Closer to God and Others

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

This week I am sharing with you the story of St. Patrick, a young Christian who strayed but God didn’t give up on him. Through his hardships, Patrick realized he needed God. He developed a prayer life that talked to God throughout the day and in the midst of troubles. He evangelized those who didn’t know God. And through it …

Evangelize

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Yesterday I introduced you to St. Patrick, a young Christian who strayed but God didn’t give up on him. Through his hardships, Patrick realized he needed God. He developed a prayer life that talked to God throughout the day and in the midst of troubles. He was sold a slave to an Irish rancher, and served in a foreign, pagan …

Pray

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The St. Patrick’s Day commemoration came to America in 1737 when it was first publicly celebrated in Boston. Patrick was probably born in 389 A.D. in Roman Britain (when the Roman Empire still controlled Britain). Although he grew up knowing the basic teachings of Scripture, his family wasn’t very devout in their faith. More than that, Patrick had a wild …

Hannah and Samuel

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The Bible tells the story of a mother named Hannah. Hannah has this blended, dysfunctional family in a neighborhood where people don’t appreciate her morals and values, and a church where the pastors are embezzling members’ offerings. In the midst of this mess, Hannah is blessed with a child and we see her raising him as a believer. His name …

Faith Relies On Evidence

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

What shapes our response to the coronavirus? Not Facebook’s misinformation. Not Uncle Stanley’s bias. Rely on the evidence, then don’t be afraid, don’t be misled, and don’t be selfish. 

My Kingdom

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest king of ancient Babylon, defeated the Egyptians and the Assyrians, subdued Palestine and Syria, and thus controlled all the trade routes from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. Civil rights, schools, literacy, the arts, and craftsmanship flourished in a booming economy during the 43 years of his reign. Nebuchadnezzar employed a vast army of slave labor …

Grace and Mercy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The most convincing speaker at the Alcoholics Anonymous group is the former company manager who lost his job and his marriage because of his alcohol problem, ended up in jail for DUI, and through rehab turned his life around. “I was once a heavy drinker, but now I realize I can’t drink my problems away.” The most convincing missionary is …

Spurs and Barrel Racing

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Part Two: Lessons from the rodeo about church We’re going to see lots of spurs at the Austin Rodeo kicking off this week, and one of the most popular competitions is barrel racing, where the fastest time wins. The rider and horse bust out into a full gallop, kicking up dirt, gaining speed, then they maneuver through three barrels in …

Spurs and Bull Riding

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

We’re going to see lots of spurs at the Austin Rodeo kicking off this week, and one of the most popular competitions is bull riding. Staying aboard a one-ton, wildly kicking bull is usually enough to impress the judges without spurring. Spurs are actually dulled, and mostly help the bull rider hold on to the bull with his legs and …

3/9/20– Coronavirus

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The world trembles at the spread of an out-of-control virus. Some are quarantined in cities where it has killed people, even their loved ones. Others watch from a safe distance, wondering how long until it is safe no more. The media heaves in its typical overdramatic half-truth telling. And where is God? What should Christians be saying about this? There …