Obedient

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“D’oh!” Homer Simpson’s catchphrase that helped make the TV series famous tells the entire story of parents who are a bunch of bumbling idiots trying to raise a family. To add to the incompetence of authority on the show, Pastor Timothy Lovejoy is the inept pastor who calls the Bible a 2000-page sleeping pill. And Mayor Quimby is a slick …

Blessed

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I’ve said, “God bless you,” after somebody sneezes, and it’s been said to me. In Texas we say, “bless her heart” (and sometimes it’s not a compliment). What does it mean to be blessed? Jesus gives us the answer in the Beatitudes. From the Latin word for “blessed,” the Beatitudes were spoken by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. …

Christ Jesus Our Lord

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39). In Christ Jesus our Lord, death is dead. It …

Search Me

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24). Use that lint roller to find and remove debris that you can’t see but others can. The dog hair. Your own hair. Fuzz from your sweater. The sticky …

Fulfillment

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

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 …

What to Say When Someone Wants More Faith

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

If you have a friend who believes in and follows Jesus Christ but admits to you that they wish they’d have more faith … what is the last thing you want to talk about as you engage with them about that heart desire?  The last thing you talk about with a person who wants more faith is—their faith!  The apostle …

What Is God Telling Us about Creation?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The repeated phrases of the biblical creation account emphasize truths about God. Can you find the repeated phrases in these words? “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there …

Seesaws on the Border

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In July 2019 a stretch of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico was adorned with a set of pink seesaws—allowing children (and grownups) to play together across the barrier.  The event was “filled with joy, excitement and togetherness,” says architect Ronald Rael, a leader of the project. When the seesaws were installed, their steel beams were eased through …

The Triple Promise of God

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Dear God, promise me that you’ll never leave me alone. “I promise.” Dear God, promise me that you’ll never give up on me. “I promise.” Dear God, promise me that you’ll never forget about me. “I promise.” Dear God, promise me that you’ll never leave me alone, even if I’m not calling out to you. “I will never ever leave …