4/18/19– Retreat

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

On Wednesday of Holy Week, the Jewish leaders retreat, having been silenced by Jesus on Tuesday in the temple. They avoid confrontation. The Bible focuses less on Jesus and more on the dark conspiracy taking shape behind closed doors. The high priest, Caiaphas, calls the leaders to his residence and behind closed doors they hatch the scheme to kill Jesus. …

4/17/19– Conflict

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

We continue walking through Holy Week with Jesus. Here is where we’ve been so far: Palm Sunday—Jesus parades into Jerusalem, the home territory of his enemies, and receives cheers of support from the Passover pilgrims in town for the celebration. This, according to his plan, bolsters his disciples for the upcoming trauma and also enrages his enemies to put the …

4/16/2019– Slow Motion

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Would you believe that almost half of the Gospel of John in the Bible deals with the final week of Jesus’ life? Each of the other gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—set aside about a third of their chapters for this as well. Pretty significant? What biography that you’ve read spends this much time on the last week of its subject’s life? …

4/15/19– Government is Good

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It’s tax day! I hope that is not a surprising statement for you. This, however, might surprise you. Jesus is glad you are paying taxes. By doing so, you are obeying his teaching. “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar?” a group of detractors once asked Jesus, hoping to trap him as an anti-government insurrectionist. Then came his …

4/12/19–The Gospel

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What is the gospel? Literally the original Greek word means “good news.” It’s the message of promise that sinners are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The gospel is revealed exclusively in the Bible, God’s Word. It is clear and consistent. It cannot be drowned out. It speaks all languages. It has the power to deliver what it …

4/11/19– Fulfillment

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Finding personal fulfillment is like the pot of gold at the end of life’s rainbow. For some it is happiness, for others success, for others it’s all about relationships. Honestly, for most of us, it is all those and probably more. In the world of business, the word “fulfillment” has a very particular meaning. Fulfillment means order fulfillment. It means locating the product …

4/10/19– Nebuchadnezzar

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Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest king of ancient Babylon, defeated all other world powers, and thus controlled all the trade routes from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. He collected tolls and taxes to create the city-state of Babylon, later recognized as a wonder of the world. Nebuchadnezzar employed a vast army of slave labor to build his city walls so …

4/9/19– Everlasting Arms

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Where will your enemies come from today? We all have them. Sometimes they come at us without any interest or invitation on our part. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they attack us from the outside. Sometimes they sabotage us from the inside. The three most dangerous enemies, according to the Bible, are: sin in human nature and the world’s operating system …

4/8/19– Spring Up

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Who you are, how you behave, where you go, and along with those, what you say make a tremendous impact on the world. Your influence grows in others like a seed growing into a strong tree. People hear your faith in Jesus, and even more so they see your faith in Jesus. Your friends on social media. Your neighbors waving …