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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

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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

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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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Something Worth Fighting For

Pastor Craig Crosby

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Many fight over the meaningless, while failing to fight for the meaningful. Let me share with you something worth fighting for. Something you need to discover and then hold on to with everything you got. That something is God’s vision for your life.

Most people, families, businesses, and even churches are living with no clear vision. For this reason they struggle with identity, progression, and staying on track with what matters most. Here are a few things you need to know about vision.

#1 VISION REALLY MATTERS. (Proverbs 29:18) “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” A wise man once said, “If you aim for nothing you’ll hit it every time.” Many are aiming for nothing, but hoping for greatness. Vision is having a clear sense of what God wants you to do with your life. To carry out God’s vision you must allow what he has…

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FORMULA FOR REVIVAL.

Rivers of Hope

I Kings 18:1-41

Today we are thinking on this subject, “The Formula
for Revival.” [read through verse 2]

The people in Samaria were in a difficult situation.
There had been a drought in the land for 3 years; not
a drop of rain had fallen. And the reason there was no
rain was that God was judging the land. And they were
in a crisis, but the crisis was about to end. For God
knew that before long the fire would fall from heaven,
and then the rain would come. And that’s the sequence,
first the fire and then the rain. First the cleansing
fire and then the cooling flood. The fire represents
God’s cleansing judgment, the flood represents the
showers of blessing as we are going to see in just a
moment.

America is in difficulty. We as a nation are facing a
crisis, a real crisis. Shelby County…

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Trials Of Various Kinds (via Scott Hubbard at Desiring God)

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Scott Hubbard writes a short article about how God prepares us to face major trials by taking his people through multiple smaller trials of more mundane significance. How we teach ourselves to react with the smaller will be how we react to the larger seasons of adversity.

The little trials you meet today are not mere letdowns or annoyances. They are invitations from your Father to become more like Jesus. They are the exercises your faith needs, given in just the right size and quantity. They are God’s way of fitting you for glory.

Read the whole post at Desiring God.

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