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The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

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CrossPointe, I hope you had a happy Christmas, and as we look ahead to 2024 my prayer is that we as a church would increasingly find our contentment and joy in Christ alone. To cap off the year, I'll be preaching from Matthew 3:112, our introduction to John the Baptist. Much like his cousin Jesus, John is intent on delivering a simple message: "Repent, for the kingdom o...

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The Incarnation

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Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday, ourtext is just one verse, John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." I plan to explain the incarnation's beauty, necessity, and implications. Hope to see you Sunday morning and again in the evening for our Christmas Eve service a...

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Do Not Throw Away Your Confidence

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Dear Church, Our text this Sunday, Hebrews 10:2639, will take us through the end of this section of the letter before we begin the famous Hebrews 11 in January. This week's passage contains yet another warning (maybe the most severe of the five in the letter), followed by a call to remember past faithfulness and encouragement to persevere. This is yet another rich porti...

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Let Us Draw Near

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Dear Church, I'm looking forward to this Sunday! We'll enjoy being ministered to by our first-ever CrossPointe Christmas Choir! They will lead us in singing with some familiar advent hymns and songs, and then we'll consider one of the mountain peaks of the Bible in Hebrews 10:1925. It may be the high point of the letter as it builds on all the theology up to t...

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Have Been; Are Being

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Dear CrossPointe, On this communion Sunday, we'll be in Hebrews 10:118, a critical passage that helps us understand the relationship and distinction between the law and the gospel and the difference between justification and sanctification. Clarity on these issues guards us from falling into theological ditches on both sides. In justification, we "have been." But in san...

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