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The Priceless Message
The most valuable things in life are priceless (supremely valuable); some of the most valuable are also price-less (free). The air we breathe is priceless (we cannot live without it). It is also usually price-less (free). Of course, occasionally there is a price-tag. Acetylene welders pay for oxygen gas and scuba divers pay for tanks of air; but normally it lacks a price-tag. Likewise, everlasting life is both priceless (supremely valuable) and priceless (free), because Jesus Christ paid on the cross the supreme cost, His own life. He gave His priceless life so He can give believers priceless life as a gift (free).
We seek to spread the priceless message of life and to clarify the priceless word of God. Thus, we freely offer biblical teaching at no charge on our website. Of course, we welcome those who partner with us through prayers and voluntary tax-deductible offerings. Partnering with Message of Life can enhance what we offer freely.

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May 2020 Update

Greetings,

Many years ago, I read an account by a Jewish atheist of how he came to deny God's existence. He recalled his mother praying for Sandy Colfax to win his games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. She would tell her son, "God always answers my prayers." While at university, though, he questioned, "How could the God who supposedly answered Mom's prayers for Sandy Colfax have allowed six million Jews to die in the Holocaust?" He concluded that there is no God.

If I could speak with him, I would ask, "Is it a good thing that the Jewish people have a homeland, Israel?" He would undoubtedly agree. I would then ask, "If it were not for the horrors of the Holocaust, what would have led Britain to allow Israel to become a nation on land controlled by Britain?" It is hard to imagine anything short of the Holocaust persuading Britain to give up voluntarily that land. Without knowing it, the victims of the Holocaust were martyrs whose blood brought about (at the human level) statehood for Israel. Ezekiel predicted that a portion of the world's Jewish population would regather in the land of Israel in unbelief (see the Valley of Dry Bones) prior to God regathering the nation there in belief. Contrary to what the Jewish atheist asserted, God answered Israel's prayers for a homeland. Who knows? Maybe He even answered some prayers for Sandy Colfax.

All the many ramifications of COVID-19 are driving many to despair. We should be driven to our knees, instead. Our perspective is so finite, but God knows the end from the beginning. He works in history. Romans 8:28 has a concrete context. God promises, "And we know that all things work together for good [in context, the good equals God bringing about the Millennium] to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Accomplishment of His plan involves some things unpleasant to people, but (as believers) we certainly can affirm that we want Him to accomplish His short- and long-term goals for planet earth. We need to pray for His protection and for opportunity to minister. We have everlasting life. Circumstances cannot take that away. We have every reason not to let our heart be troubled-despite the chaos that surrounds us.

By His Grace, John

February 2020 Update

The website has been updated with the most recent sermons. John is starting a new series in Daniel with the Water of Life Class. When we have a few sermons recorded, it will receive its own page. A new Bible reading plan can be found at: 2020 Bible Reading Plan.

September Update

The website has been updated with the most recent sermons. The Colossians page has been updated to include the entire series.

Mid-April Update

The website has been updated with the most recent sermons. John continues to teach the Water of Life Classes, recently finishing up a series on Zane Hodge's Six Secrets of the Christian Life. John is working through the book of Colossians, and these sermons can be found on a new page: Colossians. He also continues to teach the Pastor and Professor class at Crosspoint Community Church.

Late January Update

It is a new year. We have updated the website with recent sermons. A new Bible reading plan can be found at: 2019 Bible Reading Plan. Recently, John and Diane have moved. This website has been updated at the bottom of each page to reflect their new address. Please pray for their endurance as they make their new house into a home.

Late August Update

Recent sermons can be found at the top of the Sermons page under "Latest Sermons."

Late February Update

Recent sermons can still be found at the top of the Sermons page under "Latest Sermons." The Joshua series, Judges series and Revelation series for the Water of Life Class can be found on the sermons page. A new reading plan for 2018 can be found at: 2018 Bible Reading Plan.

End of the Year Update

Recent sermons can be found on the Sermons page under "Latest Sermons." In the coming week, a Joshua page, Crosspoint Church Sermons page and Water of Life Sermons page will be added. This should help with the website's organization. Additionally, a reading plan can be accessed at: Fall 2017 Reading Plan. Also, our most recent newsletter can be accessed at: December 2017 Newsletter.

Water of Life Class and Crosspoint Church Sermons: Mid-August Update

We at Message of Life are trying to make accessing the 500 or so sermons more user-friendly. New Sermons will now be posted at the top of the Sermons Page under "Latest Sermons." This should allow easy access to the most recent sermons. Over the next few updates, we will be re-organizing and re-categorizing the sermons so they can be accessed in a more logical way.

Water of Life Class and Crosspoint Church Sermons: Mid-March Update

Crosspoint Community Church: Persuasion: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: He Who Began a Good Work: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: For Furthering the Gospel: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Repentance: A Remedy for What is Wrong Part 1: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Salvation in Philippi: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Let This Mind Be in You: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Repentance: A Remedy for What is Wrong Part 2: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Work Out Your Own Salvation: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Kindred Spirit Going for Broke: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Repentance Just for Time: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: That We May Know Him: Audio and Notes

December Newsletter And 2017 Reading Schedule

Message of Life e-mailed its annual newsletter. An online copy can be found here: December 2016 Newletter Also, a new reading schedule has been posted for the Water of Life Class: 1st Half of 2017 Reading Schedule.

Water of Life Class and Crosspoint Church Sermons

Crosspoint Community Church: Troubling Bethesda's Still Waters: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: We Know We Know and We Know: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: How to Love as God Intends: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Your Son Lives...Lives...Lives: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Seeing the God of Love Pt2: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Gilgal: A Ring of Stones and Rolling Away Reproach: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Jericho the Battle is the Lord's: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Defeat at Ai: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Manna from Heaven: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Victory at Ai: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: The Northern Campaign: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Dividing the Land: Audio and Notes

A Surprise in the Olivet Discourse: Audio

Crosspoint Community Church: Twas Blind and Now I See: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Dividing the Land Pt 2: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Martha Complaint or Compliant: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Hezekiah: God's Man in the Gap: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Dying to Live the Cross of Jesus: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Last but not Least: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Jesus Resurrection and the Eleven: Audio and Notes

Water of Life: Jesus: The Davidic King: Audio and Notes

Crosspoint Community Church: Simply Believing: Audio and Notes

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