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It is time for me to be honest…confession time. I love opening my mailbox full of free samples. Yes, free samples! I have stumbled upon some websites that tells you where you can go to receive free samples. This has been a great discovery.  Here are just a few items I received in the mail this week due to filling out a few short forms on the internet and waiting patiently for items to appear in my mailbox. 

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Hint to anyone that fills out the forms…Creat a  email address that you only use when filling out forms. This keeps your regular inbox filling up with more junk mail than you alread  get.

Here are some of the sites I really like…

Choyster Cash

Free Sample Freak

Budget Saving Mom

Deals Seeking Mom

And this woman just introduced me to Faithful Provisions

So what are you addicted to? Have any money saving/free sample blog sites you like?

Today I was reminded why exactly 2 years ago today I walked into the church I am attending and fell in love with them. They showed me that the body of Christ wasn’t made up of “Perfect” people and that “Everyone” is welcomed. This is something that I haven’t seen much at other churches that I have attended in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the other churches mean a lot to me and I found some of the greatest Christian mentors in them but felt not everyone was willing to be authentic.

Pastor Pete reminded me this morning why Cross Point is so different. We started a new series titled “Religion Lies.” Religions have begun to add to the equation of Salvation.

Jesus + (insert what you like here) = Salvation

For me I struggled with inserting smoking, drinking, tattoos, premarital sex, adultery, and the list goes on. Somewhere along the way in the church I was made to feel that people are horrible people if they fell in these categories. I thought these where horrible sins, sins worse than a little white lie. I was conditioned to think this at a very young age. I remember thinking bad about families I knew that had beer or wine in their house. It was hard for me to over come that and that I am not called judge or put them in the categories.

We have to remember the first Bible verse that we were taught.

“For God so Loved the World that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

No where in this verse does it say, “Whoever believes in him and doesn’t smoke, drink, have tattoos, commit adultery, ect shall not perish.” The equation is:

Jesus = Salvation

Also about today:

Cross Point launched their North Campus today. God has led me there to help lead in Kidz World under the guidance of Suzette Sanderfer and teach kindergarten and 1st grade class. It was amazing experience as I walked in today and reflected on the past 2 years there. I have been introduced to some great leaders of the church that have taken me under there wings and have helped me grow and have given me the opportunity to minister. With the church the size it is, I was afraid I might get lost in the crowd but they haven’t let that happen. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Cross Point North in the upcoming weeks, months, and years. I pray that we don’t forget that “No One is Perfect, Everyone is Welcome, and Anything is Possible.”