It’s Almost Over!

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It feels like a grueling reading assignment. Ever had one of those?  You have to finish the book. Not by your choice but because your professor, your supervisor at work or your therapist demands it. And it is far from enjoyable. It’s even painful.  You turn each page hoping for something better. One paragraph in and, well, it just gets …

God What Should I Do?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

At some point, even the smartest of us faces a dilemma. A decision that could go either way. A list of options that we must analyze, prioritize or synthesize. If you really pay attention, this happens many, many times each day in big or small ways. Should I get up and grab a cup of coffee or keep working at …

Mary’s Prayer

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The rush and drama of labor and delivery was over. Mary now nestled the baby Jesus in her arms. The shepherds had returned to their fields. What next? “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Mary was soaking it all in. Creating memories. Considering the future. By pondering, she was putting the pieces …

Approachable

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Thank you for seeing me, sir.”  “Hello, Mr. McMillen, it’s a pleasure to meet you, sir.”  Jeanie just couldn’t decide what she’d say as she waited for her job interview. Maybe a simple, “Hi,” would be best. Or would that make her seem plain and boring? “Mr. McMillen will see you now,” the pleasant receptionist informed Jeanie with a smile, gesturing toward the …

Mary’s Christmas

andrew CrossLife Blog

This week, Cara and I are going to page through family photo albums and look at boxes and boxes of family pictures and home videotapes we’ve collected over the years. We’re going to store some of them digitally, to preserve memories. Why? Because memories shape us. With Mary the mother of Jesus, we treasure the memories of Christmas because they …

Shepherds

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

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 …

A King is Born

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Sixty-six years before the birth of Jesus, in an aristocratic community of Rome, a very important child was born. As soon as he arrived, a messenger raced into the Roman Senate and announced, “The next ruler of the world is born.” The exalted one His name was Octavius, and he was destined to become the adopted son of Julius Caesar. …

What Does God Want for Christmas?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When I was a kid, my parents helped me and my sisters set out cookies and milk for Santa. Every year before we went to church on Christmas Eve, we’d put them on the front hearth of the fireplace with a note saying “For Santa.”  Amazingly, we’d come home from church and see only some cookie crumbs and a third …

The Brighter Christmas Star

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Did you see the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last night in the southwest sky? It’s been making the news as the two planets draw closer together (though this is simply our perspective as they remain hundreds of millions of miles apart). Some call it the Christmas Star, comparing it to the star that guided the wise men to visit …

Spiritual Health

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

How about these sales pitches to people without money? Bad Credit Loans Fast & Easy! CASH NOW! NO credit check! Be debt free by this time tomorrow! Bad Credit Is Okay And then there’s this one from the Bible, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy …