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In this message, Pastor Joe teaches that the kingdom of God is a kingdom for all nations. Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion, the enemy of the Jews in Jesus' day. He is a healer for all nations.
Everyone knows someone who is rejected by society, perhaps because of social status, race, language, or even sin. Jesus shows us in these few verses that He is the King for everyone, including the outcast.
We all need acceptance and encouragement. The Crossing Church opens up the book of Hebrews to have a look at what acceptance really is.
What labels do we put on our lives? We all have a background and habits and hang-ups. So what's the cure? Self-esteem? Goal-setting? Or should we look at one word that Christ can give us; and that word is Acceptance.
Wouldn’t you agree that, as a Christian, our greatest desire is to see everyone believe that Jesus is God incarnate, Savior and Lord. Imagine what the world would be like should everyone believe in Christ. Why doesn’t the world already believe that Jesus is the Christ?
Recent events in Mexico are a gripping reminder that there is evil in the world. Innocent people are massacred. Bodies are beheaded or hung from bridges. Can those who commit such evil be forgiven? A look at the life of the Apostle Paul answers this question. While Paul accomplished much good for the Lord, he accomplished just as much evil beforehand. Nevertheless, Christ called him and used him. Will he not do the same for us? Php 3:4-6; Gal 1:14; Acts 26:9-11; Acts 7:51-60; Acts 9:1-6
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Peter is facing some harsh criticism for what God has chosen to do in lives of the Gentiles. He responds lovingly by recounting the events and reminding them that salvation is a gift from God. How do we respond to this gift? Life is very short and so it is important we consider this gift as the most precious thing we possess.