Guest authors: Emily Purcell and Marie Banks, Deacons of Creekside WomenA dear friend once said that having a relationship with God is not for Him, it’s for us. That simple phrase changed the way I look at my Bible reading and prayer time. God doesn’t need us read His Word; He wants us to read it. He doesn’t need us to pray, He wants us to pray. He wants us to read and understand His character and how He redeems His people. He wants us to talk to Him. The seasons of my life when I have been consistent in reading my Bible and praying, I doubt my faith less. I find it easier to deal with the stresses of life, I am much kinder to those closest to me, and I am much more in-tuned to the Holy Spirit.
By Steve Gregg
I can finally say something that for many years I honestly couldn’t: I am glad we are doing a sermon series in Revelation. As a young Christian, I spent a lot of time around folks who were always trying to decipher Revelation to discover who was who, what was what, and when was when, especially by constantly comparing Scripture to current events. I saw first hand the damage that comes from that obsession. This ranged from individuals stockpiling survival rations, to an entire church telling their extended famIlies goodbye as they met one night in Gainesville to await the Rapture at the time they had predicted. My wife Kim and I drove by the church that evening and wondered aloud what the next day would look like for them if the Rapture didn’t happen. I specifically remember waking up the next morning and thinking there was going to be a lot of crow on the menu that day.
By Michael Roop
I’ll admit it: sometimes I worry. When I do, it almost always revolves around my ministry future, and specifically whether my sinful nature will one day lead to one of these highly public falls that seem like a daily occurence in the pastoral world. I’m not side-door confessing anything catastrophic here; I’ve just watched enough men I once respected fall prey to things they tried to hide for too long.
By Steve Gregg
“The Lord commands all men without exception 'to do good' [Hebrews 13:16]. Yet the great part of them are most unworthy if they be judged by their own merit. But here Scripture helps in the best way when it teaches that we are not to consider that men merit of themselves but to look upon the image of God in all men, to which we owe all honor and love. ... It is that we remember not to consider men’s evil intention but to look upon the image of God in them, which cancels and effaces their transgressions, and with its beauty and dignity allures us to love and embrace them.” — John Calvin
By Michael Roop
This Sunday, our spring selection of Sundays at 9 courses kicks off. These courses, offered at 9 am on Sunday mornings, are designed to help us love God with our minds. As we increasingly see the world through a Christian worldview, we are able to love God and be about His mission with increasinging fruitfulness.