Darkness

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend” (Psalm 88:14,16-18). Jesus had psalms on his mind as he …

Needy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Needy. Apartment managers think of the handful (or hundreds) of tenants in such a way, because why else do they call or e-mail unless something is wrong? If they’re honest, parents think it’s the most descriptive word for a newborn. And do any of you work in customer service? How do you deal with that all day? Needy. Needy. Needy. …

There Is No Such Thing as a Full-Grown Tree

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

One of the largest and longest-living trees in the United States is the Seven Sisters Live Oak in Mandeville, Louisiana. This massive tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old.  And it’s still growing!  Actually, there is no such thing as a full-grown tree. The day a tree stops growing, it dies. There is no such thing as a …

How to Have a Holy Week

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

This is Holy Week, a special celebration that commemorates the final week of Jesus’ life. Sunday was “Palm Sunday,” when Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey and was praised as the Savior of the world and Son of God. Yesterday is called “Angry Monday.” The next day “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all …

Vulnerable

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“No, he’s not safe. But he’s good.” I love this conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and the children in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The Beavers are explaining to the children who Aslan is, the king, the Lord, the Lion. Readers know the lion, Aslan, to represent Jesus Christ in the story. He’s not a …

Let’s Grow!

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

There is no such thing as a full-grown tree. The day a tree stops growing, it dies. There is no such thing as a full-grown person or a full-grown church, either. Is it as simple, then, as grow or die?

Light

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Could you go outside tonight and point to the Big Dipper in the sky? How about the North Star? Did you know this? The two stars on the outer edge of the Big Dipper’s bowl (the edge farther from the handle), if you draw a line extending from the star on the bottom through the star on the top, this …

What Made Abraham’s Faith Great?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When he was 75 years old, Abraham was called by God to travel to the land of Canaan and dispossess its people from the land God promised would belong to Abraham and his descendants.  Over the next 24 years Abraham and his household would encounter hostile enemies and family squabbling, they would go hungry from famines, more than a once …

How Much Does Jesus Love You?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

How much does Jesus give to you? How much healing and hope? How much mercy? How much provision and power? How much of his personal presence?  When he suffered and died for you, did he throw his hands in the air and say,”Enough, I can’t take any more,” and bail out?  How attentive is he when listening to your prayers. …

Come As You Are

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

People create our own versions of God and then point fingers of blame at these versions of God. “He let my sister die. He doesn’t care.” “He sent a hurricane. He’s cruel.” “He needs to be number one in your life. He’s such a narcissist.” But these inaccurate versions of God aren’t real, so the fault isn’t, either. God is …