Broken Bones

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” (Psalm 51:8,9). Three years ago I broke the first bone I’ve ever broken in my body, the tip of my finger. Something very heavy dropped on it. Man, that hurt! It crushed the little finger …

You Might Feel Dizzy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

There’s a Greek word used in the Bible that means “spinning around and getting dizzy” like on one of those spinning rides at the fair.  It happens when anyone believes “every wind of teaching” and buys into “the craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).  As a result, we are “blown here and there.” That’s where the Greek …

Group Needed

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you ever wonder how much superstars actually need their supporting team members? Their supporting actors or actresses? Their supporting band members and backup singers?  Make a mental list right now of lead singers who went solo after successful careers with popular groups singing platinum hits—but their solo career never took off. The list is long. The apostle Paul had …

God’s Mercy in Church

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In a situation where you aren’t sure whether to show mercy or justice, whether to live at peace or fight, extend love or judgment … if you get it wrong, get it wrong on the side of mercy, peace and love. “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” (Jude 1:2), the Bible says. Let these be more abundant. Adam, …

Pray More About God

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Are you familiar with the 5 love languages? One of them is called “quality time.” It means togetherness—and not just proximity but attention. Quality time is two people sharing themselves in the moment, focused on the relationship. Jesus teaches that you can improve your prayer life by appreciating prayer as quality time with God. “When you pray … Your Father, …

Idols

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The idols whose promises and pleasures attract us are not—Are Not!—the real deal. When our hearts find more fulfillment and satisfaction in them instead of God, we are worshipping creation instead of the Creator. And creation is “subjected to frustration” (Romans 8:20). We self-medicate on alcohol or drugs, masking the symptoms of our deeper sin problems that then root themselves …

God’s Mercy Doesn’t Know Last

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In his parable about the landowner who gave the 1-hour workers the same full day’s wage as the 12-hour workers, Jesus concluded with a somewhat famous statement. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16).  If you’re first, this isn’t very encouraging. But who is always first? Only those who think they should be. …

God’s Mercy Economy

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

How do you feel about professional athletes who make as much in a one game as you make going to work every weekday for a decade?  Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott pulled in more than $100 million last year. Some argue, considering careers and their value to society, that teachers and social workers should make much more money and professional …