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J.I. Packer on "evangelistic" preaching and services

Here is an excellent quote from J.I. Packer in his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. I mention Packer often, and since I always like to put a face with a name, I thought I'd include a picture of him below. He's in his nineties and one of the most respected theologians in the world. He has been a great gift to the church world wide. On evangelistic services and m...

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Bible Reading plans for 2010

Here are two reading plans that can both be printed and used for bookmarks. ESV Study Bible Discipleship Journal Don't beat yourself up if these plans aren't for you or if they are too much at this stage. The important thing is to develop a habit of regularly coming to the Book. Also, if you are an iTunes podcaster like me, you can subscribe to the free ESV daily podc...

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MMQB - November 30, 2009

1. It was so good to have Dr.Samuel Thomas of Hopegivers with us yesterday. They are doing a tremendous work around the world caring for orphans and planting churches. Our own John Batastini is the right hand man for this organization and is doing great things. John leaves today for several weeks in Nepal and India. Keep him and Sue and their boys in prayer. 2. Previously...

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Idealistic v. Realistic Community

Idealistic v. Realistic Community I've seen it often. A person visits a church. They like it. There is an initial honeymoon feeling. They can't believe how warm and inviting everybody is. Then, subconsciously, they place unrealistic expectations on their new community and the people that make it up. They grow used to being served and never move from consumer to contributo...

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Bonhoeffer: We need one another

As I mentioned a few days ago, I am reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Life Together. If you are not aware of Bonhoeffer and his story, I recommend you familiarize yourself with him. He was a German theologian and pastor who left the safety of a teaching position at a seminary in America to return to his native Germany in order to oppose Hitler and the Third Reich. He was ...

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Martin Luther on missional living

I'm re-reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Bonhoeffer paints such a rich portrait of Christian community in this short book. This quote from Martin Luther on the first page of the first chapter hit me right between the eyes. As a pastor, I spend most of my time with Christians. Luther's penetrating words remind me that Jesus was always on mission, among broken, ja...

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He upholds the universe by the word of his power

Stunning. This video maps merely what we know of the universe thus far. Hebrews 1:3 - "...and he upholds the universe by the word of his power." Psalm 8:3-4 - "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" (via Justin Taylor...

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Colossians 1:15-20 (recite)

I know, I know, I was a slacker last week. Should have had this verse done by Friday, but better late than never. Memorizing Scripture is one of the best things you can do for your soul. I encourage you to join me each week, whether it is the passage I am doing or something you pick out for yourself. My technique is to block out short segments of time, 5-10 minutes in the...

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MMQB - December 14, 2009

1. Membership Sundays. I love them. I'm always humbled an encouraged by them. Reminds me how thankful I am that God has me doing life with this little redemptive project we call the CrossPointe. In case you missed it, here's the list of folks who joined Sunday: John Sue Batastini, Jimmy Ann Marie Brooks, Michael Robin Burt, Caleb Leah Carr, Samantha Dawkins, Jill Dodel...

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MMQB - December 7, 2009

1. Reynold mentioned yesterday that we raised $15,000 for Hopegivers International. I love being part of a generous Tribe! 2. Had a very encouraging conversation yesterday about how God is getting a hold of a family. Good decisions are being made. The Holy Spirit is guiding. The husband is stepping up. The wife is finding security in it. Thank you, Jesus. 3. We had famil...

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Romans 8:31-39 (recite)

Romans 8:31-39 (recite) from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Romans 8:31-39

Romans 8:31-39 from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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