Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
Dear Crossroads Family —
Some random samplings from my journal from the past few weeks are below. I feel that sometimes in the springtime life revs up in a hurry, don’t you? It seems there is much going on right now…in my own life, in the church, in your life, in the world.
Here are some ways the Lord has spoken to me; I hope something will be an encouragement to you to keeping moving forward with Him!
On God saving by grace through faith:
“Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
“Now if a man works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as a fair reward. But if a man, irrespective of his work, has faith in Him who justifies the sinful, then that man’s faith is counted as righteousness. This is the happy state of the man whom God accounts righteousness apart from his achievements, as David expresses it: How blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not reckon sin.” Romans 4:3-8 (Phillips Translation)
On God’s will :
God’s will is arranged so that we will grow day by day in our faith in Jesus Christ. His will is not our happiness; happiness is only a by-product of growing in our faith in Him. The purpose of God’s guidance in your life is that you would know Him better — not just know your Bible better, but know God better. Stop praying, “God, show me Your will! Pray, instead, “God, show me Yourself!” — from a sermon by Warren Wiersbe
No one can prevent me from doing the will of God. I can, however, choose not to do it. We choose to sin because we are sinners by nature. — Elisabeth Elliot
On living through hard circumstances:
During his forty years in the desert, Moses learned…
… that when you’re going through a hard time, you have to be willing to do anything (such as, in Moses’ case, being a shepherd of sheep).
… that when you’re going through a hard time you need other people. (While Moses was in the desert, God gave him a family.)
… to trust. (Moses was a long time in the desert. Forty years = 14,000+ days.)
… obedience. (When God called Moses back to Egypt, Moses was initially reluctant to do what God asked.)
God is for us in hard times. In a hard time, God has you exactly where He wants you … even if you think it’s your fault that you’re in “the desert.” Don’t ever interpret the silence of God as the indifference of God. The desert has a way of giving us a new “touch” with God. The palaces of Egypt could never have taught Moses what God taught him in the desert. — from a sermon by Erwin Lutzer
The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24
The precious possession of a man is diligence. Proverbs 12:27
No matter how hard your story is, someone else has been through something harder. And someone else has been through your circumstances with success.
Many people won’t pray until they’re desperate. So … God sometimes leads us into desperate situations. — Erwin Lutzer
Good proverbs. Following God’s way may actually keep us from dying!
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil ; but a fool is arrogant and careless. Proverbs 14:16
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27
On hanging in there!
“Don’t be afraid of going slowly; be afraid of standing still.”
Easter Sunday at Crossroads
We’re looking forward to a special time of worship and celebration this Sunday morning at the Y. I hope you’ll be there! Breakfast begins at 8:30, followed by a special worship service at 10:00! Christ has risen from the dead, and that changes everything!
Some of our ladies plan to attend the Women of Joy conference in Branson October 1-3. More information this Sunday in the bulletin, or contact Heather Hall (email@example.com, or 417-321-0303).
Thanks to those who contribute so faithfully to the Lord’s work at Crossroads. The Lord is blessing the church’s financial giving this year. Let’s continue to be faithful givers.
Thanks to those who worked with our Youth Group last night! I heard it was a good time for those who came!
Several of you are working hard to prepare Easter breakfast! Thank you! Thanks to those who serve in the nursery this Sunday and every Sunday! Thanks to our Set-Up Team, our Worship Team, and our Follow-Up Team!
I’m looking forward to seeing several of you at my house tomorrow night for a Passover Seder meal. We’re going to have a great time! See you at 6 pm!
— I hope to see everyone on Sunday! The sermon will be posted on Facebook by Saturday evening for those who cannot be present on Sunday.