What You Should Say and Not Say to Hurting People – Part 2

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“News about [Jesus] spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them” (Matthew 4:24). In a COVID world, mental distress has skyrocketed by 700% and calls to the National Suicide Hotline have increased by 600%. Every 1.6 …

What You Should Say and Not Say to Hurting People – Part 1

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23). I know. It’s awkward. You’re not sure what to say when … your coworker tells you that her mother is being admitted to hospice care your new neighbor introduces himself as a veteran with …

Pick Up Your Legos

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him” (Luke 3:4). I sat with the kids for our safe-distanced children’s message on Sunday, and taught about Advent. Jesus is coming This is a season that many Christians celebrate for about 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. Advent means “coming.”  It’s no secret that the reason for the CHRISTmas …

What Will Christmas Be Like?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” (Luke 1:47,48). What will children 100 years from now in history class study about the year 2020. Will the lessons focus on historical facts like these? In 2020, people living in metro areas enjoyed much …

2020 Christmas Options

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

What will children 100 years from now in history class learn about the year 2020? Disappointment? Or new opportunity? We can ask the same questions about Christmas. And there’s good news.

Black Friday and God’s Patience

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I’m glad Black Friday is here. It’s one more traditional event in 2020 that is not being cancelled. And we need that.  A kinder, gentler Black Friday I’ve noticed it’s a kinder Black Friday, too. The normal hype that urges shoppers to line up at 4 a.m. in front of Best Buy on Friday morning has been replaced. Black Friday …

A Thanksgiving Prayer & Song

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Here is a Thanksgiving prayer for you. Print it and bring it with you to grandma’s house, or read it as the host of your friends-giving meal, or ask your 10-year-old to read it before Thanksgiving dinner. Then play the song. It will set the tone for your celebration so that you focus on thanks to the Giver of all …

Blessings of God Over Government

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Here’s a challenge for this Thanksgiving week. Ask God to help you to be thankful for things that you haven’t felt thankful about in the past. “I will praise the Lord all my life” (Psalm 146:2). I have a pastor friend who lives in a country that is not kind to Christians. He and God’s people there can’t build a …

Linda! Linda! Listen to Me!

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Have you noticed that as a society we really don’t know how to communicate very well any more? Fake news, social media gossip, and polarized politics have divided us.  Everybody’s got an opinion And we expect others to receive it and believe it.  We sound like Mateo, this cute little 3-year-old who became a viral sensation for stating his own …

Are You Adjusting Your Course?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A compass defines true north. No matter how skilled or unskilled you are at determining your direction, your compass will show the way. God’s truth in the Bible is your compass. Are you using your compass to make the right course adjustments?  Change This is one thing I love about the Bible. Since it is God’s breath, and God promises …