Sermons

November 29th, 2020

29th Nov
2020

If you haven’t already, please review the special announcement from CrossPointe leadership. In order to allow Randy some well-deserved time off, we will read/listen to some classic sermons selected by Pastor Randy. The one he thinks most appropriate for this time is the one titled God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It speaks of hope. Unfortunately, we did not make an audio recording that day, so you will have to read that one. If you prefer to listen, He recommends Season of Surprise.

What else can you do to stay connected to the CrossPointe family? You could participate in the video worship by making a video and sending it to webmaster@crosspointe.cc by Saturday at 10 am. You might want to offer a prayer for CrossPointe, or read a favorite scripture or just say “Hello” to your CrossPointe friends. It would be great just seeing you! 

November 22nd, 2020

22nd Nov
2020

If you haven’t already, please review the special announcement from CrossPointe leadership. In order to allow Randy some well-deserved time off, we will read/listen to some classic sermons selected by Pastor Randy. This week’s message can be enjoyed here: https://crosspointe.cc/not-as-they-should-be/

What else can you do to stay connected to the CrossPointe family? You could participate in the video worship by making a video and sending it to webmaster@crosspointe.cc by Saturday at 10 am. You might want to offer a prayer for CrossPointe, or read a favorite scripture or just say “Hello” to your CrossPointe friends. It would be great just seeing you! 

November 15th, 2020

15th Nov
2020

If you haven’t already, please review the special announcement from CrossPointe leadership. For the next three weeks, in order to allow Randy some well-deserved time off, we will read/listen to some classic sermons selected by Pastor Randy. This week’s message can be enjoyed here: https://crosspointe.cc/the-great-wager/

What else can you do to stay connected to the CrossPointe family? You could participate in the video worship by making a video and sending it to webmaster@crosspointe.cc by Saturday at 10 am. You might want to offer a prayer for CrossPointe, or read a favorite scripture or just say “Hello” to your CrossPointe friends. It would be great just seeing you! 

A Peace Worth Pursuing

Worship Service for November 8, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby. If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

As you are probably aware, we will do our best to fill 15 Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed on Sunday, November 22nd after worship. Please call Suz Lemmon to let her know what you plan on donating.

Please note that this month’s Community Meal will take place a week early. That would be November 20th.

Today is National Cappuccino Day.

Trivia Question: what is the derivation of the word, Cappuccino? It derives from Capuchin friars, an order of Catholic Friars associated with the Franciscans. Cappuccino got its name from the color of the hooded robes that these Friars wore.

What did the cappuccino have to do when it got home from school?
Foamwork.

After waiting fifteen minutes for my cappuccino I got the wrong order.
Still, it’s better latté than never!

CALL TO WORSHIP

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.
They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.

Psalm 19:1-4
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Forgetting the Past

Worship Service for November 1, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby. If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Today, we have the high honor and privilege of sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to make sure your communion elements are nearby.

A big shout-out to Alan and Vanna Robbins, Jim and Gale Arthur, Shirley Ware and Phil Strauss who helped serve our Community Meal this past Friday. Thanks to all of you and, of course, John and Amy Topola for cooking up the delicious Harvest Chicken dinner.

How about a shout-out to the L. A. Dodgers who beat the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night to win the 2020 the World Series.

In honor of their win and to honor baseball in general, I have two baseball stories in my message today and these little ditties for you to cogitate on right now:

Which baseball legend loved fireplaces?
Mickey Mantle.

Which baseball player makes flapjacks?
The batter!

What do you call a winged insect that hits home runs?
A fly swatter.

Bob didn’t believe that Fred’s dog could talk. So Fred asked his dog,
“What’s on top of a house?”
“Roof,” the dog barked.
Bob wasn’t convinced. So Fred asked the dog how sandpaper feels.
“Rough.”
Bob still wasn’t convinced.
“O.K., who was the greatest baseball player of all time?” Fred asked the dog.
“Ruth.”
With that, Bob walked away, shaking his head in disbelief.
The dog turned to Fred and asked: “Was it Hank Aaron?”

Lastly, did you know baseball is the first sport in the Bible?
Yep, in Genesis it says, “In the big inning!”

Speaking of the Bible:

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10

SONGS OF GRACE

Sing

Morgan, Reuben

It used to be darkness…without You.
I lived my life in blindness….but now I’m found.
And I’ll sing….sing….I love You so.
And I’ll sing…because the world can’t take away…
Your love.

You found me in weakness…broken.
You came to me in kindness…and now I live.
And I’ll sing….sing….I love You so.
And I’ll sing…because the world can’t take away…
Your love.
And I’ll sing….sing….I love You so.
And I’ll sing…because the world can’t take away…
Your love.

I’ll give my life…. for You Lord,
For all You’ve done
I’ll give my life…. for You Lord,
For all You’ve done
I’ll give my life…. for You Lord,
For all You’ve done
I’ll give my life…. for You Lord

And I’ll sing….sing….I love You so.
And I’ll sing…because the world can’t take away…
Your love.
And I’ll sing….sing….I love You so.
And I’ll sing…because the world can’t take away…
Your love.

©2003 Hillsong Publishing (Admin. in U.S. & Canada at EMICMG Publishing.com)
CCLI License No. 1843349

Amazing Grace

Newton, John/Excell, Edwin/Rees, John P.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun.

©Public Domain
CCLI License No. 1843349

I Love You, Lord

Klein, Laurie

I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship You, O my soul, rejoice.
Take joy, my King, in what You hear.
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

©1978, 1980 House Of Mercy Music (Maranatha! Music [Admin. by The Copyright Co])
CCLI License No. 1843349

OPENING PRAYER

We thank You, O Lord, for Your call upon our lives to worship; to remember who You are, to confess who we are, and in light of that, to express our gratefulness for Your amazing grace shed abroad in our hearts through our faith. As we continue to work our way through this worship experience, prepare us to receive with joy the precious gift of the sacrament freely given and shared by our Lord Jesus, in whose name we pray, amen.

THE GIVING OF THE LORD’S OFFERING

(see announcement above)

“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”

PRAYER SONG

Breathe

Barnett, Marie

This is the air I breathe,
This is the air I breathe,
Your holy presence, living in me.
This is my daily bread,
This is my daily bread,
Your very Word, spoken to me.
And I, I’m desp’rate for You.
And I, I’m lost without You.

This is the air I breathe,
This is the air I breathe,
Your holy presence, living in me.
This is my daily bread,
This is my daily bread,
Your very Word, spoken to me.
And I, I’m desp’rate for You.
And I, I’m lost without You.
I’m lost without You.
I’m lost without You.

©1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing (admin. by Music Services)
CCLI License No. 1843349

MORNING PRAYER

The Topola family

Thank you, Lord, for everything you have blessed us with this week and for keeping watch over our family and friends. We know we are completely lost without you in our lives. We love You; we need You and we are desperate to hear Your every word. As we go through the upcoming week, we humbly ask You to remind us to spread kindness and love in the way You have taught us.

Oh Lord, please forgive us when we forget to be thankful for all You have done for us. Help us hear your every breath and feel your holy presence around us. We pray for those who are lost without you in their lives. Guide us so we too may share your love throughout our community and into the world. We pray for the sick and isolated people. Help heal and comfort them. We pray for our church, country, and leader. We do all this in your name. Amen.

SCRIPTURE

When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

Luke 22:14-20

Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.

Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!

I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3:1-14

THE MESSAGE

Randy K’Meyer

Forgetting the Past

Did you hear about the Spanish speaking magician who specializes in disappearing, who said, “Uno,” “dos” and then disappeared without a “tres?”

Then there was the cruise ship magician who was being heckled by the captain’s parrot “it’s under his hat, it’s up his sleeve, his assistant has it.”
Unfortunately, the cruise-ship sinks. The magician wakes up on a piece of driftwood with the parrot. They spend 2 days floating at sea without saying a word. Finally the parrot says, “Alright, I give up . . . where’s the boat?”

You ever notice that a magic trick loses its luster when you figure them out. When a magician performs his trick, your response is, “Wow! That’s amazing! How did he do that?” But then you find a You Tube tutorial on how to do the trick. And after you discover the secret, you think to yourself, “Oh, that’s easy.” When you figure out the mystery of a magic trick, the glory of the magician fades.

The exact opposite happens when you learn more about Jesus. As the Spirit unfolds the mysteries of Christ for us, His glory shines all the more. This is because there is no end to the wonderful things for us to discover about Jesus. You just learn one thing about Him only to see that there are still more amazing things to discover.

That’s why the Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 3 that there is nothing more important on this earth than knowing Christ. Of all the millions of things that the human brain can consider over a lifetime, there is nothing more important than knowing Christ and what He has to offer because what He has to offer not only affects our finite lives on earth but much more importantly our eternal lives . . . wherever.

“Everything else is worthless,” he writes, “when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

Why does he write such inspiring words? He gives two reasons; both of which will prepare us to CELEBRATE the Sacrament of Holy Communion more joyfully.

The first has to do with the ‘amazing grace’ we just sang about.

For in no other letter does Paul compare and contrast so vigorously the methods of grace vs. works as the way to obtaining right standing with God.

There is a great temptation to believe that if we are good enough people we will merit right standing with God and deserve to go to heaven someday. This kind of thinking is at the root of a humanistic philosophy of life that says: “By working hard I will earn God’s favor and receive His nod of approval.” I don’t know of a more subtle, yet more heretical idea than that; and yet, the sad truth is many people have swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

This is why Paul warns his readers, “Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved” (Philippians 3:2).

Concerning these ‘dogs,’ in his fine commentary, Frank Thielman identifies them as:

Judaizing missionaries, like those who have invaded his churches in Galatia … Their ‘gospel’ mixed the notion of faith in Christ for salvation with the idea that all who want to belong to God’s people must accept the yoke of the Jewish law. Gentile believers, in their view, had to become Jews in order to be saved.” 1

There will always be those who come along and say things like, “Yeah, that’s right, Jesus died for our sins, but in addition, if you want to be right with God you also must (you fill in the blank). And they are therefore guilty of adding requirements to the pure gospel of grace. To be sure, as we looked at last week, our faith is authenticated by works. But make no mistake; it was and is the work of Jesus that makes us right with God.

That’s why Paul is drills down on this:

though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

Philippians 3:4-6

What Paul is saying is, if anyone deserves to be right with God based on their own merits; it’s me.

However, he also says , “we put no confidence in human effort” (Philippians 3:3c)

Instead he writes, “we rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us” (Phil. 3:3b).

What did He do for us? He paid the price for our sin when He gave His life as a sacrifice for sin.

This cup is the new covenant between God and his people; an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”

Luke 22:20

But wait a minute Paul, what about all of our fine accomplishments for God?

I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Philippians 3:7-10

Knowing Christ yields great joy because we, with confidence in Christ, never have to worry about when we have done enough to merit the Lord’s favor! Because He has done everything necessary for our salvation.

Barry Spilchuk, President of You’re My Hero Books, tells of Pete Rose being interviewed in the year he was about to break Ty Cobb’s all-time hits record.

One reporter blurted out, “Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record.
How many at-bats do you think you’ll need to get the 78 hits?”
Without hesitation, Pete very matter-of-factly said, “78.”
“Ah, come on Pete, you don’t expect to get 78 hits in 78 at-bats do you?”
“Every time I step up to the plate, I expect to get a hit!”
Now that’s confidence.

And you and I can be confident, not in our own ability, but that Jesus stepped up to the plate for us and He never whiffs. The most important thing in this life, securing a place in the next, has already been taken care by Jesus; He knocked the ball out of the park for us. We don’t have to worry about gaining our own salvation, or losing it. That’s why we call it amazing grace!

The first reason for rejoicing in today’s passage has to do with amazing grace. And the second is now that amazing grace has been poured out upon us we have been forgiven! And because we have, we can forget the past!

“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God through Christ Jesus is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14).

My guess is there are some here today who are living in the past; always looking in the rear view mirror, dwelling on poor decisions, past mistakes.

A Duke University study concluded happiness is fostered by several key factors; one of which is NOT LIVING IN THE PAST! “An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.” 2

Just like Paul, all of us have baggage from the past. Things we wish we had not said; things we wish we had not done. But there’s nothing we can do about the past . . . it’s gone. We can’t change it, no matter how much we might want to.

But what Paul is saying here in the very heart of this letter is there is great joy to be found in living in the present; not in the past. There is no joy to be found always looking in the rear view mirror. Joy is found in living in the present with an eye on where we are headed.

When Shannon Ethridge of Greenville, Texas was just 16 years old, while driving to school, she hit and killed a woman riding her bike. Her name was Marjorie Jarstfar, a wife and mother who had served many years with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Terrified of ever having to face Marjorie’s family, Shannon was shocked when Marjorie’s grieving husband Gary, insisted that she come to their home. She expected the worst, but instead of seeking justice, Gary showed mercy, saying, “You can’t let this ruin your life, Shannon. I forgive you and God wants to forgive you and He wants you to put this behind you. And He even wants to use you for His glory.”

Gary’s act of forgiveness showed Shannon the amazing grace of God and changed her life forever. She put the past behind her and went on to become a Christian counselor, and national bestselling author, that includes Every Woman’s Battle and her latest book, Completely His, Loving Jesus without Limits. 3

Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God through Christ Jesus is calling us.

Philippians 3:13-14

I was reading about a man who was taking his son to a San Diego Padres game for his birthday. They couldn’t wait to go see their beloved Padres play the San Francisco Giants. They turned in their tickets at the gate, bought hot dogs, drinks, Cracker Jacks, and a program, and sat down in their seats right on the first-base line.

At the top of the first inning, the Padres’ pitcher walked a batter. He walked the second batter and hit the third with a pitch, loading the bases. The next batter hit a grand slam home run; 4 – 0. The manager left the pitcher in, and he proceeded to walk two more players. Finally, the pitcher was replaced with a new guy, and bingo, the next batter hit a triple, scoring two more runs. By the time the inning was over, the Giants were ahead 7 – 0.

Things went from bad to ugly and to make a long story short, before the second inning was over, the score was 14 to zip. At that point the game was basically over. They knew it, the players knew it, and the fans knew it. There was no way the Padres could come back from fourteen to nothing. The players looked discouraged, fans were booing, people started to leave.

Chomping into his hot dog, he set out on a crazy line of thought: What if I could be a magician and could return the game to the score zero to zero—right now at the end of the second inning?

With that kind of score, the players would be hopeful once again. Their optimism would motivate them to play with intensity. The resulting competition would renew hope in the fans. The game would once again be exciting and interesting and we could finish eating all this junk food.

Resetting the score in a bad second inning is the way forgiveness works. Many people feel like it’s the end of the second inning and they’re losing so badly that their life is as good as over; that’s there’s no reason to even take the field for the 3rd inning.

But the great news of the gospel is, Jesus is able to reset the score to zero again! Forgiveness restores our hope! Forgiveness sets us free from constantly checking the rear view mirror. Forgiveness gives us a clean start; it’s a whole new ball game.

An old saying goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” That’s only meaningfully true when you can wipe away the past and get a fresh start. With faith in Christ, that’s exactly what we can do. With Jesus, today is the beginning of the first inning and no one’s keeping score!

This why Paul writes:

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Philippians 3:8

PRAYER

(I encourage all of you to pray as you feel led)

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

SONG OF AFFIRMATION

White As Snow

Olguin, Leon

White as snow, white as snow,
Though my sins were as scarlet,
Lord, I know. Lord, I know.
That I’m clean and forgiven.
Through the power of Your blood,
Through the wonder of Your love,
Through faith in You
I know that I can be,

White as snow, white as snow,
Though my sins were as scarlet,
Lord, I know. Lord, I know.
That I’m clean and forgiven.
Through the power of Your blood,
Through the wonder of Your love,
Through faith in You
I know that I can be,
White as snow.

©1990 Maranatha Praise, Inc./Sound Truth Publishing (Maranatha! Music)
CCLI License No. 1843349

RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (receive the sacrament)

After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (receive the sacrament)

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.

CLOSING SONG

All I Once Held Dear

Kendrick, Graham

All I once held dear,
Built my life upon,
All this world reveres,
And wars to own,
All I once thought gain,
I have counted loss;
Spent and worthless now,
Compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You,
There is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord.

Now my heart’s desire,
Is to know You more,
To be found in You,
And known as Yours,
To possess by faith,
What I could not earn;
All surpassing gift of righteousness.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You,
There is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord.

Oh to know the power
Of Your risen life,
And to know You in
Your sufferings,
To become like You,
In Your death, my Lord;
So with You to live,
And never die.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You,
There is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord.
And I love You, Lord.
And I love You, Lord.

©1993 Make Way Music
CCLI License Number 1843349

SCRIPTURAL BENEDICTION

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:5b-6

1 Frank Thielman, The NIV Application Commentary; Philippians, {Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, © 1995] Page 166.

2 Randy Alcorn, Modern Research about Happiness Parallels Biblical Principles, Eternal Perspective Ministries (9-25-19)
https://www.preachingtoday.com/search/?query=joy&page=3

3 https://www.bookreporter.com/authors/shannon-ethridge

Joy in Adversity? Really?

Worship Service for October 25, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today is the day we have reverted to our normal worship time of 10:30 am.

Next Friday is our next free Community Meal. We will be serving the boxed food to folks as they drive up in their cars. In addition, we have put out the word that anyone living in Chippewa Lake or Gloria Glens who have no transportation can call the church by Saturday to request delivery. If you would like to volunteer to help out by either serving the folks who come to the church or delivering it to those who cannot, please let me know.

I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby. If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that this service is also available in video format above.

CALL TO WORSHIP

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

HYMNS OF PRAISE

Sing for Joy

Moen, Don

Sing for joy to God our strength
Sing for joy to God our strength,
Our strength.

If we call to Him, He will answer us
If we run to Him, He will run to us
If we lift our hands, He will lift us up
Come now praise His name,
All you saints of God.

Sing for joy to God our strength
Sing for joy to God our strength,
Our strength.

Draw near to Him, He is here with us
Give Him your love, He’s in love with us
He will heal our hearts,
He will cleanse our hands
If we rend our hearts, He will heal our land.

Sing for joy to God our strength
Sing for joy to God our strength,
Our strength.

Sing for joy to God our strength
Sing for joy to God our strength,
Our strength.

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Strong Tower

Furler, Peter/Taylor, Steve

Strong and mighty…
Strong to save us
Like a fortress…never failing
Strong in battle…strong in kindness
When we stray Lord…
You’re strong to find us.

When the wind comes hard against us
You are steadfast, You are true
When the ground beneath us trembles
Your foundation never moves.

Strong tower…high and glorious…
Strong tower…mighty in love
Our refuge…our defender…
Strong tower…Lord above.

Strong to lead us…through the shadows
Strong to carry…all our sorrows
When the enemy surrounds us…
Closes in as darkness falls
Though his armies rage against us
They can never scale these walls.

Strong tower…high and glorious…
Strong tower…mighty in love
Our refuge…our defender…
Strong tower…Lord above.

You are my shelter…my shield
You are the home…
I could never deserve
Here I will serve…
Ever under Your gaze
Here I will serve…
Ever singing Your praise.

Strong tower…high and glorious…
Strong tower…mighty in love
Our refuge…our defender…
Strong tower…Lord above.
Strong tower…high and glorious…
Strong tower…mighty in love
Our refuge…our defender…
Strong tower…Lord above.

Strong tower…Lord above.
Strong tower…Lord above.

©2004 Ariose Music/ASCAP, admin by EMI CMG Publishing/Soylent Tunes (SESAC)
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Jesus Your Name

Chapman, Morris/Cloninger, Claire

Jesus, Your name is power.
Jesus, Your name is might.
Jesus, Your name will break ev’ry stronghold.
Jesus, Your name is life.

Jesus, Your name is healing.
Jesus, Your name gives sight.
Jesus, Your name will free ev’ry captive.
Jesus, Your name is life.

Jesus, Your name is holy.
Jesus, Your name brings light.
Jesus, Your name above ev’ry other.
Jesus, Your name is life.
Jesus, Your name is life.
Jesus, Your name is life.

©1990 Maranatha Praise, Inc./Word Music,Inc. (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)
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OPENING PRAYER

Jesus, You are all we need. And because we know this to be true, we come. We come to gather, we come to sing, we come to pray, we come to listen, we come to offer ourselves and all that we are and all that we have. As a result of this, our worship, may the joy of the Lord truly be our strength. For we ask this, as always, in His precious name, amen.

THE GIVING OF THE LORD’S OFFERING

(see announcement above)

We give to God and His Kingdom because God first gave to us. As the scriptures have it: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (I John 4:10). Since God gave His best, we give our best and take great joy in the fact that:

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:1-3, 10

PRAYER SONG

Still

Morgan, Reuben

Hide me now… under Your wings.
Cover me, within Your mighty hand.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm.
Father, You are King over the flood.
I will be still…know You are God.

Find rest my soul…in Christ alone.
Know His power…in quietness and trust.
When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm.
Father, You are King over the flood.
I will be still…know You are God.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm.
Father, You are King over the flood.
I will be still…know You are God.
I will be still…know You are God.
I will be still…know You are God.

©2002 Reuben Morgan, Hillsong Publishing
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MORNING PRAYER

Alan Robbins

Dear Lord, our Heavenly Father.

As the song says:

When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm
Father, You are the King over the flood
I will be still, knowing You are God

God, we know you are our strength and refuge us as we work thru the troubling times and experiences that we confront every day.

Lord, we know you will stay by our side. We know you will listen and guide our prayers to reach out…. to Hold….. to give Help….. to give Love….to give Peace …and to give Joy to those that are grieving, for those that are ill, for those that are hurting in any way and prayers for our own needs.

Thank you, Lord, as we give God’s Glory ….and Grace…… and Joy….and Refuge…… and strength to our community and the world in which we live.

For these things we pray. Amen

SCRIPTURE

If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here. And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need. I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill. And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another. So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you. Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve. For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.

Philippians 2:19-30

This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings!

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:1-4

THE MESSAGE

Randy K’Meyer

Joy in Adversity? Really?

Talk about a guy down on his luck, experiencing some adversity as he’s lost in the desert, desperately needing a drink . . . of anything. He comes upon a man riding a camel and asks for something to drink. The man said “No, but I have a nice selection of ties; would you like to buy one?”

“Are you crazy? I don’t need a tie, I need something to drink!”

The camel rider takes off while the other guy struggles until he finds a cantina. He gratefully approaches the doorman and says, “Can I come in and for a drink?”

The doorman frowns at him and says, “Not without a tie.”

Last week, we saw that the theme in Philippians chapter two is serving the Lord with joy in the midst of troubled times. Today I want to drill down on that theme a little by talking about joy in the midst of adversity and suffering.

It is an issue that lies behind Paul’s entire letter to the Philippians.

As for adversity Paul is facing, he has already mentioned in chapter one, “I am in chains because of Christ” (13) and some Christians “intend to make my chains more painful to me” (17). And in that weren’t enough, in both chapters one and two, he indicates his life is hanging in the balance. (1:21 and 2:17).

As it concerns the adversity the Philippians are facing, Paul writes, “Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies” (28) and more pointedly, “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ, but also the privilege of suffering for him” (29). And in verse 30, “we are in this struggle together.”

And then we have today’s text which speaks of Epaphroditus, who is one of Paul’s right-hand men and who was very ill, “in fact, he almost died.” (2:27).

So the people in the little church at Philippi and Paul knew what it was to struggle and suffer through various problems and difficulties. And yet we know Paul tells them over and over to rejoice in the midst of these adverse circumstances.

As we saw last week, Paul has much in common with James.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:2-4

First, he is not implying that we should act happy when troubles come when in truth we feel like crying. Such thinking makes a mockery of who God created us to be, and it smacks too much of Christian phoniness. Even Jesus cried tears of sadness on several occasions.

Second, let’s notice James says, ‘Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way.’ It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when.’ No matter how hard we have prayed to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, troubles will inevitably intrude into our lives.

Third, James says when adversity of any kind comes our way, we, that is you and I, who are Christ-followers, should “consider them an opportunity for great joy!” Why? Because adversity provides us with an opportunity for growth: “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:3).

Biologists talk of the ‘adversity principle’ at work in the world of plants and animals. As strange as it seems, habitual well-being is not advantageous to any species. For example, contrast a tree planted in a rain forest where it only has to extend its root system a few feet below the surface and therefore is poorly anchored and can be toppled by a minor windstorm with a mesquite tree growing in an arid land that must send its roots down 30 feet keeping it stable even when the fiercest winds blow.

Similarly, as we embrace tough times as an opportunity to grow rather than throwing in the Christian towel, we are better able to face future winds of adversity that will surely blow. And isn’t that something we all desire?

If so, we must begin by considering troubles as opportunity for joyful growth.

Let’s be honest; when troubles come, we don’t normally respond with, “Oh boy, how fortunate I am, for trouble has come my way today.” We usually respond with, “Woe is me.” Or even, “God, why are you putting the whammy on me?” In other words, when the winds of adversity begin to blow our natural tendency is to have a ‘pity party.’

On the other hand, former Baptist preacher and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tells about a pastor in Florida who has ‘count-it-all-joy’ parties. When he faces a difficult situation, he calls friends and says, “I want you to come over to my house for a party.”

They say, “Oh, is it a birthday?” “No.”

“Uh, did you get a promotion?” they’d continue. “No,” he says.

“What’s the situation?” they finally ask.

“I’m going through this incredibly difficult crisis right now, and I’m having a count-it-all-joy party. We’re going to celebrate the difficulty, because I know that this difficulty is going to bring something of special value to my life. I don’t know what it is yet, but I want you to come and count it all joy with me.” 1

I think that’s a great idea! That’s a wonderful and creative way to apply Philippians and James 1 to our lives! To be sure, right now, you’ll have to be careful. Have to ask folks to mask up and remain apart, but it can be done.

Whether you actually have a ‘count-it-all-joy party’ or not, the point is when troubles come, and they always do, we have a choice to make: are we going to view the problem with disdain or embrace it as an opportunity to grow with regards to our faith?

William Barclay writes:

The Christian must expect to be jostled by trials on the Christian way. All kinds of experiences will come to us. There will be the test of sorrows and the disappointments that seek to take our faith away. There will be the test of seductions which seek to lure us from the right way. There will be the tests of the dangers, the sacrifices, the unpopularity which the Christian way so often involves. But they are not meant to make us fall; they are meant to make us soar. They are not meant to defeat us; they are meant to be defeated. They are not meant to make us weaker; they are meant to make us stronger. 2

Okay, I’m ready to view adversity as an opportunity to grow, what’s next?

And Paul shows the Philippians and us the way in the fourth chapter of this marvelous letter where he is talking about some of the hardships he has faced.

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (4:13)

Most of you have heard of Joni Eareckson Tada, the famous Christian author, radio show host, conference speaker. When Joni was 17, she dove into Chesapeake Bay and instantly broke her neck. She has been a life-long paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair ever since. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. When it recurred in 2018, she wrote: “When I received the unexpected news of cancer from my oncological surgeon, I relaxed and smiled, knowing that my sovereign God loves me dearly and holds me tightly in His hands.”

She was once on a bathroom break at a conference when a woman remarked, “Joni, you always look so happy in your wheelchair. I wish that I had your joy!” Several women around her nodded, “How do you do it?”

“I don’t do it, in fact, may I tell you honestly how I woke up this morning? This is an average day, after my husband, Ken, leaves for work at 6:00, I’m alone until I hear the front door open at 7:00 A.M. That’s when a friend arrives to get me up. While I listen to her make coffee, I pray, ‘Oh, Lord, my friend will soon give me a bath, get me dressed, sit me up in my chair, brush my hair and teeth, and send me out the door. I don’t have the strength to face this routine one more day. I have no resources. I don’t have a smile to take into the day. But you do. May I have yours? God, I need you desperately.’”

“So, what happens when your friend comes through the bedroom door?”

“I turn my head toward her and give her a smile sent straight from heaven. It’s not mine. It’s God’s. Whatever joy you see today was hard-won this morning. I have learned that the weaker we are, the more we need to lean on God; and the more we lean on God, the stronger we discover him to be.” 3

“When the winds blow hard against us, You are steadfast, You are true,
When the ground beneath us trembles, Your foundation never moves.”

Christian author, Madeleine L’Engle, in her book, A Stone for a Pillow, writes,

I don’t envy those who have never known any pain, physical or spiritual, because I strongly suspect that the capacity for pain and the capacity for joy are equal. Only those who have suffered great pain are able to know equally great joy. 4

One of my favorite preachers and authors is Phillip Gulley.

In his book, Front Porch Tales, he tells about one of his growing up neighbors, a Doctor Gibbs,

who when he wasn’t saving lives was planting trees. Doc Gibbs came from the ‘no pain, no gain’ school of horticulture. He never watered his trees, said if you watered them, you spoiled them, that if you watered them, they would develop shallow roots, so he didn’t water his trees in order to weed out the weenie trees. Old Doc Gibbs would plant an oak and instead of watering it every morning, he’d beat it with a rolled-up newspaper.

Doc Gibbs went to glory a couple of years after I left home. Every now and again, I walk by his house and look at the trees that I’d watched him plant twenty-five years ago. They’re granite strong now. Big and robust. Those trees wake up in the morning and beat their chests and drink their coffee black.

I planted a couple trees a few years back. Carried water to them a solid summer. Sprayed them. Prayed over them. The whole nine yards. Two years of coddling has resulted in trees that expect to be waited on hand and foot. Whenever a cold wind blows in, they tremble and chatter their branches. Sissy trees. Funny things about those trees of Doctor Gibbs. Adversity and deprivation seem to have benefitted them in ways comfort and ease never could.

Every night before I go to bed, I go check on my two sons. I stand over them and watch their little bodies, the rising and falling of life within. I often pray for them. mostly I pray that their lives will be easy. “Lord, spare them from hardship.” But lately, I’ve been thinking that it’s time to change my prayer.

Has to do with the inevitability of cold winds that hit us at the core. I know my children are going to encounter hardship, and my praying that they won’t is naive. There’s always a cold wind blowing somewhere.

So I’m changing my eventide prayer. Because life is tough, whether we want it to be or not. Instead, I am going to pray that my sons’ roots grow deep, so they can draw strength from the hidden sources of the eternal God.” 5

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:2-4

PRAYER

(I encourage all of you to pray as you feel led)

CLOSING SONG

How Firm a Foundation

Rippon, John

How firm a foundation, Ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Fear not; I am with thee. O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, Omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials, Thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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SCRIPTURAL BENEDICTION

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. Amen.

II Thessalonians 2:16-17

1 Mike Huckabee, Practice of Patience, Preaching Today, Tape No. 78. https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1997/may/4548.html

2 Williams Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series; the Letters of James and Peter, Revised Edition, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Westminster Press, © 1975].
Pages 42-43.

3 Joy Hard Won, Decision (March 2000), p.12, used by permission
https://www.preachingtoday.com/search/?query=joy&sourcename=Illustrations&order=newest&type=

4 Madeleine L’Engle, A Stone for a Pillow, Christianity Today,
Vol. 31, no. 3.
https://www.preachingtoday.com/search/?query=joy&page=2

5 Phillip Gulley, Front Porch Tales, [Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, © 1997] Pages 17-19.

Joy in Troubled Times

Worship Service for October 18, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation. I have been told that there are over a 1,000 people a month accessing these videos. I had no idea that many people were looking on.

A little bird told me an old friend of mine, Betty Akers, from Litchfield, Ohio recently began to tune in. Betty, welcome aboard. Long time, no see. Still can’t see you, but I am hopeful that when all of this pandemic stuff is over, we can remedy that. It would be great to see you again.

I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com. And now I pray that God will bless us all as we join together to worship Him.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Since we changed our worship time to 9:30 am, I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby.

If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Our church leaders met last Sunday and made a decision to revert to our normal worship time of 10:30am beginning Sunday, October 25th.

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect, and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to Him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to Him.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in His hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to Him, for He made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
For He is our God.
We are the people He watches over,
the flock under His care.

Psalm 95:1-7
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It’s Not About Us

Worship Service for October 11, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Since we changed our worship time to 9:30 am, I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby.

If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect, and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that this service is also available in video format above.

Before I read today’s Call to Worship and we sing, let me clue you to what both are about by telling a story; a story about someone going to heaven. In fact, I am going to begin and end with a story about going to heaven.

After a long illness, a woman died and arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the Gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. They saw her and began calling greetings to her; “Hello, How are you! We’ve been waiting for you! Good to see you.”

When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him, “This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?”
“You have to spell just one word,” Saint Peter told her.
“Which word?” the woman asked.
“Grace.”
“The woman correctly spelled ‘G. r. a. c. e.’ and she was welcomed into Heaven.

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The Joy in Blooming Where You’re Planted

Worship Service for October 4, 2020

WELCOME

Good morning. Welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online video presentation. I thank my wife, Gail, for being behind the camera as we speak and Lindsay Brandenburg for receiving and posting these files to YouTube so that you can participate.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Since we changed our worship time to 9:30 am, I will remain after worship until 12 noon for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box that is located in the lobby.

If you prefer to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Our leaders met last Sunday and decided that until further notice we would continue to meet at 9:30 am. And we invited you to make your voice heard in this regard. Please e-mail me and let me know what you would prefer; 9:30 am or 10:30 am.

Today, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion. So, I invite you to stop and make sure you have on hand your communion elements.

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect, and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.
Publish His glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols,
but the Lord made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround Him;
strength and joy fill His dwelling.
O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to the Lord the glory He deserves!
Bring your offering and come into His presence.
Worship the Lord in all His Holy splendor.

I Chronicles 16:23-29
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