Creek's End Family & Friends,
The Bible is full of characters who waited. Noah built an ark and took refuge on it for many days, while waters flooded the earth. He waited for God to call him out of the ark after the surface of the ground was dry. God told Abraham that through his seed He would make him the father of many nations. Abraham was 100 years old when Sarah gave birth to Isaac. In faith he waited for God’s blessing.
Take any Bible character and there is a story of waiting. Waiting for fish to fill nets, waiting for miracles and healings to occur, waiting for provisions of food, waiting to leave and arrive at destinations, waiting for brides, and waiting for births.
Waiting requires patience and most of us fall short when it comes to this fruit of the Spirit. Life is filled with lessons that require patience. As humans, we want circumstances, desires, and other things immediately. We don’t like to wait. None of us enjoy checkout lines, red lights, or phone calls when we are put on hold. It takes 9 months to meet our newborns, years to find our true love, hours for a good meal, and so on. Life is a series of continual waits.
God uses these lessons that require a holding pattern to sanctify us. He wants for us to become more like His son, Jesus. God is patient and we are called to be like Christ. The hope is that while we strive day in and day out, to get through each day filled with innumerable waits, we grow in patience. Hopefully, we learn to embrace her as she chips away at our old self, laying it aside to become a new creation in Christ.
We, the church and Bride of Christ, wait for the coming time when Christ will return or death takes us home. Therefore, live like He will call you home at any hour, and while you wait - share your faith, pray for our country and leaders, and be encouraged by the hope that lives within you.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
Students get ready for a great DNOW weekend! Two nights on campus with games, scavenger hunt, talent show, group service projects and more. Guest Worship Leader Tim Darst will be joining us as we talk about more Jesus and less me. Then on Sunday we will celebrate with the Creek’s End family at 9:30 & 11:00 AM with Bible Study and Worship.
BURGER & BOIL
Thanks to our Missions Team for a great job on Burger & Boil to raise money for Coreluv. We raised over $3000 which will be doubled in the month of May. But you can still participate even more by entering the raffle sponsored by Spring Guns & Ammo. Go to this link to purchase your tickets: CORELUV RAFFLE. Drawing will be held this Sunday, April 18.
NEW SERIES “TROUBLED HEARTS” STARTS APRIL 25TH
Jesus wept. It’s the shortest sentence in the Bible but it reveals so much about who Jesus was. He was not aloof, or distant from the people he met. He was present. He wept. He felt…deeply. The Bible shows us many examples of Jesus’s emotions: love, compassion, righteous anger, sadness, and more. In this series, we’ll look at how Jesus processed emotions and how following His example can help us see how our TROUBLED HEARTS can be used to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives. Here is the schedule….
APRIL 25 – “A HEART THAT IS HURTING” Jesus was God in the flesh and yet He was a human being and He expressed and felt very real emotions. He felt anxiety, anger, compassion, and profound sadness. One writer has said that in the four Gospels Jesus expressed 39 emotions. God has given us those same emotions and by looking at Jesus and how He faced them can help us in how we respond and react when we are hurt.
MAY 2 – “A HEART THAT IS ANGRY” What do you do with feelings of anger? Anger can very quickly lead to unproductive and very destructive sin, but is the emotion of anger in and of itself, a sin? It could be that many relationships today are hurting because people are letting their anger drive them to sin. In this message we’ll discover how Jesus dealt with anger and how we can be angry in a way that honors God.
MAY 9 – “A HEART THAT IS ANXIOUS” Anxiety. It can be physiological, it can be emotional, it can be situational, it can even be spiritual. And when we feel anxious, we ask questions like: Am I failing God? Have I let God down? Is it a sin to be anxious? We do know that hours before He was crucified, Jesus felt overwhelming anxiety. His response may help us find relief from what we are feeling in our troubled heart.
MAY 16 – “A HEART THAT IS EXHAUSTED” Did Jesus ever get tired? Yes, He did, just as we all do. Even though he was perfect, His body still needed rest. The attention from the crowds kept him busy. When he healed people, it cost him strength and energy. We can identify with the heart of Jesus when we pull away now and then to rest in and commune quietly with our Heavenly Father.
MEN’S LEAGUE EVENT
As is our tradition, we have Baby Dedication
on Mother’s Day which is May 9.
To participate, please contact
Little Creek Director Angi Laird
or speak with her on Sundays.
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN
TRIM HEALTHY LIFE GROUP
CAMP DATES SET
Mark your calendars for summer camps!
Kid’s Camp (grades 3-5 completed) is
June 26-30 at Trinity Pines.
Student Camp is July 12-16 at
Pineywoods. Be watching for details.
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,