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Monthly Archives: May 2017

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Christians Blow It

What are we supposed to think when Christians fail to live out their faith? Occasionally, those failures grab headlines—like nationally known pastors who have to step down from their leadership positions for various reasons, or politicians disgraced by morally compromising situations. More often, it’s the everyday sins of average Christians that never seem to be in short supply: being insensitive or selfish in a relationship, failing to carry out responsibilities at work, being harsh and impatient with kids, speaking poorly of others behind their backs, and so on.

Understandably, the gap between what we say we believe and what we actually do can make Christianity less credible to those on the outside looking in, and it can genuinely discourage the faith of others who are trying to follow Christ. Either way, we need to keep a few important truths in mind:

Kids Club Devotional: Parts 2 and 3

As many in our church prepare to participate in Kids Club next week, we want to invite all of the adults in our church to think about what children will learn during our action packed week together. Last week I posted part one of this year’s Kids Club devotional. This week I’ll share parts two and three. If

Monday: Construct Worldview. Tuesday: Validate on Social Media.

This past Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a commentary entitled The Four American Narratives, wherein he offers a credible explanation as to why the United States has fractured so badly. In short, according to Brooks, our country is experiencing a painful transition from one over-arching, generally-accepted narrative into four primary narratives as

Jamaica Student Trip: June 11-18

Pray for the 2017 Student-Parent Jamaica Team as they prepare to serve with Won By One from June 13th – 18th.

We have 27 students, ranging from 13-18 years old, traveling with 29 adults/leaders.

Getting Ready for Sunday May 28 at The Crossing

This week Shay Roush preaches a sermon entitled, “A Heroine of the Faith” from Esther. The book is too large to put it all in this blog post, but if you have some time, I would say sit down and read the whole thing through. It’s a great, engrossing story, and will take you about 15–20 minutes.

You can watch this great video that tells the story of Esther, complete with drawings, part of The Bible Project (which is worth checking out for all its other amazing videos).

 

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

What Should You Say To Your Kids About Terrorism At The Ariana Grande Concert?

As people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, May 22nd in Manchester, England, a bomb went off killing 22 people and injuring another 59. The British authorities have identified Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber. ISIS has claimed responsibility. Intelligence services are investigating.

Unfortunately, we are no longer shocked by stories like this. There have been similar ones in the past and no doubt there will be more in the future. This incident got my attention because so many of the victims that have been identified are young kids and their moms. I read that some of the victims were moms waiting to pick up their daughters after the concert.

Because Ariana Grande’s fans are typically younger and because of the pervasiveness of social media, I think it’s reasonable to believe that most American kids have heard of the bombing even though it happened in England.

That raises the question: “What should I tell my son or daughter about an incident like this?”

Is Following Jesus Really Worth It?

My eight-year-old daughter has many strengths, and I love her dearly. But when she needs to take some medicine that doesn’t taste good to her, I’ve come to suspect that something goes mysteriously wrong with her ability to communicate. I’ll say, “Hannah, you really need to take your medicine.” But judging from the look on her face, what she hears is something like, “Hannah, you need to swim with poisonous jellyfish.” And the high pitched, inarticulate sounds that escape her mouth seem to confirm this. It doesn’t really matter how badly she needs the medicine. She’s just not convinced that whatever benefit she’ll get from it is worth it.

I wonder if the same dynamic can be true of us when it comes to following Christ. Whether consciously or not, we all ask ourselves whether it’s really worth it.

But what does Jesus himself have to say about that question?

Kids Club Devotional Part 1: Jesus Calls the Disciples

In our world today, we hear from a variety of voices claiming to offer meaning and life. Media sources tell us that a bigger house, a thinner body, a new job, a different love interest will surely make us happier than we are now. Our discontented hearts are prone to chase after the newest, next,

Responding to Conflict with One Eye on Jesus

If you’ve never been in conflict with someone, I would venture to say you either A) live alone in a cave, or B) are seriously self-deceived. Whenever two sinful people interact with each other, it’s inevitable that at some point there’s going to be conflict. For that reason, relationships can be hard. Even as Christians,

Jamaica: Veritas: In Their Own Words–Spring Break 2017

Veritas 2017 Spring Break Team took a huge group of college students to Harmons, Jamaica where they served with Won By One.

Alex Gray, Veritas Staff, provides this guest post with student interviews and photos taken during their trip.

  • How did you see God at work during your week in Harmons, Jamaica?
  • How did God grow your faith through this experience?
  • What was one of your favorite parts about your time there?