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Thomas Watson on Romans 8:28

I just started reading a little book by Thomas Watson called All Things for Good. Watson was a 17th century pastor and author in England. The book is a short and rich exposition of Romans 8:28. He writes in the preface: "To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that ALL things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that the...

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MMQB - February 15, 2010

1. Yesterday's message involved some deep waters. Specifically regarding how God's goodness intersects with His sovereignty and providential control over all things, to include evil and sin. Click here for the notes and audio if you missed it. I mentioned the book Spectacular Sins by John Piper but I forgot to mention another book by Randy Alcorn entitled If God is Good: F...

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MMQB - February 8, 2010

1. Ran out of time but I wanted to give a brief point of application to the message yesterday. The message was basically about the depth of what Christ has done for us on the Cross. But the question you may have ishow does this translate into my daily life? The answer is that the Gospel should produce utter and pervasive humility in the life of a Christian. And that humili...

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The Gospel brings humility

The Gospel levels human pride and boasting. Thus, one of the first and necessary fruits of the Gospel is humility. The humility that comes from understanding that we have been saved by grace alone should utterly transform the way we deal with one another. Humility - a fruit of the Gospel from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Why bruising is good for us

"a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench." Matthew 12:20. "After conversion we need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks. Even reeds need bruising, by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature, and to let us see that we live by mercy. Such bruising may help weaker Christians not to be too much discour...

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The Role of Suffering in Sanctification

I recently watched this video of a message by Eric Mason, a very gifted preacher and pastor/church planter in Philadelphia. In it he speaks about the role of suffering in our sanctification. I was very, very helped and encouraged by this message. Eric's theology is rock solid and his message is both biblically deep and very understandable and practical. I highly recommen...

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Two tracks of the Gospel

As we are working through Colossians I have been thinking deeply and slowly about what Paul is saying. I have been chewing on his words in v.6 about how the Gospel has come to the Colossians and is now bearing fruit in them, indeed in the whole world. And a thought came to me about the two tracks that people and churches get on when it comes to the Gospel: Track 1: The G...

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MMQB - February 2, 2010

1. If you missed Sunday you can listen to the message about the details of our new location here. Also, click here for a document answering some common questions about the process and building. Click here for pictures and here for a sketch of the floor plan. And one more reminder, we are having an informational meeting tonight, February 2nd, at 6:30p at the Pointe to answe...

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