Creek's End Family & Friends,
As I listened to Jesse’s message about God’s promise “We Are Not Condemned”, it reminded me of a huge promise God made. He promised that He would always keep His promises. Numbers 23:19 says “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” That verse clearly tells us that God is not a man, that he should lie.
One of the problems that we have relating to God is the ability to trust Him completely. The reason why we struggle to trust him is that we have learned from life's experiences that people do not always keep their promises. While I don't think we intentionally make the same assumptions about God, there is something in the human heart that can sometimes project onto God the same disappointments that we have experienced with people close to us. Many times we can assume that God will treat us just like our earthly fathers did. If we struggled to trust our parents, then we may struggle to trust God.
But this promise clearly says that God is not like any person on earth. He does not lie or change His mind. Every promise that He makes is completely and absolutely true! The work that God has called us to is to simply believe that He is who He says He is. May we stand firm on every promise that God makes. He is true and He is faithful. And He always keeps His promises.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
A GREAT BIG THANKS
VBS 2021 is now in the books, and what a great one it was! Family Night was well attended with lots of parents new to Creek’s End. Kudos and thanks to Kailyn Martin and the more than 50 people who served in many capacities – team leaders, crafts, registration, teaching, food prep, and more. We can’t do it without you. You are a blessing to Creek’s End and the boys and girls who added VBS to a summer of memories.
"A PROMISE IS A PROMISE" CONTINUES
Imagine a cruel parent, who always threatened his or her child with, “If you do that again, I’m going to disown you as my child! That kind of cruel threat undermines any kind of close relationship. Every loving parent wants his child to feel secure in his love. That assurance of steadfast love undergirds strong parent-child relationships. Even so, the loving heavenly Father wants all of His children to feel secure in His steadfast love. After all, before we even existed, He chose us in Christ and determined that we would be adopted into His family. Join us Sunday for We Are Secure with Discipleship Pastor Jesse Hicks as we continue to look at the promises of Jesus in the Gospel of John.
As school resumes in August, it’s time for Promotion Sunday! Parents come and meet your child’s leadership
as they move up to Creek Kids and
The Creek Student Ministry at
9:30 AM on Sunday, August 15.
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NEW SERMON SERIES COMING AUGUST 8
Temptation isn't new. From the apple in the garden, to the guy with the cute smile, to the slightly illegitimate business deal, we all face temptation. But why is it that we just can't walk away? In this series “NO LONGER”, we will take a closer look at the temptations Jesus faced in the desert to identify the driving forces behind the temptations we face every day. It is possible to break the grip of temptation once we realize what is at stake every time we're tempted. Then we can find the confidence to respond as Jesus did. Join us for this 4-week series that takes us through the rest of August. Here is the schedule ...
AUGUST 8 – IT’S JUST A MARSHMALLOW Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to turn away from temptation? What is it that leads you to keep making the same poor choices? Could it be that the reason you find temptation so, well, tempting, is that you've never stopped to think about what is at stake? In this introduction we discover what really hangs in the balance when you are faced with temptation.
AUGUST 15 – ROCKS AND ROLLS It is tempting to feel that God is in no hurry to take care of your needs - like the direction your marriage is headed, the fact that you are still single, or the speed at which your career is advancing. Jesus, too, was tempted to take things into His own hands and His response reveals a lot about what is really at stake when we are tempted to act independently from God.
AUGUST 22 – LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP Every day people fall into the temptation of presuming on God. You see it in the young couple that spends irresponsibly and then asks God to bail them out financially. The young single who says, "I'll marry him, then pray for him." But what's wrong with that? Hasn't God promised to take care of us? In this message we will explore the second of Jesus' three temptations in the desert and what it teaches us about presuming on God.
AUGUST 29 – SHORTCUTS Somewhere along the way you will be presented with an opportunity to jump ahead, to take a shortcut, to move closer to that goal you are chasing. And the only catch is that you will have to temporarily abandon your values. So what do you do? It turns out that Jesus was made just such an offer in His third temptation. Examining His response will prepare you for when your moment of truth comes.
If we are to obey Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations, then we must have some conversations – Gospel conversations. It can be intimidating but it’s not as hard as you think. SHARE ANYWHERE is a free online course that will give you the tools and confidence necessary to share God’s story and your story with someone who needs God in their story. You can learn at your own pace and when you are finished you will be equipped to have great Gospel conversations when the opportunities arise. Find the link on our website or click here: SHARE ANYWHERE.
MEN'S RETREAT IN OCTOBER
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday for those who 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,