The Applause of Heaven

The Applause of Heaven

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Jesus once described what happens in heaven when a person turns to him in faith and is saved. He said, "There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God" (Luke 15:10). There must have been a standing ovation in heaven that day!
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It was the Sunday of Father's Day, a few weeks ago and Crossroads Church of Long Island, the Farmingdale and East Islip campuses, baptized 14 new believers. So many things stand out for me:
> The youngest was 9 and the oldest was 81.
> The majority were couples who had led each other to Christ.
> The testimonies of these new believers reminded us of the sovereign power and grace of Jesus.
> One believer who was baptized three years ago, who is now a campus pastor, baptized a person he led to Christ.
Crossroads is also working in a church revitalization effort with another church in Central Islip. The worship leaders from that church joined the Crossroads team and led us in praise. Their members came out in full!
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There was joy everywhere that night, and applause for everyone who was baptized. Judging from what Jesus said, Crossroads was not the only place full of applause that night.

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