Peace Is a Place

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A Christian friend helped me understand stress management a lot better. I have always subscribed to a biblical, peace-filled response to stress. I have experimented with stress management techniques and found them helpful to some degree. Breathing. Counting. Going for a walk or a motorcycle ride. Getting away for the weekend. Napping. Those helped with peace. And then my friend …

5 Facts You Didn’t Know about the Dead Sea

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Look at a map of Israel and it’s hard to miss the Dead Sea. This body of water is the largest geographical feature of the Holy Land. It dominates the southern section, and is actually not a sea at all but a big lake. 45 miles long and 10 miles wide.  The freshwater that runs into it from the Jordan …

Repair or Replace?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

My phone screen is cracked, but it’s not bad. Just one, thin line that doesn’t obstruct anything and isn’t getting worse. I don’t need to repair or replace it. But we’ve all been there. A shattered phone screen or a front windshield in your car with so many cracks it looks like a spider web. Do you repair that, or …

Holding My Bread

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Margaret, only three years old, woke up each morning holding not her cuddly teddy bear, but a crusty piece of bread.  She was one of thousands of children orphaned during the bombing raids of World War II and left to starve. Some were rescued and placed in refugee camps where they could receive food and care.  Many of these children …

Why Uzzah Died When He Touched the Ark

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In the Bible, we see lots of people die unnatural deaths. Lots of wars. David kills Goliath. King Herod decapitates John the Baptist. More wars. God drowns Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. God strikes down King Herod and he’s eaten by worms. God sends venomous snakes to bite and kill idolatrous Israelites. And then there’s this. A …

Carrying Each Other’s Burdens is Hard Work

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Does it feel like a heavy load taking care of the people in your life? Your family needs you. Your friends need you. You’re supposed to be considerate to all the other drivers during rush hour, all the other shoppers crammed into Costco, and all the other opinionated voices on social media. That’s hard work. And Jesus Christ demands nothing …

The Blind Man Shows the Way

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Erik Weihenmayer is an amazing athlete and adventurer. He’s kayaked all 277 miles of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. He has climbed the seven summits of the world, that is, the highest mountain peak on all seven continents. He has climbed the face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He has biked from Hanoi to Ho …

What If God Wins?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

You do want to win, don’t you? So how? How do you win?  How do you win the dating game and finally find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with?  How do you win making the right decision every time? How do you win the financial hardships and inflation challenges we’re facing, and still worship God …

Jesus Loves Kids

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When my son was 4 years old, he arrived at church with the rest of my family. One of our most faithful elderly men, who always showed up early, shook my son’s hand, bent down and said, “Good morning.”  My son replied, “You have bad breath.”  Not on my agenda The things kids say! You may have your own story …

The Best Version of You

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Dorcas “was always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36). Dorcas is a disciple, a follower of Jesus, who devotes her life to good works and charity. She does a lot of sewing for people and does it all the time, turning out tunics and comfortable clothing that the needy appreciate and friends admire “because Dorcas—sews them.” Her sewing …