Dear CrossPointe,This week we'll look at Mark 2:18-22, in which the people question Jesus about why his disciples don't fast like John's disciples and the Pharisees. In his answer, Jesus completely deconstructs their religious paradigm (which they don't appreciate, as we'll see in the coming weeks).It's always been easy for me to notice the Pharisees' blind-spots when I re...Keep Reading
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This Sunday we conclude our Malachi series with one of the great promises of the Old Testament. It is a promise of the great and awesome day of the Lord when he will come to judge the wicked and heal and save those who fear his name. Clearly, Malachi is pointing God’s people to the coming Messiah who will come first as a Lamb and again as a Lion. This text gives us the opportunity to think about judgment, salvation, and Christ’s return. These are essential truths, and I pray the Lord will use them to help make us all more ready for eternity. Also, on this first Sunday of October, we’ll receive the Lord’s Supper together as a church family. I hope that’s how you view CrossPointe...
Dear CrossPointe,Last week we saw that Jesus' grace is ferociously aggressive. This week we'll see how scandalous it is.In Mark 2:13-17, we find Jesus hanging out with people which no good religious Jew would have been caught dead with; yet, these sinners and tax collectorsthe dredges of societyare the among the people Jesus came to save. As you might imagine, this scandal...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we'll look at Mark 2:1-12, one of my favorite scenes in the Gospels. In this text, four desperate friends bring their paralytic friend to Jesus, and, because of the crowds, they have to dig through the roof and lower him down to Jesus. That doesn't happen everyday!The exchange that follows among Jesus, the paralytic, and the protesting scribes ...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we will finish the first chapter of Mark with a look at Mark 1:35-45. As the crowds press around Jesus, we see him driven to pray and focus on his mission, culminating with a beautiful picture of our salvation as Jesus is moved with compassion to touch and heal a leper. Take a moment to read this passage before Sunday and let your heart be warm...Keep Reading