Hello, Crossroads Family!
Don’t forget about our Christmas Eve service this Friday night, starting at 6:30, at the Community Center. We’re going to have a fun and meaningful time! I hope you’ll bring a friend or family members and make some worship and fellowship a part of your Christmas Eve. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
We’ll gather this coming Sunday morning for worship at 10:00, also at the Community Center. Our sermon will be a good one for the coming new year. I hope to see you there.
I’ll be taking time off from the December 27 through January 2. If you have a need during that time, please contact Cris, Dave, or Shane. I’m looking forward to you hearing from Jason Burrows, a seminary student at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, on Sunday,
January 2. Jason is a very likable young man who comes from an Evangelical Free Church in New Jersey. I look forward to him becoming a new friend to our church.
Thanks to all who have served so well and so faithfully this past year at Crossroads! We couldn’t have done it without you!
My good friend Bart Larson shared these encouraging thoughts in a recent email of his. I hope you’ll read them and take them to heart as we finish 2021 and look ahead to a new year!
1.) “Don’t doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.” If God has given you a promise, cling to it. Remember, when you hit bottom you’re a candidate for a miracle!
2.) Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor me.” That verse has got me through some pretty hard times, like the time a hospice patient lied and almost got me fired. It was so bad that my boss said, “Bart, this nursing home may never allow you in their front door again!” It crushed me! Two weeks later, the head nurse said they realized what had happened, that this patient was doing the same thing with all their staff, making up lies. The nurse assured me that I was loved by staff and residents! God had honored me.
3.) Worry is always God’s invitation to pray.
4.) Don’t be ashamed to ask people to pray for you.
5.) Lastly, keep looking up! I truly believe this could be the year the Lord returns. If you knew you had only one year to live, whether because of death or the Lord’s return, how would you live this coming year? Would you be prepared to come into the Lord’s presence with joy and with your head held high (Jude 24), or would it be hung low with shame and remorse (I John 2:28)? We live in a crazy world. “Conformity to a sick society is to be sick,” writes Richard Foster. Whether Christ comes this next year or not, a wise person will live as if He might!
I hope to see you this Friday evening !