January, 2017

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Monthly Archives: January 2017

A $560 lesson in Prayer

One cold, drizzly autumn night in Chicago, two young 20-somethings made their way to their bi-weekly small group. The day had started over twelve hours earlier. They were tired and running late – never a good combination. They pulled their black Honda Civic up to parallel park on a busy residential city street. The reversing motion began, and suddenly an irreversible, undeniable sound and feeling – side-swiping another car.

Getting ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Christian Service

It seems pretty likely that any American over the age of 12 has seen several of those “Let’s lock and load!” sequences so prevalent in action movies and TV shows, sometimes even spoofed in children’s programming. As entertainment consumers, by now we are all familiar with the prerequisites for a well-executed lock-and-load montage: An unimpressive

Songs and Scenes: January 29, 2017

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 Dan Gill.


We’re excited to host Sandra McCracken (“We Will Feast in the House of Zion”) for an an intimate Hymn Sing on February 23 at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information. Tickets are also available in The Crossing’s foyer on Sundays, at the front desk during regular office hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.).

Guatemala Winter Missions Team

Please pray for the Winter Missions Team heading to Chichicastenango, Guatemala this coming Monday, January 30th. This yearly team is made up largely of returning members who assist annually during the week-long discipleship training conference being held by ASELSI, The Crossing’s partner ministry in Guatemala.

Here is an excerpt from Jan 2016 to give you an idea of the kind of work this team participates in each winter:

The team will be serving local people in Chichicastenango, Guatemala and the surrounding towns and villages. The people of this region are some of the poorest in Central America. The focus is really on the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference, while visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’, assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic, and doing home visits in Choybaj, also remain important parts of the trip.

Short term mission teams frequently have immediate impacts for the people they serve such as providing food, clean water and health care or they participate in a variety of building projects.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_A Community of BelieversAll these things are good and worthwhile, but this team hopes to have an even longer-lasting impact, an impact that is eternal and reaches far beyond Chichicastenango.  The hope is to use the conference as a platform to share The Navigators Discipleship Program, known as High Quest, with local pastors and members of their churches. The basis of High Quest is to teach people how to know Christ deeply, reflect Christ authentically and share Christ intentionally.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_For the Young and OldThe Crossing’s Men of IMPACT ministry uses this same discipleship program to guide the hearts of men here in Columbia, Missouri. Chuck Worstell and Bill Pinkethman, with the help of Guatemalan Pastor Miguel Ángel, have been sharing High Quest with pastors in and around Chichicastenango for over 12 years now. During the last 3 of those years, the winter mission team has assisted with hosting a High Quest discipleship conference in Chichicastenango. This has provided a format to share the discipleship program in more detail and in a setting where pastors can interact and grow in Christ together.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference Pastor Miguel ÁngelThe result of the discipleship program has been over 300 members of local Guatemalan churches intentionally growing in Christ together. Furthermore, some of those same individuals are now going out into other parts of Guatemala and Central America to share Christ with others. Through God’s will they will have eternally lasting effects on the hearts of the people of Guatemala and surrounding countries.

Main activities:

  • Visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’
  • Assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic
  • Doing home visits in Choybaj
  • Assist, hosting and participating in the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference

Team goals:

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_Crossing Team Sharing TestimoniesShare with conference participants that being a Christian is much more than going to church on Sundays but rather it means being transformed into a servant hearted disciple of Christ.  As disciples we are all called to know God better by studying his Word in the scriptures, submit to God by applying the truth of his Word to our lives and share God’s truths displayed in the Gospel by serving others with love and humility as Christ did for us.

Team prayer requests:

  • That the team submits to and trusts the will of God in everything we do related to our trip and the discipleship conference.
  • That the team is bold with regards to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that God gives us the strength and wisdom to do his will rather than ours.
  • That the participants in the discipleship conference have safe travels, are drawn closer to God and are empowered to go out into the world as witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read the full article here.

Getting Ready for Sunday January 29 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Dave Cover preaches a sermon entitled, “Warning Up Ahead!” from Hebrews 10:24–31. The Scripture reads, 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of

Ben Watson At The Crossing Talking About Race

The Crossing cares about racial reconciliation because God does. Jesus sought out people different than him (John 4). Jesus died to tear down the wall of hostility that exists between races (Ephesians 2:14).

Racial issues are not social issues. They are gospel issues.

That’s why The Crossing wants to be apart of the conversation about race that’s taking place in our community and the wider culture. The next opportunity to further the conversation is Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 when Ben Watson speaks at The Crossing.

If you’re unfamiliar with Watson, here is an introduction based on something I posted about a year ago. By the way, I think you’re really going to like this guy.

What Do We Do When Lots of Other Things Seem More Satisfying Than God?

Think about all the things that you find exciting or satisfying in your life. Some examples:

  • Binging on that new Netflix series.
  • Reading that book that’s so hard to put down.
  • The appetizers at that favorite restaurant of yours.
  • That girl/guy in your class/workplace you’re finding it hard to stop thinking about.
  • Your favorite team’s next game.
  • All the interesting things you’ve got going on in your job.
  • An excellent report card (and maybe a scholarship that goes with it).
  • Your kids: seeing them reach the next milestone, thinking about their future, and so on.
  • That hobby that makes you so impatient for the weekend.

With all those things in mind, here’s a question: why is it so easy to be preoccupied with all these things, while it’s often so hard to pursue God? And for that matter, what can we do to fight against that?

Far as the Curse is Found: Pain in Childbearing

Everyone knows that childbirth hurts. From an early age sitcoms set in labor and delivery and knowing looks between women give us the general idea even if the rest remains an abstraction. For the Christian, Genesis 3:16 explains the cause of the pain. After Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden, God shares part of

Truth, Authority and Loyalty

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will

Songs and Scenes: January 22, 2017

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 Scott Patrick Myers.


We’re excited to host Sandra McCracken (“We Will Feast in the House of Zion”) for an an intimate Hymn Sing on February 23 at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information. Tickets are also available in The Crossing’s foyer on Sundays, at the front desk during regular office hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.).