4 Little Improvements for Praying

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

People often tell me that they want to pray better, but they don’t know how. Nehemiah shows us how. I’m going to break down his powerful prayer in chapter 1. It fits nicely into a helpful teaching tool that I use for praying better.  And I came up with a uniquely creative name for this teaching tool. It’ll knock your …

Why Pray First?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Nehemiah is a real, historical Israelite who, along with many other Israelites, had been extracted from his hometown Jerusalem by enemies, and exiled. He’s working as an attendant for the King of Persia when he receives news that the Israelites still in Jerusalem are experiencing social unrest, persecution, and disgrace as a nation. Furthermore, physical structures around the city are …

Pray First

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

You share with your friend that you’re struggling with a problem. They say, “I’ll pray for you.” Do you feel like they’re bailing out? Then Nehemiah’s prayer has something for you.

How Is This Possible? By Faith

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Moses had plenty to fear. His assignment shoved him into the world’s most powerful ruler. Pharaoh of Egypt. God told Moses to go and take Pharaoh’s free labor force away from him.  Like Moses, we all have our fears we must face—mistakes from the past, concerns about the future, fighting a terrible job, furloughed away from a job, forced to …

6 Tips for Family Devotions

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A spiritually vibrant home is active in God’s Word. That can be easier said than done. Here are 6 tips for family devotions in your home.  Keep it simple. Kids are kids. Less developed cognitive processes. Shorter attention span. Keep it simple. Do that by focusing on one truth, one teaching, one characteristic of God, one word in a Bible …

God Never Forgets You

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The Bible provides a fearsome image of Noah’s ark, as huge a vessel as it is, bobbing helplessly on turbulent waters, chased back and forth by howling winds.  God is off wreaking destruction upon the planet, and seems to have given no further thought to Noah, his little family and their animal cargo. But then come words of grace: just …

When Praying Is Difficult

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

My prayer life is different right now. As in, it’s hard. I say that because I’d much rather rattle off my requests like before and feel fine about going on with my day—but I can’t.  And that’s good. But it’s hard. Stressors all around It’s gonna be okay, though. Actually, my prayer life is going to be better. But I’m …

Leave Your Bible Open

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Which doors in your home do you leave open? It may sound like a silly question, because doors are usually meant to be closed. They prevent access.  Refrigerator doors aren’t intended to hang wide open all day and cool your kitchen (or even while you pour yourself a glass of cold milk, but some would disagree with me).  Exterior doors …

The World’s Greatest Dads

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

On Father’s Day, thousands of dads proudly receive cards, mugs or T-shirts that say, “World’s Greatest Dad.” How is it possible for there to be more than one greatest dad?

Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth Day

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

On June 19, 1865 General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced that enslaved people were now free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as Juneteenth Day in our country. Did you know, however, that this was over two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation? Why did it take so long? Read …