Open my lips, Lord

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I showed a group of kids a colorful plastic bottle a bit thinner and taller than a soda can. It pictured a few happy kiddos on the front label, holding little plastic wands and blowing soapy bubbles. I asked the kids, “What’s in this bottle?” And guess what they replied (actually shouted while jumping up and down). “Bubbles!” Nope. I …

Follow His Love

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

There is a part of us, even as followers of Jesus, that bristles at the commands of God because they always expect more than we want to give, take us to people who aren’t easy to love, and ask us to do what we think we cannot ever accomplish.  “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one …

Kept Safe

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Have you ever led a tour? Been responsible for a large group of people traveling a long distance? Chaperoned a class trip, band trip, or sports traveling team? At the end of the day, what is your primary purpose? To safely deliver the same amount of 1st graders or hockey players or adult day care residents you started with. That …

Another Good Day

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It turns to midnight. The second hand of your clock ticks onto the 12, exactly aligned with the minute hand and the hour hand. Like an arrow pointing up to God in heaven, all three of them touch for just a millisecond.  And then, no longer.  God nudges the second hand forward and in seconds it becomes 12:01 a.m. A …

God’s Classroom

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Our experience in school teaches us many lessons about human behavior. One of them is this: almost every classroom has two kinds of people, 1) the teacher’s pet, and 2) the class clown. The teacher’s pet is favored by the teacher because of their obedience, conformity, perhaps intelligence, often offering extra compliments or gifts to the teacher, and a model …

Broken Bones

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” (Psalm 51:8,9). Three years ago I broke the first bone I’ve ever broken in my body, the tip of my finger. Something very heavy dropped on it. Man, that hurt! It crushed the little finger …

You Might Feel Dizzy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

There’s a Greek word used in the Bible that means “spinning around and getting dizzy” like on one of those spinning rides at the fair.  It happens when anyone believes “every wind of teaching” and buys into “the craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).  As a result, we are “blown here and there.” That’s where the Greek …

Group Needed

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you ever wonder how much superstars actually need their supporting team members? Their supporting actors or actresses? Their supporting band members and backup singers?  Make a mental list right now of lead singers who went solo after successful careers with popular groups singing platinum hits—but their solo career never took off. The list is long. The apostle Paul had …

God’s Mercy in Church

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In a situation where you aren’t sure whether to show mercy or justice, whether to live at peace or fight, extend love or judgment … if you get it wrong, get it wrong on the side of mercy, peace and love. “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” (Jude 1:2), the Bible says. Let these be more abundant. Adam, …