Creek's End Family & Friends,
It has been a heartbreaking week for the city of Houston. Our beloved Texans lost a game in embarrassing fashion after going ahead 24 points. Our Astros have been entangled in a cheating scandal that has resulted in the firing of our coach and general manager. No, it has not been a great week for Houston Sports fans.
It has been a reminder to me that many times in life our hopes get crushed. Sometimes it’s our fault, sometimes it isn’t. Hopeless is a horrible feeling. You might say that as Christians, we are never without hope. And, you are correct. Christ Jesus is our hope in our every circumstance.
But there are times when we feel utterly hopeless. When our hopes and dreams are shattered, never to be fulfilled. When we can’t see beyond our pain to grasp the hope He offers. To believe there will ever be a better day on the horizon. How do we find hope when hope is lost?
The Bible says in Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” There is never a time in your life where God will abandon you. But your times of anguish? You can be assured that God is closer than at any other time. Maybe it’s through the kindness of others. The unexpected word of comfort. The moment of laughter that takes you completely by surprise. Maybe it’s just the grace to get you through the day or even the moment. Or maybe it’s the overwhelming peace when you should be falling apart. He is there. He is holding you close, wiping your tears.
For the Houston Sports faithful, there is not much I can say except there is always next year. But for those of you who feel life has left you hopeless, have you considered that God often does His greatest work in the midst of our most painful days? Joseph was in prison as God prepared him to rule the land. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness while God carefully provided for their every need. David learned to fight when he was tending sheep. Maybe your pain is a way of consecrating you, of molding you into His image so you can witness the wonders He has planned for you.
Trials and tribulations are not without purpose. If we choose to surrender to our Savior, He will take every pain and bring purpose to our lives. He uses the trials of this life to mold us into His image, to teach us about His great love and faithfulness toward us. We must fix our eyes on Him, not on our troubles. Trust Him.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
This Sunday we get to hear what our students experienced over this powerful weekend. Student Pastor Josh Mackey will help us discover that when we are connected to God we will experience Him in GREATER WAYS.
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BIENVENIDO A IGLESIA
NEW SERIES "2020 VISION—A CHURCH ON FIRE"
In the book of Acts, the early church was on fire. What is even more incredible is they did what they did without buildings, budgets, or bands. Financially, they had no money. Politically, they had no influence and numerically they were just a tiny fraction of the world’s population. Yet, the church to this day has never seen such explosive growth and such tremendous power. What do we have to do different to be the church that is on fire in the 21st Century? Join us as we uncover the vision God has for the church to be on fire in 2020. Here is the schedule…
JANUARY 26 – “IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK”
Even though the church is bigger than it has ever been, would you really say it is better — more vibrant, more alive, more on fire than it has ever been? It can be, and it only takes a spark.
FEBRUARY 2 – “FUELING THE FIRE”
As an encourager, Barnabus knew how to build a fire under people. Today, we can learn from this early church leader how we can add fuel to the flames.
FEBRUARY 9– “THE FIRE BURNS BRIGHT”
The fires that started 2000 years ago still burn bright. What does a church look like when a fire burns brightly? There are four simple signs.
FEBRUARY 16 – “FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE”
Not only has the church been on fire for centuries but it’s been UNDER fire as well. How do you keep the fire burning? You fight fire with fire. You learn how to stand when you’re under fire.
FEBRUARY 23 – “MAN ON FIRE”
The early church had its own superstar, and man was he on fire! When we are on fire for God, life change happens and we discover a new purpose burning in our hearts.
MARCH 1 – “FIRE AND WATER”
Normally, water extinguishes fire, but in this case baptismal water enhances fire. Come explore why baptism is important.
MARCH 8 – “FIRE EXTINGUISHERS”
Nothing will kill the heart, the spirit, the mission, the passion, or the effectiveness of the church greater than fire extinguishers. There are four things a church absolutely can’t do or the fire will go out.
See you this weekend,