Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
April 13, 2018
Dear Crossroads Family & Friends —
I look forward to this coming Sunday’s worship and re-connecting with each other! Our sermon will be on the subject of “Overcoming Discouragement,” from Acts 18:1-22. Did the Apostle Paul experience a patch of discouragement as he journeyed to the Greek city of Corinth with his message of Jesus and the resurrection? He later wrote to the Corinthians: “When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom…I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling”
(1 Corinthians 1:1,3). What kinds of provisions did God make for Paul during a time of possible discouragement? How does he provide for you and me during times of discouragement? Plan to join the church family at 10:00 a.m. at the Y this Sunday.
We will also have our Adult Bible Study this Sunday at 9:00 at the Y. We are on the ninth of the Ten Commandments in our series “The Ten Greatest Struggles of Your Life.” “You shall not lie” is the ninth commandment. I seem to remember someone describing lying as “the handle which fits any tool in the toolbox.” In a long list of sins which Paul says Christians are to avoid (Ephesians 4:25-31), lying is the first on the list. It is perhaps the most widespread characteristic of the old way of life that still haunts us. Why our great struggle with telling the truth? How can God give victory in this struggle?
Youth Group goes roller skating this Saturday evening, 7-9:00, at Skate Town, 3220 S Hwy 32, in El Dorado Springs. Bring a friend and money for a snack. Admission and skate rental will be paid for. No youth group this Sunday evening.
Family Meeting: We’ll have an all-church “Family Meeting” immediately following the worship service next Sunday, April 22. We have quite a few things to cover at the meeting, including an update on finances, and ministry & fellowship opportunities for the summer. Please plan to attend. Everyone is welcome.
Baptism: There will be a baptism at the conclusion of worship on April 29. If you are interested in following the Lord in baptism, please let me know. Thank you.
Thanks again to all who made our Easter morning such a special and memorable event!
Thanks to the team who helped make a move for the Moss House this week. The help Crossroads provides these women and their families is greatly appreciated!
Thanks to our team of Children’s Church & Nursery workers, and to our youth group leaders, Hannah and Forrest!
Children’s Church & Nursery Schedule for remainder of April:
April 15: Michelle / Esther
April 22: Ebony / Julie
April 29: Judi
Thanks to those who help with worship Sunday after Sunday: Hannah, Esther, Sam, Evan, Natalie, Ebony. We are grateful for your leading and service!
Thanks to all who set up and tear down the worship area on Sundays!
Promises & Prayers for the Future
Like many of you, I am blessed by reading regularly through the psalms. Earlier this week, I was reading through Psalm 25 which seemed to break down fairly easily into a set of promises and a set of prayers concerning God’s leading of our lives. Several in our church family are waiting upon the Lord for guidance for the future. I found David’s prayers, and God’s promises, to be helpful and encouraging.
• “In you, O God, I trust.” 25:2
• “Do not let me be ashamed.” 25:2
• “Make me know your ways, O Lord.” 25:4
• “Teach me your paths.” 25:4
• “Lead me in your truth, and teach me.” 25:5
I love the liberty God gives us in this psalm to pray these kinds of prayers,… and with confidence! David prayed them, and so can we!
• He instructs sinners in the way. 25:8
• He leads the humble in justice. 25:9
• He teaches the humble his way. 25:9
• All his paths are lovingkindness and truth. 25:10
• He will instruct his people in the way they should choose. 25:12
• The soul of his followers will abide in prosperity. 25:13
Furthermore, the psalm tells us of a God who can be trusted:
• He is a God of truth. 25:5
• He is the God of salvation. 25:5
• He is a God of compassion. 25:6
• He is a God of lovingkindness. 25:6,7
• He is good. 25:7
• He is upright. 25:8
• He is a teacher. 25:4,8,9,12
• He pardons. 25:11,18
• He is characterized by grace. 25:16
• He is a rescuer. 25:17,20,22
• He is a refuge. 25:20
The questions I was left with for myself (ourselves), when I had picked away all those promises and prayers and truths, were these three:
• Am I trusting? “O my God, in you I trust” (25:2).
• Am I teachable? “Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” (25:4)
• Am I praying? “For you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day.” (25:5)
I heard someone say this week that prayer is an activity that sets processes in motion in heaven. I wonder, do I hold onto that reality? Do I really pray? Do I trust (i.e., believe God’s promises)? Am I able and willing for God to teach me things that go beyond what’s on my prayer “wish list”?
I look forward to worshiping this trustworthy God with you on Sunday!
See you then!