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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Quick Reads and Practical Helps: ‘Experiencing Divorce’ by H. Norman Wright

In a perfect world, everyone going through the painful, trauma-filled experience of divorce would set aside time to attend a local DivorceCare support group. But, of course, the world we live in is far from perfect, and many people who could benefit from the excellent information offered as part of those weekly meetings may not

Love INC: Local Partner Spotlight

Each October, The Crossing hosts:
Love INC’s Linking for Love,
a city-wide benevolence ministries event.

Love INC is one of The Crossing’s longstanding local partnerships. As a founding partner, The Crossing provides Love INC with generous monthly financial support and also supplies Love INC with volunteers. Dave Cover and Greg Deline from The Crossing serve on the Love INC board.

The LoveSeat is Love INC’s furniture bank and resale shop where donated furniture and household goods are made available to those in need and offered as incentives to those enrolled in Love INC’s life-skills programs.

Today Love INC was able to provide a single mom with a comfortable bed to sleep in. She had been transitioning from homelessness to her own home, but still needed a bed for herself. After sleeping on the floor for over a month, she was ecstatic to learn she wouldn’t have to anymore!
       –Pat McMurry

Mission:
Love INC assists people who struggle with basic essentials: rent, utilities, transportation and jobs. Love INC serves those seeking assistance without regard for race, gender, faith, etc. Legitimate need is the qualifier.

Love INC provides:

‘GriefShare’ Begins Aug. 30th at The Crossing

Loss is a universal experience, yet one that often causes a great deal of pain and confusion. Broken relationships, dreams unrealized, hopes dashed…all of these life events produce a loss that, if not dealt with fully and grieved appropriately, can be devastating for an individual’s recovery. One of the deepest losses we experience this side of

Equipping the Saints

The Crossing partners with many organizations in Columbia devoted to helping others all year long.  This summer, we are highlighting a few of these ministry partners so you can help kids and adults in our city by partnering with one of them. Get involved by giving a high-impact gift that equips them to continue making a difference in specific lives, in specific ways. Tables with gift details are available in the foyer July 16 and 23. Gifts should be returned on July 30. For contact information, follow this link.

Organizations you can partner with include St. Raymond’s Society, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, BOLD, and In2Action.

How to Prepare for Sunday Worship: July 23, 2017

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “We Are All Lost Without Jesus.” from Luke 19:1-10. The Scripture reads: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Echoes of Eden: Traces of God and Truth in Children’s Literature

This summer, elementary Crossing Kids is doing something slightly different on Sunday mornings. Instead of studying the same Bible Story or topic for five weeks like we normally do during the school year, we’re using children’s literature to help us see how the Gospel helps us to make sense of all of life–including art. Each week

We All Need Protection…from Ourselves

Galatians 1:6-12 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or

ARTS and WTC-Uganda

Through the generous giving of our members, The Crossing has provided significant support to African Reformed Theological Seminary (ARTS) and Westminster Theological College-Uganda (WTC-U) located near Kampala. ARTS offers a Masters of Arts in Theology Studies (MATS), while her sister school, WTC-U, offers diploma and Bachelors of Arts in Theological Studies (BATS). These two institutions offer high quality reformed theological education to the Kenyan pastors we partner to educate. So far, we have supported well over a dozen Kenyan pastors via scholarship.
A Thank You from Dr. Dave and ARTS:
We are so grateful for this VERY generous donation. This has been a HUGE boost to finishing the campus and getting us ready for students. This week we had about 20 students attending Systemic Theology I and next week the same number for ST II.  Then we host about 30 students for three weeks of Biblical Hebrew. The [enclosed] report details how the funds were spent. Please pass this on to the appropriate persons at The Crossing. We want to express gratitude to the Crossings elders and the donors for their investment in ARTS. Please get back with any questions.
In the Lamb,
Dave
Below are photos of the newly opened ARTS campus where extensive renovations were required to convert an aging primary school into a graduate seminary. Your donations helped make this possible.

How to Prepare for Sunday Worship: July 16

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Jesus Loves His Messy Church” from Luke 6:12-16.

Since we are dipping into Luke for this one sermon, you might enjoy getting an overview on chapters 1-9. This Bible Project video would be well worth your time to understand the book better.


You can read the Scripture below.

The One Thing We Might Overlook in Someone Becoming a Christian

What does it take for a person to become a Christian? Certainly a recognition of one’s need for grace and forgiveness, and an understanding and acceptance of what Jesus accomplished. But we might overlook another ingredient that’s often necessary: