Month: July 2018

Easier Said Than Done

Pastor Craig Crosby

I find myself at a very nerve wrecking crossroad. It’s real easy to say I fully trust God with my future. However, my anxiety levels let me know that my mind is struggling to agree with my heart. I so want to believe God for my healing. Yet, the way my body presently feels makes me wonder if greater improvement is even possible.

This unfamiliar crossroads is testing my faith down to its core in ways the past has never done. Can I put my mind over matter and reboot my recovery process? Can I fully trust God to do what I haven’t been able to do in 34 months? Can I simply take one faith step at a time towards where God is leading me to follow? Can I totally free fall putting everything into God’s hands? Or will I keep putting the demands on my shoulders?

I’m so…

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July 22, 2018 Evening Verse Of The Day

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“So Send I You”

John 20:21

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

The last two chapters of John contain what I have called “the real last words of Christ.” Spoken after the resurrection, as opposed to those more commonly discussed words spoken from the cross, they are words of encouragement, instruction, and promise: “Peace be with you” (20:19); “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (20:21); “Receive the Holy Spirit” (20:22); “Stop doubting and believe” (20:27); “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed” (20:29); “Feed my sheep” (21:16–17: cf. v. 15); “Follow me” (21:19; cf. v. 22).

Our text contains the second of these last words, though, as we will note, it follows quite closely upon the first and leads to the third. It is John’s version of the Great Commission.

The Great…

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July 23 @ I Thessalonians 1-3

Phyllis Benigas

I Thessalonians 1-3 (NLT link) 

Discover His heart: He calls us to nurture and care for His young ones

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1:2-3)  Paul loved his children. Well, at least we know he loved his spiritual children.  Almost two years earlier Paul had started a church in Thessalonica but had to leave the city abruptly because of hostility from the Jewish leaders (Acts 17).  He sent Timothy back to the city to check up on this new congregation because he was anxious to hear how they were standing up under the Jewish opposition. After receiving Timothy’s report, Paul immediately responded with a letter of encouragement and…

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Feeling Much Better Today

Pastor Craig Crosby

I started my blood pressure meds yesterday evening. I’m happy to say it’s now totally under control. I don’t like the way it makes me feel, but I’m told that wears off after awhile. Either way I know the alternative of not taking it is much worse than taking it. I just hated adding one more medication to my already long list.

Other than being woken up early by my morning medicine alarm I slept almost 11 hours. I’m so happy to not have the headache I had when I went to bed last night. I feel winded and my nerves are still a little shaky. But, I believe my body just needs a little more time to settle down and recover. I am someone who always listens and obeys any doctor’s orders.

Overall, it was just another wake up call where God put me in the right place at…

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Starting Monday Right

Pastor Craig Crosby

32E571FA-1B16-4C2A-A54B-186B4263FCF6I’ve been up since 5am due to a body that continues to fail me. However, I’m thrilled God woke me up another day. I know there is not a day that He has created for me that’s not purposeful. As long as there is breath within me I’m looking forward as I seek His good, pleasing, and perfect will. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, but everything done in Christ is worth it. 

As I start a brand new week I’m asking God to lead my every thought, attitude, and action. I’m putting my every fear, failure, and doubt in His hands. In fact, I’m sure I will have to keep doing this throughout the day and the week ahead. My highest goal is to walk with God. I don’t want to take one step that doesn’t come with His full blessing. 

So, even on a Monday when I…

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the encounter with Jesus is in the present moment

Andre's Hearth

Today’s Gospel, Luke 24:13-35, is the Emmaus story.  Of the many lessons that one can derive from this tender story,  the one that I find most helpful is that the encounter with Jesus is in the present moment.

Two of Jesus’ disciples are on their way to the village of Emmaus.  They are “conversing about all the things that had occurred (Jesus’ Passion and Death).”  They are caught up in their grief.  Meanwhile, “Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.”  Why did they not recognize Him?  He was not a ghost.  He was flesh and blood, walking with them and conversing with them. He was not a stranger.  He had been their teacher and constant companion for several years.  What was different in this situation?  I believe that they did not recognize Him because they were not truly present…

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two by two

Andre's Hearth

The first sentence of today’s Gospel, Mark 6:7-13, struck me:

“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two …”

Christianity is community centered in Jesus.

Jesus gathered together disciples around Himself; socialized with them; taught them a whole new way of living and ultimately fed them with His Body and Blood.  The disciples were not meant to live and worship apart from each other.  They were to evangelize together.  They were to be bonded in a deep and abiding love for each other; a deep and abiding love that is rooted in a personal and community relationship  with Jesus.  I believe that one of the ancient church fathers said that a Christian alone is no Christian.  We are to be one in Him and through Him.

The sad truth of history is that we are a fragmented people – we Christians.  In fact, we have…

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