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“Here I am! Send me.”

Isaiah 68–9

Dear CrossPointe, This past Sunday we entered the throne room of God with the prophet Isaiah. There we met God in his all-consuming glory and learned that it pleases him to cleanse those who are willing to repent of their sin. For Isaiah, this moment was both terrifying and thrilling. But this begs the question, "What now?" Is it possible that Isaiahor any of us for that ...

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“Holy, Holy, Holy”

Isaiah 61–3

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday as we gather together we'll be looking at a well-known portion of the Bible, Isaiah 6. Now, what we typically latch onto (and rightfully so) is Isaiah's bold expression of faith and obedience when he says, "Here I am! Send me" (6:8). But before we can get there we must enter the throne room of heaven. We must come face-to-face with the Lord. It...

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“Strong and Courageous”

Joshua 19

Dear CrossPointe,Joshua 1:9 reads, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." It's a powerful reminder from the Lord to his servant that God's faithfulness is our strength-empowering hope. Unfortunately, this passage is easily ripped from its context and used like a spiritual fortune-cookie t...

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“A Beautiful Inheritance”

Psalm 161–2

Dear CrossPointe,What a blessing to hear from Reuben last Sunday! I'm so thankful for his diligence and joy in sharing God's Word with us. If you haven't listened to his sermon on Jude 14 yet, take the time to do so this weekend.You can find it here.This Sunday, I'll be preaching through Psalm 16. As is typical of biblical poetry, Psalm 16 considers the heights and depths ...

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“The Fight for Truth”

Jude 3

Dear CrossPointe, What a joy and honor it is for us to be the children of God, who are called to godliness. Many thanks to Robert Ward for faithfully walking us through 1 Timothy 6:316 last week on the theme of godliness. If you didn't get a chance to listen to this sermon, I highly encourage you to take some time and do so. In the providence of God we will be looking at...

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“Jesus Calls Four Witnesses”

John 531–32

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we'll finish John 5 before I take some time off this summer. Specifically, we'll cover John 5:3047 in which Jesus defends his authority against the accusations of Jewish leaders by appealing to four "witnesses"John the Baptist, Jesus' miracles, God the Father, and the Scriptures.The logic Jesus uses in this passage is very important, and we'll ...

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“Understanding the Biblical Jesus”

John 519–20 (1)

Dear CrossPointe,The rest of John 5 is thick and it's all about Jesus. In fact, J.C. Ryle, a great English preacher from the 1800s, said it was "one of the deepest things in the Bible."So we'll take the next two weeks to wade through Jesus' words about himself. This week, we'll cover John 5:1629 in which Jesus speaks of hisdivinity, hisunitywith the Father, hissovereignty,...

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“Do You Want to Be Healed?”

John 55–6

Dear CrossPointe,We're back in John's Gospel (5:117) this Sunday to consider the healing of a man who'd been disabled for 38 years! The tension is mounting between Jesus and the religious authorities as he heals this man on the Sabbath. We'll get into this tension in more depth as we progress through John, but I want us to focus on Jesus' peculiar question to the man in ve...

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This Sunday: Saul’s Conversion

Acts 93–5

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we will be looking at a well-known story from God's Word, the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road in Acts 9. One of the reasons this account is so cherished by the church is because it pictures so beautifully the grace of God in salvation. It's one of those moments in Scripture where we simply have to pause and praise God that he ...

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“Go, Your Son Will Live”

John 446–47

Dear CrossPointe,All of us come to God with limited perspectives and mixed motives. Our text this Sunday, John 4:4354, is a poignant story of a royal official who pleads with Jesus to heal his sick son. While we can all understand this father's desperate desire for his son to be healed, what he needed even more was to know and believe in Jesus. It's a short story, but Jesu...

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