This is the final message in the Creekstone sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen: About four years ago, I was approached by three different members of the Creekstone staff about an issue that had them deeply concerned. They had not collaborated or discussed this issue with each other. Their concern wasn’t … Continue reading Intervention
In Romans 14:13-21, Paul establishes a love principle that has nothing to do with romance. The specific issue that serves as the context for the development of this love principle is a controversy over eating meat purchased in the local marketplace that had been sacrificed to pagan gods. Most believers had no problem eating this … Continue reading What If We Took Romans 14:13-21 Seriously?
Today our family said goodbye to Gracie, our eldest dog. She is now buried in our backyard in the woods near the creek -- a place on our property that we will treasure. At 12 years old, she was no young pup anymore. But as the alpha sibling of three other mutts, Gracie was wise. … Continue reading “Goodbye, Gracie.”
Listen here: On October 23, 2015, with sustained winds of 215 miles per hour, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, making landfall the following day on the western coast of northern, Mexico. Patricia was a "Category 5" hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which measures a storm's sustained winds. If the … Continue reading “Unrelenting Love” (Ruth 1:6-18)
In my study for this Sunday's message, I came across this passage in Dan Allender's book, Bold Love (pp. 65-66). The idea that my flesh hates God and that my sin is an expression of that hatred gives an entirely new meaning to grace. Please, take a minute to read and reflect: "The hatred in … Continue reading From Appreciation to Worship: How Our Hatred of God Magnifies the Grace of God
Here is the graphic Johnny Long used a couple of years ago at Creekstone to diagram how the love triangle of marital intimacy works. Thanks, Johnny!
As you may know, there are many passages that exhort Christians to love, serve and bless "one another." Ray Ortlund shows us a number of "one another's" that we don't find. "Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, … Continue reading “One Another’s” Not Found in the New Testament
What does my enemy see in me? Is a lack of love on my part a major contributor to our enemy status? Thomas Merton's statement below has made me think. "Do not be too quick to assume that your enemy is an enemy of God just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your … Continue reading What Does My Enemy See in Me?
This is message #4 in our sermon series, Unfathomable: How the Vast Dimensions of God's Love Empower the Visible Expression of Ours.
Before Newsweek folded as a print magazine last year, it ran an article a reporting that after a period of cutting back Americans are starting to spend again—whether we can afford it or not. Some experts call it "frugality fatigue"—in other words, we're weary of cutting back, and we're ready to splurge again. But don’t … Continue reading My Money Flows Freely to What I Love Dearly
This is message #2 is Creekstone's Unfathomable sermon series. Enjoy!
...and start SHOWING it. Words are easy. Words can be cheap. Words often are empty. But not God's words. When he says, "I love you," he means it. In fact, he shows it. That is what the cross is all about. In other words, the demonstration of love proves the declaration of love. And yet … Continue reading Stop Saying I Love You
Hey parents, let’s put down the laptop, phone and iPad for a minute and go find one of our kids, look ‘em in the eyes, and say, “You know what, I’m so glad you are my son/daughter.” That’s it. If they ask, “Why?” say, “Just because you are mine.” Not because he is fast or … Continue reading A Gift for Our Children
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)
March 3, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 3: Racial Love • Acts 2:44-45 (Revolution Series) Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 4: Radical Love • Acts 2.44-45 Racial Love Revealed Radical Love Resisted Racial Love Recharged Discuss: Why is the story about the generous police officer so powerful? Share a story about how you were … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45
As Kristy and I arrived home after going out for a Valentine's Day dinner, we discovered a den arrayed with lit candles, Nat King Cole Radio playing on Pandora, our wedding album open on the coffee table, fresh firewood on the hearth and my computer plugged in, ready to play a Valentine's Night movie on … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Surprise
From Grace 4 Life, a discipleship course for disciplers by Dr. Johnny Long.
Here are the sermon notes from this week's Creekstone message from Romans 5:6-8, "Loving the Unloveable." The audio is here. Romans_5.6-8.loving_the_unlovable.pdf Download this file
I have heard some helpful quotes this week and thought I'd share a few of them with you. "In conflict, our hearts come to the surface." "Authentic community is not the absence of conflict and relational funkiness. Authentic community is the result of living out the gospel in the midst of and through conflict and … Continue reading Helpful Quotes: Conflict, Community, Truth and Love
I had the privilege to speak these words at a wedding this past weekend. However, I find that, after almost 19 years of marriage, I am the one who needs to hear these "wedding words" the most. When two people are united in marriage, they pledge their commitment to love to each other for life. … Continue reading Wedding Words
This week on American Idol, Casey Abrams, who is a favorite among the judges, was eliminated before he made it to the top ten. The procedure for those who receive the least number of votes that week is to sing one last time before the judges, hoping that they will use their "save" to keep the contestant … Continue reading Why Me?
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