Praying With The Psalms – Psalm 111

I often will turn to a Psalm in the Bible to help my prayer time with God in the morning. Like anyone, I find some Psalms more applicable to my life at the moment than others. For example, some Psalms are rather intense pleas for God’s deliverance from and judgment of the psalmist’s “enemies” (see

Racefield School in Kenya: Update

Since 2006, The Crossing has supported special projects at Racefield School which is located in a very drought-prone and impoverished area of Kenya near Mwingi town. The school takes in paying boarding students while also providing education for at-risk orphans and vulnerable children. Despite the poverty of their situation, Racefield remains commited to educational excellence

Seven Quick Thoughts on Praying with Your Kids

Most of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with our kids at bedtime. But we may be unsure of what we should pray with them about. Or we may think we sound like one of those particularly annoying toys that repeats the same phrases over and over again. Not to mention all the times when we’re dog-tired or the kids are on the verge of meltdown because they’ve stayed up way too late for one reason or another. And in my house at least, there’s three of the little buggers, which in itself can make the hill look that much higher to climb. So yes, there are plenty of things that might discourage us from turning something good in theory into our actual practice.

With all that in mind, here are a few things to remember as we consider praying for our kids. I’ve thought of bedtime specifically as I’ve written these, but I think they’re relevant for most other times as well.

Unsolicited Advice from a Repentant, Sober Father*

My dearest daughter, you are a woman now. That being the case, I have thought long and hard about the wisdom of offering any advice unsolicited. However, having personally witnessed the ongoing, year-after-bloody-year heartache (and untold destruction) wrought by the scourge of addiction, I decided that the risk of you rolling your eyes at me

Pray for Bible Translation in Zambia…and Beyond

The Crossing supports Bible translation around the globe through SIL International and other organizations. Being the kind of church that is “moving hearts and minds of more people to believe that Jesus Is More“ isn’t just something we value for our community, it is something we support through generous and purposeful missions giving. For instance,

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Talking to our kids about sex can be one of the more daunting and awkward things we do as parents. But if we don’t, who will?

As it turns out, lots of people. And that’s the problem.

Movies, music, and magazines, TV shows and their commercials, online images and everyday conversations with friends—they’re all regularly communicating ideas about sex to our kids. And those ideas are often a significant distortion of the good and powerful gift that God has given us in sex.

Consider a few illuminating stats:

Coyote Hill Open House: This Sunday

Open House: Sunday, September 9th 1 – 4 PM at Coyote Hill: Directions ~~See firsthand the legacy you are building at Coyote Hill~~ Enjoy Games, Bounce House, Hayrides, FREE Smokin’ Chicks BBQ and Kona Ice! Presented by: For more complete info about Coyote Hill, read this 2016 ministry partner spotlight post from the ESI archive:

Does parenthood trump marriage?

Marriage or parenthood? Which do you value more? Is it more worthwhile to work at marriage and being the best spouse you can be, or to be devoted to your kids and raising them to be the best they can be?

Obviously, a lot of us would say, “Do I have to choose?” But a Pew Research study found precisely that millennials (roughly those 18-29) value parenthood far more than marriage. What do we make of that?

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible.

That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents. So here’s what Jesus is saying to you if you’re a mom or dad: “Parents shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Scripture gives parents perspective, encouragement, correction, and so much more.

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

3 Lies Complainers Believe

A couple years ago I came across an ad for a counselor that promised the prospective client their money back if they weren’t completely satisfied. I don’t know if that’s a smart business strategy because what person is completely satisfied with anything in life much less an area for which they are seeking professional counseling?

The natural response of dissatisfied people is to complain. Complaining is unattractive in others but barely noticed when it comes out of our own mouth.

3 Lies Complainers Believe