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THE FACE OF GOD! WOW!!

Dear Crosswalkers,

Happy Veterans Day!! I trust this day finds you well and enjoying the blessings of the Lord, despite the difficult circumstances of today’s world.
Three things to share with you today:

First, a devotion from God’s word. One of my favorite Old Testament stories is Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32. Jacob was the mostly faithless carrier of the great blessing God had given his father, Abraham. Then he wrestled with the Lord. He hung on to the Lord and would not leave until God blessed him. After an incredibly grueling night, God gave Jacob a new name, Israel (“Wrestles with God”), and a new handicapping condition, a life-long God-leaning limp. But Jacob also received a glimpse of the luminous glory of the face of God!

But then he limped toward an old enemy, his brother Esau, from whom he had stolen the birthright. Esau was not alone. He came with a threatening army and a grudge that had festered for years. Jacob place his family out of harm’s way and went to meet his brother alone. He bowed before him in humble submission.

What happened next shocked the world! Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept (Genesis 33:4)!

Jesus told his most famous story, the parable of the Prodigal Son, and used similar language. So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20). Ken Bailey writes about this in Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story. The parallels are striking. Neither Esau nor the Father had any reason to welcome their respective rebellious relatives, yet each reveals the face of God’s amazing grace. Jacob said as much – “…to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably” (Genesis 33:10). Jacob had just seen, literally hours before, the real face of God! Now he says he sees that face again in the forgiving smile of his brother! Wow!!

Perhaps the Lord would lead you to extend forgiving grace to someone who has wronged you. Then you will shine like the very face of God!

Secondly, an invitation. This Sunday we will again worship indoors, as the forecast is a bit too cool to be outside. We will crank up the heater and have a warm environment for you. Our message is called, An Alive Faith in Toxic Circumstances. The Scriptural passage is from James 2:18-26. You won’t want to miss this eye-opening message for people who are struggling. It’s all about having a genuine and living faith in the Lord that makes a difference in a person’s life. You can sign up for one of our Sunday services HERE. I hope to see you!

Lastly, a new tool for you! We have a new and improved CROSSWALK APP!! This is your handy way to access our worship services, fill out a connection card and share your prayer needs, make a financial gift, and register for Sunday services. There are other features as well. Here is the link:

You can also find it in your App Store by searching for “Crosswalksv.” The “sv” stands for Sunnyvale!

ENJOY THIS APP!!!

With great love and thanksgiving for you all,

Pastor John  

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