Happily Married

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A young girl had just seen Cinderella and was testing her aunt’s knowledge of the story. The aunt, wanting to impress the young girl, said, “Okay, but I know what happens at the end.” “What?” the girl inquired. “Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after.” To which the girl answered knowingly, “No they didn’t, they got married!” Ouch. That …

Counting Every Blessing

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I was blind, now I’m seeing in color I was dead, now I’m living forever I had failed, but you were my redeemer I’ve been blessed beyond all measure I was lost, now I’m found by the father I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure I’ve been given a hope and a future I’ve been blessed beyond all measure …

Vulnerable

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“No, he’s not safe. But he’s good.” I love this conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and the children in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The Beavers are explaining to the children who Aslan is, the king, the Lord, the Lion. Readers know the lion, Aslan, to represent Jesus Christ in the story. He’s not a …

You’re His Masterpiece

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Chip and Joanna Gaines restore homes in the Waco, TX area. It has boosted Waco’s popularity, spiked the median home value in Waco and now, created a national trend in home-buying. Fixer-Uppers Millennials saddled with college debt can afford their first home, and then make it their own. Can’t you see the grins on Chip and Joanna, knowing that what …

Jesus, His Mask, and Us

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

We need Jesus with his mask on.  Jesus wears a mask Jesus put his mask on when he became human and humbly entered this world as one of us. Not to protect himself but to protect, deliver and save us from our sin disease. “He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human …

For Your Marriage. Your Friends. Or the Future You.

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

This year, Cara and I celebrated 30 years of marriage. I love her dearly, and she loves me dearly, too.  We decided to attend a marriage retreat with some friends this summer while on vacation. It was incredibly enriching! It allowed us to celebrate our God-given relationship full of his love and our love, his blessings, and our commitment. As …

Jesus, His Mask, And Us

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

During these COVID times, do you wear a face mask, or not? Which side are you on? Jesus calls both sides not just to tolerate each other, and not just to understand each other, but to need each other. We truly need those whose opinion differs from us. Jesus’ own mask teaches why that is good, and how we can …

I Think I’m Lost

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

If you think you are lost, you probably are.  I experience this often when riding with Cara on our Harley Davidson. Despite the best mapped out efforts, after a couple hours on the open road it’s easy to forget whether I wanted to turn on County Road 223 or 2223.  The journey is the destination I take the turn, hoping …

Receiving God’s Reward

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

On which side of the issue do you stand regarding giving an allowance to kids? How did your parents do this when you were growing up? Some say that you should not give your kids an allowance, teaching them that taking out the trash is part of life. It’s not something to get paid for.  Others say that you should …

Where Do You Need Help?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Why would we approach God for help? What kind of need would we have?  There are really only two kinds of help: natural or supernatural, scientific or spiritual, areas of existence governed by natural order and observable laws or areas of existence beyond any kind of measurement or objective observation.  When you pray for grandpa’s surgery, which one are you …