Why Shepherds?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Couldn’t angels have done a more magnificent job than the shepherds witnessing the birth of Jesus and spreading the news? Why shepherds? God has three reasons, and they will help you celebrate Christmas.

Personal

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

What an amazing world of high tech we live in! You can go online and get a uniquely designed logo for your small business, become an ordained minister, or take medical lab tests without ever talking to a real person. But when you need to talk to a real person about your phone bill, you call and get an automated …

What Does Noel Mean?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

We hear the word “noel” only during the Christmas season. Usually it is sung. Actually, I can’t remember ever using it in a sentence. “Hey honey, let’s grab some noel today.” Nope.  But it appears in some of the best Christmas songs, such as The First Noel and Lauren Daigle and Chris Tomlin’s Noel (see below).  What does Noel mean? …

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” The line is from a beloved Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Who doesn’t cherish the image of eternal light beaming from the ramshackle stable where the Christ child dozes in the arms of his mother? Who …

Jesus Is More Than a Carpenter

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything … But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory” (Hebrews 3:4,6).  One of my extraordinary experiences of 2020 was moving. Cara and I built …

Nearer

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

May God lift your spirit this day through the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the styles of isicathamiya and mbube. https://youtu.be/GH4iLZxX8_w As you listen to their medley of Amazing Grace and Nearer My God to Thee, bring those two teachings together. Meditate on these questions: “I once was lost but now …

Fire

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young, God-loving Israelites in the 6th century BC, living happily in their homeland until it was invaded by world power Babylon, who deported the professional classes like artists, professors, and military officers, especially the younger ones. These three young men, living and working now in Babylon, wanted to be faithful to their Lord God …

5 Guidelines for Telling Yourself the Truth

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Yesterday I wrote about our tendency to tell ourselves lies, and the solution in the way, truth and life of Jesus. Read it here. Alongside that divine solution, there is a practical set of tools or guidelines to help you find it, use it and benefit from it.  These guidelines are found in Dr. Chris Thurman’s book The Lies We …

The Truth About Lying to Yourself

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I think that most of us grew up with parents and teachers who warned us about telling lies to others. And we learned quickly that when we did tell a lie (and were caught) we got in trouble.  Double trouble One time I disobeyed my parents and went to the house of a friend of a friend, knowing that I …

God’s Journey for Your Life

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David” (Luke 2:4). Joseph and Mary’s plans were disrupted, to say the least. Life became different and difficult for them, including the 7-10 day trip they took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. …