Dear Crossroads Family,
A reminder that the worship serice this Sunday morning will take place at 10:00 at the community building at Marmaduke Park. We will not be at the Y this Sunday due to a pickleball tournament being held there.
The Marmaduke building will be open around 9:30. Come ready to worship, to serve, to bless and be blessed. Shane McCasslin will preach this Sunday in my place. I look forward to being with you again on July 18 back at the Y.
(There will not be a sermon posted on Facebook this weekend.)
Please pray for me as I travel to Portland, Oregon, to see my kids there — my son Andrew, and his wife Molly; my daughter Betsy, and her boyfriend Dan. I look forward to seeing all the kids, as well as a part of the country I’ve never been to before.
My good friend and mentor, Dave Sletten, went to be with the Lord this week on Monday after a long struggle. What a unique person Dave was, and we were brought together under unique circumstances. Dave taught our Hermann church to love each other. Dave had a wonderful habit of ending a conversation by saying, “I love you so much.” So simple, yet so meaningful and helpful to a relationship.
Dave’s obituary hasn’t been posted yet, but it will eventually be available at this site: https://www.johnsonfh.com/obituary/david-sletten I would love for you to read about this friend and faithful servant of God.
I’ve been asked to officiate at Dave’s sermon next week on Tuesday in the Minneapolis area. So please pray for me as I travel and serve. Here is my itinerary. I would appreciate your prayers.
Thursday (7/8): Leave for Portland.
Monday (7/12): Return to KC from Portland. Drive part-way to Minneapolis.
Tuesday (7/13): Funeral in Minneapolis, and return part-way home.
Wednesday (7/14): Home to Nevada.
Please continue to pray for our need for a new meeting place. We have a couple good possibilities; please pray for God’s clear leading, and for our elders as they make a final decision. Thank you for praying! God expects that of us.
I heard the following challenging thoughts this week on the subject of giving everything to the Lord. I hope they will encourage you to renew your walk with our wonderful Savior, the Lord Jesus!
He has dealt bountifully with you, and now what shall you render to Him? Has not the practical answer been, “Just as much as I can conveniently spare after I have rendered all that society asks, and all that self, or personal enjoyment, claims. Just as much as I can spare Him with risks of the least awkwardness, or remark, or self-denial. Of course, one must give up the bulk of one’s time and talents and influence and thoughts and desires and efforts to other things, but He shall have the chips and shavings, the odds and ends of what I don’t particularly want for myself or for anybody else.”
O to be true-hearted and whole-hearted! To be really His faithful servant! To throw overboard forever the divided allegiance which is valueless!
“The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ. We look at it like this: if one died for all men then, in a sense, they all died, and his purpose in dying for them is that their lives should now be no longer lived for themselves but for him who died and rose again for them” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Phillips Bible).
May God bless you and all of us as we follow Christ and live wholeheartedly for Him! Thank you for who you are; thank you for joining in this journey with Him together!