I’d shown it to others and not been self-conscious about it. In fact, she’d seen it early on, 3+ weeks previous, when the swelling and bruises were fresh and obvious. Noticing my pause, “I want to see how you’re doing,” she explained. Oh, sure…
Scars are complicated things. We all have them, yet they can be so different! Some are physical and perhaps readily visible, while others are more difficult to notice and relational, emotional, psychological, or spiritual in nature. They all tell stories, yet their narratives vary widely. Many tell of something gone wrong, injury or conflict endured, and perhaps lessons learned in the process. Others show vulnerability or brokenness, interrupted plans or dreams, and of the need for overcoming intervention. Our scars are personal. They can inspire and strengthen or distract, discourage, and disrupt us.
God is very familiar with all kinds of scars- yours, mine, everyone’s. He even has scars of his own!
Jesus showed his scars to his disciples, proving he was alive and giving them his presence, peace, and power!
Through his scars and resurrection victory, Jesus’ healing and transforming power are at the ready…
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. -Isaiah 53:5
Risen Jesus asks, “Will you show me your scars?” “Let me help you, so you’re doing way better than okay!“
God lovingly smiles and delights over us whenever we approach him in prayer! God is described in the Bible as just, truthful, loving, compassionate, and highly relational. In Jesus, he understands and identifies
“Delight yourselvesin God, finding your joyin him at all times.Have a reputation for gentleness, never forgettingthe nearness of your Lord.Don’t worry about anything whatsoeve
r…Tell Godevery detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer,and the peace of God,which transcends human understanding,will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:4-7
It’s only been five weeks since I learned about my colon cancer, the last three during post-surgery recovery. In the two weeks before I was rolled out of a successful surgery, a lot of good and necessary stuff happened that I would never have chosen, but now would not trade… Fasts, cleanses, tests, scans, and scopes out the wazoo (literally). Pathology reports, abdominal incisions, robotic maneuvers, plumbing removal, hand sewn reconnections, etc…
As I try to process it all, I am incredibly thankful to God and so many others for their personal involvement in my healing and recovery! In my vulnerability and need, God reminded me to come to him and his love…
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
I will make an everlasting covenantwith you,
July 18, 2020
At some point during my surgical consult the details started to overwhelm me. Not emotionally, which would’ve been okay, but cognitively. I wanted to understand everything, but wasn’t quite able or prepared. My questions were more than my usual curiosity about how and why things are done. I was in need of some sense of control for a surgical process soon to involve me! It was then I heard the inaudible whisper, “we got you,” and I relaxed…
I am thankful my surgery has been expedited and schedul
Thanks so much for being part of “we” and your manner of upholding!
Btw, Jesus has always been and always will be about “we”…
Just as each of us has one body with many members,
and these members do not all have the same function,
so in Christ we, though many, form one body,
and each member belongs to all the others. -Romans 12:4-5
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases,
who redeems my life from the pit
and crowns me with love and compassion,
who satisfies my desires with good things
so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. -Psalm 103:1-5
deferring to the timeless insight of the Holy Spirit through Paul…
Serving someone in love can be as simple as showing appreciation, forgi
Okay, let’s just do it!
Bad, huh? Well not really. I may be exaggerating just a bit for effect!
Why share this? It occurs to me recently, that going through preventative health procedures has strong parallels to following Jesus. Both require faith in the credibility, experience, and good purpose of those in charge (doctors, Jesus). Both involve following instruc
Simon Peter didn’t like it much when Jesus revealed his greater mastery of fishing.
1) Onsite Worship & Online Li
10:00-10:15am > Onsite starts.
2) Online Live Sunday Message (Join our live-stream message on Facebook…)
3) Visit our website (gocrossroads.net)…
10:00am-10:15am Onsite Begins (onsite welcome, updates, music, video, etc…)
10:15am-10:50am Online Joins (online welcome, Lord’s Supper, Bible message, closing prayer & music)
This Sunday, 6/21 we will share in the Lord’s Supper together (onsite & online) shortly after the online broadcast begins.
Onsite elements: 1) packaged/prefilled cups with soft wafers or 2) bring your own from home!
However you choose to participate, may the good news and love of Jesus Christ wash over and bless you!
Online Live Sunday Message
Onsite Sunday Worship (Phase 1- limited)
June 12, 2020
Dear Crossroads Family & Friends,
not comfortable coming to church yet, or unable to come to church.
However you choose to join in, may the good news and love of Jesus Christ wash over and bless you!
Here’s how Onsite Worship & Online FB Livestream Messages will work together in Phase 1:
10:10am~10:45am Online Joins (online welcome, Bible message, closing prayer & music)
Thank you in advance for reviewing the details and guidelines below, particularly as we move into
build up one another in the grace, mercy, and powerful love of Jesus Christ!
Online Live Sunday Message
Onsite Sunday Worship (Limited – Phase 1)
– Lord’s Supper (when celebrated) with packaged pre-filled cups with soft wafers or BYO
– No snacks or coffee offered (BYO)
that will have access to a toilet, sink, kid’s table & very limited toys. BYO toys, books, etc…
Visit our website (gocrossroads.net)…
You can either send a check by mail or go online to the PayPal portal on our website (www.gocrossroads.net).
Be strong in the love, grace, and peace of Jesus! -Pastor Steve
May 22, 2020
Trusting in Jesus’ incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection and leaning into his Holy Spirit overcomes barriers, cre
MAY 15, 2020
So, what does that mean for worship or other gatherings at Crossroads?
Short answer: Nothing will change this weekend or until further notice…
Long Answer: While state law has changed, Covid-19 and its transmission and health risks have not. This is particularly true for larger groups, gathered indoors, and that involve close proximity for respiration and vocalizations. As Christ followers and a local expression of Jesus’ church, we are constrained to:
MAY 8, 2020
Transmission is on everyone’s mind- with visible symptoms or without; receiving from or giving to others.
It has been done… See Jesus’ activity through Peter and John! (Acts 3)
APRIL 30, 2020
Looking forward, the new realities of “Covid-19 Spring” are going to hang around a while in varying ways. How we handle the disruption and ongoing change will largely be shaped by what goes on inside our hearts, souls, and minds and how that works its way out! Even though we are less prepared and more vulnerable than we anticipated, there are good, unshakable reasons for hope and courage!
APRIL 23, 2020
-Hopefully Confident: JESUS replaces dea
APRIL 17, 2020
-JESUS is present, always understanding and never abandoning you in whatever situation!
APRIL 9, 2020
Experience Easter renewal & rejoicing two ways this weekend on our Facebook page…
1- Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm on Facebook, share in the Lord’s Supper remotely!
2- Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 10:00 am on Facebook, join our live-stream Easter message!
APRIL 4, 2020
In these stretching times, remember to…
MARCH 26, 2020
In this time of upheaval and stress, it’s a big deal to experience threats and disruption to our health, families, vocations, churches, social connections, personal finances, and so much more, all at once! We need Jesus more than ever and so do the people around us! That being true, I am reminded of Jesus’s words to his disciples, and us, after he washed their feet mere hours before his own crucifixion…
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
In this time, I encourage you to…
MARCH 19, 2020
Thankfully, in all this upheaval, Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever…
Last Sat & Sun, we took some good first steps…
Going forward, we’ll take more & better steps…
1- Stream Sunday messages from God’s Word
2- Start mid-week “Connecting Point” communications
I strongly believe that God will help us all to…
MARCH 14, 2020
1. Avoid larger gatherings to limit opportunity for human transmissions.
2. Pray daily & earnestly for God to mercifully & powerfully help us (as communities, states, and nations)
3. Use technology to stay grounded in God’s Words of love, grace, power, & hope!
Thank you for your prayers, consideration, and trust in God during these unsettling times!