June 10, 2021
I enjoyed a response from my son-in-law to my sermon last Sunday on “Why We Need Never Be Afraid.”
A number of years ago, Mark was attempting to better understand fear by locating what is the opposite of fear. One answer to the question, “What is the opposite of fear,” is “love.” The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Mark came to the conclusion that more than love, however, the opposite of fear is “sonship,” or “family.” Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'”
It’s an encouraging thought to consider that the opposite of fear is something we already possess — belonging to God and His family!
“Fear not, for I am with you,” is what He tells us. Fear not, for you are not alone.
What’s worrying you? What’s causing some degree of fear this week? May the reminder of family — alongside the covenants and promises we talked about last Sunday — bring you courage!
If you missed last Sunday’s sermon, take a listen on the Crossroads Facebook page. You’ll be glad you did, and it will prepare you for this coming Sunday’s sermon and worship.
While you’re on Facebook, be sure to catch the first session of Monday Night Bible Study. Our theme is “Spiritual Urban Legends.”
Updates and Prayer
Here’s a quick re-cap of conversation from last Sunday’s Crossroads Connection time:
The idea of using the church building in Deerfield is not going to work out. The church there plans to continue holding Sunday services as they are doing currently. Thanks for all who engaged in seeking God’s leading for this option.
Dave shared about contact he has had with the Nevada City Manager concerning possible use of the Community Center on Sunday mornings. This seems like a promising possibility. Several other options in and around Nevada were discussed, and various members are going to explore them further. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s leading and provision!
Following worship this Sunday (6/13), we need to empty all our things out of the HVAC room at the Y, as work begins Monday on replacing the HVAC unit there. Thanks to Shane who has offered to bring his trailer for temporary storage of our things. We could use a few hands following worship this Sunday!
We rejoice in the baptism of Joshua Hunt last Sunday! Would you pray for Josh and, by God’s grace, be a support to him as he walks with the Lord. Thank you!
More Reasons to Pray
Don’t forget that each Sunday in the bulletin is a purple insert with prayer requests. On one side are requests that have been submitted by Crossroads members to Heather Hall so that all of us can be praying. There is also space to write in additional prayer requests you hear about or think of. If you have something you’d like to have listed on that insert so others can pray, please let Heather know. (Requests will not be posted anywhere online.)
On the back side of the insert are various prayer requests from missionaries of the Evangelical Free Church. This is a great chance for us to connect with the Lord about spiritual needs around the world. Last week’s prayer requests were for Haiti.
Thank you for praying! What an important part of the life of a vibrant church!
Monday Night Bible Study
This coming Monday, June 14, 7 pm, live on Facebook, or in-person at my house, 628 W. Arch Street. Our second look at “Spiritual Urban Legends.” This week: “Faith can fix anything.” What is true faith? If I just believe something hard enough, can I make that thing happen? We’ll find out more Monday night! Join us!
Women of Joy Conference Sign Up
Don’t forget you can sign up at church on Sunday, or you can let Heather Hall know, if you’re interested in going to the Women of Joy Conference in Branson, October 1-3.
Next Youth Group
Wednesday, June 30.
“Since then you have in obedience to the truth, purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22).
I hope to see you this Sunday morning, 10:00, at the Y.
Good worship, refreshing fellowship, and a sermon from Genesis 9-10, “Gloom, Despair, Agony, Failure, … and Hope!”