Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
March 6, 2019
Looking forward to Home Group tonight at 6:30 at Cris & Donna Rodriguez’s home! There will be fun fellowship and good study time for adults and young people! Plan on joining us tonight! It’s midweek refreshment for the heart!
- **contact us for location**
- 6:30 – food & fellowship
- 7:00 – divide up for more fellowship and study
- 8:00 – homeward bound
I’m excited about the message and worship coming up this Sunday morning, March 10, at the YMCA starting at 10:00. We’ll continue to work our way through 1 Corinthians. This Sunday we’ll reach chapter 14, an important chapter which discusses the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. Wherever I’ve gone, people have asked me about this particular miraculous gift of God’s Spirit. I look forward to seeing with you what practical message the the Lord has for us from this part of 1 Corinthians! If you have time before Sunday, why don’t you read through all of 1 Corinthians 14. The entire chapter is actually about speech in the church. If you think this week’s subject is difficult, in two weeks we’ll reach the part where Paul writes, “The women are to keep silent in the churches.” Wow! What is that about? I encourage you to be present this Sunday. And as always, if you must miss, you can hear Crossroads sermons by going to our website, www.nevadacrossroadschurch.org.
A Few More Notes & Reminders
- Don’t forget the time change this weekend! Spring forward one hour this Saturday night!
- A congregational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, immediately following the worship service. This is an informal time of planning, catching up, reviewing finances, and praying. A lot of good things are happening at Crossroads, and we want to keep everyone up to speed as the Lord leads us together. Everyone is welcome!
- Next men’s discipleship and fellowship: Monday, March 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Precision Coffee, 127 East Cherry Street. All men and your friends are welcome to join us!
- I will be on vacation during the Nevada schools Spring Break, March 11-17. Shane McCaslind will preach for us on Sunday, March 17. If you have a need during that period of time, please contact one of the elders.
A Mighty Man
Not too long ago I was listening to a sermon from the book of Ruth (chapter 2, in particular). The speaker was talking about Boaz, a main character in the story, as being a picture of the Lord Jesus. Boaz provided for Ruth in ways similar to how the Lord provides for us:
- Guidance: “Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field,…but stay here with my maids’” (2:8).
- Protection: “I have commanded the servants not to touch you” (2:9).
- Comfort / Encouragement: Ruth to Boaz, “You have spoken kindly to your maidservant.”
- Acceptance: “Boaz commanded his servants, saying, ‘Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her’” (2:15).
- Provision: “You shall also purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her” (2:16).
Are you able to trust the Lord today for these things – guidance, protection, comfort & encouragement, acceptance, and provision? This basically covers everything we need, doesn’t it? It makes me think of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need” (NLT).
Here too are some specific ways to pray for someone you know who is in need – maybe some in the Crossroads family. We can go with confidence to the Lord to ask for these things on behalf of someone we know and love. The name Boaz means, “strength is within him.” He was a “mighty man,” and the Lord Jesus is our Mighty Man !
A Successful Show Choir Season
In my other life as a piano accompanist, …
— We’ve had a successful show choir season. At last Saturday’s competition in Webb City, two of our choirs placed first in their respective divisions, one placed second, and one was named Grand Champion (out of 26 choirs). We also won awards for “Best Opener,” “Best Ballad,” “Best Closer,” “Best Choreography,” and “Best Vocals.”
— Our Nevada Show Choir Classic which was canceled in February due to bad weather has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 23. Would love to have you come for some good shows, good food, and to support the program!
— We’ve been invited to a national competition in Branson at the Mansion Theatre on April 6, and to sing the National Anthem at a Springfield Cardinals game this spring.
— Several of our vocal soloists competed this week at the District Music Contest in Stockton. Five of those soloists earned a 1 rating and will compete at the State Music Contest in April.
Hope to see you tonight, and as many as possible on Sunday!