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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Racial Reconciliation Through Community (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, NFL player and author Ben Watson came to The Crossing for a candid conversation about race. The packed auditorium alone spoke to the need our church, community, and nation has for this type of dialogue. As Watson himself pointed out, however, large events and books are great places to start the

Remember Who You Are

It seems to me that the Christian life consists largely of a struggle against our own forgetful nature. After having embraced the truth that Christ has rescued us from death, all of life then becomes about trying to live out what we say we believe, to remember who we are in light of that rescue.

Songs and Scenes: February 26, 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.



Uganda NOW Outreach: Brent Messimer

Brent Messimer is the founder and director of Rescue Innocence, the topic of last week’s mission post on ESI. Brent is also the previous Director of Evangelism for Uganda NOW Outreach and continues to serve them as a volunteer. The Crossing supports his work as a missionary serving in these interrelated ministries. He provides this guest post to give us an idea of the ministry in Uganda:

A prescription for the perfect mission week serving in Uganda:

2 excited volunteers [Allen & Sue] and a [soon to be former] Uganda NOW Outreach director (me), two villages to work in (Makindu and Busagazi), 300 toothbrushes for the kids, over $1000 of donated stationary, around $500 makeup products, $300 worth of soccer balls, small goals, footballs, and Frisbee’s for the sports ministry, rice and meat (the first time this year our kids ate meat), and a lot of hours preparing lessons and sermons.

Getting Ready for Sunday February 26 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “This Guy Made it into the Hall of Faith?” from Hebrews 11:5. The Scripture reads,

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

Should Couples In Unhappy Marriages Stick It Out?

In the Meaning of Marriage (one of the very few marriage books that I enjoyed and recommend) Tim Keller says that most unhappy marriages will improve over time if the couple is willing to stay together. Now that might sound like the kind of advice you expect from a pastor who believes that in many cases couples are too quick to hit the “eject button” and divorce without putting forth the necessary effort in their own relationship.

But what if there were empirical studies that backed up that claim? Would that make a difference to you?

Lent is About the Gospel

Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation.  Ashes crossed foreheads.  The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords.  Black cloth draped the altar.  Items were given up.  I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of

‘I just want my life to make a difference.’

We have absolutely no clue how God might be pleased to use us in this life. Neither do we have the faintest idea what the impact of our lives might look like 20, 50, or even hundreds of years after our death. Since God has placed eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), those of us

Rescue Innocence: Freeing Modern-day Slaves

Rescue Innocence raises awareness about human trafficking while diligently working to help victims of modern-day slavery. Rescue Innocence advocates for victims and strives to help survivors heal and thrive. They also work to meet the needs of the homeless and other people facing victimization in Columbia, MO.

In addition to receiving support from The Crossing, Rescue Innocence alos partners with Love INC and other organizations to meet the practical needs of victims by arranging for housing, clothing and life skills.

Rescue Innocence volunteer teams also reach out to help men coming out of prison and other offenders they meet during their outreach encounters.

Ways you can get involved:

  • DONATE HERE
  • Pray:
    • For the victims to be sustained and made ready
    • For the volunteers to be courageous and wise
    • For God’s right timing of encounters and rescue efforts
    • For God to open the doors for spiritual and physical freedom
  • Volunteer: For details contact Brent Messimer: brent@rescueinnocence.org
  • Spread the word: Book a Rescue Innocence speaker by contacting Brent at the email above.
    • Rescue Innocence speakers teach about modern-day slavery at:
      • conferences
      • camps
      • retreats
      • churches
      • youth groups
      • schools
      • and more
    • Included in their presentations are:
      • How prevalent is modern-day slavery?
      • What does modern-day slavery look like?
      • How can someone stay safe?
      • How can someone make a difference?

Listen to the Rescue Innocence Story:

Getting Ready for Sunday February 19 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Rescuing Noah’s Ark from the Nursery” from Hebrews 11:7. The Scripture reads,

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):