Faith

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The blind beggar got so excited he jumped to his feet and ran across a busy street. Horns blared. Tires squealed. Drivers cursed. Jesus had called him. That’s all he needed in order to “see.” He had the word of Jesus and he trusted it. Nothing more. Nothing less. Jesus smiled. I’ve heard people say that the best kind of faith is …

You Will Exist in Another Time

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The Bible has a reason, beyond introductory information, for recording the exact time of the first Easter when Jesus rose from the dead “after the Sabbath, at dawn, on the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1).  To put it differently, God in his Word is politely stating, “Told you so!” Jesus had previously promised, “After three days I will …

Find Life Through Loss

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Loss can hurt. Losing a position. Losing a friend. Even losing a game.  Jesus once said, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). I have a note written in my Bible next to that statement …

Do You Have an Information Problem?

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Their steps were heavy and their souls were hungry. Two of Jesus’ followers were walking home, a few days after Jesus had been crucified. Jesus himself appeared to them, but they didn’t recognize him. Somehow. Some way. They just didn’t realize it was the risen, living Jesus. He seemed to be a stranger. He asked them what they were talking …

Hands

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

You’re walking into a job interview. You meet the interviewer. You’re standing there talking, and the only thing on your mind is, “What should I do with my hands?” Pockets? No, too casual. Behind the back? Too military. When Bruce Jenner revealed himself as Caitlyn Jenner by posing for the front cover of Vanity Fair, the photographer had a problem. What to …

Jesus Satisfies

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The word companion means “with bread.” Jesus shows himself to be a companion on the journey of some followers when he breaks bread with them. He is also our bread of life. He satisfies the soul like nothing else.

Real

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It’s a selfie-oriented world. People want to look their best, and can digitally alter their faces and bodies using airbrushes, apps and filters. The glamorized version of themselves on the internet bears only a slight resemblance to their real-world appearance. This disconnect now has a clinical name: Snapchat dysmorphia. Why be worried that you’ll have to present the world with your regular face, which can’t …

The Joy of Anything

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In 1930, when her severely depressed attorney husband committed suicide, Irma was 52 years old. She had never worked outside the home. She did have $6,000 in savings — a significant sum during the Great Depression — but she knew it wouldn’t last forever. What was she going to do with her life? Irma happened upon a solution that astonished …

3 More Reasons to Stop Playing It Safe

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I am a safety-holic. I’m overcautious and don’t take enough risks. For instance, on Sunday I asked the other men in church if they wear safety glasses for yard chores like I do. They kinda looked at me funny. Spiritually speaking, that simply means—I need to trust Jesus more and my own control and comfort less. I need to skip …

3 Reasons to Stop Playing It Safe

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

We have created the most risk-averse society in history. Kids play less outside. Adults are hyper insured, password protected and security-systemed.  But the idea that you can insulate your life to the point where you are guaranteed total safety is a sham. You can still be taken out in a freak accident.  For instance, in 1919, in Boston, a giant …