Cross Pointe Church

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Duluth, GA 30097

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Worth the Risk

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“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”  Jonah 2:8

In this one short verse lays unending implications.  It reminds us of the lyrics to a worship song:

It’s Your love that we adore, it’s like a sea without a shore. 
Don’t be afraid, don’t’ be afraid; just set your sail. 
And risk the ocean, there’s only grace.  There’s only grace.”

Following Christ wholeheartedly will always involve risk… the risk of the unknown; or of what He will demand. Sometimes it involves the risk of personal safety… or of comfort and predictability.  It is not an easy thing to, as the writer of this worship song says, “Set your sail and risk the ocean.”  But, as the song also says, in the ocean of following Christ, “there’s only grace.”

Ironically, Jonah set his sail, quite literally, and took a different kind of risk.  Instead of risking in order to follow God, he risked to run from God.  Yet still, in the ocean of his disobedience he found God’s grace.  Jonah knew firsthand what it meant to cling to the temporary and forfeit the eternal. He clung to the idol of comfort. He gripped the idol of control. He went to great lengths to avoid God’s plan.  And when the winds blew and the waves crashed around his plan of escape, he knew what it meant to forfeit God’s grace.

But even there, Jonah found God faithful… faithful to discipline and to rescue and to redirect. Yes, following Christ is risky, but perhaps, as Jonah discovered, not following Him is even riskier. Life is stormy either way. Wouldn’t you rather be on the side of the One whose voice the wind obeys… the One who can call off the waves if He so chooses?

Are you forfeiting the grace that could be yours today?  Are you clinging to the temporary things of this world at the expense of the eternal riches of Christ? If so, take the risk and let go… there is only grace. 

Prayer: Father, I admit that sometimes I am scared to obey You.  Sometimes what You ask is so hard.  Please help me to believe that following You will never lead to disappointment.  You are worth so much more than anything You could ever ask me to give up.  I want to risk it all for You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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A Sure Thing

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“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him.  As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”  Hosea 6:3

Jesus, and the message He brought, was the fulfillment of thousands of years of prophecy.  It was a promise kept to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants.  As Acts 10:36 says, God’s message in Christ is the good news of peace.  Not peace between men, but peace with God.

Peace with God can only come through Christ.  There is no other way.  God sent John the Baptist to prepare His people for the coming Messiah.  And when Christ appeared, John recognized Him as the Lamb of God—the Messiah—who had come to take away our sins.  But long before John the Baptist walked the earth, God spoke through the Old Testament prophets, urging His people to repent and obey… and promising a coming Savior who would redeem and restore.  Without Jesus, God’s Spirit would not live in us.  We would still be separated from God by our sins.

What a wonderful Savior!  He not only died for our sins, He became our sin so that we might have peace with God through faith in Him.  This is the greatest of all mysteries… Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Let us never take for granted that we have peace with God through Christ. For it is one of the greatest miracles of God’s grace. 

Have you, as Hosea 6:3 says, acknowledged the LORD today?  Are you pressing on to know Him more?  Is your life a testimony of His grace and mercy?  As surely as the rains fall, Christ will return just as He promised.  Will you be ready?

If we believe His return is a sure thing, we will live with a sense of urgency… not fear, but urgent faith.  Behind our attitudes, decisions, and relationships we will be driven by the unseen force of eternity.   

Prayer: Loving Father, How do I even begin to thank You for Jesus?  I know there is nothing I can say or do to earn this gift of peace with You.  All I have to offer is my heart and my life.  May You be glorified in and through me. Help me to use each day You give me for Your purposes.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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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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