By Michael Roop
We continue our advent series this Sunday by lighting the Love candle. Love is the central descriptor to God’s character. When Moses is on the mountain and the Lord’s presence descends all around him, God proclaims about Himself, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…” (Exodus 34:6).
By Steve Lammers
As we’ve entered Advent season, our pastors are taking turns reflecting on the symbolism of the four candles of the Advent Wreath. This coming Sunday, we will light the second candle representing “peace."
By Clay Myatt
This week, we are beginning a sermon series on Luke 1-2 to celebrate Advent. So our letters for each of the next few weeks will take a different Advent candle and give a brief reflection on its theme. Today, I’d like to share some thoughts on the biblical idea of hope.
By Steve Gregg
This Sunday is “Generosity Sunday” at Creekside. Going into the holiday season we want to take this Sunday to remember that generosity is a characteristic that should be evident in a Christian. I hope that if you’ve been around Creekside for any amount of time you have heard the Good News that God has been overwhelmingly gracious and generous to us through Jesus: his drawing close to us through the incarnation, his substitutionary death which paid the penalty for all of our rebellion, the resurrection which has given us a new life, and the presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling and empowering us, along with the promise that as His adopted sons and daughters we will one day dwell with Him in a new heavens and a new earth. This sweeping generosity of God is the basis for our generosity. As a result, there are three responses to this grace that in turn provide the soils from which a generous spirit grows.
Every once in a while I find myself telling parents with younger kids that it's okay to admit that sometimes the diaper-changing stage of parenting is miserable. Some older parents may remember that stage fondly. Not me. I far prefer the "I-can-do-it-myself-but-I-still-think-you're-the-best-Dad-ever" stage. Or the "look-at-me-I-can-ride-a-bike-without-training-wheels" stage. And especially the "hey-16-year-old-driver-please-pick-up-some-groceries" stage. Call me selfish — you'd be right!
Wednesday morning I read an article entitled "When Parenting Isn't Enjoyable" by Kristen Wetherell that helped me put my selfishness in perspective and (more importantly) point me to Christ. I'd encourage you to read the whole article, but here are some excerpts I found most helpful...