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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Getting Ready for Sunday June 1st at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Keith Simon continues our series in Exodus this

An Odd But Inspiring Marriage Proposal

Adoniram Judson (August 9, 1788-April 12, 1850) was a missionary to Burma (Myanmar). On the day he received his commission to go overseas, he met and fell in love with Ann Hasseltine and soon wanted to propose marriage. The problem was that Judson was committed to foreign missions and the difficult life that entailed. Travel

Does Cultural Opinion Equal Morality?

Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of Mozilla in the face of protests to his past opposition to gay marriage. HGTV pulled a show featuring David and Jason Benhem when their outspoken Christian beliefs created backlash. Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA and will likely be forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers because

Getting Ready for Sunday May 25th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Dave Cover continues our series in Exodus this

Redefining Marriage Undefines Marriage

In a recent Huffington Post opinion piece Lisa Haisha, a hollywood therapist, encouraged couples to redefine, by mutual consent, monogamy out of marriage. We live too long to be expected to find sexual satisfaction in one partner, so we should be open minded and invite our spouses to enjoy other wares. Fifty percent of all married

Point of Focus: What Is Freedom For?

This month’s Point of Focus takes a closer look at a popular but problematic view of freedom:

 

Lost and Found

Do you ever get a strong sense that God is using seemingly-random, attention-getting devices to, well…get your attention? Like He’s deliberately throwing something in your path that you cannot possibly miss as “God at work,” just to make a point? If only we could figure out what that point is! There was one day last

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Today’s liturgy review features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. 1. Call to Worship: Psalm 150 Praise the Lord!Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavensPraise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according

Getting Ready for Sunday May 18th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Keith Simon continues our series in Exodus this

What Lengths Will You Go To Fight Against Sin?

It seems like the longer that I am a Christian the more aware I am of my own spiritual frailty and even vulnerability. I remember being a new Christian and having the confidence that I’d always stay faithful to Christ much like Peter’s confidence that he’d never deny Jesus. Well we all know how that turned out…not only for Peter but also for us.

Among other things, maturing in Christ means a growing awareness and honesty about the weakness of my flesh, the inability of good intentions, and the foolishness of self-confidence and self-reliance. It turns out that one of the most dangerous thoughts a Christian can have is “I’m good. Don’t worry about me. I won’t do anything stupid or sinful.”

A few months ago I was able to go to a conference in Dallas with a few friends. One of the speakers shared about a pastor who knew that he easily fell into self-confidence especially in regard to his marriage. He had reason to be confident having been happily married for a number of years. But he was also spiritually savvy enough to know that no sin was beyond him.

In order to keep alert to the dangers of sin and the misery that accompanies it, he posted pictures on the inside of his office door of pastors and politicians who had “ruined” their lives by committing the sin of adultery. Every time he left the office he saw the pained expressions on the faces of husbands and wives and was continually reminded that sin never satisfies but only destroys.

Since hearing that story, I’ve thought of that unnamed pastor and been reminded that I’ll never get to a point that I’m beyond committing any sin. Because that’s true, I cannot be passive in my battle against sin but must take any means necessary to fight against the sin that wages war against my soul (1 Peter 2:11).