Monday, June 11, 2018

when it's undeniably Divine

For those of you that I've had a chance to directly talk to about Jocelyn and Jared's marriage, I've described it as a Fairy Tale, too good to be true.  And it continues to be so...

As I talked to Jared's family when we were there recently, his father again described to me the impression they all had when meeting Jocelyn for the first time years ago in Cambodia.  His father talked about the comments he made to his family about Jocelyn being perfect for his oldest son Jared, and said he couldn't stop thinking about that possibility.   Later of course they found out she was married and obviously gave up on the idea, but the Lord didn't.

When Joci first told me she was talking to a guy on-line that contacted her when he saw that she had adopted Trinity as a singe mom, I thought to myself "please Lord - not someone on-line", then I realized whose family he was a part of and hope again filled my heart for my daughter and grand-daughter.  Jared was interested in adoption or fostering as a single dad and wanted to know more.

It fills my heart with worship as the full understanding of the fact that all these years after our two families first met in Cambodia, God already knew our kids would spend the rest of their lives together...  and as we prepare to say goodbye to our girls 2 weeks from now,  our hearts are totally at peace despite how far God's chosen to move them.

Today as she lead us in worship I praised the Lord that we've had her here in Mansfield for most of her life.  I thanked Him that we got to watch her become a mother and how unbelievably natural she is with her daughter, and thanked Him that she's spiritually so mature and ready to be used of Him somewhere new.

This weekend was the last music package that she will plan for Crossroads and lead for one of our worship services and it was amazing!

I have loved worshipping with our daughter

Ernesto and Jocelyn delivered a powerful thematic song that stated "We all bleed the same" challenging our congregation to
avoid the sin of partiality!

Our precious, faithful team!

I'll never stop being amazed at the time our team members
give to serving at Crossroads on top of busy work schedules and life!

Set List:

Lord I Need You
From the Inside Out
Broken Vessels

Video:  Guatemala Volcano Relief
Announcements including special offering for Volcano relief

Bleed The Same

Reluctant Followers: Pt. 5 The Partial Game - Mike Mahek

Exit song:  Bleed the Same

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Friday, May 4, 2018

a new day

I couldn't sleep so I got up to write.

This blank page is much like the day that lays before me.

Will I fill it well?  Or will it be wasted with nothing much to say? 

The fact that I woke up proves that God has something left for me to do.

I'm beginning the day with obedience by being in His Word and admitting I need Him.

That's what He asks simply, Abide In Me.

Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15: 4 & 5 ESV

Friday, April 6, 2018

weekend report

We gave out 65 New Believer packets on Easter weekend!

We witnessed 65 people making a decision to follow Jesus.

I really don't need to go into any more Easter detail than that do I?

It makes all the work worthwhile!

I want to thank the Crossroads amazing Artists, Worship Team, guys that helped assemble and hang all the crazy ideas we had, Debbie sitting for hours attaching every letter to that nearly invisible fish line, brilliant tech team, office team that prints everything and helps with everything, the cooking team that served everyone dinner on Saturday night, the creative arts team that designs everything, our brilliant writer, amazing voice on our fantastic original video, and our pastor who  proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus, loud and clear!

Here is what became reality from a few ideas kept in a folder for the past couple years!

letters cut from styrofoam

The Final Word bookmarker

Letters being glued together

The huge book in our lobby
Cascading letters from the book

The final book in our lobby

Large book on stage

Pastor Dave did a tremendous job

Joci and Eric on the final song

Very strong worship!  So good!
I hope you were blessed by the Easter weekend services, and I hope you'll join us as we begin our
I'M IN series this coming weekend!   It's going to be great!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

a rainy day in a busy week

I would tend to work non-stop even if not needed the week leading to Easter because I get so caught up in the preparations, so I'm thankful for a rainy day.

A rainy day to be inside all day long with my grand-babies.  Tiny shoes and creative minds ready to be poured into. 
A rainy day brings perspective in an otherwise somewhat crazy week.

We did things that were very important!  They definitely were not things that lent themselves to clean houses or high organization, instead we explored magazines and glue sticks and pepperoni.  Unforgettable rainy day things.

I'm thankful for days with no agenda - with time in it to talk of God and slow time to realize how quickly days go by and how soon these babies will be grown..

Rainy day...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

what a week and weekend

We've been moving at hyper speed this past week going into this week before Easter!

Our ministry enjoyed everything from an amazing re-done Student Ministry room to video after video being shot for Easter and the weeks that follow, to life-change celebrated in baptism!  And we have Ernesto back where he belongs too!  So good!

Take a look here!

Ernesto leading us to the throne!

Not sure I love my hubby more than when he baptizes fellow

As I worked all day Sunday in the back alone
(my glorious happy place!), I listened to the beautiful
music of Easter and prayed over our services!

In the middle of the Easter chaos - our tech guys working with Pastor Mike, mister Greg
and special volunteers - the students rooms was completely re-done!
I love our praise team!

Our talented team lead us well in worship!
Our Tech teams are tucked away either at the back of our
auditorium or in the Video Directing room.  NOTHING
up-front could take place without their dedicated work!

This was just 1 of maybe 5 video shoots that took place this week!

Our setlist:
Announcements on Video
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Baptism during the song Testimony
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
The War is Over

Message: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit - Pastor Jesse Rider

Exit Song: 10,000 Reasons

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We are excited about Easter and all the lives that will change for all of eternity!  Please invite that friend, neighbor or co-worker that needs to meet their Savior!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

the lost

Recently, perhaps due to a more focused time of prayer with our 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, I've had an overwhelming burden for the lost.

The thing that keeps coming to my mind is that I hold the cure for everything that makes them hopeless, and still I hesitate to share at times.

I have talked recently to several young adults who are completely hopeless in the pursuit of allowing selfish self-satisfying pornography into their lives, after being raised in amazing Christian homes! The feelings and desires that God gave us to cause us to pursue satisfaction in the context of marriage and daily living our lives properly - have been turned into unsatisfied addiction.

The physical pleasures God taught us to enjoy are the very things destroying their marriages because we do not allow His influence and teachings to form and control them. 

The claims that Chrisianity is too controlling, just a bunch of rules & foolish beliefs for the weak could not be more opposite from the truth!

The ONLY thing available to mankind to brings true freedom and complete peace is faith in Jesus Christ!

THEY instead are the ones in complete bondage when they take good things and turn them into addiction.

Their supposed freedom offers the life-long pursuit of wealth and endless competition - which offers no satisfaction (just look at Hollywood and our prominent business leaders).  Their supposed freedom offers marriages that don't satisfy because they aren't following the Lord together and in many cases are involved in pornography which no human-being can compete with.  I've watched some friends fall into the hidden at-home addiction of having to have a drink thinking a nightcap is harmless. Their supposed freedom includes deceptive friends who offer a good-time "just try it once" drugs that change their lives into complete dependance on substances that need more and more to be satisfied.  And there's that new addiction to electronic devises and phones that never disconnect and Social Media daily criticism that drives teens to suicide.  Everything their supposed freedom offers leads only to complete hopelessness and deep loneliness as the endless search for more and more continues.

Our society is falling apart due to turning their backs on a belief in the Lord.  We MUST tell them of our freedom and hope in HIM!

Easter is a time when people who haven't been to church in years will consider coming.  It's almost like they really believe if they go once a year they're covered.  I heard the other day that if a child doesn't accept the Lord by age 13, they have less than a 4% chance of ever knowing Him!  It's not enough to occasionally bring their kids to church, kids have to see how it affects and changes their lives and how committed they could be as a family!

We know the Savior that offers complete satisfaction, hope and the only way to survive the crushing culture we have around us!

This is a challenge to myself as well to reach out to my neighbors - who knows what struggles go on behind the walls of their homes.  I've traveled around the world to reach others with the Good News of Jesus, but struggle to tell the same story to those around me.  It makes no sense...

May God challenge our hearts and give us resolve to reach others around us with the only Freedom known to mankind!  The news that Jesus not only gave His life for us - but rose again!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

weekend report

Hard to believe that another weekend has come and gone!  I love this teaching series we're in -
the 7  Final Sayings of Jesus!  So good!

Here's a peak at what we were blessed by!

Aaron Hill is a very gifted drummer - we're very blessed to have him at Crossroads!

Our amazing sax player Brad was in the house! While he played I was teasing
Jim Messner (our former amazing player for years), that he had been replaced.  The
conversation was hilarious as those of you who know Jim can imagine! 

Milo and Shawn enjoyed the worship and serving together on the team!

Greg was our new acoustic player having fun with Shawn - so good!

The next few weeks are just going to be amazing as we prepare our hearts to once again lift our praises as ONE to the Savior the world so desperately needs!

Please consider who in your life needs to know this Savior and bring them with you!