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.
By Michael Roop
When I was young, one tree in my family’s backyard was the bane of my existence. It was an apple tree, and I dreamed often of chopping it down. Sounds intense? I couldn’t help it; I spent hours upon hours picking up the fallen apples so that my dad — and later I — could safely mow the lawn. In my late-elementary mind, my childhood home had an apple tree in its backyard. I know this, not because I compared its leaves to those of other trees, or because I had its wood analyzed at a microbiological level. I know this because I spent hours picking apples. Apples on the branch, apple tree.
Over the past few days, we have received a number of questions surrounding the coronavirus and Creekside’s plan to react to its spread in our community. We thought this was a good time to remind us of the second principal command Jesus gave to His followers: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Here are four ways you can love your neighbor through this particularly difficult time.
By Tony Cunningham
Much of life is defined by a delicate or not so delicate dance of our hearts, minds and souls. We choose to do whatever we want, then we are hit with a sickening feeling that reminds us this does not feel right and we turn back to what is good and right. The last move in this dance of turning back to what is good and right, of turning back to the source of life from our own ideas and of what we think will bring us joy, is what is called repentance. This dance is engaged not once in life, or even periodically, but continuously throughout every day of life. We do not live the way we want to live, we do not choose the good and right things of life, but continue to turn away from the source and somehow trust and believe that we have our own path to joy and happiness. It always comes up short. It always leaves us wanting. We then, whether immediately or after a struggle, turn back to the springs of life, to the water that does not leave us thirsty. Again, this is the real and practical application of repentance.
By Laurie Goddard
It wasn’t until coming to college that I realized Lent was a thing. I now see it as a gift to the believer, an opportunity to break the usual ebb and flow of life to look more closely at Christ.