Hello, Crossroads Family!
A few reminders and thoughts as we head toward the end of the week. I’m grateful for each of you and the impact you have for good in the world!
Below is a link to one of the clearest and most exciting teachings I may have ever heard about what happens when we die. I hope you’ll take time to listen — it’s about 50 minutes long. You’ll be encouraged, and many questions you may have about “life after life” will be answered. The Easter season is a perfect time to consider what we really know about this subject.
When you go to the link, click on the program called “O Death, Where is Your Sting?”
Most of these are not new, but all are important! Here’s the “no-frills” version:
Worship this Sunday.
10:00 at the Community Center.
If you want to read ahead for the sermon, take a look at Revelation 11.
Elders meeting following the worship service.
Breakfast 9:00 at the Community Center. Sign-ups for food on back table this Sunday, or contact Heather V. or Julie K.
Worship at 10:00 following breakfast. A great chance to invite someone!
Forms available in the back on Sunday, or contact Heather Hall.
The church directory will be the most beneficial if everyone is in it. Thanks!
Good Friday Service
7 pm, April 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 500 N. Olive Street.
Sponsored by Vernon County Ministerial Alliance.
Next youth group — Sunday, April 16, following the worship service.
Meet for lunch at Jessica’s, 402 S. Washington Street.
Visit from Tyrell Shoemaker
Tyrell and his family are new missionaries to Crossroads, serving the Lord in Chicago.
Tyrell will be with us for the worship service on April 30.
We need someone to pick Tyrell up at MCI on Saturday, the 29th, around 2:30 pm, and someone to take him back to Kansas City Sunday afternoon.
Andrew La Near’s Grandmother
Some of you have been praying for Andrew’s grandmother who had surgery yesterday (Wednesday) to remove a tumor behind her eye. The 8 1/2-hour surgery went well. Now a long road of recovery. Thanks for praying for Brenda and for Andrew’s family. Thanks to God for His care!
Some Food for Thought from God’s Word
These Bible verses ministered to me at different times this week. I hope they will encourage you, starting with one we finished up last Sunday’s worship service with:
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
(So simple. Are you and I keeping watch over our heart at all times? What wonderful changes come about in our life and attitudes when we do!)
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
(Could hardly be more straightforward, right? Will we believe it? What wonderful promises are made here! And, yes, as a result, we need not fear or be dismayed. “Dismayed” is an little-used word that describes what our attitude often is. God’s promise to be near and to lead is the antidote to that!)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(I love Palm Sunday, don’t you? The picture of our loving, humble Savior riding into Jerusalem to the acclamation of the crowds … just as predicted 500 years earlier by the prophet Zechariah.)
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
(I wonder if we’ve lost the habit of expecting God’s intervention, God’s miracles. Could it be that the Lord doesn’t do more because we somehow express to Him that we’re not expecting Him to? What is it we would like for the Lord to do … in our homes, in our world, in our church? Let’s ask with anticipation of Him acting.)
2 Timothy 2:2
The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
(How are you presently involved in the work of discipleship? This is the primary work we’re called to do while we continue to live as Christians on the earth. Is there someone you’re “pouring into” in an intentional way who will then pour into the next person? This is the primary way of growing a healthy church.)
I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 10:00! You’ll be glad you came! Sermon will be posted on Facebook.