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!
In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, the second-round draft choice for the Oakland A's, was on the verge of playing in the Major Leagues. But Desme left behind a sizable baseball contract to embrace a life of simplicity in … Continue reading The Freedom of Loosing Our Idols
We are all devoted to something. And that something is what we believe will bring us the most joy—the greatest personal dividend. The problem is that we tend to be devoted to the wrong things. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political philosopher, traveled through America in the early 1830s and wrote a book called Democracy in … Continue reading The Incomplete Joys of the World
This morning I was thinking about the many things that cause anxiety and stress in my life—things that I think that I need (even though until this morning I was unaware of how badly my flesh craves these things). What I think I "need" usually are my idols—things that compete with the sufficiency of the Savior as … Continue reading Is Jesus Really Enough?
As you may know, the Mega Million lottery is up to about $540 million (and probably will grow higher). Standing in a convenience store today, I considered buying a ticket (just for fun, of course). I began to imagine all the good that I could do with such a prize (think rationalization). Then a passage … Continue reading One Way to Ruin Your Marriage and Children
This Sunday we are going to study Romans 1:18-32, which talks a lot about idolatry. An idol is a "functional lord." It drives my life, gives me security and an identity. Unlike Jesus, an idol deceives and enslaves. In his study on this passage, Tim Keller identifies numerous modern day idols. Here is a partial … Continue reading Modern Day Idolatry
I am a graduate of Covenant Seminary, and receive the institution's quarterly magazine, Covenant. The latest issue defines the school's reason for being, saying, "The purpose of Covenant Theological Seminary is to glorify the triune God by training his servants to WALK in God's grace, MINISTER God's Word, and EQUIP God's people—all for God's MISSION." … Continue reading The Heart of a Pastor’s Calling: Part 1 (Walk in God’s Grace)
Sunday at Creekstone we prayed the Lord's Prayer together. One line that we tend to recite without thinking too deeply is, "Thy will be done." Are we sure we know what we are saying? Thy will? To be honest, I tend to be tenaciously committed to the fulfillment of my will. It is that commitment … Continue reading My Will Be Done?
"Nowhere more than in America are Christians caught in the twentieth-century syndrome of size. Size will show success. If I am consecrated, there will necessarily be large quantities of people, dollars, etc. This is not so. Not only does God not say that size and spiritual power go together, but He even reverses this (especially … Continue reading Do Numbers = Success and Significance?
This is the audio from this past Sunday's Creekstone service, as well as a study guide for individuals and families to use as sermon follow up discussion/study. You may also listen/download the audio and discussion guide from the media player on the Creekstone website. And we are now podcasting our audio on iTunes as well. … Continue reading Turning from Idols • Luke 18:18-27 (audio sermon & discussion guide)
I began reading Keller's Counterfeit Gods over the weekend. In a word, profound. Another word, convicting. And still another couple words, gloriously hopeful. The book is about idolatry. In the first chapter, Keller defines idolatry by alluding to comments on American culture penned by Alexis de Tocqueville, who in the 1830s said that there "is … Continue reading Idolatry: Turning a Good Thing Into an Ultimate Thing
This morning I was reading in Mark 10 about the rich young man who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. There is much that could be said about this incident, but what grabbed my heart is the fact that I am so much like him. Not Jesus. The young man. Well, I would not … Continue reading Destroying the Idols of My Heart