Sermons

Hope in Humility

Worship Service for August 16, 2020

WELCOME

I have a riddle for you that introduces the topic for today:
Why is the solitary lion humble?
It has no pride. Lol!

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 30th is a fifth Sunday and you know what that means. That’s when we not only gather for worship but we also Gather to Scatter in order to accomplish our purpose of “Sharing God’s Grace with Our Community.” We have learned that the Food Pantry at the Church-at-the Lake is running dangerously low. Therefore; be encouraged to bring in any of the food items listed below.

  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Canned Ravioli
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Soup with Beef
    (folks pour it over noodles or rice to make a meal)
  • Small packages of white Rice
  • Spaghetti Sauce (jar ready to use)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables (other than green beans)
  • Boxed Cereal
  • Pancake Mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly

You may drop these off at the church today by noon, and/or either of the next two Sundays by noon.

For those who come Sunday the 30th and are willing and able, we hope to do a little clean up around the pavilion. More on this next week.

I already have 5 persons who will start the new Disciple class this September. If you are interested or know someone who is, let me know about it.

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Hope in Discipleship

Worship Service for August 9, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

“Randy, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints at CrossPointe, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus; grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:1-2).

Other than my substituting Randy for Paul and CrossPointe for Ephesus, that is how Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians.

What, me an apostle? Not any more than any of you. The word ‘apostle’ simply means ‘one who is sent,’ anyone who is sent to others with a message. That’s all Christians. Jesus said to His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, so send I you” (John 20:17). Apostles all!

What, you a bunch of saints? Not any more than me. The word ‘saint’ literally means ‘one set apart for a special purpose.’ That’s all Christians. All Christians are set apart for the special purpose of glorifying God by serving others.

Who’da thunk it? Apostles and saints. But that’s what we are!

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Hope in Assurance

Worship Service for August 2, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

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

Today, as always on the first Sunday of the month, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. I want to assure all of us that you do not have to be a member of CrossPointe to do so. Everyone in Christ is welcome. So, if you’d like to participate, if you haven’t already, I would advise you to pause this video and prepare your communion elements so that you are ready when after today’s message we will partake of the sacrament.

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

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14
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Hope in Suffering

Worship Service for July 26, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

During an impassioned sermon about death and final judgement, a pastor said forcefully, “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement.” Glancing down at the front pew, he noticed a man with a big smile on his face. The minister repeated his point louder. “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement!” The man nodded and smiled even more. This really got the preacher wound up. He pounded the pulpit emphatically as he came to the conclusion of his sermon and repeated, “Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement!!!” Everyone else in the church was looking somber, but this guy in front continued to grin from ear to ear. After the service was over, the preacher made a beeline for the man. “I don’t get it, whenever I said, ‘Each member of this church is going to die, and face judgment’ your smile got bigger. What’s up with you?” The man said, “I’m not a member of this church.”

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Hope in the Church

Worship Service for July 19, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I will remain after worship until 12:30 pm 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

Please be aware and pray for the weekly ministries that have begun once again. These include Tuesday night’s Disciple I Bible Study, Wednesday night’s training of Stephen Ministers and a Thursday night group that is studying the Book of James.

At our outdoor worship today, I will be both welcoming and recognizing that Gary Diehl will be with us this morning. Gary is a recognized expert in the field of church consulting. He will be meeting with our Pastoral Succession team after worship today to help them continue formulating their plan for how to best accomplish the task of securing new pastoral leadership.

I’m sure that all of you are aware that I am getting a little older. Notice I said a ‘little’ older; I will be 70 next January. And although I have not set a particular date for retirement, we all know that it is coming.

The good news is that I am able to be flexible on when this occurs. I will not be retiring any earlier than about this time next year and could possibly go until Spring of 2022 if that is what it is in the best interest of the church.

But regardless how that works out, I want to assure you that God has a plan for this church. He already knows where we are headed and who is going to lead CrossPointe into the future. I believe this with all my heart because I know we have a handful of prayer warriors who began praying about this would be so for several years now.

And so I will thank Gary for being with us today. And I pray that God will enable him to help our team begin to finalize a plan that will enable CrossPointe to move into the future in the sure knowledge that God is right beside us every step of this journey.

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A Higher View

Worship Service for July 12, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If weather permits, we will be worshipping at the church pavilion once again today. If the 50% predicted chance of showers is fulfilled, we will be inside. In either case, we are still masking and distancing. I will remain after worship until 12:30 pm 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

Please be aware and pray for the weekly ministries that have begun once again. These include Tuesday night’s Disciple I Bible Study, Wednesday night’s training of Stephen Ministers, and a Thursday night group that is studying the Book of James.

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.

Before we go on, I’d like to tell a story that will set the table for what’s to come a little later. The well-known Southern Californian preacher, Jack Hayford, tells about a married couple who had attended a seminar taught by one of those demagogues determined to show that scripture teaches that the man is in charge at home. It was that kind of terrible teaching on submission that turns women into doormats.

Well, the husband just loved it! He had never heard anything like it in his life, and he drank it all in. His wife, however, sat there fuming as she listened to hour after hour of this stuff! When it was over the husband was drunk with power. While driving home, he pompously said, “What did you think about that?”
She didn’t utter a word, so he continued, “I think it was great.”

When they got home, he slammed the door and said, “Wait right there, just stand right there.”
She stood tight-lipped and stared at him.
“I’ve been thinking about what the fellow said tonight and I want you to know that from now on that’s the way it’s going to be; you got that, that’s the way things are gonna run in this house from now on.”

And having said that, he didn’t see her for two weeks. After two whole weeks, he could just start to see her a little bit out of one eye.

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Hope in the Government, Part II

Worship Service for July 5, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will be worshipping at the church pavilion once again today. I will remain after until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish 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 most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

Yesterday Americans celebrated the signing on the Declaration of Independence declaring the 13 original colonies free from Britain’s rule.

By the way, does England have a 4th of July?
Of course, it comes right after the 3rd.

How many years ago was the Declaration of Independence signed?
244 years ago.

Does anyone know where the Declaration was signed?
At the bottom? No, Philadelphia

Declaration of Independence - National Archives - Washington, DC
Photo by hyku / CC BY-SA 2.0
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Hope on the Government, Part I

Worship Service for June 28, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I will remain after worship today until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish 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 most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

I assume most of you are at least somewhat familiar with the television show Family Feud; originally hosted by Richard Dawson and now by Steve Harvey. Believe it or not, the following are actual questions and answers given:

Name a type of foreign money:
Monopoly

Name something you eat too much of:
Food

Name a farm animal a farmer may grow so fond of he won’t want to eat it:
A dog

Name something a duck and a chicken have in common”
They both quack.

If someone tells you a secret; how many people do you tell?
Five

Name a place where you might see a person take off all their clothes:
The mall

Name a place where it’s smart to know where the exits are:
A church 1

My guess is those answers probably really did start some family feuds!

And with that, we better turn our attention to worship.

CALL TO WORSHIP

It is the Lord who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!

Amos 5:8
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Prayer Changes History

Worship Service for June 21, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As you are probably aware, CrossPointe Community Church has re-opened for gathered worship today at our normal time of 10:30am. We will be practicing social distancing and encourage folks to wear a mask. Our goal is to give anyone who wishes an opportunity to worship safely.

At the same time, if you are reading through this, you chose not to gather for worship at our church building today. I want you to know that I completely understand, honor and respect your decision to wait.

I will remain after worship today until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

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

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

Believe it or not, this will be a busy week at the church! Wow! That’s the first time in a while I have been able to say that. On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, Disciple I Bible Study will meet again. Stephen Ministry Training will resume Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Another Bible Study group will meet Thursday at the same time.

And our Free Community Meal will be served Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. We have done so well serving it to folks in their cars as they drive up, that we will do so once again this month. If you would like to get in on the action, please let me know as we need six people to join John and Amy Topola who are preparing: chicken scaloppini, Italian orzo salad, French bread, and for dessert, red, white and blue cake! Thanks guys!

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.

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