16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous professional boxer of all time, with more titles and awards than one would think possible in a lifetime. You can read about them here. Although he was the fighter in the ring, he was never alone. His trainer and cornerman, Angelo Dundee, is the one who made Ali … Continue reading The Ultimate Cornerman
Listen: Beach or mountains? If you had to decide between one or the other as a vacation destination, which would you choose? For some, the answer would be a no brainer. You have a definite preference. For others, you may feel a tension, because you enjoy both the mountains and the beach. Steak or shrimp? … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
In sermon research today, I came across a passage from an old friend, Octavius Winslow. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, originally published in 1840, is one of my all-time favorites and has had a huge influence in my life. In fact, I named my youngest child after Winslow (Sarah "Wynn"... the Sarah … Continue reading When Baptism Avails Nothing
I want to remember today that I can't change or fix anyone. And neither can anyone change or fix me. That is the role of the Holy Spirit alone. But I can pray. I can ask. In my weakness, I can go to the Father, my strong Abba. He is able to do "immeasurably more … Continue reading Immeasurably More Than All I Can Ask or Imagine
Horatius Bonar was a "grace-cowboy" pastor who ministered in Scotland in the 19th century (1808-1889). In an article entitled, "The Root and Soil of Holiness," he deals with what produces the fruit of new life in true Christians. Read this as preparation for gathered worship tomorrow. It is fuel for the soul that craves (and … Continue reading Fuel for the Soul that Craves Grace
A debate concerning sanctification is back in the evangelical headlines, primarily being waged on blogs. I think the issue can be simplified in a way that may facilitate clarity on where various folks stand on the subject. All we have to do is ask three questions: What are we to do? Does God expect Christians … Continue reading The Sanctification Debate Made Simple
This is the audio of our latest message in our Revolution series, entitled, A New Day Dawns, from Acts 2:1-21. Listen here: A New Day Dawns • Acts 2.1-21 Here are some discussion questions: What do you think the “Spirit-filled” life should look and feel like today? What factors can cause the gospel to go viral through … Continue reading A New Day Dawns • Acts 2:1-21
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, February 26.
From the apostle Paul to the Puritans to modern day grace preachers, we learn that the more mature we get as Christians, the more we will see our sin. This does not mean that we necessarily will sin more, but that we will become more aware of various actions and motives as sinful, that before … Continue reading Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel
Do you want to grow as a Christian? One of of my theological heroes, Octavius Winslow, in his book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, tells us how growth happens: “It is by simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true … Continue reading Do You Want to Grow as a Christian?
In Sunday's message from Romans 7:1-6, The New Way, we discussed the difference between living by the law vs. living by the Spirit. Here is a summary of the comparison.
Here is the audio from this past Sunday's message from Romans 7:1-6, The New Way.
Dwight (D.L.) Moody was a pastor and evangelist in Chicago during the great Chicago fire of 1871. In his biography of Mr. Moody, Gilchrist Lawson says, “[He] went East to New York City to collect funds for the sufferers from the Chicago fire, but his heart and soul were crying out for the power from on high. … Continue reading Seeking D.L. Moody’s Experience with the Father
If you were unable to attend, let me encourage you to take 30 minutes to listen this to this morning's message. You may download it as an mp3 and listen on your way to work via your iPod (or similar music player), while cooking dinner, or on your back porch while basking in this "perfect … Continue reading Living Under the Influence
This past week we began men's and women's DiG Groups. DiG stands for Discipled in Grace, and doubles as a metaphor for "digging" deeply into the gospel. Anyway, one of the foundational principles that we are working with is the fact that the law-gospel paradigm is a two-edged sword. The law tells me that I … Continue reading Don’t Underestimate Either Sin or the Spirit
I am reading the late Dr. Jack Miller's book of personal letters entitled, The Heart of a Servant Leader. Oh my, this collection is a treasure of grace and wisdom. In a letter to a preacher friend, Miller says, "I think the chief thing in effective ministry... is the presence of the Spirit in the … Continue reading Preaching as a Bush Aglow
I stand duly convicted by these words of Jim Cymbala in his book, Fresh Power (p. 46). But my heart echos his. I do not need more of my (in)ability in my sermons, I need more of the Spirit. O Lord, let me pray and preach like the helpless man that I am. "Isn't it … Continue reading The Kind of Preaching We Need Today
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