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08 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Family Camp 2014 Staycation

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Family Camp details:
WHEN: May 17, 2014, 10AM-10PM
WHERE: Camp Gravatt in Aiken
Under 2 – FREE
2 & UP – $15 per person
AND if you register by APRIL 20th you get a sweet EARLY BIRD Discount of $5 off PER PERSON!!!
T-Shirts will be available to order at an additional cost. (Youth XS-YXL & Adult S-XL – $5.00 each. Adult 2XL-3XL – $6.75 each)

You can register at any Cedar Creek Campus or you can register online using the link below. Electronic checks (checking Acct) and Debit cards are accepted.



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20 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

Great Aiken Egg Hunt

GreatAikenEggHunt_1280x720Hey guys we need your help!!!!!!! We are super excited for what we have planned for this Easter, but need your help. Starting this Sunday we will have bins located in the welcome area where you can donate and help us round up 15,000 plastic Easter eggs! We don’t need them stuffed, but would love to have eggs donated! Thanks so much for all you do to love the our community! 15,000 eggs go big or go home!

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03 March 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Battling a Giant!



Most of you have heard at least a little about how God has broken my heart for those caught in the sex trafficking trade.  One of Cedar Creek’s first steps to fight this global giant was to partner with a home in South Asia that takes in minor girls after they are rescued from this terrible life.  Below is an excerpt from their most recent newsletter, names and locations have been changed for security, but we still invite you to pray for the workers and girls you will read about.


“Working at the home is full of joy, most of the time.  But there are also times of sadness, of loss, of wondering, “What if…” and “If only….” We found out in January that, as we suspected, our two runaway girls returned home. Home to the same houses out of which they were engaged in prostitution after school. The same homes from which they came to us so lice infested, the bathroom floor was littered with more black dots than I could count.


We have learned that one of the girls, “Lydia,” gave birth in December to a beautiful baby that, tragically, died of neglect. The details are fuzzy, but we know that “Lydia’s” health was also in danger and a local non-profit in the area stepped in and assisted her, taking her to a hospital and they are now trying to get her back into school. The second girl, “Mara,” returned home, but her family was forced to leave their rented house, so we do not know what has become of her or the baby she carried.

When we received the news about our girls, we began making plans to travel to their region to investigate.  However, this area is very insecure and some recent events are making it unsafe for us to go at this time. 

Please continue to pray for “Lydia” and “Mara” that the local nonprofit working with “Lydia” would return her to our home where she is safe, and that “Mara” will be found.

On a happier note, we received 3 new volunteers in January.  They will be with us from 6 months – 2 years.  We are excited to have them.  We have also heard of 2 girls from our region that have recently been rescued in other areas of our country and we are hoping that they will be sent to our home to begin their recovery.

Thank you for sharing in this journey with us.”

This is why we are doing Momentum.  To unleash the generosity of Cedar Creek Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the “least of these” in our community and around the world.

If you would like to know how we are partnering locally or globally against sex trafficking please send an email to

Thanks for joining the battle!


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18 February 2014 ~ 9 Comments

FPU…Changing Lives and Impacting the Next Generation

Believe it or not, we are at the half-way point of Momentum.  I have been blown away by your enthusiasm for and participation in Financial Peace University.  However, I know at this point in the process it can be easy to get discouraged and to begin to feel like its not working.  I want to encourage you to keep on working the process because God is at work.  To help you stay encouraged, I want to share with you this article from the Hilton Head Island Packet Newspaper.  Jamie and Liz Bodie are former Cedar Creeker’s who moved to Bluffton, SC several years ago.  In 2008, they were $100,000 in debt and in a financial crisis.  They signed up for an FPU class and in twenty-five months they were debt free.  Now they are teaching their three kids how to handle money God’s way.


Check out this great article and watch the video at the end of the article of their “Debt Free” scream on the Dave Ramsey Radio Show.


God Bless,



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06 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Live Streaming

Well, it’s official…we are now streaming the Sunday morning messages “live” to all of our campuses!  That means that everybody who calls Cedar Creek Church home is watching the same message at the same time.  What a gift to be able to all be together as a family and on the same page each and every week!!  Of course, as with all technology, there’s a learning curve and glitches occur.  For those of you at our West and Ridge campuses, I want to thank you for your patience as we work through these issues.  Our goal is to provide a seamless, high-quality message each and every week so that people far from God can find their way back to Him.  Please bear with us and continue to pray that God would use this technology for His glory.  I also want to say a very special thank you to the staff and the amazing media volunteers at all of our campuses who are working so hard behind the scenes to make this dream a reality.  You rock!

God Bless,


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05 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

Welcome the Wilson’s

It’s my joy to introduce all of you to our new Banks Mill Campus Pastor, Danny Wilson.  He and his wife Kellie, along with their daughter Brooke, are joining the Cedar Creek Team from Columbia, SC.  Danny has served as Student and Associate Pastor at North Trenholm Baptist Church for the past nineteen years and brings a lot of experience, excitement and passion to our church.  Please join me in praying for them as they transition to a new community, a new chapter of ministry and to becoming a part of our church family.


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04 February 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Momentum Update


Okay, I have to admit that launching a nine-week church-wide emphasis on finances was a risky and scary thing for me as a pastor.  I wasn’t sure how you guys would respond to spending this much time and energy dealing with such a sensitive and emotional topic.  In the weeks leading up to our kickoff, I spent a lot of sleepless nights hoping and praying that we were making the right decision.  And, as usual, God and the people of Cedar Creek far exceeded my expectations.

Momentum has gotten off to a great start.  After an amazing Kick-Off Sunday with Rachel Ramsey Cruze, we had around a thousand adults (in spite of the 2014 Blizzard) attend week one of Financial Peace University, either in their Home Group or at one of the classes we are offering at our three campuses.

Because this is truly a church-wide emphasis, I’m excited to let you know that our Centerpoint students (6th – 12th Grade) are going through their version of FPU called Generation Change, and in March, Kidz Creek will begin their Momentum curriculum.  Can you imagine the difference learning and living these principles will make in their lives?  As I’ve said many times, what God is going to do in and through our church during Momentum is going to have an impact on our lives and our families for years to come!

If you’ve not yet gotten on the Momentum bandwagon, I want to encourage you to be “all-in” with us on this exciting journey!  There are three ways for you to be a part of Momentum.  First, be a part of the Sunday morning services at your campus between now and March 30th.  Second, get plugged into FPU through a Home Group or class.  Even if you’ve missed the first week, it’s not too late.  You can easily catch up.  Third, be a part of the MO-Prayer campaign by sharing your prayer request and praises on the Mo-Prayer Wall at your campus or e-mail them directly to  You can also participate in Mo-Prayer 9-9-9 by joining with other Cedar Creekers to pray for nine minutes at 9 p.m. each Sunday during nine-weeks of Momentum.

God is moving in our church!  As He brings more financial peace and freedom to more of His people, we can leverage that freedom to impact our communities and the world.  I believe that we will truly see what the people of God can do for the Kingdom of God when they’re financially free.

Much love and excitement,


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22 January 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Four Days and Counting

I can’t wait for this Sunday.  We’ve been talking about Momentum for several months and now it’s finally here.  While I’m very excited to have Rachel Ramsey Cruze as our guest speaker this weekend, I’m even more excited to see how God is going to use the next nine weeks to begin bringing hope, healing and peace to so many of us here at Cedar Creek and throughout our communities.

The two main questions I’ve been asked over these last few months are “What is Momentum?” and “Why are we doing it?”  Those are great questions.  For twenty years Cedar Creek Church has focused on providing practical Biblical teaching that people can use in their daily lives and on being a blessing to our community and the world.  Momentum allows us to bring both of those core values together.  Using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University study, we can help teach people in simple and practical ways how to honor God with their finances and in doing so, we will be unleashing the generosity of Cedar Creeker’s to radically impact the lost and hurting people all around us for years to come.  Imagine what the people of God could do for the Kingdom of God if they were financially free.

The video below gives a great example of how the FPU principles can change lives and leave a legacy for generations.  I want everyone to be a part of this.  It doesn’t matter what age or season of life you’re in or what your current financial situation is, this stuff will impact your life.

That’s why I’m asking you to make three commitments for Momentum.  First, join us at one of our three campuses this Sunday (January 26th) for the kickoff service.  Second, begin praying that God would move in your life and in our community over these next nine weeks.  And third, get plugged into Home Group or FPU class at your campus to begin the road to financial freedom.

For more information, check out

See ya Sunday!



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24 December 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Christmas Eve is…TONIGHT


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11 December 2013 ~ Comments Off

2013 Annual Report and 2014 Vision Plan

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