Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

So That

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2

One tiny word can change everything.  Some of the most monumental decisions we make require only a “yes” or “no” answer.  No long explanation… just a simple one-word answer.  “Will you marry me?”  “Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?”  “Do you accept this job offer?”  Tiny words… huge implications.

The same is true in Scripture.  Perhaps one of the most skipped-over yet important phrases in God’s Word is “so that,” also written as “that” in some instances.  Why…  because this phrase offers us a glimpse into the very heart and mind of God.  He is answering a question that He oftentimes chooses not to answer… He is telling us why He does certain things.  While God certainly owes us no explanation for any of His ways, understanding why sometimes helps us to know Him in a deeper way.  It also helps us to know what He wants us to do for the sake of His Name and His glory. 

Psalm 67:1-2 gives us the reason for God’s blessing and His presence in the lives of His people… "That Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations."  God’s reason for lavishing grace on our lives is so that the whole world will know He is a gracious God.  His reason for giving us the gift of salvation is so that every nation will know He is the only God who saves.  His reason for blessing us with more than we need is so that we can give to the poor, showing them that He is a God who meets their needs.  God’s greatest desire is to be known and worshiped by every nation, tribe, tongue and people.  As His children, we have the incredible privilege of participating in His work!

So often we hoard God’s riches that are ours in Christ.  We spend all that He blesses us with on ourselves, forgetting the “so that” which should drive all that we do.   

Prayer: Father, Forgive me for being selfish with Your grace and salvation.  Please help me to remember the “so that” in my story.  You have blessed me so that I can show others how great and glorious You are.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wisdom

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10

One of the most common questions church leaders are asked is, “What is God’s will for my life?”  When people ask this question, they are usually referring to circumstances that are not directly addressed in Scripture—circumstances specific to their lives. 

Many believers live with anxiety and fear of making the wrong decision.  Most of us have wished (at one time or another) that God would just spell all the details out in front of us.  Wouldn’t that be easier?  Maybe so, but then we might miss the whole point—to know God and trust Him, to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

In those times when the details are not clear, there is great comfort to be found in the book of Proverbs.  Written primarily by King Solomon, this book is filled with the words wisdom, prudence, knowledge, instruction, and insight.  But what we also find in Proverbs is a correlation between the fear (respect) of the Lord and wisdom.  And without wisdom, it is impossible to discern God’s voice and direction.

Our wisdom in daily life is dependent on our relationship with Christ.  When we walk in fear of Him, we walk in wisdom.  Our relationship with God affects our relationships with other people.  And in order to have wisdom in the world, we must be in right relationship with God.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all of this.

God made an amazing offer to King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:5 when He said, “Ask Me for whatever you want Me to give you.”  Do you know what Solomon requested?  “Give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9).  Solomon asked for wisdom. 

He could have asked for the answers to life’s deepest mysteries.  But he asked for wisdom.  He could have asked for an easy, successful life.  But he asked for wisdom.  His request itself is evidence that He feared the Lord.  He had a deep desire to please God, and to rule God’s people according to His will.  Solomon understood the treasure of godly wisdom.  Do you?   

Prayer: Father, I know that godly wisdom is a gift from You.  Please help me to live each day in respect for You, because I know that this is the beginning of wisdom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

in Faith

Lavished

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“In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.”  Ephesians 1:7-8a

Have you taken the time lately to ponder the amazing truth of redemption?  Whether you have been following Christ for 30 years or 30 minutes it is equally awe-inspiring, humbling and miraculous—God has forgiven you.  And, if you have never placed your faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf… if you have never acknowledged the fact that you are a sinner and He is the only Savior, I beg you to do so now.  In Christ we have redemption!

What is redemption?  In Christian circles we use words like redemption, grace, and forgiveness so regularly that I fear they may have lost their impact.  Such words should cause us to take pause.  They should serve as a reminder of what Christ has done for us, what He is doing in us, and what lies ahead for us.  These words should help to spur us on towards holiness. 

Redemption means that we have literally been bought back from hell.  Paul writes in Ephesians that God lavished the riches of His grace on us through Christ’s blood.  Lavished with grace.  He didn’t just give us some grace; He has given us the riches of His grace.

In Christ, God opened up the storehouses and poured it all out.  Our Creator—who owes us nothing—chose to lavish His grace upon us.  How can we ever get over such a mystery?  How can we grow numb to such grace?  How can we chase after anything or anyone but Him?  And yet, we do.  If we aren’t careful, we get used to His grace and begin to take it for granted.

So I ask you again: Have you taken the time lately to ponder the amazing truth of redemption?  I urge you to do so now.  Think about all that God has done and is doing for you in Christ.  Meditate on the truth that He has lavished the riches of His grace on you.  And once you have returned to that place of awe and humble adoration, don’t keep this wealth of grace to yourself… share it with someone who needs to know this magnificent Savior. 

Prayer: Father, I am humbled by the truth that You have lavished Your grace on me, forgiving all of my sins.  Please forgive me for the times when I take Your kindness for granted.  Keep me ever aware of the treasure that is mine in Your Son.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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