Creek's End Family & Friends,
If we were honest, many of us came to Jesus because something was broken and needed repair - marriages, kids, finances, careers - it could be any number of things. There are times in our lives, like Peter, when we come to God for what we can get from God. He is amazingly patient with us but eventually along the way we will discover there is a big difference between using Jesus and following Jesus. Matthew shows us how Judas learned this lesson the hard way. Like many others, Judas saw Jesus as the Messiah, as somebody who had been sent by God. On the other hand, there were some problems with Jesus. He didn't seem to hate the Romans enough and they weren't raising money to start an army. Consequently, there were things about Jesus that didn't fit into Judas' pattern.
Ultimately, there came a time when Judas couldn't handle it anymore. He was not getting what he wanted out of following Jesus and decided to take matters into his own hands. Judas and Jesus had competing agendas. Rather than misunderstanding Jesus' plan but subscribing to it anyway, he makes a choice. In essence, Judas said, "If you're not going to do it my way, then it's the highway for me. I'm taking over because I'm not getting what I thought I would get out of this deal." The rest of the story is tragic.
At some point in your life there will be an event, a relationship, or a decision where your agenda and God's agenda will not line up. If you insist on your agenda, you must understand YOU are responsible for the consequences. YOU are liable for the outcome of your decision. Like Judas, you own it all, and you are on your own. There are some decisions you make that you cannot unmake. Forgiveness is not the issue; consequence is the issue. When you say no to God’s agenda and insist on your agenda you take responsibility for the outcome. Do you really want to do that?
There is a big difference between using Jesus and following Jesus. If you are facing a competing agenda with God, you should do the same thing Jesus did when He had a conflicting agenda. One night in a garden He prayed so hard that the Bible says He sweated drops of blood. The issue was you and me. Jesus didn't want to die for sin. Nevertheless He prayed "Not My will, but Your will be done." He laid down His agenda for that of His Father. Why not do the same and lay down your agenda, knowing that God will take responsibility for the outcome?
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
THE COUNSELOR SERIES CONTINUES
Headaches, depression, addiction, overeating, overspending, overcommitting. Do you have an ongoing problem? To begin healing, we must do something about our desire to be healed. In this message we will discover the biggest enemy of our faith is the familiar. Join us Sunday for Do You Want To Get Well?
So much happened last week! The building shell is almost complete, so work will begin on the inside soon. The prayer garden is coming along as well. To date we have raised over $120,000 of the $150,000 needed to complete our projects. We will continue to leave this fund open until we raise the needed money to finish. You can still use the REACHING envelopes on Sundays or give at the Giving Kiosk or online.
Mark your calendar for our annual Family Fall Festival October 29. Join us on the Creek’s End campus from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for blow ups, games, cake walk, candy, and more. Food will be available for purchase as well. Candy donations are needed and you can drop them in the shopping basket in the Atrium. It’s fun for the entire family.
MEN’S LEAGUE BREAKFAST
All men are invited for a fellowship breakfast on Saturday, November 11, at 9:00 AM. Please sign up online so we
can get a food count.
Save the date of February 9-12, 2018 for our
Annual Men’s Retreat. It will be at Trinity Pines
this time. Cost to be determined.
Our mentoring efforts have expanded to two high schools
COMING SOON IN THE COUNSELOR
When you read the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – you’re going to see Jesus asking questions, over and over and over again. You can barely read very many conversations at all before you see Jesus throwing a question back at those who are asking questions to Him. In fact, He asked well over 100 recorded questions in the Gospel. Join us as we explore three of those questions and discover why Jesus can be a Wonderful Counselor. Here is the remaining schedule ...
OCTOBER 29 – Why Do You Doubt?
Difficult times can often cause us to question our fundamental beliefs about God. So how can we find faith in the midst of doubt? How can we trust God’s plan when our lives seem out of His control, and prayers seem to go unanswered or, as it sometimes feels, even unheard? In this final message, we will learn how honest doubt can lead to committed faith.
NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS IN NOVEMBER
RESPONSIBILITIES. We all have them. But we don't all take them as seriously as we ought to. Wouldn't it be great, though, if we all took responsibility for the things we are responsible for? Wouldn't it be great if you took responsibility for everything you're responsible for? It's time to stop the finger-pointing and excuse-making and be responsible. In this four week series, we will be urged to OWN IT.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
It’s time for our annual Christmas offering which will be taken from October 22 until December 31. Below are the projects this money goes toward to bring hope during the Holiday season…
- South Texas Children's Home (STCH)
- KISD Therapeutic Education Program
- CORELUV Orphanage in Haiti
- Underprivileged families in our community
You may give online, at the Giving Station, or with offering envelopes in the seat backs.
See you this weekend,