Stress

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

What’s stressing you out right now? God’s Word offers help. “Give me relief from my distress,” David prays (Psalm 4:4). Then he writes out a prescription for how that happens, and shares it with us. There is good stress and there is bad stress. Sports psychologists Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz write chapters about it in their classic book, The …

Stubborn Jesus

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Roger could have been in good shape to be out playing a bit of summer time golf today. However, his rotator cuff is still giving him troubles.  It’s actually been painful for some time. But, he’s convinced it won’t be a problem. Despite his wife’s insisting, he won’t go see a doctor. Some men have worse problems due to their …

Forgiveness Is Not Easy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Abuse. Torture. Injustice. The sins that Joseph’s brothers committed against him qualify as crimes. They hated him. They sold him to slave traders. They lied to their father that a wild animal had attacked and killed him. By God’s powerful and gracious care, Joseph survived. More than that, he rose to the ranks of the second highest official in the …

God Knows

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Be careful with your heart, how it feels, and what it tells you. Be careful following your heart. Instead, let God lead your heart. “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and …

Meditation

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God is alive and active in his Word. He has so many things to tell you. There are so many treasures yet undiscovered. Medicine for your broken heart. Promises beyond your limited understanding. Healing of painful wounds of spirit. Revelation of God’s character and works in your life. Meditating on God’s Word is an effective method to experience the truths …

God Rocks

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Solid as a rock. That’s what we say. Rocks represent what is unmoveable. Steadfastness. Faithfulness. Always there. Build on the rock. Stand on the rock. Strength. Endurance. A fighter from the 70’s named Rocky. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a well built professional wrestler turned actor and producer. The disciple Peter given a similar name by Jesus, “the Rock” (John 1:42). …

Worry About God

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In his sermon on the mount Jesus says things like: “Settle matters quickly with your adversary (5:25)…Be careful (6:1)…Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven (6:20)…Watch out for false prophets (7:15)…A wise man built his house on the rock” (7:24).  All of these activities involve sanctified Christian worrying, that is, a deeply devoted Christian attention and concern. So Jesus both …

The Fragrance of Forgiveness

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You can bless others in a multitude of ways, but perhaps the most difficult way is forgiving someone who has hurt you. That takes some work, some time, some prayer, some stamina, some humility, some courage, some hope, some clear words, some … I read a quote today (the source of which is reported to be Mark Twain) that expanded …

When You’ve Had Enough

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Elijah’s emotional, spiritual, and physical condition is at its peak. By the power of the Lord he had just outrun the mighty horses of King Ahab’s chariot and returned from Mt. Carmel 30 miles away. At Mt. Carmel the Lord had answered his prayer and consumed his saturated sacrifice with fire from heaven.  The prophets of Baal watched and waited …

Change Me, God

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When it comes to God’s divine work of forgiveness, the Bible makes one thing clear: forgiveness changes things. Forgiveness changed Joseph’s brothers, it changed the sinful woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her tears, and it changed Nicodemus. Forgiveness is powerful. It doesn’t matter how impossible it might seem, when God is at work, forgiveness is possible. Have years of …