Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
September 7, 2018
Hello Crossroads Family!
Has it been as busy a week for you as it has been for me? I hope it has been a good one for you! I know there’s a lot going on in all of our lives, and there are many concerns and needs in our lives and extended families. Thanks for praying for each other.
A verse that encouraged me today, and which can also be a short prayer you can pray to the Lord, is found in Psalm 70:4. It comes in two parts:
• “Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in you.” I hope that’s true for you. I pray the Lord gives you reasons to rejoice and be glad.
• “And let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified.’” I pray we might grow more and more in love with belonging to God through the gift of salvation. May he be magnified (made much of) at Crossroads Church.
A few reminders below. There are some good things kicking off at Crossroads this fall season :
— Youth Bible Study, 9:00 – 9:45. A Bible study time for all Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers begins this Sunday morning just prior to our worship at 10:00. Should be a great time of being with friends, and of asking and answering — from a biblical point of view — some of the questions you have about life!
— Adult Bible Study, 9:00 – 9:45. For all adults, we’re going to have a good time studying the challenging Old Testament book of Leviticus. What is the theme of Leviticus? Why should we bother learning about such an old, odd part of the Bible? You’ll find yourself in the book of Leviticus, and through studying it you’ll grow more in love with our wise and loving Lord. Please come for an informal study time Sunday at 9:00. It will be a way to warm your heart up for worship at 10:00
— Worship at 10:00. We’ll experience the offering of our praises and of our lives to the living Lord. Our sermon will be from 1 Corinthians 2, “Wisdom For Those Who Want It and Need It!”
This Coming Wednesday
— Home Group & Youth Group, 6:30 – 8:00, at Cris & Donna’s. It was great to be back together last Wednesday for Home Group and a new activity time for our Youth Group. There were fifteen people there, including the youth. But if you weren’t there, we missed you! We’ll have some pizza this coming Wednesday at 6:30, then split up into an adult sermon-discussion group, and youth group. I hope you can join us!
Monday, September 17
Our new monthly men’s fellowship time will happen Monday evening at 6:30 pm in the meeting room of Buzz’s BBQ. I hope as many of you men as possible can join us for some dinner and a short study in our discipleship series. Men connecting spiritually is always an encouraging time of seeing the Christian life on a very practical level. I hope to see you on the 17th at 6:30. We’ll try to finish around 8:00.
Wednesday, September 19
We’ll connect again with Joe Chenoweth at 6:30 pm at the Rodriguezes to “walk the walls” and see how God wants to build and grow Crossroads. Anyone is welcome to join this time of discussion, vision-casting, and prayer.
Thanks to everyone who contributes to the ministry, worship, and fellowship at Crossroads! There are so many big and little things that have to be done each week, even for a small church like ours! And all of it supported by your prayers and giving. Thank you!
Thirty-three years ago tonight I was walking down the aisle with my new bride, Diana Decker Rea. She was a one-of-a-kind person; truly most people who knew her would say she was their best friend. She certainly was mine, which is why I miss her so much. Ours was not a perfect marriage, but it was a good one. Our coming together was not just two people attracted to each other, but our wish truly was to serve Christ together. Hers was a missionary heart – she was fully convinced each day that if we obey the Lord Jesus (not just in the “big” ways, but in the details) we will experience abundant life, as he said in John 10:10. She wanted to share that life with everyone she could, especially with those who had had the least opportunity to hear about it.
I still believe life with Christ is an abundant one, and I hope as a church we believe it and are experiencing it in greater degrees as we journey through life together! Last week at home group we asked the question “What would make Crossroads a more ‘beautiful’ church?” Several good answers were given:
• loving each other
• building relationships so that we can offer real accountability, knowing others care for us
• reaching out to newcomers
• not feeling like we have to have all the answers
• not taking ourselves too seriously.
The Lord is building the Church. He promises to do it, and he promises that the Church will be a beautiful bride for him. Just think of that! That’s what he wants to make of us together!
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!