This is message #4 in our Gospel for Real Life sermon series through the letter of James. Listen: As we look toward building a facility on our church property on Highway 60, one aspect of the project is the grading work required to level out the dirt for the foundation of the building. Grading is … Continue reading “Level Ground”
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”
Listen: Remember this? "Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people." What is wrong with it? Yeah, it gives the impression that the church is a building. But the church is not a building; it is a people. The church is not a Sunday event we go … Continue reading What is the Church?
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?
I made a critical mistake in this past Sunday's message. As you know, we are in a sermon series that is examining foundational, essential doctrines of the Christian faith--an introduction to systematic theology of sorts. While doctrine is like a foundation (which is necessary and good), the danger of teaching doctrine is that it can … Continue reading I Made a Critical Mistake in Sunday’s Message
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)
A friend of mine in Mississippi takes broken pottery and turns the pieces into beautiful picture frames. Most folks would just throw those pieces away. But to Stacey, the broken pieces are beautiful. In fact, she can't use them until they are broken. Listen here: The same is true with us. We can't be used … Continue reading Repurposing Brokenness (Ps. 51:13-19)
According to Psychology Today, in 2000, only 50 books were published on the topic of happiness. Somebody found an inch and began to scratch, because by 2008, that number had skyrocketed to 4,000 a year. By 2014, there were over 10,000! Apparently, happiness sells... because we all want to be happy. Yet a better word … Continue reading 3 Practices that Restore Joy (Ps. 51:6-12)
If baptism is the new covenant rite of inclusion in the new covenant community, then the Lord's Supper is the ongoing rite of communion with God for the new covenant community. Like going to the gym for the first time, partaking in this ancient rite can be awkward. What are we doing when we come … Continue reading Communion as a Means of Grace
Listen Here: The 2005 movie, Coach Carter, is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter (who is played by Samuel L. Jackson). The real life coach made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results. He was enforcing a disciplinary contract required them to attend all … Continue reading “All In” (Acts 20:17-38)
What motivates and inspires real change is not our resolutions to change, but God's resolution of grace. Find out more in Creekstone's New Year's message. Listen at this link or here:
This is a special Thanksgiving message that explores the relationship between thankfulness and happiness.
This is a studio recorded message of last Sunday's sermon which experienced a recording glitch during the service. But alas, there is still meat on the bone here for you. This message explores how a Christian should live as a dual citizen of God's kingdom and "the city of man." Do we complain, protest, view … Continue reading When the Dust Clears (Romans 13:1-8)
Enjoy the entire 5-part sermon series, Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel, here. Message 1: "Come and Die, Go and Live" Message 2: "A New Resume" Message 3: "From Orphanhood to Sonship" Message 4: "Better Than Improvement" Message 5: "No More Dues"
This is message #5 of 5 in our Who Am I sermon series on developing a personal identity in view of the gospel. Listen Here
This is message #3 in our series, Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel. If you are like me, you tend to live as a functional spiritual orphan. This sermon is intended to provide us with a new way to live - as objects of the Father's present and eternal affection. After … Continue reading “From Orphanhood to Adoption” (Romans 8:15-18)
This is message #2 in our Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel sermon series.
Part 1 in the Who Am I? sermon series on personal identity in view of the gospel.
AUDIO: NOTES: In 1953, German New Testament scholar Rudolf Bultmann published a book entitled, Kerygma and Myth. Kerygma is Gk for preaching. Challenged the church to "demythologize" the Bible. Compared the Bible to an ear of corn. There are kernels of truth inside, but in order to get to them, we have to pull away … Continue reading “Angels Among Us” (2 Kings 6:15-17)
"The bad news is hell is real. The good news is you don't have to go there." Audio: Notes: Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the pioneers of rock and roll. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going on" and "Goodness gracious, Great Balls of Fire!"… Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986… Lifetime achievement award in … Continue reading The Sobering Subject of Hell – Mt. 22:1-14
LISTEN NOTES: In 1971, John Lennon challenged the world to Imagine. The Beatle's had broken up by spring '70… solo career… "Imagine all the people…" Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today. In the song, Lennon confesses to … Continue reading Imagine: The Reality of Heaven
Sermon Notes: Deuteronomy 8:6-20 6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig … Continue reading “Remembering Our Recipientness” (Deuteronomy 8:6-20)
Listen: One of the most important subjects that is addressed in pre-marriage counseling courses is the topic of communication. After all, the health of any relationship or organization can be gauged by the health of its communication. Do people feel heard, understood and valued? Do they feel informed? Do they feel safe asking questions, or … Continue reading Healthy Communication (Ephesians 4:29)
I’m sitting on a stool today because this past month has left me mentally and emotionally exhausted. As I said in the vision video, we came here to minister out of weakness, not strength. I definitely feel like I am at that weak place in need grace. I’ve feel like a marathoner who, at mile … Continue reading The Power of Encouragement (Hebrews 10:19-25)
One of the highlights of our vacation in Tennessee every June is hiking the Fiery Gizzard Trail and jumping off of the waterfall at the Blue Hole. But there is one spot from which you can jump that is higher than the waterfall. It’s a small outcropping called “the high rock.” When you stand on … Continue reading G4G Message 1: “On the Edge of Opportunity”