Grace and Mercy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The most convincing speaker at the Alcoholics Anonymous group is the former company manager who lost his job and his marriage because of his alcohol problem, ended up in jail for DUI, and through rehab turned his life around. “I was once a heavy drinker, but now I realize I can’t drink my problems away.” The most convincing missionary is …

A Thought About Compromise

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Jesus said, “I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:17,18). Paul wrote, “Submit to one another out of brotherly love” (Ephesians 5:21). Compromise can be an act of love, and not of surrender. PRAYER: Of the many choices I face today, …

Humility, Harmony and Happiness

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

One of the motivational sayings my high school football coach posted on the wall of the locker room said, “It’s amazing how much we can accomplish when nobody cares who gets the credit.”  This is true in sports, in business, in relationships and life but it really begins and ends with Jesus.  When Jesus makes you who you are, and …

Relationships Like Jesus

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Think of your relationships with others. Family, friends, associates. How much of the work do you do in those relationships? In some relationships, the other person doesn’t make much of an effort. I can think of friends from college who are better at keeping in touch with me than I am with them. They are doing more of the work! …

Courage

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Two warrior are remembering how another warrior was killed in battle. “Some say he died bravely,” one of the warriors recalled with a hint of pride and approval. The other countered, “Others say he was afraid.” “Is it possible to be brave if you’re afraid?” the first asked. “That is the only time you can be brave.”1 Courage, they say, …

Thrown Out

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

God in heaven, you have helped my life to grow like a tree. Now something has happened. Satan, like a bird, has carried in one twig of his own choosing after another. Before I knew it he had built a dwelling place and was living in it. Tonight, my Father, I am throwing out both the bird and the nest. …

In the Picture

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you have one of those photos on your shelf, showing you standing next to someone you’d rather not remember? An ex? A cousin who stole money? Or maybe you’ve photoshopped them out of the picture and replaced them with a tree. Do you think someone has a picture in their possession and they wish you weren’t in it? Or …

You May Die

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“You. May. Die.” Those three words actually promote a grueling, annual competition in Vermont known as the Death Race. It claims to be the most physically demanding and difficult race in the world.  Its home page boasts that in a prior competition “racers faced 3,000 burpees, an all night trek over the infamous Bloodroot Gap, a 30,000-foot rope pull, and …