1 Thes. 4:13-18; 5:1-11 13Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have … Continue reading How Will History End?
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: Ernest Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises, follows a troupe of characters through Spain in 1920s Europe who represented what became known as "the lost generation." The "lost generation" describes those who came of age during the horrors of WWI, a generation usually identified with those born between 1883 and 1900. Gertrude … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises (Ruth 2:1-13)
Listen here: My 30th high school reunion is this summer in Jackson, Mississippi. I haven't been able to make any of the reunions thus far. So, maybe we'll make it back this year. But probably not. One thing is for sure. The people that return this summer for the reunion will not be the same … Continue reading The Bottom of the J-Curve (Ruth 1:19-22)
Listen to the message: The story of Ruth takes place around 1100 B.C. during the time of the judges, between the conquest of the promised land and the establishment of the Israelite monarchy in 1050 B.C. The map will give you an idea of where we are in the ancient world. While Ruth explains the … Continue reading “Hope on the Horizon” (Ruth 1:1-5)
"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
"Think of your own personal disaster, your own struggle with sin and your own failure. If you're able to be given wisdom to see those failures and struggles, and own those failures and struggles, what are they? Can you see how God can teach you through those moments, those low broken places, in ways he can't … Continue reading Light Shinging Through the Cracks
The gospel gives us freedom to be honest. Honest with ourselves, with others and with God. Psalm 13 describes an anguished David, wresting with his present life experience and the role of God in it. His emotions are being tossed like a dinghy on the waves of a storm. But when his heart finds anchor … Continue reading An Anchor of Hope for the Dinghy of Despair
This is the Creekstone message delivered on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Eusibius (265-339 AD) wrote the first post-apostolic history of the church. Until Eusibius’ day, the church had been under fierce persecution and the luxury to sit down in the ivory tower and write was not available. However, in 312 Emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, and in 313, declared the Edict of Milan, granting religious … Continue reading Exhaustive Sovereignty
This is message #3 in our Easter sermon series, Resurrection in 3D.
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Here are the notes for this week's Creekstone Christmas sermon on Romans 5:12-19, "Letting Hope Out of the Box." The audio is on the Creekstone website here and on iTunes. Hope to see those of you in town for our Christmas Eve service on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the High School. NOTE: We are not having a … Continue reading Christmas Sermon Notes and Audio- “Letting Hope Out of the Box” (Romans 5:12-19)
Here are the sermon notes for this week's message. The audio is here. Until next Sunday, have a great week! Romans_5.1-5.the_anxiety_cure.pdf Download this file
Here is this past Sunday's message from Matthew 7:24-27, "Despair, but Don't Despair." For a link to the sermon, go here. The message roadmap is below.
This morning during family time with the kids I asked them what they were looking forward to today. Catching up in school, playing outside, and reading a new book were some of the responses. I'm looking forward to meeting a friend for lunch, running before picking Ann Ferris up from chorus, and n a movie … Continue reading Looking Forward