Jesus Lover of Women

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Jesus loved women. No, he was not a womanizer. Womanizers don’t love women as much as they love themselves.  Jesus loved women in a pure, deep, selfless, and inspiring kind of way. He also got in trouble for it. A rabbi at that time was not supposed to speak to a woman in public (not even his own wife).  Jesus …

Why Can’t I Forgive Myself?

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“I can’t believe you did that … You’re such a loser … You can’t be trusted … You’re a terrible person … I’ll never forgive you. Ever.” Have you said these words to yourself? Yesterday I described 6 symptoms of not being able to forgive yourself. This is the “what.” Today, consider the “why.” Why can’t I forgive myself? If …

What Happens When I Can’t Forgive Myself?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“I can’t believe you did that … You’re such a loser … You can’t be trusted … You’re a terrible person … I’ll never forgive you. Ever.” Those are devastating words. Have you heard them? I think so. I have. And this is what makes them especially crippling. These are words we’ve quietly yet convincingly said to ourselves. The Bible …

3 Benefits of Getting Away

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I’m back. Did you know I was gone? Some folks here at CrossLife knew I was on vacation the last two weeks. A few of my neighbors did. My wife, Cara, and I traveled to the Wisconsin north woods to enjoy some beautiful lake settings. One with a small group of ministry friends. Another with our sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters. …

Your Favorite Superhero

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Spiritual warfare is a very normal thing. It plays out in kitchens, cubicles and SUV’s. You’ll experience it with Christian friends, classmates, and coworkers. So who do you want in charge of it—you or God?

Brought Back

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Do you have any rescue stories? Maybe you bolted after a runaway pet, or snatched your child from a busy street? If you hang around me long enough, sooner or later in my preaching and teaching you will hear me tell the story of my runaway grand-dog, Cole. He’s still alive today, but barely, after I had mistakenly left the …

Lessons from Camp and Preschool

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They sound like the words of a drill sergeant to new recruits, or a camp counselor to the entry level campers at Camp Wanahokalooge. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  These are actually God’s words to us. Words of promised protection (“watch over”). Words of …

Contentment

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“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5). Contentment results in freedom. Real life that isn’t run or ruined by worry or money or anxious striving. Contentment starts with God. And often times circumstances don’t need …

Power Tools

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So I know a guy who rented a hydraulic log splitter, and it was straining hard to split bigger logs but he pulled hard on the lever for more hydraulic power and it split—not the log, but the wood splitter. The metal just cracked.  And this same guy was doing some pest control in his backyard with a BB gun, …

Super

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People told Benny he could be anything he wanted. He wanted to be Superman. So he climbed up on the picnic table, jumped off ready to soar and, well, it was a hard landing with a mouth full of dirt. No matter how much education or encouragement Benny would receive in the decades ahead, he would not be Superman. His …