12/31/19– Predictions

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Psychics have predicted locust plagues, volcanic eruptions, political assassinations, deaths of celebrities, and global famines that will take place in a certain calendar year—all of which failed to happen as predicted. If these self-proclaimed experts can’t get it right, where does that leave average people like us who have only some common sense and the internet? Can we predict anything? …

12/30/19– Simeon

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It was an ordinary day for most of those in the temple at Jerusalem. The scent of sacrifices filled the air. The boisterous bartering of the traders buying and selling worship supplies sounded like a flea market. But Simeon had been told by God it was an extraordinary day. God had previously promised Simeon that Jesus would be born during …

The Glad Of Christmas

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Joy is everyday. It appears over 200 times in the Bible. Great joy is epic. It appears only 9 times in the Bible, including in the Christmas story. Ever wonder why?

12/27/19– Christmas Ruined?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

This week we consider 10 possibilities that could have ruined that first Christmas long ago, or Christmas today. And rejoice in God’s gracious and guiding hand, that they don’t ruin his plans. 7) This year Christmas is lacking its luster. The splendor is fading, especially as we try to keep the cost down with fewer frills. Or maybe it’s just …

12/26/19– Christmas Ruined?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

This week we consider 10 possibilities that could have ruined that first Christmas long ago, or Christmas today. And rejoice in God’s gracious and guiding hand, that they don’t ruin his plans. 3) What if Mary lost her virginity? Had this actually been the case, it would have been much more than a PR nightmare for Biblical prophecy. God’s sinlessness …

12/25/19– Christmas Ruined?

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What if Mary had actually given birth at home in Nazareth? Our nativity displays on front lawns and coffee tables might look a lot different. Yet even this apparent mishap served as another divine piece of the puzzle that God assembled as the picture-perfect Christmas. So we seek to replicate it every year in pageants, in hymns and carols, and …

12/24/19– Shepherds

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The high profile of shepherds in the Christmas story warms our hearts because if the shepherds were some of the first people God told about the birth of his Son – not kings, not the rich and famous, not priests, but simple, stinky shepherds – then we know that the Savior has been born for each of us. Jesus comes …

12/20/19– Giving and Loving

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A man has a dream: he dies and goes to hell. While in hell the man notices there are many tables, and starving people are sitting all around the great tables. There is hot food to accommodate all tastes on the table. Nevertheless, people are starving, with food torturing them right before their eyes. Each person has a six-foot-long fork …

12/19/19– Unnatural

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A little girl who was given an assignment to write an essay on birth went home and asked her mother how she had been born. Her mother said, “The stork brought you, darling, and left you on the doorstep.”  Continuing her research she asked her dad how he’d been born. Being in the middle of something, her father similarly deflected …

12/18/19– Change Me, God

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When it comes to God’s divine work of forgiveness, the Bible makes one thing clear: forgiveness changes things. Forgiveness changed Joseph’s brothers, it changed the sinful woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her tears, and it changed Nicodemus. Forgiveness is powerful. It doesn’t matter how impossible it might seem, when God is at work, forgiveness is possible. Have years of …