Creek's End Family & Friends,
Nothing damages our dignity like stumbling! I have seen people, dressed to the hilt, stumble and fall flat on their faces as they were walking at church. I have witnessed serious and gifted musicians, stepping up to with music in hand, stumble and fall as the sheets of music sailed like leaves in an October breeze. I've watched a sure and winning touchdown by a fleet split-end - nobody within fifteen yards - foiled by a stumble.
I've looked on as brides and grooms stumbled in unison … as a marching band stumbled in formation … as shoppers stumbled in stores … as rigid Marine officers stumbled while inspecting the troops … as elite, elegant ladies stumbled on stage … as emcees got tangled in mike wires and stumbled off stage … as cap and gown grads stumbled to their knees receiving their diplomas…even the President of the United States.
And can't you remember when you have stumbled? Nothing is more humiliating or embarrassing than spilling our dignity as we fall flat on our pride. The first thing we do is take a quick look around to see who might have noticed. We long to become invisible. Some of my stumbling experiences make me shudder just to call them to mind.
But do you know something? Almost without exception the response of onlookers is sympathy … identification with the embarrassment … mutual ache … a deep sense of inner support. In fact, the immediate response is to help the stumbler back to his feet. I cannot remember a single occasion when anyone who stumbled was held down or stepped on by those nearby. I recall that there was instant concern for their hurt feelings and their physical welfare. I also recall that everyone who tripped got right back on his feet, shrugged off the momentary humiliation, and forged ahead. There's something to be learned, my friend, in all this business of stumbling.
James 3:2 tells us “We all stumble in many ways…” What's he saying? Nobody's perfect … to stumble is normal … a fact of life … an act that guarantees our humanness. He goes on to mention that we often stumble in what we say. When it comes to the tongue, we blow it! He also says that stumbling brings guilt … even if it is in one small area. That is so true!
Perhaps you have just stumbled as you read this today. You feel guilty, you feel like a failure. You wish like crazy you had never opened your mouth … or done what you did … or responded like that. You're miserable, discouraged, and you'd like to hide, or better still - crawl off and die. No! Get up out of that pool of self-pity, brush off the dirt with the promise of God's forgiveness - and move on!
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
NEW SERIES “TROUBLED HEARTS” CONTINUES SUNDAY
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. Join us for A Heart That Is Angry this Sunday.
Fasting and prayer are a necessity for Christians, to enable them to seek the face of God wholly. We deny our carnal nature in order to fulfill the desires of God. Our next First Wednesday Fasting & Prayer day is May 5. We invite you to join us to fast and pray from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A guide will be available online to take you through specific topics for which to pray.
MEN’S LEAGUE EVENT
Our next Baptism Sunday is scheduled for
Mother’s Day. If you would like to participate
or need more information please contact
Tim Seippel at tseippel@creeksend.
Baptism class will be held Wednesday,
May 5, at 6:30 PM.
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
HUNGRY FOR HOPE AT THE CREEK
TRIM HEALTHY LIFE GROUP
SUMMER MISSION TRIP
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.
COMING SOON IN “TROUBLED HEARTS”
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 remaining schedule….
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.
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,