God Rocks

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Solid as a rock. That’s what we say. Rocks represent what is unmoveable. Steadfastness. Faithfulness. Always there. Build on the rock. Stand on the rock. Strength. Endurance. A fighter from the 70’s named Rocky. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a well built professional wrestler turned actor and producer. The disciple Peter given a similar name by Jesus, “the Rock” (John 1:42). …

Worry About God

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

In his sermon on the mount Jesus says things like: “Settle matters quickly with your adversary (5:25)…Be careful (6:1)…Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven (6:20)…Watch out for false prophets (7:15)…A wise man built his house on the rock” (7:24).  All of these activities involve sanctified Christian worrying, that is, a deeply devoted Christian attention and concern. So Jesus both …

The Fragrance of Forgiveness

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

You can bless others in a multitude of ways, but perhaps the most difficult way is forgiving someone who has hurt you. That takes some work, some time, some prayer, some stamina, some humility, some courage, some hope, some clear words, some … I read a quote today (the source of which is reported to be Mark Twain) that expanded …

When You’ve Had Enough

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Elijah’s emotional, spiritual, and physical condition is at its peak. By the power of the Lord he had just outrun the mighty horses of King Ahab’s chariot and returned from Mt. Carmel 30 miles away. At Mt. Carmel the Lord had answered his prayer and consumed his saturated sacrifice with fire from heaven.  The prophets of Baal watched and waited …

Change Me, God

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When it comes to God’s divine work of forgiveness, the Bible makes one thing clear: forgiveness changes things. Forgiveness changed Joseph’s brothers, it changed the sinful woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her tears, and it changed Nicodemus. Forgiveness is powerful. It doesn’t matter how impossible it might seem, when God is at work, forgiveness is possible. Have years of …

Happily Married

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A young girl had just seen Cinderella and was testing her aunt’s knowledge of the story. The aunt, wanting to impress the young girl, said, “Okay, but I know what happens at the end.” “What?” the girl inquired. “Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after.” To which the girl answered knowingly, “No they didn’t, they got married!” Ouch. That …

Traction

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you know that feeling when you’re skidding and you can’t stop? Anyone who has driven on ice or hydroplaned during a rainstorm knows how helpless it feels.  That’s how life can feel sometimes. Loss of control. When we face uncontrollable circumstances, it can be scary. So our reaction is to try to control as much as we can.  Control …

Mixed Messages

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Real examples of signs with mixed messages: From Los Angeles, CA – Antique tables made daily!  From Racine, WI – Happy Easter / We rent handguns  From Mitchell, SD – Safe Haven Small Animal Hospital / Hunters Welcome!  From Mill Valley, CA – a sign reading “Evacuation Route” with an arrow pointing straight ahead, but on the same post a …

10 Things to Learn from Jesus Turning Water into Wine

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

The first miracle performed by Jesus and recorded in the Bible is when he attends a wedding reception. The family ran out of wine and didn’t know what to do. Mary, the mother of Jesus, also attending the wedding reception, makes a personal plea to Jesus, who turns water into wine. You can read about it in John chapter 2.  …