Creek's End Family & Friends,
Do you like the rain? As I write this, the rain is pouring down as Hurricane now Tropical Storm Nicholas slowly moves through. The phones and internet are down at the office so I do work that doesn’t require those things. You take a lot of things for granted until we don’t have them. Thankfully, in our area we escaped the wrath of the storm with a little wind and a good amount of rain.
We tend to not like rain very much. It gets in the way of our obsession with comfort. Rain gets in the way of the comfort of a dry day. Rain gets in the way of the comfort of a nice hairdo. Rain gets in the way of dry shoes and pressed clothes. It makes outdoor entertainment and activities difficult.
Few of us look out the window on a rainy day and say, "What a great day!" But that's exactly what God's people in the Old Testament did. When you're living in desert-like places, a rainy day is a good day. In the Bible, rain is often used as a metaphor for blessing. The Bible talks about blessings raining down on us. Perhaps there's a connection between the way we tend to respond to rain and the way we tend to respond to blessing.
God blesses us in surprising ways, ways that don't always seem like blessing. He sends the rain of difficulty, not because He doesn't love us, but because He does, and He’s calling us beyond ourselves to find new and deeper hope in him. He sends the rain of an honest friend to confront us with the need for growth, because He wants to bless us with maturity. He sends the rain of failure, so that we’ll get our identity from Him and not from our achievement. He sends the rain of want, so that we’ll grow in faith and courage. All of these things are blessings of His love, but we tend to not see them as blessings. In fact, in the moments when we’re experiencing these things we’re often tempted to question God's love.
How about looking out your window and thanking God for the rain. And how about asking Him to give you eyes to see the surprising blessings He’ll rain down on you because He loves you. May God rain His blessings on you until you are sopping wet!
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
THIS SUNDAY IN EVERYDAY DISCIPLE
The ball will go where your eyes are looking – whether it’s basketball, football, baseball, or bowling. When you learned to drive a car you found out you can’t look down at the road, you’ve got to look up and ahead to where you are going. The missed shots, the bad throws, the swerves on the road, they’re usually due to us looking in the wrong direction, or taking our focus of the target momentarily. It’s just a physical principle. It’s a spiritual principle as well. What we view and see often determines the direction of our lives. Join us Sunday for Eyes Like Jesus.
TRIM HEALTHY LIFE GROUP
MEET CREEK'S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, September 26 at 9:30 AM and hear what Creek’s End is all about. 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 MEET CREEK'S END or on the Connection Card.
AWANA CLUBS RESUME
You can still sign up for AWANA as we have begun our fall semester. It is for children Ages 3 years to 5th Grade. They will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:00 PM beginning September 15. Awana is led by Ray & Kathy McNulty and supported by our Little Creek and Creek Kids Ministries. The cost for materials for the year is $50. You can sign up your child and pay online at www.creeksend.org.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
FALL FESTIVAL COMING SOON
WOMEN’S BUNCO NIGHT
COMING SOON IN EVERYDAY DISCIPLE
There used to be a building that stood on a hill in Jerusalem known as Solomon’s Temple. This building is a step along the path that prepared the people of God to become the temple - their crucial role in God’s plan to dwell with humanity. So what does an ancient building have to do with you? If you are a Christ-follower, it frames your entire spiritual life and calling. Do we need to rebuild that ancient building on the spot where it once stood in order to meet with God? Nope. He is calling you to function as a little temple every single day, wherever you are. Join us for the 6-week series “EVERYDAY DISCIPLE”. Here is the remaining schedule ...
SEPTEMBER 26 – “EARS LIKE JESUS”
You cannot tune in to certain voices or things for a long period of time and not have them impact the way you live your life. We think we can listen to anyone and anything and it won’t affect what we do or what we become. But the truth is, who and what you listen to over a consistent basis will eventually begin to influence the decisions you make. Our focus should be to listen to what Jesus would listen to.
OCTOBER 3 – “A MOUTH LIKE JESUS”
Our words are very powerful. They can either build others up, or tear others down. Our lives are impacted by our words, and how we treat one another verbally is a reflection of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We need to stick to a standard of speaking: Is what I'm saying building others up according to their needs? If we are to be like Jesus, our words must match our walk.
OCTOBER 10 – “HANDS LIKE JESUS”
Throughout the ages and even in today’s culture, our hands represent power, strength and ability. God has given us our hands for His purposes and for the advancement of His kingdom. We are to ask ourselves the question: What could God do if I made my hands available for His use?
OCTOBER 17 – “A HEART LIKE JESUS”
Our words and expressions reflect our hearts. If we have spiritual heart problems, it will manifest itself in other areas. The people closest to us catch the shrapnel our hearts expose. By having “heart surgery”, we can learn to appreciate what God has given us. We need a heart like Jesus.
JOIN OUR TECH TEAM
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.
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,