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Creekside Church

All Creekside women are invited to attend CLEO (Creekside Ladies Encouraging Others) this Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 to Noon. It’s normally hosted at Creekside the 3rd Saturday of each month. Come when you are able and want to encourage others with your story of God’s faithfulness or be encouraged by the stories of others in a very informal setting. ... See MoreSee Less

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Creekside Church

Tonight at Creekside:
5:30 Dinner (Pizza pasta bake with garlic bread & salad)
6:00 Awana (Pirate Night)
6:15 Middle & High School Youth
6:30 Men’s & Women’s Bible studies
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THANKS-LIVING

I sat in utter amazement as a friend shared that several years ago he had literally been buried alive while running a piece of heavy equipment. He thanks God for that tragic and traumatic life experience during which he was faced with the reality of his own frailty. He had time to consider the direction of his life and determined that should he survive, things would be different.

How would it change our Thanksgiving Day if instead of sharing the traditional things for which we are thankful—health, a good job, etc., we said that we were grateful for a trial in our life? To thank God for the loss of a job, a brush with death, or persecution for our faith may seem like irony, but it should come naturally to God’s children.

One of the realities that stem from being “justified by faith” (declared to be in right standing before God by means of faith alone, in Christ alone) is to join Paul and “exult in our tribulations…” (Romans 5:3). What sounds sadistic is actually a spiritually mature perspective. God’s children are no longer subject to God’s wrath but are objects of His love—“God’s love has been poured out within our hearts” (Romans 5:5,8).

Trials are not punishment but a petri dish for growing our faith. Christians are to exult in tribulations because we know that trials produce perseverance (Romans 5:3b). Years without a World Series win produced perseverance in Chicago Cubs fans. Real Christians stay faithful during trials.

Perseverance deepens character. Shin splints shot excruciating pain through our daughter’s legs with each step of her final cross country race, but she finished. Her character as a finisher was proven through the pain. Perseverance in trials isn’t the path to forgiveness in Christ, but proof of it. Proven character hopes more sincerely in God’s promises to work in and through us currently and ultimately deliver us from trouble in eternity.

A young Christian told a friend, “I can’t believe that God loves me enough to use me to show others how to live faithfully with cancer.” He’s not in denial or dismissing the painful reality of his trial, but demonstrating the certainty of a relationship with God through faith in Christ. May our faith produce the fruit of Thanks-living, which is gratitude for trials and triumphs confident that our loving God uses both to deepen our faith and direct our attention to heaven.

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This month's Faith article by Pastor Steve, published in Urbandale Living Magazine (www.dmcityview.com/UrbandaleNovember2019/files/14.html)THANKS-LIVING

I sat in utter amazement as a friend shared that several years ago he had literally been buried alive while running a piece of heavy equipment. He thanks God for that tragic and traumatic life experience during which he was faced with the reality of his own frailty. He had time to consider the direction of his life and determined that should he survive, things would be different.

How would it change our Thanksgiving Day if instead of sharing the traditional things for which we are thankful—health, a good job, etc., we said that we were grateful for a trial in our life? To thank God for the loss of a job, a brush with death, or persecution for our faith may seem like irony, but it should come naturally to God’s children.

One of the realities that stem from being “justified by faith” (declared to be in right standing before God by means of faith alone, in Christ alone) is to join Paul and “exult in our tribulations...” (Romans 5:3). What sounds sadistic is actually a spiritually mature perspective. God’s children are no longer subject to God’s wrath but are objects of His love—“God’s love has been poured out within our hearts” (Romans 5:5,8).

Trials are not punishment but a petri dish for growing our faith. Christians are to exult in tribulations because we know that trials produce perseverance (Romans 5:3b). Years without a World Series win produced perseverance in Chicago Cubs fans. Real Christians stay faithful during trials.

Perseverance deepens character. Shin splints shot excruciating pain through our daughter’s legs with each step of her final cross country race, but she finished. Her character as a finisher was proven through the pain. Perseverance in trials isn’t the path to forgiveness in Christ, but proof of it. Proven character hopes more sincerely in God’s promises to work in and through us currently and ultimately deliver us from trouble in eternity.

A young Christian told a friend, “I can’t believe that God loves me enough to use me to show others how to live faithfully with cancer.” He’s not in denial or dismissing the painful reality of his trial, but demonstrating the certainty of a relationship with God through faith in Christ. May our faith produce the fruit of Thanks-living, which is gratitude for trials and triumphs confident that our loving God uses both to deepen our faith and direct our attention to heaven.

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This month's Faith article by Pastor Steve, published in Urbandale Living Magazine (www.dmcityview.com/UrbandaleNovember2019/files/14.html)
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All Creekside women are invited to attend CLEO (Creekside Ladies Encouraging Others) this Sat. the 16th 10:00-Noon at Creekside (3rd Saturday). Come and encourage others with your story of God’s faithfulness or be encouraged by the stories of others in a very informal setting.

Tonight at Creekside:
5:30 Dinner (Pizza pasta bake with garlic bread & salad)
6:00 Awana (Pirate Night)
6:15 Middle & High School Youth
6:30 Men’s & Women’s Bible studies

How would it change our #Thanksgiving Day if instead of sharing the traditional things for which we are thankful, we said that we were grateful for a trial in our life? Trials are not punishment but a petri dish for growing our faith. https://creeksidedm.com/2019/10/25/thanks-living/ via @creeksidedm

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BIBLE STUDY TOOLS

Here you’ll find resources to help you learn and study the Bible.

BIBLE STUDY TOOLS

Here you’ll find resources to help you learn and study the Bible.

CREEKSIDE U

Creekside U is a deeper-than-a-sermon look at important Christian topics. Each topic is two 2-hour classes divided into four sessions less than an hour each.

 

DEFENDING YOUR FAITH

Mike Johnson and Mark Kline co-teach this overview of apologetics by defining the practice of defending Christianity, the role of faith, arguments for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, Creation and Flood debates, and the problem of evil.  (Download corresponding PDFs below to view slides while you listen).

SESSION 1
• The what, why, who and how of apologetics
• The role of faith and reason
• The argument from reason for God’s existence
• The argument from morality for God’s existence
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 2
• What are the different forms of the Word of God?
• How do we know the Bible is God’s word?
• How did we get our Bible?
• Are there any errors in it?
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 3
• Are there any errors in the Bible?
• God’s publishing process
   – Manuscript evidence
   – Archaeological evidence
   – Prophetic evidence
   – Statistical evidence
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 4
• How old is the Earth? How big was the Flood? How much does it matter?
• Too much evil and suffering in the world?
• Unanswered questions lead to atheism
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

ESCHATOLOGY

A Biblical teaching series on Eschatology, the study of end times, presented by Mark Kline, presented April 19th and 26th, 2015 at Creekside, Mark presents eschatological charts and views on the millennial reign of Christ (Download corresponding PDFs below to view slides while you listen). The 20-page booklet by John MacArthur, A Jet Tour Through Revelation, was also distributed in class and is available to read online or download here.

SESSION 1
• Why Eschatology matters
• How and when Christ will return

SESSION 2
• Building your own Eschatology chart
• The Millennium: 3 main views, interactive with charts and practical implications with each view
• Wrap up and final questions

SESSION 3
• Overview of Revelation
• Will the Church go through the Tribulation?
   – Post-Trib, Mid-Trib, summary of arguments and rebuttals
   – Top 10 Pre-Trib arguments, answers to rebuttals

SESSION 4
• Judgment and eternal punishment, a sobering reality
• Eternal life: What will Heaven be like?
• Wrap up and final questions

EVANGELISM WORKSHOP: BRETT RICLEY

Everyone knows we should share the gospel with those who are far from God. But how do we actually reach our relational network with the gospel? What steps do we need to take along the way in order to share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ? 

We hosted Brett Ricley for a workshop on July 5th specifically designed to answer these questions and more. Brett presented simple and practical methods for sharing your story, sharing the gospel, and approaching your relational network with intentionality and grace. This training workshop was designed to help equip new followers of Jesus as well as seasoned saints with tangible ways to impact your community right where God has already placed you.

If you missed our training workshop, you can listen to the audio here. The very end of the recording is missing (mostly Q&A) due to a mic battery failing, but you can also view the outline and materials Brett handed out here.

Brett Ricley is an ordinary guy with a passion to see ordinary disciples of Jesus live out the extraordinary mission of God here on earth. Brett graduated from Nebraska Christian College in 2010 and has been in full-time ministry since 2008. Brett is a missionary and church planter and now serves as the Pastor of Mobilization at Redeeming Life Church in Salt Lake City, UT. Brett and his wife Nicole have were married in 2008 and have one son, Jonathan, and one daughter, Madison. You can follow along and learn more about Brett and his ministry at displaythegospel.com.

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