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Study ahead on the passage for this Sunday's message: Ruth 1:8-22. John will preach on Naomi.

"8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9 May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.'

"Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, 'We will go back with you to your people.'

"11 But Naomi said, 'Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!'

"14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

"15 'Look,”'said Naomi, 'your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.'

"16 But Ruth replied, 'Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.' 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

"19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, 'Can this be Naomi?'

"20 'Don’t call me Naomi,[a]' she told them. 'Call me Mara,[b] because the Almighty[c] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[d] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.'

"22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning."

"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames" (1 Cor. 3:11-15).

Take a moment to read the below excerpt from a recent Focus on the Family News Article:

"Several years ago two psychologists conducted a study of seminary students to see who would stop and help a man in distress. The study, of course, was inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan.

"You remember the story in Luke 10: Jesus had commended a young man in answering correctly that the whole Law could be summed up in the command to love the Lord your God with all your heart…and your neighbor as yourself.

"Next, the young man, wanting to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" At that, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan.

"So, based on the truth in this story, the psychologists set up a scenario that asked seminary students deliver a short talk on a biblical theme, then walk over to a nearby building to present it. On the way over, each student ran into a man slumped down, coughing and groaning, clearly in distress. Who would stop to help the man?

"To try and predict who would stop, the psychologists studied the seminary students' motivation for entering the ministry, and their beliefs about helping others. They also primed them by reviewing the story of the Good Samaritan before they crossed the road. However, psychologists discovered that none of these factors indicated with any accuracy who would help the man.

"However, there was one factor they discovered was an accurate predictor: time.

"Each seminary student, prior to crossing the road, would receive one of two directions. The experimenter would look at his watch then say either, "You're late. They were expecting you a couple of minutes ago. We'd better get moving" or "It will be a few minutes before they're ready for you, but you might as well head over now."

"Wow. Do you catch that? The determining factor in whether the distressed man received help was whether or not the student had time to do it."

CrossPointe folks, let's make sure we can afford time to be available for others in a world that says we must fill every moment of our time with something. Instead of always saying, "Here I go," let's make sure we also say to God, "Here I am," as was Isaiah's cry before the great throne of God (Is. 6:8).

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Many of you read the "Our Daily Bread" daily devotional we provide in the welcome center. Now, you can also get it for 30 days for free through an app! Download the YouVersion Bible app and check out their plans. Under their featured plans is a 30-day devotional by "Our Daily Bread."

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Ladies, this is to let you know about an event going on in our area this weekend, presented by a new local Christian women's magazine that CrossPointe supports. See you there!

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The parking lot is coming along at the new church property.

Hey church family! Just wanted to remind you that Summer Evening Service is tomorrow (July 10) at 6:00 pm in the worship center. Ken Galyean will be giving us a message. See you there!

Have a safe and fun Independence Day! God has given us so many freedoms in America for which to be thankful. There is no Wednesday night service and no student activities tonight, but you can join up with a group from CrossPointe tomorrow at Dublin Park to watch the fireworks. Let's hope the weather holds out!

Remember there is no Wednesday night service tonight because VBS is this week. Also, there is no Thrilling Thursday family activity tomorrow because of VBS. Everything else is going as regularly scheduled.

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Happy Friday! Online registration for Vacation Bible School (VBS) (June 17-21) closes tomorrow night. Register them at Walk-in registration is Monday morning and activities begin at 9:00 am.
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