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Big News this Sunday, January 31st

1.31.10 - News about future location of CrossPointe from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Day 8: SOULS

(been away from computer a lot this week, so this is a few days late!) Prayer Day 8: SOULS Prayer focus for today on our Daniel fast prayer guide is for souls. One of the things that kills me about church culture is how much effort we seem to put into keeping people who are already Christians happy, comfortable, and appeased. I think we do a great disservice when we allo...

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John 8

Thoughts on John 8:1-59. (v.9). Interesting that Johns mentions that the older ones left the scene after Jesus challenged them about their judgment of the woman caught in adultery. Life and age has a way of making you more humble than you were in your youth. (v.31-32). The phrase “once saved, always saved” has been incredibly damaging in church culture....

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John 7

Thoughts on John 7:1-52. (v.1-8). Jesus’ brothers were trying to persuade him to go more public with his ministry. He resisted. It then says that even his brothers did not believe in him. That’s striking. It seems like they did believe in him because they wanted him to go big time with his ministry. But, it seems that it is possible to hang around Jesus and ...

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MMQB - January 18, 2010

  1. On this day that we celebrate the Civil Rights movement, I encourage you to take a moment to watch Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. It is about 16 minutes long, and one of the most important speeches and moments in American history. Click here to watch it. I have also embedded the video at the bottom of this post. 2. Please give to Haiti re...

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Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"

  I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.  Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been s...

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John 6

It’s Saturday and that means my mind is filled with what I’ll be speaking on tomorrow out of Colossians so just a few thoughts on John 6. By the way, this is one of the most jaw dropping chapters in the Bible. Incredible scene. Make it one of those chapters you come back to and chew on now and then.  A few thoughts on John 6:1-71 (v.5-6). Jesus tests u...

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Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY

Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we should give thanks and pray for people in positions of authority. In Romans 13:1-7 he tells the church that God has appointed authorities for our common good and His purposes.  Therefore, regardless of our political leanings, we should thank God for our political leaders. And, as we expre...

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Day 7: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Day 7: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WORLDWIDE  Our prayer focus on this day seven of the Daniel fast is for the persecuted church worldwide. Our comfort in America obscures the fact that more Christians are being martyred for their faith in our day than in any other in the history of church.  Two websites that I would encourage you to visit and bookmark are Voice of t...

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John 6

It’s Saturday and that means my mind is filled with what I’ll be speaking on tomorrow out of Colossians so just a few thoughts on John 6. By the way, this is one of the most jaw dropping chapters in the Bible. Incredible scene. Make it one of those chapters you come back to and chew on now and then.  A few thoughts on John 6:1-71 (v.5-6). Jesus tests u...

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Spread His Fame - Shai Linne

Shai Linne with "Spread His Fame." from Grace EV Free on Vimeo. (via Justin Taylor's blog) Lyrics: All praise to the name of the savior who reigns.He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame,He’s raised from the grave so his fame we proclaim.Salvation by grace through faith in his name. All praise to the name of the savior who reigns.He’s take...

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The latest from Matt Chandler

Here the latest video from Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas. What a great example he is to so many through his preaching, and now in his suffering. Let's continue to pray for Matt.   ...

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John 5

Some brief thoughts on John 5:1-47 (v.6). What a question! Do you want to be healed? Why did Jesus ask him this question? Makes me think about when I stuck in a rut either by sin or some circumstance. Do I really want to get out of it? Or am I just content to sort of lay there and be pitiful and blame others? (v.18). The real issue was that Jesus was calling God hi...

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Day 5: OUR CITY & SISTER CHURCHES

Day 5: OUR CITY & SISTER CHURCHES Columbus and the surrounding area is in desperate need of the Gospel. On the exterior it certainly seems like a god-fearing city, and in many ways compared to other cities in our nation it is. But the veil of religion and merely nominal Christianity has a strong grip on our valley. Likewise, many of the churches in the area are declin...

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Live with Haiti in your heart

I cannot say it any better than this. Here is a post on The Gospel Coalition blog by Chris Tomlinson about Haiti. I have copied and pasted it here in its entirety. ------------ [Editor's Note: This post was written the evening of January 13, 2009] *** Haiti saddens me. It saddens me in part because so many have lost so much. It also saddens me because I care so little....

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John 4

Reading today is John 4:1-54. Lots in this chapter. Several different scenes, much to chew on. Some brief thoughts on John 4: (v.4). Jesus was tired. Seems like a minor detail, but it is huge. Jesus is fully God, but He is also fully human. Hebrews 2:14-18 tells us how important this truth is. He had to be made like us in every way so that he could be a satisfactory su...

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Day 4: Radical Generosity

Day 4 of the Daniel fast and the prayer emphasis today is RADICAL GENEROSITY.  Here's the deal. We are the most prosperous people in the history of civilization. If you have a checking account and a refrigerator, you are very likely in the top six percent of wealthiest people on the planet. No doubt some of you reading this post are enduring difficult times financial...

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John 3

John 3 is one of the most beautiful and important chapters in the Bible. Innumerable books have been written about the truth that springs from just this one chapter. Here are just a few simple thoughts. This should be one of those chapters in the Bible that we frequent often. Some thoughts on John 3:1-36: (v.3). We are not born Christians. We are born sinners, and sepa...

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Day 3: Missions

On the third day of the Daniel fast we are praying for the missions organizations and missionaries that CrossPointe supports on a monthly basis. Below is a list of our partners. As we pray for God to bless and provide for these ministries, let us remember these words from 3 John 5-8. "Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers...

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Day 2: Gospel clarity

Billy Graham said once that America has just enough of Jesus to be inoculated to Him. We live in a religious but mostly lost culture that fools itself into thinking it is right with God simply because we are Americans who may occasionally attend church. My prayer is that we as a Tribe understand the Gospel well, and live out the implications of the Gospel with grace and gr...

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John 2

Some thoughts on John 2:1-25: (v.3) Mary tells Jesus that they are out of wine. Why? It seems there was this expectation that he could do something about it? Was she wanting him to run down to the corner market and buy some more to bail out the host? Seems like there must be something more to her statement—an expectation that Jesus could change the situation. ...

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John 2

Some thoughts on John 2:1-25: (v.3) Mary tells Jesus that they are out of wine. Why? It seems there was this expectation that he could do something about it? Was she wanting him to run down to the corner market and buy some more to bail out the host? Seems like there must be something more to her statement—an expectation that Jesus could change the situation. ...

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Day 1: Humility & Repentance

Humility and Repentance Father, we confess that we are arrogant, proud, self-sufficient, and impatient people. We’ve created a culture that caters to our insatiable appetites. If we are hungry, we eat. If we need something, we buy it. If we are bored, we give ourselves to mind numbing entertainment. Lord, as we fast, tune us into the selfish side of our cravings. R...

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MMQB - January 11, 2010

1. Daniel Fast begins today. For me this means no meats, no sweets, no coffee, and no Kornheiser and Wilbon. 2. We'll be reading through John together through the end of January in conjunction with the fast. 21 chapters. 21 days left in January. 1 chapter a day. I'll be posting daily thoughts on the chapters as we go. Click here for some brief thoughts on John 1.  3...

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John 1

Tribe,  Day one of the Daniel fast and as I mentioned we’ll be reading through the gospel of John through the end of January. There are 21 chapters, and 21 days left in January, so we’ll do a chapter a day. My plan is to post some simple thoughts from the corresponding chapter each day. Read along with me and record your own thoughts. A few thoughts on J...

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Behind a frowning providence

William Cowper was an English poet and hymn writer who lived from 1731-1800. His pastor and close friend was John Newton, who wrote the song "Amazing Grace." Cowper battled with manic depression and his struggles with mental illness were often expressed in his poems. Here is one of his poems I came across recently. So rich in its depth. My favorite line: "Behind a frowning...

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Colossians Promo

Colossians series begins January 10, 2010. Colossians Promo from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Daniel Fast Guide

Below is our Daniel Fast Guide booklet with an explanation of why we are fasting, how we are doing it, plus a daily prayer guide and diet suggestions. Take a moment to click on the links below and read through this guide as you prepare for the Daniel Fast January 11-20. Click here for the Daniel Fast Guide in PDF format. Click here for the Daniel Fast Guide in ...

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