Loving and Leaving

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Rosalie was a quiet child and an average student who considered religious life in Manila—not necessarily someone you’d pick to make it through nursing school, move to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for several years, and take and retake English-language tests until, after 20 years of working, she could obtain a visa to the United States, take on …

Re-Solution

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Some researchers studied people who expressed interest in changing a behavior, beginning in January. About half the group attached a New Year’s resolution to the behavior change, and half did not.  Six months later, 46 percent of those who made a resolution were successful. But only 4 percent of non-resolvers had maintained the behavior change. Bottom line if you want …

The Chosen

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Cara and I have started watching a series called The Chosen. It follows the life and ministry of Jesus. And it does so in ways we have not experienced before. We really love it, and are being drawn into the story. The most compelling factor is how the series develops the characters of those around Jesus—mostly his disciples. I find …

No Longer Slaves

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Both sons in Jesus’ parable believed it was by works that they earned a place in their father’s household. “Make me like one of your hired servants,”was the younger son’s plan, and “All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders” (Luke 15:19,29) was the older son’s self-justification for pouting. The father interrupted the younger son’s …

Is He Your King?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Did you get a good view of the great conjunction the other week when Jupiter and Saturn aligned? It was nothing compared to the King of Heaven, Jesus. He did not just position himself for observation but personally came to this earth. Jesus is the real Christmas star, and he brings heaven to earth in the kingdom of God.

Agency

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth’.” (Jeremiah 1:9) Professional athletes hire agents to represent them—the agent swings deals, takes phone calls, and looks out for the interest of the athlete. Typically Christians think of God representing us, looking out for our interests. And …

It’s Almost Over!

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It feels like a grueling reading assignment. Ever had one of those?  You have to finish the book. Not by your choice but because your professor, your supervisor at work or your therapist demands it. And it is far from enjoyable. It’s even painful.  You turn each page hoping for something better. One paragraph in and, well, it just gets …

God What Should I Do?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

At some point, even the smartest of us faces a dilemma. A decision that could go either way. A list of options that we must analyze, prioritize or synthesize. If you really pay attention, this happens many, many times each day in big or small ways. Should I get up and grab a cup of coffee or keep working at …

Mary’s Prayer

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The rush and drama of labor and delivery was over. Mary now nestled the baby Jesus in her arms. The shepherds had returned to their fields. What next? “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Mary was soaking it all in. Creating memories. Considering the future. By pondering, she was putting the pieces …

Approachable

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Thank you for seeing me, sir.”  “Hello, Mr. McMillen, it’s a pleasure to meet you, sir.”  Jeanie just couldn’t decide what she’d say as she waited for her job interview. Maybe a simple, “Hi,” would be best. Or would that make her seem plain and boring? “Mr. McMillen will see you now,” the pleasant receptionist informed Jeanie with a smile, gesturing toward the …