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Announcements, Oct. 26

Membership Class (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2)Anyone considering membership at CrossPointe must attend Starting Pointe, a three-part membership class. The next Starting Pointe will be Nov. 30 (6:30–9 p.m.), Dec. 1 (9 a.m. – noon) and 2 (6–7:30 p.m.). Childcare will be provided. If you want to attend, please e-mail Robert Ward.40 Days for Life (Oct. 30)CrossPointe is...

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God's Sovereign Rule Over the Nations

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll pause our Mark series to think biblically about God’s sovereign rule over the affairs of the nations, especially ours. I pray that this Sunday will help prepare our hearts for the upcoming presidential election.We are prone to do one of two things when it comes to elections: put too much hope in a political party or cynically di...

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Announcements, Oct. 19

Lunch on the Grounds Next Sunday Join us after worship on Sunday, Oct. 28, for lunch (Huckleberry’s chicken!). Tickets are being sold in the foyer for $5, but families pay no more than $20. Please get your tickets today!40 Days for Life (Oct. 30) CrossPointe is participating in a 40 Days for Life prayer gathering for the unborn on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 a.m. – 7 p...

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The Family of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,In Mark 3:20-35, Mark sandwiches a story within a (seemingly unrelated) story. Jesus’ family thinks he’s crazy and wants to seize him; meanwhile, the scribes accuse Jesus of being in league with Satan. The combination of these two scenes shows us how Jesus’ enemies and even his own family wanted to subdue or limit Jesus.But, as Jesus hims...

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Life as a Disciple of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,In Mark 3:7-19, Jesus begins forming a new community. Up to now we’ve seen Jesus’ power and authority demonstrated, but now Jesus begins gathering disciples, teaching and sending them out to imitate him—calling people to repentance, healing, casting out demons, etc.We see that Jesus’ ministry is not just about the individual’s...

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Lord of the Sabbath

Dear CrossPointe,This week we are going to look at two scenes from Mark 2:23–3:6, which both involve Jesus being criticized by the Pharisees for his actions on the Sabbath, the day of rest. On the surface, it might seem like this dispute is just another example of nitpicking religious leaders, irrelevant to our lives today. But, as I hope we’ll see, the issue u...

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