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3|02|2022 Are we betraying our hearts?

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10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and put a new and right spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
    and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

 

Are we betraying our own hearts? Words like sin, repentance, guilt, are not popular in a society that often wants to just “do our own thing.”  Yet as Christians, one of the biggest mistakes we can make is dismissing our own feelings of guilt and jumping to grace too soon.  Yet these feelings matter and ignoring them doesn’t change the condition of our heart. German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called this cheap grace - the kind of grace we give ourselves without requiring a repentant heart.  

Cheap grace betrays our hearts.  In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer points out “cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin.”  There is no transformation, our hearts are unchanged, and we end up right back where we were.

Most of us are aware of our own sin. Psalm 51 is a Psalm of repentance attributed to King David after he was confronted over his own sin.  He confesses in verse 3, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me…”  But ignoring sin doesn’t remove its marks from our life.  Dismissing our own guilt doesn’t restore community.  Instead, we must examine our hearts before God, turning from our sin and directing our hearts back to the Lord.  

After making his confession, the Psalmist cries out to God asking for a new heart.  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10).  The beauty of the Gospel is that we can come before the Lord, even in our brokenness, guilt and shame, and ask for God to remove it - giving us a new heart and restoring us to life once again.  Through Christ we find the grace that can restore us and make us whole.  Through Christ we are given a heart that can be filled with joy and a spirit that enables us to live a life devoted to the Lord once again.  We come, seeking a new heart - a heart that gives us life, gives us hope and helps us find the way forward once again.

Today Christians around the world pause to reflect upon the conditions of their heart.  Ash Wednesday marks a new journey for us, not just to ask God to forgive us a sin, but to give us a new heart wholly devoted to Him.  As we embark on a new season within the church moving towards Easter, we invite God to do His work in our lives and to give us a new heart.  

We invite you to join us tonight as we recognize Ash Wednesday with a night of worship held in the Community Room of the Elko New Market Library.  Tonight’s service will include a time of worship, reflection and ashes.  All are welcome to join us, in person or virtually at 6:30 pm.


In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Gordon



 





 

 

PS - Ash Wednesday Night of Worship - Mar 2nd Join us for a night of worship as we reflect on the goodness of God's love for us. The night will include time for worship and praise through song, a brief reflection, and the imposition of ashes. Music will be led by Crossroads Church worship team members and guest musicians.

Enter through the east side door of the Elko New Market Public Library



Facebook Live is Back! - We recently have switched streaming software and the past two weeks Facebook Live has worked without any issues!  You can once again join us at 10 am on facebook and as always you can still watch the service or past services on our Youtube channel shortly after 11 am.  If you have a smart TV with the Youtube app it is a great way to watch the service and other content.  Be sure to subscribe for an easy convenient way to watch.  

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Crossroads Church Elko New Market is looking to hire a part time worship leader to help us experience God and grow deeper in our relationship with Him through worship.
Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
  • Worship planning and selecting music around message series, seasons, themes, etc.
  • Working with, recruiting, and discipling a team of worship volunteers
  • Providing leadership for the worship team
  • Helping the community fully engage in worship
  • Preparing Propresenter, music, etc. for Sunday Service
  • Assisting with set up and tear down for the Sunday Service
  • Being a representation of Crossroads in the local community
 

Compensation: $150-200/week based on ability/experience

Hours: (10-12 hrs/wk)
Contact Pastor Gordon to Apply.

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10:00 am Live In Person or at 11:00 am on Youtube & Facebook

Upcoming Message Series: Thy Kingdom Come


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