Keys to a Positive Contribution

 
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Pastor’s Paragraph for June 25, 2013

What a neat surprise Sunday to get to hear from Kevin Greeson. I didn’t know until Saturday afternoon that Kevin and Holley were even in the country, let alone headed for the Metroplex. They told me they would be in our worship service Sunday morning and I said, “Great! Come planning to preach!” Kevin and Holley have been our good friends since they were in high school in Portland, Texas with our kids. Somewhere in the deep, dark past I performed their wedding. In more recent years they have been on the cutting edge of missionary work in Islamic countries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They are my heroes! If you go to www.imb.org and put the word “Camel” in the search window, you should be able to find a book Kevin has written about how to talk about your faith with a Muslim friend or neighbor. Pray for them this week. Their work is strategic in so many ways.

And besides the Greesons, we also got to hear Dani’s testimony about her time at camp! It was a fun morning.

Good things are happening at NorthPointe, and more good things will happen this Sunday! I’ll be looking forward to worshipping with you then!

God bless!

Bro. Linn

Pastor’s Paragraph 5-22-2013

Another beautiful Sunday morning!  I don’t remember the weather too well, but it was beautiful inside.  It is always a beautiful day when new friends decide to become part of our fellowship!  We welcome Traci Rabago and younger daughter, Alyssa.  Staci, the older daughter joined us the previous Sunday, and very soon we will rejoice as we witness the baptism of Staci and Alyssa.

I want to take this opportunity to implore you to consider making attendance at ALIVE!, our Wednesday evening prayer time, part of your weekly routine.  We will never do anything more important than pray, and no activity of the church will ever pay greater dividends than gathering for corporate prayer.

In the early days of struggle at Brooklyn Tabernacle, pastor Jim Cymbala once told his congregation, “From this day on, the prayer meeting will be the barometer of our church.  What happens on Tuesday night will be the gauge by which we will judge success or failure because that will be the measure by which God blesses us.”  Afterward a visiting minister commented, “I heard what your pastor said.  Here’s something to think about:  You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning.  But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting.”

As always, I genuinely look forward to praying with you, Wednesday at 6:30, and worshipping with you Sunday morning!

God bless!

Bro. Linn

The Fall (and the Beginning of Grace)

 
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Pastor’s Paragraph, 3-27-13

I love Easter! I find the message of hope and new life to be an incredibly invigorating and powerful stimulant.  In fact, studying the entire story of the last week of Jesus’s life, or Holy Week as many call it, never fails to intrigue me.  The “Triumphal Entry” on Palm Sunday, cleansing the temple again, debating with the Pharisees and lawyers, intimate moments with disciples and friends, a powerful scene in the Garden of Gethsemane, a dramatic arrest, several ridiculous and illegal trials and finally a horrific, indescribable execution — just to remember some of the amazing experiences Jesus went through that week. Ultimately there was that very quiet and mournful Saturday, and then came Easter morning!  What a day! Jesus stepped out of the tomb and showed Himself to be very much alive at least ten different times on that Sunday and the days following.  I can hardly wait to sing about His resurrection, preach about it and celebrate with you because of it.

See you Easter morning!

Bro. Linn

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