8 Practices of Emotionally Healthy People

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Everybody is emotional. Learning how to identify, understand and manage your emotions is one of the most important life skills you can practice. God’s design Now maybe you’ve heard, or said yourself, “I’m not an emotional person.” What that really means is such a person buries their God-given emotions. God designed humans to experience emotions, but not to be mastered …

The Story Behind “It Is Well with My Soul”

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Horatio Spafford enjoyed a good life. His health, his career, his family, his home, his reputation—all were going well. The good life He was a devout Christian who regularly read the Bible, a prominent Chicago lawyer and he owned quite a number of properties throughout the city. His wife, his four daughters and a son gave him great joy. Professionally …

My Strong Faith or Faith in Another’s Strength

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Should the African impala be the real king of the jungle? Well, its jaws can’t snap a zebra’s femur and its call of the wild sounds more like a squeak, but then there’s this:  What lion can jump ten feet into the air and cover a distance of thirty feet in one leap? Take that, big beasts. The African impala …

Failure Is Not an Option

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Vince Lombardi barked it on the practice field the week before facing a formidable football opponent.  School teachers perched at their podiums preach it to their overwhelmed students.  Politicians hoping to become elected promise it to their contributors and campaign volunteers.  “Failure is not an option!” Okay, but the Green Bay Packers don’t always win. Some students don’t pass. Many …

Unlocked

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Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist, issued a challenge wherever he went. He could be locked in any jail cell in the country, he claimed, and set himself free in short order. And he always kept his promise, except one time when something went wrong.   Houdini entered the jail and heard the heavy, metal door clang shut behind him. He …

Show God’s Kindness to Those with Special Needs

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In ancient times, when a king assumed the throne, he killed off all the members of the family that had been in power. But not King David. During a prosperous time for his kingdom, David remembers a promise he had made to both his friend Jonathan, and also to former King Saul (1 Samuel 20:13-16, 24:21,22). In Jonathan’s absence, David …

Trouble + Jesus = Victory

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Derek Redmond was a young British runner who had sky-rocketed to fame by shattering his country’s 400-meter record at age 19. But then an injury forced him to withdraw from the 1988 Olympics, and he endured five separate surgeries. He then trained even harder. When the Summer Olympics arrived in Barcelona in 1992, Derek was hungry for a medal. On …

In Jesus

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It’s so easy to skip over, and understandably so. It’s small. And small is most often noticed only when it is missing or malfunctioning. A double “A” battery, a contact lens, a key, a computer chip, and of course the word “in.”  We skip this important word because it seems so static, so boring, and it is almost always positioned …