If you look at Scripture it is clear that one of the things God’s people have always been about is teaching and passing on God’s wisdom and instructions. Creekside has therefore always believed that a key role of the church is to be that teaching community, where the truth and grace of the Bible is explored and unpacked in ways that impact our day to day lives. We have seen God’s faithfulness to our church family by providing gifted women and men as teachers, who have greatly blessed our church.
By Gianluca Cueva
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen…” Eight years ago, this same month, I pronounced those very words. I was not born in the United States and therefore not an American citizen from birth. Instead I went through the naturalization process, and on July 23rd, 2012 I became a U.S. citizen. For many immigrants in the United States, this is a historic day for them and their families.
By Michael Roop
As I conclude my morning devotions in John 14-17, I’m struck by how lavishly Jesus promises joy will fall on those of His followers who will ask for it in His name (16:16-24). And as I begin to pray for that joy, I’m struck all the more by the thought patterns, the deep grooves in my mind, that run contrary to joy.
By Steve Lammers
This past week, the youth group went on a retreat to study Psalm 23 as a description of how we can trust in our Shepherd during the valleys of life, and it reminded me of a story I was told by one of my seminary professors years ago.
By Michael Roop
A recent conversation had me thinking about home decor. Before my family moved to Gainesville and I started my new role as one the pastors at Creekside, we spent two years in Kansas City. Based on my job there, we knew we’d be leaving at the end of those two years.