Creek's End Family & Friends,
As we continue our series “FAITH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES”, we already realize to be human is to live your entire life without knowing the future. The only one who knows the future is God. He is above and outside of time. We are not. But not knowing the future often creates unnecessary anxiety and stress in our lives. Recent surveys have shown that 66 percent of people are fearful of the future.
Fear has always been part of the human experience. Even in biblical times, people struggled with uncertainty about the future. Thankfully, James 4:13-17 teaches us how to avoid the three most common mistakes people typically make about the future - mistakes that you and I still make today.
Mistake #1: We make plans without asking God. At first glance, the plan James describes in verse 13 doesn’t sound out of the ordinary. He writes, “Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’” James is describing a person with a thoughtful business plan. It’s important to have a strategy about how you’ll engage the future. But this entrepreneur is missing something. You’ll notice he doesn’t mention God. It’s all about self-reliance. Four times he mentions what he and the other leaders will do. But there’s not a single word about what God will do. As you look toward the future of your life, your family, and your church, do more than just plan - pray.
Mistake #2: We presume we know what tomorrow holds. James writes in 4:14-15: “You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. Instead, you should say, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans.’” James goes on to say in verse 16 that presuming to know the future is a form of arrogance. The Bible says there’s both good pride and bad pride. It’s good to say that you’re proud of what God is doing in your life. But the kind of pride in James 4 is clearly a problem. If there’s anything 2020 taught us is that we don’t know what tomorrow holds, much less what God will do in the next year. The good news is, God’s love, goodness, and reliability can all be counted on. Nothing else in life is dependable.
Mistake #3: We put off doing what’s right. Procrastination is always the wrong way to handle uncertainty. We procrastinate when we know what we need to do but don’t do it. James makes it clear that if we procrastinate doing what’s right, it’s a sin. He writes like this in 5:17: “Whoever knows what is right but doesn’t do it is sinning.” Procrastination wastes your life and misuses your time. If you procrastinate, you’ll likely miss golden opportunities God has placed before you. Sin isn’t just about what you do. It’s about what you don’t do. Many of you have been talking for years about a step you know you need to take in your own spiritual journey. Why are you waiting? Don’t put off doing what God has clearly told you to do.
You’ll never escape uncertainty in your life. No matter what you’ll face in 2021, you don’t have all the answers right now. Yet by recognizing and avoiding these common mistakes, you can head into uncertainty with faith rather than fear.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“FAITH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES” CONTINUES
The Bible is not filled with feel-good messages for a world
we don’t live in. We find God speaking directly into uncertain times. We see his hand in the midst of uncertainty. That’s
where He does some of His best work. Join us on campus or
online at 11:00 AM.
NEW SERIES “AFTERLIFE” BEGINS SOON
Knowing your forever can shape your today. The questions we have about life after death - Is there a heaven? Am I good enough? What if I’m not? - can leave us wondering. But that doesn’t mean we have to live in fear. Discover why our ideas of life after death could change everything in “AFTERLIFE”, a three-part message series.
MEET CREEK’S END
We are excited to see all the new faces that have joined us since we opened back up. All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, February 7 at 9:30 AM and hear what Creek’s End is all about. This is your opportunity to join our family and be a part of what we are doing in our community and in the world. A special breakfast will be provided as well so come meet us and find out more about how you can be involved. You can sign up online at www.creeksend.org or on the Connection Tab on Sundays.
MEN’S RETREAT 2021
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday for those sho still cannot worship on campus. This link SUNDAY RESOURCES will take you to all the links you need – Sermon notes, Bible Study video, Live Stream, prayer requests, online giving and a Connection Card.
See you this weekend,