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Counter-cultural community

Community. It’s a Christian buzz word. We throw it around like we all know what we are talking about. But, we often struggle to live it out. Below is an excellent description of the characteristics of a counter-cultural Christian community. It comes from The Gospel Coalition’s Vision for Ministry statement. I highly encourage you to read it. Counter–cult...

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Memorize Monday: Titus 3:3-7

Titus 3:3-7 (Monday Memorize) from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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MMQB - November 23, 2009

1. We had a great picnic at the Hord’s place this Saturday. How good it is to just hang out with people and have time to talk (and shoot potato guns!) Big thanks to Daniel and Jenny for their hospitality and generosity! 2. Last night I watched a movie about one of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a German pastor and theologian who stood against Hitler and the ...

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A Mighty Rushing Wind

“We must confess that just now we have not the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that we could wish.  Many are being converted.  I hope that few of us are laboring unsuccessfully; but we are none of us laboring as our hearts could desire.  Oh, that I could feel the Spirit of God in me, till I was filled to the brim . . . . We seek not for extraordinary exc...

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We preach a saving Christ

“There is no inconsistency between believing that God has a special sovereign love before the foundation of the world that is efficacious and brings in all the Body of Christ and that there is too love for all men, and that no man knows to which of those loves he has been brought until he is converted.  In other words, it is the love of God in Christ t...

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Psalm 46

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Mondays are for Memorizing - Psalm 46

Psalm 46 from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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MMQB - November 16, 2009

1. One of the hardest but sweetest biblical truths to wrap our minds around is God’s providence over everything. In reading Nehemiah, I’m struck that God could have hit the fast forward button at any time and put Israel right where he wanted them to be. But he doesn’t. Evidently, he has deemed that a muddy, painful, beautiful, yet slower-than-we’d-l...

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Matt Chandler on Hebrews 11

I've mentioned before that I think Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church outside of Dallas, may be the best preacher of my generation. He's an incredibly gifted orator, but that's not primarily why I respect him so much and why I listen to him. I love listening to him because his theology is absolutely rock solid, and because he has a unique ability to draw a con...

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Can a person be saved without hearing about or believing in Jesus?

Can a person come to a saving knowledge of God without hearing about or believing in Jesus? It's a common question, and a very important one. Mike Bullmore, a pastor in Wisconsin and member of The Gospel Coalition gives a very good response to the question.  Mike's clear and correct answer is no, a person cannot be saved outside of hearing and believing in Jesus. Of...

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Recovering the Gospel

RECOVERING THE GOSPEL Below is a powerful statement by Ray Ortlund, Jr. that he wrote in the afterword of his book A Passion for God. Prayers and Meditations from the Book of Romans. I found it on the First Things blog in a post by Jared Wilson.  Ray's words below are powerful and very important. Take a moment to read it.   An Earnest Call For Evangelical L...

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MMQB - November 9, 2009

1. I’ve never been the sickly type, but I’ve had a head cold and cough for the past week that hit its peak this weekend. God used this to reveal the pride I’ve had for years about how I don’t get sick that often. I also am impatient with people that cough a lot. I know, snobby. This week I’ve been that guy. Humility. Jesus worked some into me ...

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I love Shai Linne and think you should too

I love Shai Linne. His lyrics are rich and biblical and his music is excellent. Search for him on iTunes, especially the Atonement album. ...

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MMQB - November 2, 2009

1. I’m feeling God is leading us to do a “Daniel fast” together as a church in January. Bottom line, I think God needs to shake us up, and fasting is a beautiful biblical pathway for us to shift our gaze from earthly things to the bread of life, Jesus. A Daniel fast is when you eat just vegetables and fruit for a period of time and it is based on Daniel 1...

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