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The King Condemned and Mocked

Dear CrossPointe,If you missed Will Hawk's excellent message last week on Mark 14:53-72, take a moment to listen to it here. This week in Mark 15:1-20, the trial of Jesus moves from the Jewish Sanhedrin to Roman governor Pilate. What follows is a striking scene of the Judge of all the earth being judged by his creation.These are not easy words to read, and yet, many of us ...

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Announcements, Aug. 23

Youth River Party (Aug. 24) || Students are invited to the Stephens' for a river party on Saturday, Aug. 24 (11 a.m.5 p.m.). Anyone with a boat on Lake Harding is encouraged to contact Will Hawk ( at Flat Rock (Sept. 2) || Join us for a picnic at Flat Rock Park on Monday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Chicken and tea will be provided. Please b...

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This Sunday: Mark 14:53-72

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday Will Hawk will be preaching on Mark 14:53-72, in which we see Jesus before the council followed by Peter's denial. It is a stark and vivid scene as Jesus endures the false witness of the religious leaders and the desertion of one of his closest friends. Be sure to read the text a few times before Sunday to prepare your heart.We'll spend just fo...

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Announcements, Aug. 16

Ladies' Lunch (Aug. 20) || CrossPointe's women gather monthly on the third Tuesday for lunch ($5 Chick-fil-A). E-mail Sigourney Ward or sign up via Connection Card if you'll be there on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at noon. Childcare will now be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Young Adult Bible Study (Aug. 22) || CrossPointe's young adults (1820s) will meet at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4t...

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The Cup of Christ

Dear CrossPointe,We live in a fast-paced and information over-loaded world in which skimming has become an art-formthink of all the TV channels, let alone the Internet! Regrettably, our tendency to skim doesn't stop there but even affects our reading of the Bible and willingness to delve into the deep truths of the gospel.Our text this week, Mark 14:32-52, gives us an oppo...

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Announcements, Aug. 9

Children's Ministry Orientation (Aug. 11) || Contact Christy Barnes to sign up for the next orientation, which will start at 9 a.m. that Sunday.Lost Found || Missing something? Check the lost and found behind the desk in the foyer this Sunday before we clean out the bin!Meet Greet (Aug. 11) || Please join the pastoral staff in Classroom B (door on the far right of the sa...

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The Lord's Supper

Dear CrossPointe,Sunday's text is Mark 14:12-31, which recounts Jesus' last supper with his disciples. Once again there is much in this text for us to work throughJesus' utter control, Judas' betrayal, a prediction of Peter's betrayal, and, most importantly, the cross that this meal points to.In addition to reading the text before Sunday, you'll be helped by reading Exodus...

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Announcements, Aug. 2

Children's Ministry Move-Up (Aug. 4) || Upcoming first-graders will advance from the Orange Room to Kids' Church on Sunday, Aug. 4. As a reminder, all other classrooms advance by age year-round.Summer Youth Calendar || Aug. 4: MS Back to School, Back to Cool (6:30 p.m.) // Aug. 7: HS Back to School, Back to Cool (6:30 p.m.) // Aug. 24: River Party at the Stephens' (11 a.m....

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A Beautiful Thing

Dear CrossPointe,Hope you're all having a great week! This Sunday we'll be in Mark 14:1-11 which recounts the poignant scene of a woman anointing Jesus with a very expensive flask of ointment. Her actions are roundly criticized by the disciples, but Jesus quickly corrects them and calls what she did a "beautiful thing." In a moment of intentional contrast, Mark then notes ...

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