Cross Pointe Church


1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM



Ask for Anything

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"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.”  John 14:12-14

There are three words contained in Jesus’ promise that are the key to unlocking the meaning of this passage--“In My name.”  Our selfishness apart from Christ zeroes in on “whatever you ask” and “ask for anything;” skipping right over the heart of Christ’s promise--the glory of His Father.

Jesus does not promise to do anything we ask.  He promises to do anything asked for in His Name.  Why?  It is because such requests are guaranteed to bring glory to the Father.  So how do we know if we are asking for something in Christ’s name?  Doing so means more than just adding, “In Jesus’ Name” at the end of our prayers.  Christ’s name is used for everything that His name covers… His authority, His interests, His pleasure, His excellence and His deeds.  Therefore, anything we ask for in His name will align with His will.  In this context, the passage can be interpreted and applied correctly. 

Of course Jesus would promise to grant any requests that are in accordance with His will, because such requests, as He explained, will bring honor and glory to His Father.  The glory of the Father was always Jesus’ main concern.  Even He, God’s very own Son, always prayed according to God’s will.  Look at His prayer in the final hours of His life in the Garden of Gethsemane:  “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You.  Take this cup from Me.  Yet not what I will, but what You will (Mark 14:36).”

Prayer: Father, I want my life to bring glory to Your name.  Please show me where my desires and plans do not line up with Your will and change me, Lord.  May by prayers be Christ-centered and Spirit-driven.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Do Not Worry

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“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

“Do not worry…”  Jesus’ words are easier said than done, aren’t they?  It’s hard to even imagine a life completely free from all worry.  Whether it’s big, life-altering circumstances or the daily nuisances of life, we all struggle with worry.  Maybe that is why Christ, in the first sermon He ever delivered, spent a significant portion of His time on this very subject.

The word “worry” in this section of The Sermon on the Mount is actually translated as “anxious.”  It literally means, “to divide the mind.”  Isn’t that a great mental picture?  Worry divides the focus of our minds.  It takes our attention from what is utmost, and scatters it here and there, resulting in a complete lack of direction if we aren’t careful.

So how do we guard against a divided mind?  Jesus’ answer was clear:  “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33).  So maybe the question isn’t, “How do I keep from worrying?”  Maybe a more fruitful approach is, “What am I seeking?”  Nothing focuses the mind like the Holy Spirit of God.  He puts our lives into perspective, pulling out the weeds of this world that can choke out the fruit of the Spirit. 

As a child of God, we have the incredible privilege of coming to Him in prayer.  This sacred time with Him is our opportunity to lay all of our burdens at His feet.  The problem is, we tend to lay them there, and then pick them back up.  Are we more capable of solving problems than He?  Have we more resources?  More knowledge?  More wisdom?  More love?  Of course not!  So we must lay them down in sincere faith, and leave them there in unwavering trust.

Where are your burdens?  Are they dividing your mind - distracting you and robbing you of joyful living?  Or, are they where they belong—in the capable hands of Your loving, sovereign Father? 

Prayer: Father, Please forgive me for worrying, especially things that do not really matter.  Please increase my faith and help me trust You in every detail of my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.