Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Contact

678-812-4500

in Faith

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.

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.