In the Picture

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Do you have one of those photos on your shelf, showing you standing next to someone you’d rather not remember? An ex? A cousin who stole money? Or maybe you’ve photoshopped them out of the picture and replaced them with a tree. Do you think someone has a picture in their possession and they wish you weren’t in it? Or …

You May Die

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“You. May. Die.” Those three words actually promote a grueling, annual competition in Vermont known as the Death Race. It claims to be the most physically demanding and difficult race in the world.  Its home page boasts that in a prior competition “racers faced 3,000 burpees, an all night trek over the infamous Bloodroot Gap, a 30,000-foot rope pull, and …

A Better Place

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

“She’s in a better place,” people say about a believer in Jesus who has died.  Those aren’t just nice-sounding words but a promised truth of the Bible: “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).  For Christians, dying results in something gained, something we didn’t have before, an improvement over the way things were while we lived on earth.  Better.  The apostle …

The means of Grace

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

God is always working. He never sleeps. He is always seeking to save and strengthen souls. His ways are many and marvelous. God can send lighting and thunder, marching across the horizon. God can adjust weather patterns, he can send his angels to prevent you from an accident, he can supply you with daily bread in the form of spaghetti …

Open my lips, Lord

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I showed a group of kids a colorful plastic bottle a bit thinner and taller than a soda can. It pictured a few happy kiddos on the front label, holding little plastic wands and blowing soapy bubbles. I asked the kids, “What’s in this bottle?” And guess what they replied (actually shouted while jumping up and down). “Bubbles!” Nope. I …

Follow His Love

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There is a part of us, even as followers of Jesus, that bristles at the commands of God because they always expect more than we want to give, take us to people who aren’t easy to love, and ask us to do what we think we cannot ever accomplish.  “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one …

Kept Safe

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Have you ever led a tour? Been responsible for a large group of people traveling a long distance? Chaperoned a class trip, band trip, or sports traveling team? At the end of the day, what is your primary purpose? To safely deliver the same amount of 1st graders or hockey players or adult day care residents you started with. That …

Another Good Day

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

It turns to midnight. The second hand of your clock ticks onto the 12, exactly aligned with the minute hand and the hour hand. Like an arrow pointing up to God in heaven, all three of them touch for just a millisecond.  And then, no longer.  God nudges the second hand forward and in seconds it becomes 12:01 a.m. A …

God’s Classroom

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Our experience in school teaches us many lessons about human behavior. One of them is this: almost every classroom has two kinds of people, 1) the teacher’s pet, and 2) the class clown. The teacher’s pet is favored by the teacher because of their obedience, conformity, perhaps intelligence, often offering extra compliments or gifts to the teacher, and a model …