Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

in Faith

Little Faith

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“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

At the root of worry is the sin of unbelief.  This is why Jesus called the crowd in Galilee, “O you of little faith!”  In this passage, He challenges us to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation.  Trees grow, flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay and hatch eggs… bears hibernate and snakes shed their skin… animals of prey are created with the ability to camouflage into their environment as protection from predators… and the list goes on and on. The faithfulness of God is gloriously displayed in the world He created.  When God saw all that He had made on the sixth day of creation and said, “It is very good,” He meant it.

While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, we can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs.  Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another, and used it to illustrate the absurdity of worry.  If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?

When we worry we doubt God’s goodness and His promises.  We choose to believe that He is not who He says He is.  In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar.  Worry is sin, because it is rooted in a lack of faith.  And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  But with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20).

Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?    

Prayer: Father, Help me to trust You more today.  Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me.  Give me the boldness to share my faith with others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Free to Love God

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:10, 19

In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth.  We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured.  The Communists were good at torturing us.  We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well—let us do our work well.  Let us sing well.’”

Wurmbrand, a man of Jewish decent, spent 14 years in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ.  He was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ.  He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost.  He refused to stop worshiping his Lord… even in prison.

Richard Wurmbrand understood true freedom.  He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God.  From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free.  Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray.  Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.

God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love.  Our love for God is always in response to His love for us.  And the ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus.  Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved.  Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God.  And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him.  We are free to love Him because He is worthy… to seek His face and not only His hands. 

Have you paused lately to consider the freedom you have in Christ if you believe in Him?  You are free to know and to love your Creator. The God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head.  You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you.  What glorious freedom! 

Holy Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can love You, too.  Without forgiveness I could not have a relationship with You at all.  Lord, help me to be steadfast and firm in my faith.  I want others to know that You love them.  Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.