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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Compassion: Child sponsorship…a family story

Compassion Sundays:

  • April 30 & May 7th
  • Visit the Compassion Table in the Foyer

Release a Child from Poverty to Change Their Life…and Yours
~A guest post by Rachel Johnson~

A few years back, God brought a person into my life who has impacted me deeply. This person shares the gospel with me, prays for my family, sends drawings to my children, and continues to focus my eyes on the global church and our hope in Jesus.

This person is not a pastor, a mentor, a bible study leader, or a celebrity blogger.

This person is Michel: an 11-year-old boy from Togo, Africa and the child my family sponsors through Compassion International.

Getting Ready for Sunday April 30 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Could God Use You?” from Hebrews 11. Given the size of the passage, we will simply link to the whole chapter. We will take communion together this Sunday. God gives us communion to feed our faith, to help us trust

“I Am Nothing”: A Reflection on Rhonda Rousey’s Comments

In May of 2015 both Sports Illustrated and Business Insider named Rhonda Rousey the “world’s most dominant athlete.” She owned an impressive resume: the first U. S. woman ever to win an Olympic medal in Judo (Bronze, 2008); consistently one of the top three ranked judo champions in the world before moving into mixed martial arts; a UFC record of 12-0 with 11 wins coming in the first round and 9 of those via submission by arm bar. It wasn’t a huge surprise when she became the highest paid UFC fighter male or female.

But then, in November 2015, she suffered her first lost when Holly Holm knocked her out. In an interview on The Ellen Show shortly after that devastating loss she said, “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and at that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? And, no one [cares] about me anymore without this.'”

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Talking to our kids about sex can be one of the more daunting and awkward things we do as parents. But if we don’t, who will?

As it turns out, lots of people. And that’s the problem.

Movies, music, and magazines, TV shows and their commercials, online images and everyday conversations with friends—they’re all regularly communicating ideas about sex to our kids. And those ideas are often a significant distortion of the good and powerful gift that God has given us in sex.

Consider a few illuminating stats:

Four Things I’m Learning in a Hard Season: When the News Could Be Bad

This is the fourth post in a series about what God is currently teaching me about walking with Him in a hard season. You can read the first three posts using the links below God gives the grace I need for each day, not a one-shot lifetime supply. This is the race that God has marked

Keeping Christianity Weird: Sacrifice…with a Smile

“Would you say it’s a lot of fun for others to serve alongside you?” Psalm 118:24 Proverbs 17:22 Romans 15:13 “Do the people you serve see the love of Christ motivating your actions?” Matthew 22:37-39 Romans 5:8 1 John 4:16 “When was the last time someone asked you about the hope they see in your

Songs and Scenes: April 23, 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 Myers.



Guatemala: Fundraiser and More Photos

Guatemala Fundraiser

  • Date: Sat., May 6
  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Copperstone Clubhouse

The Crossing has a very significant partnership with ASELSI in Guatemala, including a medical clinic and church in Chichicastenango and many other great ministries they provide to the people in the surrounding region. Please come to the Copperstone clubhouse and plan to support their efforts to assist the needs of the people in Guatemala.

There will be finger foods served and homemade craft beer and wine will be available for a donation. Ron and Sally Widbin, missionaries from The Crossing, will share about the exciting things God is doing in people’s lives in Guatemala.

No need to sign up. Just show up.

More Winter Team Photos:

In early February, The Crossing sent a missions team to Guatemala. This team, made up largely of returning members, assists every year during the week-long discipleship training conference–another great ministry of ASELSI.

Here are even more wonderful photos from the Guatemala: Winter 2017 Team. If you missed Part 1 last week, you can find it here.

Getting Ready for Sunday April 23 at The Crossing

This week we resume our sermon series “Risking Reality” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “FROG: Fully Rely on God” from Hebrews 11:29. The Scripture reads, By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. Here’s our song list

5 Signs Of A Deserving Attitude

When I was about 10 my grandfather had a massive stroke while boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. I ran up the hill to call the ambulance that took him to the local hospital which then life flighted him to University Hospital in Columbia.

The doctors’ prognosis went from likely death to spending the rest of his life in a nursing home with 24 hour care. My grandmother was old school, depression era tough and she ignored the doctors and took her husband home. For 20 years she devoted herself to taking care of his every need. She sacrificed her well being, her freedom, her relationships for him.

When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in his early 70’s, the family hoped that after his death my grandmother would finally get the opportunity to travel and and live the life she’d been deprived of the past 20 years. She’d finally get some of the good things she deserved.

Unfortunately as my grandfather died, my grandmother was diagnosed with advanced cancer and she was almost immediately bed ridden and then dead herself.

Members of the family were frustrated that God had allowed this cancer to come so soon and take her before she was able to live a little. She deserved better.