Don’t Leave the Devil Out of Your Calculations

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

JRR Tolkien set the stage for the adventures of The Hobbit when he wrote, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  Don’t leave the devil out of your calculations. He’s very near with his well organized army of demons. He’s not imaginary. He’s not a fairy tale. He’s not …

Care Less About Failure

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

My superstar college roommate would say after breaking scoring records on the basketball team, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” We need to care less about failure, and live more care free because God cares. The social reformer and spiritual leader, Nehemiah, did this. Nehemiah asked for time off because God cares. Nehemiah enacted bold reforms and …

Families That Pray Together Stay Together

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). One challenge during this pandemic is family time. That’s always a good thing, but adjusting to the new dynamics is key. Kids and parents are around each other a lot more now. At home. At work (which …

Top 10 Things I Learned from Jesus Turning Water into Wine

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“The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had their fill; but …

4 Little Improvements for Praying

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People often tell me that they want to pray better, but they don’t know how. Nehemiah shows us how. I’m going to break down his powerful prayer in chapter 1. It fits nicely into a helpful teaching tool that I use for praying better. And I came up with a uniquely creative name for this teaching tool. It’ll knock your …

Confirmed In Jesus

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Confirmation messages give you clear assurance that an action is done and ready for you. A reservation. A purchase. Accepting a job. Are you confirmed in Jesus?

Who Is God’s Right Hand Man?

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The right hand in ancient culture was a sign of strength, honor and authority. Still today, we shake hands with others using the right hand, and take oaths while raising our right hand. The Bible uses the same expressions. God promises those who believe, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” …

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Some say that the first Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, 1970, marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Over 50 years later we’re still pursuing the earth’s better health and longer sustainability. We’ve even expanded Earth Day to Earth Week.  With some help from the Bible, here are seven suggestions for celebrating Earth Week. Give credit where credit …

Whose Name Counts?

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Can you quickly list at least three names of Jesus? Ready? Go. The past couple months at CrossLife, we’ve been studying and celebrating in worship some different names of Jesus. Christ Crucified. Emmanuel. The Way. King. And more.  On Sunday I challenged people to list at least 5 of the 7 names we’ve included in the series.  Then I emphasized …

Are You Living in the Light?

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The darkest, most dangerous space in my house is the garage. No windows. Besides the big garage door, it has two doors, one that goes into the house, and the other into the backyard. Fortunately, my fancy garage door opener system has a motion sensor light inside the garage.  So I’ll walk into the garage from the house to grab …