Yesterday, our country celebrated the important work of Martin Luther King Jr. My social media feeds were filled with inspirational quotes with trendy fonts and backgrounds. In many ways it was an appropriate response to a man who dedicated and lost his life pursuing equality and justice for all. Yet, as a few friends bravely
Daniel 2:20-21 (ESV) Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the
Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Gerik Parmele.
This week we continue our new sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Jesus vs. Guilt” from Hebrews 10:1–18. The Scripture reads,
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Tony Campolo gave a talk in which he referred to a project he led while a Sociology professor at Eastern University in St. David’s Pennsylvania. He and his students asked 50 people age 95 and older how they, if given the chance, would live life differently?
Did they have any regrets?
What could you do differently so that when you are 95 you minimized your regrets?
Let’s learn from these men and women who had lived long lives. Most of their answers could be summed up in these 3 Regrets…
“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same question around his age.
How do I want to respond his question? What does my child want me to say? “Never, sweetie! Never! Never! Never!”
I mean, my husband and I are both devoted Christians who took a vow 16 years ago to one another. We take that promise seriously, love one another very much, try to serve one another and work through conflict, and know we are accountable before God. But, is that enough? Can I really say we would never get a divorce?
(Note to my Mom: Don’t worry, this post isn’t a cry for help or warning sign. Everything’s fine!)
At age 38 and after working in ministry at The Crossing for about 16 years now, I know the reality around me. My children see the reality around them, too. Fifty percent or more of families are torn apart by divorce and far more are affected by it in some way. And Christian families certainly aren’t immune.
Perhaps even more alarming at times is intimately knowing the sin that lies within my own heart. And every human heart. We are a broken people who, despite our fervent promises and good intentions, are in a war against discontentment, selfishness, pride, lust, and so many other temptations that threaten to pull us away from our spouse. Every day.
So, how should I answer my child’s question? Three options come to mind.
Like many people, the New Year has brought with it a renewed desire in me to spend meaningful time with God each day. Throughout different seasons of my life, this has looked different but has always involved meditating on God’s Word and spending time in prayer. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that one