Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
Hello, Crossroads Family!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers as our family took some time off! It was good to step back, be refreshed, and get a renewed perspective on life and ministry! These are busy days for all of us, and there is much uncertainty in the world. God has not changed, however, and He will continue to rule and overrule circumstances in the days to come. I hope you have experienced some personal renewal as well. I look forward to our gathering for worship this coming Sunday morning. Pastor Jerry Carlin will be our guest speaker. Jerry’s message will be on Jesus’ teachings concerning anxiety, and God’s pathway to anxiety-free living. It sounds like a message we all need … and perhaps you know a friend or family member who could benefit as well from this Sunday’s message. Why not invite them to join us at 10:00 at the Y?
We will worship at the Communion table this Sunday as well. We will have bread separated out into individual cups, and of course the grape juice will be in individual cups as well. If you are more comfortable bringing your own bread and drink, please feel free to do so.
Jerry is currently serving as Regional Church-Health Coach for Evangelical Free Churches in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. That means he travels to some twenty E-Free churches in this area and is, in particular, a support to the pastors of those churches. Jerry caught up with me recently in Nevada and even took a look at the building we later visited as a church on Washington Street. Jerry and his wife Donna served previously for twenty-five years at The Springs Church in Springfield, Missouri, where Jerry was the original Church-Planter and Senior Pastor. Jerry has a Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jerry and Donna have been friends to me and my family for many years, going back to our original missionary years with the EFCA in France. Jerry has a heart for church-planting ministry ; the people and staff at The Springs Church have prayed and supported Crossroads in many practical ways over the course of these past several years. I know we will be blessed by Jerry’s visit this Sunday!
God is a help in trouble.
Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea ; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.”
This entire psalm should be a comfort to us. The first verse alone is simple to memorize and carry with you : “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Notice how easily the end of that verse telescopes and lifts our spirits :
- God is a help.
- God is a present help.
- God is a very present help.
- God is a very present help in trouble.
Let’s trust Him and follow Him with confidence ! I look forward to worshiping Him with you this Sunday at 10:00 at the Y!
See you then!
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