Being a Friend, not a Fixer

For Christmas this year, my wife gave me When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend, by Mark Meynell. I have devoured it like a New York size slice of sausage and peperoni pizza after a 24-hour fast. Kristy knew this book would speak to me in a very personal way. Over the years, she has walked with […]

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When the Roof Blows Off

What we notice when reading the first two chapters of this gospel is that Matthew very clearly sees the birth of Jesus as fulfilling numerous ancient promises that were foretold hundreds and hundreds of years before the incarnation of Christ a human being. This promise-fulfillment motif is the basis for our current series in Matthew […]

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The Weary World Rejoices

In Matthew 11, Jesus makes an invitation that seems custom made for this time of year.  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]

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Jesus is not Enough

Something unexpected happened this morning as I was driving home from making some returns at Wal-Mart. The sky was a bright blue. Not hazy at all. Incredibly clear. A CD was playing. Yes, a CD. I drive a 2005 Honda Pilot. The lyrics of the song followed the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9. 3 Praise be […]

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How Will History End?

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 […]

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Happily Ever After (Ruth 4)

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 […]

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The Sun Also Rises (Ruth 2:1-13)

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 […]

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Light Shinging Through the Cracks

“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 […]

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Exhaustive Sovereignty

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 […]

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Christmas Sermon Notes and Audio- “Letting Hope Out of the Box” (Romans 5:12-19)

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 […]

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