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”
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.
Charles Spurgeon blessed me this morning with reflections on "the love of the Lord" in Hosea 3:1. Thought I'd share it with you. ELIEVER, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how He hath fed and clothed thee every … Continue reading Looking Backward, Looking Forward
I love books and studying theology. However, this statement in Brennan Manning's book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, gripped me with a new desire, as Paul said in Philippians 3, not just to know about Jesus, but "to know him." "Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority … Continue reading Travel Agent Evangelism
May 19, 2013 • Listen here —> Can You Hear Me Now? Acts 11:1-18 Discussion questions: What are the litmus tests that I tend to use to determine whether someone is a genuine disciple of Jesus? Why does my flesh resist salvation by sheer grace? How is repentance the great equalizer? How does the cross … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now? • Acts 11:1-18 (sermon)
The Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
When I blow it, there are some choice words that I expect to hear. You are a failure. Why can't you get it right? You always let me down. You are a disappointment. Those are law words. Thankfully, in the gospel, there are other choice words spoken by Jesus: "It is finished and you are … Continue reading Choice Words
Most of us have tried to pack a present in a box that wouldn’t fit. The gospel is that way. We just can't contain it. We never really grasp it. As Paul says, because of the vastness of its dimensions, God's love for his people "surpasses knowledge." “16 I pray that out of his glorious … Continue reading The Gospel Doesn’t Fit in a Box
This past Sunday we talked a little bit about how there are two kinds of trials that actually are both expressions of God's love for us: corrective love and perfective love. The Hebrews 12 and Luke 15 kind of "corrective love" bring us back home through awakening our souls to our need, and the 1 … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Suffering?
In the gospel he authored, John calls himself, "the disciple Jesus loves." Interesting. Did he mean that Jesus did not love the others? Not at all. He knew better. However, his own self-perception was wrapped up in being loved by Jesus. And so rather than mention himself by name, he uses that rather stunning description … Continue reading Am I Treasured or Tolerated?
In order to wrestle though some personal issues related to my family of origin, I'm re-reading Scotty Smith's book, Objects of His Affection. It is a remarkable, biographical (and vulnerable) journey of his moving from knowing intellectually about the love of God to experiencing personally the God of love. I commend it to you with … Continue reading An Object of His Affection