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Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Modern-Day Parables: Giving ‘Eyesight’ to the Blind

Mark 4:10-12: (ESV) And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And [Jesus] said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may

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

Getting Gritty in Prayer: Stories of Answered Prayer

Today’s sermon shared some answered prayers. Such stories help us get gritty for prayer: they tell us about God’s faithfulness in the past and thus encourage us to keep on trusting him in the future. There are all sorts of caveats and nuance to how to understand God answering our prayers. But at the end of the day, God, the Lord over everything, tells us as his children to pray, and he promises that he will hear and answer. So hopefully these stories from all sorts of people (some anonymous, some perhaps identifiable) can encourage you to be gritty in prayer and to be aware of how God has answered prayer in your life.

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March 20, 2004. Two weeks before our son was to marry a sweet young woman named Maria, whom we looked forward to adding to our family. We got the call from Maria, ‪at 1:50am that Kyle had been caught up in an avalanche. He had not been found yet. They called off the search ‪until sun up in 5 hours or so. We literally fell to our knees and prayed. Overwhelmed with grief, at the more than real possibility that he did not survive, falling on our knees before our Father was instinctive and the only thing we could do til morning.

The Apologetic of Listening Well

Human beings, by nature, seek after meaning…but why? No other creature on Earth ever bothers itself with wondering why it is here; apart from human beings, the chief concern of every other animal seems to be eating and (significantly) not getting eaten. Once the scramble for food, clothing and shelter is over, only human beings

Getting Ready for Sunday January 24th at The Crossing

Prepare

This week Keith Simon preaches from John 7:1–5 and 6:44 in a sermon entitled, “Why Do Some Believe and Others Don’t?” The Scripture reads,

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

‘Pursuing Love’ and Our Prodigals

I recently picked up a book with what seemed like a terrible title to me, but was written by a man whose writing I have come to respect and have learned a lot from in the last year. Jack Miller – pastor, evangelist, author and founder of World Harvest Mission, as well as father to

‘Come, Lord Jesus.’ Right now would be just fine.

A few weeks ago, just for fun, I asked some of my friends to take what I like to call “The Brad Matthews Challenge.” Matthews is an assistant professor of New Testament and the director of field education at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. About a year ago, I took an online course in

Wrestling with Divine Timetables

Over the years, God has seen fit to work in my life such that when I look back, I can see areas where He has significantly changed my heart. However, there are plenty of other areas of sin and unbelief where I look back and can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever change. One of

How to Wield a Shield

For readers both ancient and modern, Homer’s Illiad reaches a high point in Book VIII. Achilles has lost his shield and knows that warriors without shields meet quick death. He needs not just any shield, but a fine shield that can withstand war’s arrows and spears. Thus Achilles’ mother, Thetis, begs the blacksmith god, Hephaestus, to forge her