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22 Answers To Questions About Reading

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Why Should I Read?

1. Everyone is looking for a mentor but very few people find one. When I read, it’s as if other people pour into my life. This is especially true with biographies which usually includes key lessons a person learned over the course of their life. By reading the biography I can learn their “life lessons” while there is still time to implement them into my life.

2. No one changed the world by watching telvision…or changed their family, neighborhood, church, city, or anything really.

3. Reading helps me become a better communicator. I don’t just learn
from what is said but also from how it’s said.

When silence is not so golden

Imagine the following scenario:

A husband and wife out for a nice dinner. The wife starts to talk about their daughter Kate; she then moves on to mention their son’s baseball practice that has just been rescheduled. And then it’s straight on to how the kids are constantly arguing.

The husband interrupts his wife. “Dear, can we please try not to talk about the kids while out on this date?” The wife agrees.

Cut to silence. The husband and wife chewing their food, not talking.

And the silence continues: husband and wife, eating a nice dinner, at a lovely restaurant, with no conversation.

Does that hit home for you?

Crossing Explainer: Seven Important Things You Need to Know About the Bible

IMG_23141. The Bible was written by many different human authors.

Like classic Russian novels, the Bible is bigger than most books. But unlike Russian novels, it has more than one human author. In fact, a great many authors, including some of the more familiar names to the Christian faith, like Moses, David, Peter, John, and Paul, have written several of its 66 individual books. But this isn’t just a piece of Bible trivia. Those different authors wrote in different historical situations, using different vocabulary and writing styles—all of which helps to explain why one part of the Bible reads differently than the next.

2. The Bible has one ultimate Author.

We’re not given many details on how he did it, but we’re clearly assured that he did: behind the various human writers, each writing in their own voice, stands God himself as the ultimate author (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21). This means that the Bible exhibits his trustworthiness and carries his authority. It also leads to the next point.

Parting Ways with ‘The Walking Dead’

As one of our daughters made her way through her degree program at Mizzou, my wife and I found ourselves increasingly mystified by the “Walking Dead” watch parties she attended. These much-anticipated events were such a priority for her that competing calendar items were nearly always declined. Initially, the idea of a show dedicated to

Songs and Scenes: June 26, 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.

Jamaica Student-Parent Team: Update

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From June 12-19, The Crossing sent a team of  High School students and their parents with 2 staff and 2 leaders to Harmons, Jamaica. Each year it is exciting to see God at work in the community of Harmons while also watching God work in the lives of students and parents. In a world where so much separates teens from parents, it’s a unique week of serving together, sweating together and learning together.Jamaica2016SPTrip4

More information about Jamaica and the ministry of Won by One can be found here: Mission Spotlight: Jamaica.

Getting Ready for Sunday June 26th at The Crossing

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This week Keith Simon preaches from John 16:5–15 in a sermon entitled, “Spiritual Power.” The Scripture reads,

5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Is It Okay To Stay Home And Watch Church Online?

Church-Online-for-slider-1You know that we shop online, find medical advice online, take classes online, watch tv online, and play games online. But did you know that one third of new marriages began via online dating? One out of every three new marriages began by people meeting via the internet! If the most intimate and personal relationships are beginning online then it’s pretty obvious that the internet has integrated into every aspect of our daily lives.

Churches aren’t exempt from this online revolution. If people live big parts of their life online then they will expect their church to offer an online experience. But is that okay? Does online church work? Is it okay to stay home and watch church on your computer and feel good about it? If it’s not, then why do churches (including The Crossing) live stream their services and offer other online worship experiences?

Here’s the good and the bad…

Kids: Burden or Joy?

My son reached his hand up to me, wanting to hold my hand while we walked down the sidewalk. I reached back and grasped onto his little fingers, realizing that this moment is not going to last forever. When he’s 15 years old, what will he think of holding his mom’s hand?! Surely this season won’t last forever, and it’s moments like these that do something to my heart that makes me feel like it could burst at times.

Lots of my friends are in the stage of having babies, and so my Facebook feed is often filled with comments like, “My heart is so full!” after new births. And for good reason.    

Humility vs. Hubris

Great! Just when I thought maybe I might be gaining ground in getting along with others, I’ve found a new pet peeve. I say “new” only because the level of annoyance I feel seems to have gone up considerably as social media has become more prominent in my work and daily grind; the propensity of