Creek's End Family & Friends,
Life here on earth is full of trials, tests, and tribulations. Of course, there are also many days of tranquility, contentment (if we have the right attitude), and joy. But without an intentionally positive perspective that focuses on God and His promise of a pain-free eternal life, we can easily become overwhelmed.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that we have been called according to His purpose. We have been divinely selected and appointed to do His will. We would do well to remember our place as created beings given the honor and privilege of serving the one true God. When incomprehensible tribulations strike, we must look up and remember that even our most painful trials work together for our good. We don’t have to understand how they do but we must cling to our faith and trust in the goodness of God.
A pearl is formed when a grain of sand or a parasite becomes trapped within a clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating is deposited until a shimmering pearl is formed.
Life is a gift. It is an opportunity to serve God while He transforms us into the image of His son, Jesus. The sanctification process is not painless. Because of sin, the blood of Christ covers us time and time again. And like a pearl, we will eventually shed the trappings of our old bodies and emerge in heaven with a lustrous new one.
Keep your focus on eternal things while you travel through this world. In so doing, God will transform your sorrows into beautiful things that comfort others and inspire them to carry on. Remember Romans 8:28 says, All things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
NEW SERIES “CREATED FOR SIGNIFICANCE" CONTINUES
The Biblical story of the Prodigal Son is familiar to most people. But if you study this story carefully, you’ll discover that it can tell you more about God than you’ve ever dreamed. This story is one of the most important stories in the entire Bible because it’s the story of what the Heavenly Father is like. If you want to know how God feels about you, if you want to know how much you are worth in God’s eyes, or if you’ve ever wondered if you have any significance in this vast universe, then this message is for you. Join us Sunday for Measuring Your Worth In God’s Eyes.
MEET CREEK’S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, January 27 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. Sign up online at www.creeksend.org or on the Connection Card on Sundays.
MEN’S RETREAT IN FEBRUARY
COMING SOON IN “CREATED FOR SIGNIFICANCE”
Most people want to believe their life has meaning and purpose; they want to believe that somehow the sum total of their days on earth will add up to a lasting legacy, a force for change, or some other meaningful impact that will leave an imprint on at least a small corner of humanity. The problem is we often end up looking down upon others in order to prop up an inﬂated image of ourselves. Instead of seeing the opportunities to serve the needs of those around us, we clutch after opportunities to seize the promotion of self. As difﬁcult as this truth is for each of us to hear, it is the message many of us need, and it is the message that God wants to use to bring us to a place of greater humility where true and lasting signiﬁcance can be found. Join us for this 5-part series as Creek’s End celebrates 15 years of ministry. Here is the remaining schedule…
JANUARY 27 – “HOW TO INVEST YOUR ONE AND ONLY LIFE”
You’ve heard it before. “You only live once.” If that’s true, and we know it is, shouldn’t we make sure it really counts? In this message, we find Jesus telling a story of how one man made the most of his one opportunity. We will discover the best thing we can do with our one and only life.
FEBRUARY 3 – “A LOOK AT THE LIFE TO COME”
According to Jesus, our location in eternity is not based on social standing or lineage. It’s based on God’s grace. His cheerful willingness to grant forgiveness to anyone honest enough to admit that they are not God, but that they need God in their lives; that at their core, they are morally flawed and in need of a Savior. In this final message, we’ll get an interesting glimpse by Jesus in the life to come.
See you this weekend,