Posts by Donald Shockley

Posts by Donald Shockley

SING: Created to Sing!

SING: Created to Sing! Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) [13] For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. [14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Singing starts in the heart: Ephesians 5:19 (ESV) [19] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, “Christian singing starts in the heart not the…


SING! by Keith and Kristyn Getty I recently read this gem by Keith and Kristyn Getty. After reading it, I felt this was something that I needed to share with our music ministry. I bought each member of our choir a copy of the book. Over an eight week period, we walked through this book together and talked about the principles and challenges that book presented. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I shared in our time…

Upward Basketball and Cheer News

The latest Upward Basketball and Cheer season has already begun, and we have 279 children in grades K5 through 6th participating. This gives us an excellent opportunity to teach the gospel, not only to the children, but also their family and friends that come to see them play and cheer. The Apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 3: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” The Upward ministry gives us the opportunity to both plant and…

Investing in the Next Generation of Worship Leaders

Over the next several months Rocky Creek has the privilege to host the Campus Bands from North Greenville University, Anderson University, and Charleston Southern University. The bands will be leading our morning worship services. This is an excellent opportunity for us to invest in the next generation of Worship Leaders. Take time now to pray for these students and their ministry. On the Sundays that these students are leading take a moment to encourage them as well. January 14th the…

May The Peoples Praise You

My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.Psalm 145:21 The redeemed have experienced the gift of salvation that God has provided through Jesus Christ and from that he has called us to worship Him and to share the good news with others. John Piper once said, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and…

His Mercy is More

We all walk in God’s mercy everyday. There are days that we forget how merciful God is toward us. Here is a new hymn we started singing in our services yesterday that helps us remember how merciful God is toward His people. Song Video   Lyric Video  

Speak, O Lord

This Past Sunday We sang a new hymn called “Speak O Lord” This hymn is called a “Hymn of Illumination.” it is a hymn that calls us to prepare to hear the Word of God as it is taught. We want God word to speak to us and we need to be obedient to what the word says. Verse 1 Speak O Lord as we come to You To receive the food of Your holy word Take Your truth plant…

Preparing For Sunday Worship.

How do you prepare for worship on Sundays?  Like any event or task, proper preparation leads to a good experience. A good cook makes sure that they have all the necessary ingredients before they begin preparing a meal. An athlete prepares for an event way before the event takes place so when it is time to compete they are warming up. When you head out on vacation, you plan for what you need for that week. We must also prepare…

This is How you Dad!

The First time I saw this commercial I was a little taken back. Don’t get me wrong; I love Cheerios! But to see a national company putting a positive light on Fathers, well it made me want to buy their product even more. That is why I wanted to share this with you. This is not an endorsement of a product or company (though you see them both) it is a promotion of Dads!!

6. Take the Summer Challenge (Clip)

Here is Step Six From the Message: Biblical Blueprint: Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) Take the Summer Challenge We have 17 unique summer challenges for your family to draw closer to Jesus and each other.

5. Read the Bible Together

Here is Step Five From the Message: Biblical Blueprint: Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) Read the Bible Together – We have developed a Bible reading plan geared to unite our church around God’s Word.

4. Unite Teaching Content for All Ages – (Clip)

Here is Step Four From the Message: Biblical Blueprint: Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) Unite Teaching Content for All Ages. The next generation’s greatest chance at comprehension and application is if all generations are learning the same content at the same time.

1. Stay One Step Ahead (Clip)

Here is Step One From the Message: Biblical Blueprint: Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) Stay One Step Ahead We cannot teach our children something we have not learned ourselves.  
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