Hannah and Samuel

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The Bible tells the story of a mother named Hannah. Hannah has this blended, dysfunctional family in a neighborhood where people don’t appreciate her morals and values, and a church where the pastors are embezzling members’ offerings. In the midst of this mess, Hannah is blessed with a child and we see her raising him as a believer. His name …

Connected

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you know how you can drift away from relationships that were once close to you? High school classmates. Former coworkers. Siblings. Once closely connected, but now distant. I’ve seen many people do that with Jesus, too. But he holds on. He gives and blesses and shows mercy in every way to stay closely connected. Today, say this prayer of …

Everything

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Everything else—compared to Jesus—is not equal, is not another piece of the pie or another item on the list. It is garbage, compared to Jesus.  It doesn’t help and isn’t gain, but a loss compared to Jesus.  “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all …

Synthetic Happiness

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Think of the difference between getting out of bed refreshed, renewed, and ready to face the day compared to dreading the day ahead and wanting to hide under the covers.  They say, “What a difference a day makes.” Very true. Often a night’s sleep, and just some time and a new sunrise, can change things for the better. More powerful …

My Kingdom

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest king of ancient Babylon, defeated the Egyptians and the Assyrians, subdued Palestine and Syria, and thus controlled all the trade routes from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. Civil rights, schools, literacy, the arts, and craftsmanship flourished in a booming economy during the 43 years of his reign. Nebuchadnezzar employed a vast army of slave labor …