4/5/19– Biblical Meditation

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

I steered clear of meditation, until I truly understood it. My fear was that meditation required some mystic, new age mindlessness. I’d have to sit cross-legged and hum or groan and hold my breath, all while wearing a robe and listening to pan flute music. Now I love it. No, not sitting cross-legged (ugh, that gets difficult when you’re over …

4/4/19– Temple

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The “wow” factor of the temple was part of God’s plan to impress the world, like the intent of any of the world’s most impressive buildings today. Except, God had more in mind, namely, to attract people to something more spectacular: his love for all sinners. By the time Jesus came, the temple had been destroyed and rebuilt. And a …

4/3/19– Search Me

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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24). Use that lint roller to find and remove debris that you can’t see but others can. The dog hair. Your own hair. Fuzz from your sweater. The sticky …

4/2/2019– Treasure

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My truck is much more valuable than it looks. It’s a 2001 Ford F-150. Navy color but severely faded. The windshield has a big crack from top to bottom right down the middle, along with more than a few chips in it. The rear cab windows don’t work. The light switch falls off. The right windshield wiper is misaligned. The …

4/1/19– Heart

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What is the most important part of your body? My chiropractor insists it is the spine, because we’ve designed replacement or enhancement surgeries for other parts. Nobody gets spine replacement surgery, he says, so you better take care of yours. And well. The Bible says the most important part of you is your heart, but not in a physical way …

3/29/2019– Real Peace

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Imagine you have committed an ethical crime. You want to cover it up. You create fake identities. Aliases. You’re on the run. You duck from video cameras which are everywhere. To escape attention you move around a lot. You’re always looking over your shoulder. No peace. Then imagine, it all magically goes away. Evidence turns up that you didn’t even …

3/28/2019– Prodigal

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One of Jesus’ most famous parables has changed names over the years. Modern Bible translations refer to Luke 15:11-32 at “The Parable of the Lost Son.” In earlier translations, it was titled “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” When was the last time you used “prodigal” in a sentence? It’s just an ancient and misunderstood word. But it has deep …

3/27/2019– Seek me, God

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Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible, at 176 verses. You could call it God’s Word about God’s Word. The psalm utilizes 8 different synonyms for God’s Word, and uses those synonyms 178 times in 176 verses. God has something to say here about what he has to say! With the psalm writer, we rejoice in the benefits …

3/26/2019– Jesus is the Gate

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Doors or gates serve two purposes. They keep in what is supposed to stay in, and keep out what is supposed to stay out. They allow full access in a way that doesn’t compromise #1. Your refrigerator doors keep cold air in, keep warm air out, and allow easy, full access to the scrumptious food inside. Jesus identifies himself in …