O Captain, My Captain

Last week, at the end of Matthew 1, we read about the birth of Jesus, which we discover in chapter 2 took place in Bethlehem, which is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. If you will look at the map, notice the red circle. The focus in Matthew 2:1-12 is the famous appearance of the […]

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The Struggle to Believe

Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, […]

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Blind Spot Detection

The technology being introduced to new vehicles is quite amazing. Not just fancy things like onboard Wifi and built in navigation with touch screen controls, but safety features such as lane management systems and blind spot detection sensors. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is a form of blind spot detection. Believers throughout history have had blind spots […]

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Sometimes Winning is Losing

ABC’s Wide World of Sports aired on Saturdays from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998. The host for the entire 37-year run of the show was Jim McKay (no relation). 😊 The opening monologue is now iconic. Watch it here. Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and […]

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The Unleavened Life

Message Notes My favorite bread is Promise Bread from Costco – “everything free” bread / you’d think it would cost less! For some, the consequences of consuming gluten can severe. Rash. Swelling. Digestive complications. What Paul is showing us in 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 is that there is a spiritual form of gluten that will cause […]

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The Gospel of the Ugliest Dog

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held the fourth week of June in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. This year’s winner is a bulldog named, Zsa Zsa. Apparently, there is no relation to Uga X in Athens. Her extra-wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite, and tongue that hangs almost to the ground helped her […]

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Deeply Flawed and Dearly Loved

  The struggle is real. Martin Luther knew this. In 1535, Luther, a German professor of theology coined a phrase that many believers have found helpful to describe an ongoing struggle that every disciple of Jesus faces throughout their entire life. This pithy Latin phrase is found in Luther’s commentary on Galatians,[i] where he says […]

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Praying Our Needs

Listen: When I set out to start Creekstone in 2009, my sending church required that I raise a substantial amount of funding to see us through our first three to five years. In any entrepreneurial venture there often are significant start-up costs including equipment purchases, meeting space rental fees, staffing, etc. The same is true […]

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The Cost of Discipleship

This is part 11 in Creekstone’s Growing in Grace series. Listen:  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was executed under Adolf Hitler in 1945. Bonhoeffer knew that following Jesus could be costly. In fact, in 1937, he published a book called The Cost of Discipleship, in which he articulated the difference between cheap grace […]

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“Level Ground”

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 […]

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“Resisting the Bait”

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 […]

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What is the Church?

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 […]

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

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? […]

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