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MMQB - June 8, 2010

1. What an excellent message Sunday from Don McKelvey on Luke 7:36-50. Layer after layer of biblical truth. So thankful for his wisdom. Click here to listen to it. 2. Join us the next two Saturdays (6/12 & 6/19) as we help Highland Community Church with several projects. They are doing a great work and we are privileged to come along side them. We’ll work from 8...

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MMQB - April 26, 2010

1. Great day worshiping yesterday with the Tribe. There’s just something essential about gathering together to sing to God and listen to and respond to His Word. We are wired to need it.  2. The book I recommended yesterday is “What Does God Want Of Us Anyway?: A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible.” It is a very short, very readable and helpful summa...

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MMQB - April 1, 2010

1. Very excited about Easter Sunday. Suspiciously enough, we are going to talk about Jesus! And it just so happens that the next section in Colossians is a perfect text to speak about what Jesus did on the cross for us (Colossians 2:11-15). Great Sunday to invite friends who are not believers or who think they are but likely aren’t. 2. Speaking of Easter, I think it...

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MMQB - March 16, 2010

1. If you haven’t heard, Luke Wolff is headed back to Afghanistan for another three month deployment. Luke is an orthopedic surgeon and volunteered for the reserves after 9/11. He’s already served two tours (one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan). This past Sunday was his last before he deploys. Sorry we didn’t realize that until after the service, but pleas...

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MMQB - March 1, 2010

1. So fired up that Daniel Hord and Evan Sussenbach got up and cranked out large chunks of Colossians 1 yesterday. Impressive. Well done! 2. It’s a few months away, but mark your calendars for the weekend of August 20-22. We are planning a Missions Weekend with special speaker Paul Tokunaga of Intervarsity. I am really excited about this event and encourage you to p...

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MMQB - February 15, 2010

1. Yesterday's message involved some deep waters. Specifically regarding how God's goodness intersects with His sovereignty and providential control over all things, to include evil and sin. Click here for the notes and audio if you missed it. I mentioned the book Spectacular Sins by John Piper but I forgot to mention another book by Randy Alcorn entitled If God is Good: F...

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MMQB - February 8, 2010

1. Ran out of time but I wanted to give a brief point of application to the message yesterday. The message was basically about the depth of what Christ has done for us on the Cross. But the question you may have is—how does this translate into my daily life? The answer is that the Gospel should produce utter and pervasive humility in the life of a Christian. And that...

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MMQB - February 2, 2010

1. If you missed Sunday you can listen to the message about the details of our new location here. Also, click here for a document answering some common questions about the process and building. Click here for pictures and here for a sketch of the floor plan. And one more reminder, we are having an informational meeting tonight, February 2nd, at 6:30p at the Pointe to answe...

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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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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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MMQB - November 30, 2009

1. It was so good to have Dr.Samuel Thomas of Hopegivers with us yesterday. They are doing a tremendous work around the world caring for orphans and planting churches. Our own John Batastini is the right hand man for this organization and is doing great things. John leaves today for several weeks in Nepal and India. Keep him and Sue and their boys in prayer. 2. Previously...

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MMQB - December 14, 2009

1. Membership Sundays. I love them. I’m always humbled an encouraged by them. Reminds me how thankful I am that God has me doing life with this little redemptive project we call the CrossPointe. In case you missed it, here’s the list of folks who joined Sunday: John & Sue Batastini, Jimmy & Ann Marie Brooks, Michael & Robin Burt, Caleb & Leah Ca...

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MMQB - December 7, 2009

1. Reynold mentioned yesterday that we raised $15,000 for Hopegivers International. I love being part of a generous Tribe! 2. Had a very encouraging conversation yesterday about how God is getting a hold of a family. Good decisions are being made. The Holy Spirit is guiding. The husband is stepping up. The wife is finding security in it. Thank you, Jesus. 3. We had famil...

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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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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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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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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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MMQB - October 26, 2009

1. I cannot do without the regular, consistent gathering together with a church family to whom I am committed and obligated. It is essential for my soul. As we sang together to Jesus yesterday I was reminded of how much my soul needs to gather with the Tribe. My heart hurts for people that for whatever reason do not prioritize commitment to a local church family. Sometimes...

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MMQB - October 12, 2009

1. Been thinking a lot lately about how addicted we are as a culture to entertainment. Sports and sitcoms and the like dominate our psyche. This certainly dramatically effects our expectations of God, the Bible, and church. We lust for laughter, lightness, and escapism. Most of us know much more about the storyline of our favorite show than we do about the storyline of the...

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MMQB (on a Wednesday)

Monday Morning Quarterback, October 7, 2009 (Okay, I realize it is Wednesday and not Monday…but I was busy). 1. What a great weekend with Jennifer in New York City celebrating her birthday. We love our four children dearly, but it is so good to spend time alone together. 2. I’m always struck by the mass of humanity when I go to NYC. So many languages, so ma...

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback – 09.28.09  1. I’m very thankful to be able to pastor the Tribe. Choosing to be part of a faith family and committing your life to it is essential to real sanctification. I get frustrated like all pastors do I suspect but I could never imagine walking away from this group of people. I truly grieve for people that jump from churc...

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