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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

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10 Bible Verses: God’s Perspective For Parents

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible. That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents.

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?


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.