stain Removal (Ps. 51:1-2)
Dr. George Grant wrote an article on the life of St. Patrick for Tabletalk Magazine in August of 2005. Below is an excerpt from that article that uncovers the true story of a remarkable life. Patrick was a younger contemporary of Augustine of Hippo and Martin of Tours — the fifth century heroes of the faith … Continue reading The True Story of St. Patrick
This is part 2 of last week's message, Responding to the Wound. Listen here: In his book, The Peacemaker, Ken Sande outlines four essential promises of forgiveness. “I will not dwell on this incident.” “I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.” “I will not talk to others about this incident.” “I … Continue reading Choosing to Forgive (Matt. 18:31-35)
According to the Daily Mail... Hannah Peterson was involved in a serious car accident just one month before her wedding in Ontario. She broke her pelvis in three places, punctured a kidney, broke some ribs, and suffered a concussion and partial hearing loss during the July 18 collision. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Hannah … Continue reading He was Strong for Both of Us
What motivates and inspires real change is not our resolutions to change, but God's resolution of grace. Find out more in Creekstone's New Year's message. Listen at this link or here:
What compelled the Magi to travel such a huge distance, bring such costly gifts and bow in worship to a Hebrew child in a small village? What does it have to do with us? Find out this Christmas Eve message, A Magi Story.
Sometimes it feels as if God is unconcerned with our deepest hopes and dreams. Over time, we can grow pessimistic and eventually cynical about God's disposition toward us. But what if God is working in the silence? What if God actually has a better dream planned? Simeon teaches us four lessons about how to "wait … Continue reading 4 Lessons for Waiting on God’s Plan to Unfold (Luke 2:25-35)
This post is from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening. "Salt without prescribing how much." Ezra 7:22 Salt was used in every offering made by fire unto the Lord, and from its preserving and purifying properties it was the grateful emblem of divine grace in the soul. It is worthy of our attentive regard that, when Artaxerxes … Continue reading Too Much Grace?
We are more like the shepherds outside of Bethlehem than we may think. What are the practical implications? Find out in this message.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, at the time a Roman Catholic monk and theology professor, nailed a protest letter to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, where he taught at the local university. The letter is known as his 95 Theses, a protest against the sale of indulgences, among other things. Essentially, indulgences could be … Continue reading Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace
This is the message #4 in our Who Am I sermon series. What if I were no longer defined by my imperfections, faults, flaws and sins, or by my successes, but rather, defined by the perfect righteousness of Jesus? What if an obsession with my failure or the need to improve and succeed could be … Continue reading “Better Than Improvement” (2 Cor. 5:16-21)