Evidences of God’s Grace: April-June 2021

On a weekly basis in our Sunday program, we share evidences of God’s grace and work in the life of Crosspoint and our community.  Below, are the evidences (April-June 2021) collected into one post.  May these lead us to an attitude of thankfulness to and worship of our God who is at work, not only through us, but in us.  You can read past evidences here.


On June 13, we saw eight households dedicate children to the Lord in our Sunday gathering.  Children are an evidence of His grace.  Parents seeking to make disciples of Jesus at home are an evidence of His grace.  A church that is seeking to encourage, pray for, love and spur on fellow parents in their disciplemaking mission is an evidence of His grace.  The next generation is the church of today, not just tomorrow.  May the Lord’s faithfulness abound in these households as they lead and shepherd their children toward Jesus.


On this Father’s Day, we thank the Lord for the faithful and Jesus-following men in our lives.  Men, who are trusting in Jesus and growing to be more like Him in their attitude and actions.  Men, who by the grace of God are pursuing humility in Christ, and seeking to be men of faith, hope and love.  Heavenly Father, may you enable your sons to grow in holiness and boldness as they serve as witnesses and ambassadors for you!  Thank you Lord for this evidence of your grace! 


Do you know what never gets old or out of date?  Seeing a person’s life changed and changing by the power of the good news of Jesus Christ.  Recently, we’ve heard of how a Crosspointer is intentionally taking steps to grow in the Lord.  It is clear that this husband and father is walking by faith and being led by the Spirit when he is getting into the Word, confessing sin, sharing his faith with co-workers and friends, and walking in the light of God’s truth and grace.  May the Lord continue to change lives for His glory!


On Sunday, May 23, we were able to celebrate with Crosspointers, Daniel and Georgia Goveia, Hope Haley, and Eli Steinbeck, who were baptized.  We rejoice at how the Lord has been, is, and will be at work in his life in the months and years to come.  Baptism is a picture that in Christ we’ve died with Him, and been raised to a new life in Him.  Thank you Lord for lives that are changing through the power of the Gospel and your Spirit.   


Christ followers, who are teachers, homeschool teachers, teacher’s aids, substitute teachers, administrators, administrative assistants, coaches, guidance counselors, truancy counselors, professors, directors – all those who’ve worked in various levels of education this past year…you are an evidence of God’s grace!  Thank you for the countless ways, both visible and behind the scenes, you have displayed Christ over the past several months.  For your endurance, love, wisdom, patience, and joy!  May the Lord give you good rest in Him this summer! 


We are encouraged to hear of how Crosspointers are using their words to build up one another in the faith.  Writing notes, sending cards, pausing to speak life, honoring publically.  Thank you brothers and sisters for seeking to live out truth such as, Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  Or Proverbs 16:24, which says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”


On May 2, we hosted a First Connections lunch, which is an opportunity for those newer to Crosspoint to hear more about the church, get to know others who call Crosspoint home, and ask questions they may have.  We were so encouraged to see five new households attend this lunch and by the fellowship time we shared.  It is a great joy to see people begin to find a home at Crosspoint.  Lord continue to strengthen and build your church, for your glory alone! 


Earlier in the spring, we gave a special donation of $2500 toward the local ministry of Heartline/Heart House (a local shelter and ministry that we support on a monthly basis).  They used these dollars to update their guest rooms with paint, décor and lighting, and other specific needs such as bathroom towels, blenders, and chairs.  We are grateful for how God is providing for His church to enable us to give over and above expected support.  To learn more about Heartline/Heart House, go to heartlineandhearthouseorg.squarespace.com.


The LeBlanc family is an evidence of God’s grace!  Who are the LeBlanc’s?  Michael, Morgan, Nash and Rosie.  The Lord has called them to GO to prayerfully pursue an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea through the ministry of Ethnos360.  Michael and Morgan shared on Sunday, April 18 at Crosspoint, and we are excited to partner with Ethnos360, the LeBlanc’s, and others to see an unreached people group, reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ!  Be praying for the LeBlanc’s and their team.  May God cause the growth as His people plant and water. 


Since 2018, we have had volunteers mowing and taking care of the property at Crosspoint.  They serve behind the scenes in a way that makes a big impact both for ministry purposes and for our first impression.  This year, we’ve had a couple new Crosspointers join the team, which has been really encouraging.  A big thank you to those who have served in the past years, and to those who continue to serve!  If you’re interested in joining this team for the year ahead, and helping mow for the glory of God, contact Pastor Dave or Mike Troth.


In early March, Cheri Boles, our SonChasers children’s ministry director, led some training time for our volunteers.  Afterwards, Pastor Dave received this note from one of the teachers who attended, “I certainly appreciate Cheri Boles and the Sunday school training time last Sunday! I may be teaching the lesson to these 5th graders, but their smiles, questions, and enthusiasm on Sunday mornings are surely blessings in my life. Excited to see what God will do in each of their lives!  Thankful and grateful!” 


On this Sunday, we return to one service.  Since November 2020, we have been offering two Sunday services which has created more space, for more people, in the midst of the pandemic.  We are so grateful for the many faithful staff and volunteers who rose to the occasion over the past 5 months.  What a blessing to serve alongside faithful, available, and teachable brothers and sisters in Christ who are seeking to love their neighbor well.  Thank you Lord for strengthening and building your church! 


Last year’s Easter (2020), we were unable to gather in-person.  We were scattered throughout homes, apartments, and dorm room; and the Crosspoint Living Room was absent except for a handful of people.  Today, we are able to gather in-person to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  To be able to gather, is in and of itself, a gift and a grace of the Lord.  One that we will not take for granted, and one that we give thanks for the Lord for making possible.  May the Lord continue to strengthen and build His church in the months ahead!