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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Getting Ready for Sunday January 1 at The Crossing

We start the new year with Justin Garrett preaching a sermon entitled, “Why Your New Year’s Resolution Will Likely Fail” from Ephesians 4:22–32. The Scripture reads,

For Auld Lang Syne

Have you ever found yourself singing a familiar melody on December 31 a bit unsure of of what “Auld Lang Syne” is or who exactly we’re supposed to pass a cup of kindness to?  While song lyrics may be lost in translation for many, most people find themselves doing exactly what the song implies.  For

Overcoming a Botched Introduction

As a young man, regardless of any and all good intentions, those who tried to interest me in the Person of Jesus sounded something like this: “Hey, I want you to meet this friend of mine. Pretty much all he likes to do is harshly scold you for everything you are doing wrong, take away

Songs and Scenes: Christmas Eve 2016

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” – John 1:9

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” – Augustine

This post reviews the songs from The Crossing’s Christmas Eve celebration. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of all the songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Patrick Myers.



Pray for the Persecuted

Asia Bibi: Christmas in a prison cell

Read the rest of Asia Bibi’s Story via BBC.com

Narrative: A New Publication From The Crossing

Last Sunday after each of the services, we handed out a new publication from The Crossing called Narrative. If you weren’t able to grab one then, you’ll be able to pick a copy (it’s free) this Christmas Eve, as well as on Sunday mornings. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a bit more of the vision behind the magazine.

Whether we realize it or not, we all understand our lives as a part of a story, a narrative that will affect our choices, what we value, how we pursue our relationships, and so on. And so it’s critical that we see our lives as part of the right story, the true story of redemption authored by none other than God himself. That’s where Narrative comes in.

Three Babies and God’s Grace

On the same Sunday morning in 2015 two babies were born on opposite sides of the world. Neither are particularly special on the surface – neither famous nor particularly noteworthy. Neither knows of the other. However, news of both of their arrivals, and even on the same day, caught my attention and made my eyes a little misty – in a very rich way.

What is so special about these two seven pound babies?

Arrival

I really don’t like it when uncontrolled emotional responses rise up within me; they are almost always an inconvenience, a nuisance that burns up energy I had planned to use in other ways, basically messing up my schedule for that day. Any powerful sense of feeling that can lead to my being unable to speak

Songs and Scenes: Advent 12.18.16

December 18 was the fourth Sunday of Advent 2016. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) is a season where the church remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his promised return It is a season characterized by prayer, quiet waiting and joyful expectation.

This post reviews the songs from the fourth Sunday of Advent. 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 Scott Patrick Myers.



Getting Ready for Sunday December 18 at The Crossing

This week we conclude our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Faithful in Exile” from Daniel 1. The Scripture reads,

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.

3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.

8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.