Dear CrossPointe,"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."That's how Psalm 103 begins, and that's how I want to end 2020 and begin 2021. What an unusual year it has been on so many levels for all of us. My prayer is that thechallenges we facedin 2020 would not be wasted, but woul...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, I want to let you into my thought-process a bit when it comes to preaching around Christmas time... I always anticipate that there may be more visitors and unbelievers joining our services around this time, and thus I aim to be particularly clear about the most important news in the universe, the Good News of how sinners can be reconciled to God through...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe,One of the more famous sermons in American history was preached by Jonathan Edwards and entitled "The Excellency of Christ." In this message, he expounded on what he called the "conjunction of diverse excellencies" in the person of Christ.His point was that one of the great proofs of the deity of Jesus is how he is at the same time full of infinite glory a...Keep Reading
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to day of eternity. Amen."That's how Peter ends his second letter, with one final exhortation to his readers to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.This Sunday, our last in 2 Peter, the plan is to think through these final few verses (vv1418) of chapter three an...Keep Reading