Entries by sarahp

How to Identify the Thieves in Our Lives.

I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons at my grandparents’ house. One of my favorites was Mickey Mouse. I remember laughing at the antics of poor Donald Duck as he battled the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The devil was red and had sharp pointed horns and sometimes a pointed […]

Be Aware of Those Who Are with Us but Not for Us.

My very first job was working at my father’s business. I was around 12 years old when I started going into work with my dad. My main duty was to wash and wax cars that had recently been delivered to the local Lincoln and Ford dealerships. It may be hard to believe that a twelve-year-old […]

Who Will Come Running When You Call?

I grew up listening to the “oldies” with my mom who had a particular fondness for James Taylor, so I have heard his version of “You’ve Got a Friend” more times than I can count. As a boy, if I had trouble sleeping, I would listen to that song, which had a calming effect as […]

Could Something in Your Life Be Better?

In Ben’s message this past weekend, he kicked off our new series “Better” by asking this question, “Could something in your life be better?” Go ahead and answer that question right now.  For many of us, that question did not take long to answer. I know that I was able to think of very specific […]

Better: Under Pressure – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study. Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.

How to Know When You’re Hurting a New Christian’s Faith:

Us and them. As a sports fan, my first thought when I hear this is, “us versus them.” Cleveland against Pittsburgh, Ohio State against Michigan. But in today’s society, terms like “us,” “them,” and “those people” have very different meanings. Even in biblical times, separations existed between tribes and ethnicities. Initially, new Gentile-converts were welcomed […]

How the Church Can Hurt and How the Church Can Help.

One of the greatest privileges I’ve ever had is to be involved with CedarCreek’s baptism team. There is nothing like the experience of watching someone go public with their faith and actually see the Holy Spirit working in their life. When someone gets baptized at CedarCreek, we ask them to write a little bit of […]

How to Stop Judging People:

Among the greatest challenges in our walk with God is complying with his directive that we resist the temptation to judge others. Most of us understand God’s reasoning on an intellectual level, particularly as it is presented in Matthew 7:1-2: “1Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you […]