Day 13 – Jesus is Not On Our Time

Day 13 – Jesus is Not On Our Time. March 18, 2019

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?” Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John 7:1-13

Jesus has His own timing for everything. His brothers, who did not believe in Him, tried to coerce Him to revealing Himself publicly at the Festival of Tabernacles. Jesus however, pointed out that for them “any time” would do. We are often ready for and pushing for Jesus to show up and show out for us in our timing. We want Him to accomplish things on our schedule. But Jesus would not entrust Himself to men, because He knew what was in a man. Man’s timing is not God’s timing. Jesus ends up going to the festival on His schedule, but He remains hidden, listening to what they are saying about Him. Are we ready to adjust our schedule to His?

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your timing. Your timing is perfect. Forgive me when I try to push my schedule and my timing upon You. Lord, so many times I have tried to force Your hand and try to get You to do something for me right now…for me any time will do. Help me to wait upon You, and to wait for Your timing. I want to let You reveal Yourself when You are ready. Lord help me synchronize my heart watch to Your time zone. Amen.

Day 8 – Jesus Offers Living Water

Day 8 – Jesus Offers Living Water. March 13, 2019

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:7-14

As Jesus continues His Journey to the Cross, we find Him shattering traditional racial and gender barriers in this amazing encounter at a well in Samaria. The woman is aghast when Jesus asks her for a drink of water for two reasons, she is a Samaritan and she is a woman. As John parenthetically describes, “Jews did not associate with Samaritans,” and Jesus (both as a rabbi and as a man) should not have been speaking to her alone, as they were since “His disciples had gone into town to buy food.” But Jesus was ready to step out against both of these traditions in order to present the gift of God. The woman asks if Jesus is “greater than our father Jacob,” for he was the patriarch who gave them the well and the traditions. With little fanfare, Jesus leaves her to decide whether He is greater or not by responding “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus announced that He had arrived to bring never-ending springs of living water, that would produce in us eternal life. Greater than Jacob? You better believe it!

Lord Jesus, thank You for bringing to us springs of living water that never cease! May we continually drink from these waters that flow from within, and share this water without regard to race, religion, gender, philosophy, creed, or anything else that may divide us. For as others taste of these sweet waters that You offer, it is certain that many will come to believe in You and experience these waters for themselves. May fear never hold us back from doing what is right, even if it bucks tradition. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

Fall Festival and Trunk-or-treat

Fall Festival

We just a few days away from our annual Fall Festival!

Join us this Saturday at 11am to 4pm for games, food, bounce houses, face painting and more!

Trunk-or-treat

Please join us on October 31st at 6pm for our community trunk-or-treat. This is an awesome, safe, family friendly way to enjoy some awesome candy and costumes!

The Kingdom of God – 6 Part Series

The word kingdom may stir up various images in your mind. Maybe you think about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, King Arthur and his round table, or maybe you just think about your last binge watch of Game of Thrones.  Whatever the case may be, when we look into God’s Word we find the Kingdom of Israel united as one, that then becomes divided into a northern and southern kingdom.

Many other kingdoms come and go, even enslaving God’s people from time to time, until we reach the New Testament where Jesus begins to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God.  What is this Kingdom that Jesus speaks about?  And how does our understanding of it have relevance in our day and age?  In our upcoming 6-week series we will learn more about The Kingdom of God, what it is, why it matters, and how we can be a part of it.  Hope to see you at the Creek for this important series!

Jon us starting Sunday September 30th as we start a 6 week series studying the unending Kingdom of God.

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Game ON! – 2018 VBS

Shoal Creek invites children ages 4 to 18 to join us starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM for Game ON! Our 2018 Vacation Bible School. VBS will be Monday-Friday 6:30PM to 8:30PM daily.

What: Shoal Creek 2018 Vacation Bible School – Game ON!

When: Starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM. Continuing daily from 6:30PM to 8:30PM (Monday-Friday) – Family fun night is Friday July 13th!

Where: 4967 Fincher Rd, Canton, GA 30114

Who: Kids ages 4 to 18

LifeWay’s 2018 VBS invites kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.

Events and Important Dates

Please be sure to bookmark http://www.cometothecreek.com/events – this page will serve as the centralized calendar for all important dates and upcoming events for the church.

Important upcoming dates for March and April:

  • March 9th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
  • March 11th – Church Conference after morning service
  • March 25th – Breakfast at 9:00AM
  • April 1st – Deacons Meeting at 8:30AM
  • April 8th – Church Conference after morning service
  • April 13th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
  • April 22nd – Breakfast at 9:00AM

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