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What is Your “One Thing”?

One thing. If you could have just one thing in your life—one desire granted—what would it be?

That sounds like a question that might come from the old “find a genie in a lamp” scenario (or the related state of “my kids just watched Aladdin for the umpteenth time, and long after most of my memory is useless to me, a funny blue man singing ‘A Friend Like Me’ will be seared into my brain”).

But it doesn’t. The question actually comes from the Bible. In Psalm 27:4, David writes, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek….” How do you think most people would finish that request? How would you? Would you ask for money? Health? Security? A wonderful family? Great accomplishments?

All of those things are attractive for one reason or another. But look at how David chooses to finish:

His Word Hidden in My Heart…Alongside my Pride

If you are taking the time to read Every Square Inch, then you are more than likely aware that memorizing God’s Word is essential for those who claim a relationship with Christ. The idea that we should be reading our Bible and memorizing Scripture is not new. While many Christians will approach this as “a

Songs and Scenes: May 29, 2016

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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 Andrew Herndon.

Mission Spotlight Will Return Next Week

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Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Getting Ready for Sunday May 29th at The Crossing

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Shay Roush continues our series in the Gospel of John this week with a sermon entitled, “Joy in the Mourning” from John 16:16­–24, 33. The Scriptures read,

The Anxieties of Getting Ready for a Newborn

We’re two months away from welcoming baby number two into our family, and all I can seem to think about is making sure we have the perfect floral crib sheets picked out for the nursery. How did I spend so much time online the other day searching for the picture-perfect one? As we get closer to the reality that this baby will be here in no time, I’ve found myself fixated on the color of the nursery, the wall décor, and making sure the clothes we have for this baby girl are all washed and separated. I could go on and on about the things that can keep me up at night – do I have my hospital bag packed? How far away are we from James being settled into his new room? What’s on our to-do list that we just really need to make sure gets crossed off?

But oh how I wished I spent as much time praying for this new life as I spend thinking about all of the anxieties of the material. These things aren’t bad things – of course I want to have a relaxing nursery and of course I need to know what the plan is for our toddler when we go to the hospital. But I am so easily tempted to spend my (limited) energies on embracing the comfort that I can build for myself here on earth – the American dream – rather than remembering eternity, and remembering my true role that God has given me as a mother. How do I refocus my heart on the eternal? Here are a few reminders that I need daily:

Service to Others = Freedom from Self

If anyone knew, without a doubt, that the Spirit of God was willing to meet with him or her at a specific time and place, I have to think that most Christians would probably make a priority of at least showing up…out of curiosity, if nothing else. It seems unlikely that the Spirit would issue

Veritas Project Japan: Summer 2016 Team

 

Project Japan 2016 Team

Project Japan 2016 Team

For the past five years, The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas, has partnered with Mission To the World’s church planting team in Nagoya, Japan. Each summer, Project Japan takes a group of Veritas college interns to Nagoya to help run the college ministry at Nisshin Christ Church (NCC) for the months of June and July. Here’s a video overview from Project Japan 2015.

This guest post about Project Japan 2016 is contributed by Alex Gray, a Veritas staff member, former NCC full-year mission intern, and leader for Project Japan 2016. Please consider financially supporting Project Japan 2016 (Place donation amount under Project Japan.)

 

Project Japan 2016: June 1st-July 27th

Getting Ready for Sunday May 22nd at The Crossing

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This week Dave Cover preaches from John 14:1–5, 26–27 in a sermon entitled, “Forever Home.” The Scripture reads,

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

You Aren’t As Busy As You Think You Are

Everyone is busy. How do I know? Well just ask people and they’ll tell you.

“How are you doing?” “I’m busy.”

“Want to serve in church this summer?” “I wish I could but it’s going to be a busy summer for our family.”

“Why do you seem so stressed?” “I’m too busy and don’t have any time for myself.”

If you hear yourself in the above interactions, you might be interested in Laura Vanderkam’s article, The Busy Person’s Lies, in this past Sunday’s New York Times. Vanderkam recently had another child giving her and her husband 4 kids under 8 years old. That same year she wrote a book and complicating life even more, she and her husband both have jobs that require travel. So during what might be the busiest year of her life she tracked her days in half hour blocks. (365 days x 48 half hour blocks in each day = 17,520 half hour blocks in a year).