Thursday, October 30, 2014

this is the day...

I woke up with bits and pieces of scripture swirling through my head. 

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it"

"Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me"

"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me"

Today is the kind of day, well, that I'll be glad when it's over.  It's so packed full of to do's, that I woke up wishing I was going to bed instead of getting up!  How sad!

When I'm overwhelmed in any way - the Lord is there beside me.  He has given me this day.  He wants me to fully live it - experience Him - and use it for eternity for Him.

I am to rejoice in this day - it's God that strengthens me!  I don't have to do anything alone - ever!  What blessed truths!

I encourage you as you face what may be a tough day, lean fully into Him - I'll be there leaning too!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

what I learned today

I'm reading John Ortberg's book - Soul Keeping.  I love it.

He poses so many questions about our soul - that really make me think, and pray.

One question is "Does soul require suffering to make itself known?  Doesn't that just make your mind spin?

The reporting of all the violence, of apparent freedom slipping out of our fingers, especially as believers, makes me fearful if I let it.   It captures my soul, if I let it.  Before I read the above quote I was laying in bed the other night wondering if physical suffering will be required of me down the road due to a loss of freedom.  The enemy loves to make me fearful.

You can worry about the future continuously to the point it controls everything you do, or you can trust Him.

Matthew 6:25 & 26
 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

Actually the opposite is true - we can LOSE single hours of our life by worrying!  Stress kills!  God designed us and He knew to live in optimum physical and mental health - we cannot worry - we need to rest in Him always.  He designed us to need Him.

Our soul is a mystery to us, but it's funny how you KNOW it exists.   I've often said  - my soul is weary!

It's interesting how many examples of references to our soul that even secular movies and advertising use to connect with us.

I guess it's definitely true, a God shaped hole exists in all of us - even the people who don't acknowledge it react to things that touch them deeply!

Care for your soul today, rest in Him!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Report: Crossroads Chapter 2

This weekend is the weekend that begins Chapter 2 of Crossroads officially.

We called our second pastor - David Vance.  He also informed his current congregation today that he was leaving.

So crazy how there can be such rejoicing on one hand and such loss on the other.  While our congregation clapped I can imagine it was quite a different reaction in his current ministry.

I am SO thankful for strong leadership that never wavered - and a healthy ministry ready to move forward...and so we worshiped!  And it was topped off by baptizing 8 people this weekend!

Pastor Brian - our interim pastor has been an amazing gift from God!

The praise team lead us so strongly!




Our setlist:
Prayer Video   http://www.faithit.com/max-lucado-before-amen-surprise-stats-pray-americans/#.VEgKPzvA1LI.email

Announcements & Welcome on video

Down To The River and Pray
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
Man of Sorrows

Pastor Search Update - Chairman of the Elders - Mike Sloan

Celebration Song:  God Is Able

Message:  Choices:  Pt. 2 Choose Prayer

Exit Song:  God Is Able

To watch our service live go to www.crossroadswired.com

To see what other ministries used in their worship services go to www.theworshipcommunity.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

today's wisdom - from the young

A very wise young person I work with encouraged us today to bathe our days in prayer in preparation for the next chapter of Crossroads.  The enemy would love nothing more than to crush us - distract us with trivial struggles or side-rail us completely as we enter this next phase.

This young friend is wise beyond her years - and one by one today the staff went around the room and talked about the area they wanted prayer for, or the area they felt responsible for and what they considered the very most important ministry areas to cover with prayer.

It was moving, as it came to me I couldn't even speak as I choked out the words that caught in my throat - as I thought about the deep-deep passion I feel to pour my life into every aspect of what's presented from the stage at Crossroads.  I was overwhelmed by the burden I feel for our congregation and for our community.

Each word that's spoken, each song that's sung-  I scrutinize over changing even the most tiny detail until finally being satisfied with it, until I finally feel it's worthy to be placed before the King of Kings.

There's great debate whether it's better, perhaps even more spirit filled - to be more fluid and 'let it happen' vs. the 'highly organized' version of worship services.  When His Word talks about offering Him our best I believe it also applies to the preparation that goes into presenting the Word of God - maybe even more than any other setting...I don't know.

I only know, I lose sleep at night, I analyze everything and my heart REJOICES when I see the brilliant staff we have around us - leading us fearlessly and confidently into yet another weekend of worship.  NOTHING except a soul won for eternity pleases me more.

I love the unselfish way the entire staff serves the ministry as a whole and celebrates any accomplishment no matter who it is.  Anyone who holds someone else back or doesn't offer everything they possibly can toward making them successful should step aside in leadership.    Pushing others past you should be the goal.  Cheering them on - celebrating their success - and then stepping into whatever God opens up for you.

And so tonight I not only cover my own area of ministry in prayer - I pray for us all.  I pray for intense unity and a time that pleases the Lord like no other.  I thank Him for my fellow staff members and the amazing support from all our volunteers and Crossroads' friends!  And I can't wait to worship tomorrow at Crossroads!!!  See you there!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

care for the helpless

The reason we are having a silent auction right now at Crossroads you may ask?

It's to help care for the helpless among us.  Those single mom's who are considering abortion.  It's for the girls that have been told it's no big deal to end an unplanned pregnancy.  It's for Richland County - hoping and praying we can make some small difference in desperate situations.

We are not to judge those who find themselves in desperate situations, even if you could argue that 'it's their own fault".  The scriptures never say, Unless it's their fault - never!

Psalm 82:4  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”    


There are many verses in the Bible describing what our reaction as believers should be in regard to those weaker than we are, the poor and the less fortunate.  God is honored when we care for those around us.

And so Crossroads is recognizing and supporting the work of one of our local mission partners this weekend by having a silent auction to raise money for those that Richland Pregnancy Services care for.

Please make a donation or purchase a beautiful piece for someone on your Christmas list!   Go to the Crossroads website and click on the scrolling Silent Auction window and register for your bidding number and place your bid- www.crossroadswired.com!  You'll be able to keep bidding at Crossroads Sunday until 1:00 and then we'll send the winners home with their purchases!!

Can you imagine some day finding out your purchase or donation saved the life of a baby?  I can't imagine one dollar of my earnings going to a greater cause!!

You're welcome to stop by Crossroads between 8:00 and 4:00 tomorrow and take a look at the items before the weekend if you'd like to!   Join me won't you and let's give the hope of Jesus to someone by supporting our local mission partner - RPS!









Sunday, October 19, 2014

weekend report

So.....

Crossroads was hopping this weekend and so filled with the Holy Spirit I can hardly describe it!

silhouettes of our amazing team
It is possible to teach on super difficult subjects while carefully proclaiming that any sin can be forgiven by the God who created the universe.   The ache He must feel as He watches His creation make terribly decisions and then suffer under the guilt and regret the decisions bring...And still He loves us, forgives us and calls us His own...amazing.

Our setlist:

The Lord Reigns - Gateway
Jesus Loves Me - Tomlin
One Thing Remains - Stanfill
Oceans - Hillsong
Video: Choose Life - SermonSpice  http://www.sermonspice.com/product/44355/choose-life
Message:  Choose Life - Pastor Brian Boone
Special Music:  Tears Fall

artists painting the final addition to our silent auction

one of our high school groups

faithful volunteer Doug serving in our Elementary room

my hubby leading a new membership group

Chrystie on the final special of the day

Tears Fall - an amazing ending to our services

Sound-guy Aaron


couldn't resist the silhouette shots

Worship was so sweet

My favorite instrument on stage this weekend





To watch our services go to crossroadswired.com

To see what other ministries used in their worship services go to www.theworshipcommunity.com

Have a blessed week!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

life keeps on moving

As I find myself sitting here in the video booth at Crossroads, waiting to cue up a video honoring a young woman's life that was taken by the horrible disease diabetes.

I too lost a 40 year old brother to this disease.  I absolutely hate what it does to the body it overtakes.

The thing that always catches my attention at any of these kinds of losses is the fact that life all around us just keeps on moving.  Totally unaffected by the hearts that mourn this morning.

While people inside Crossroads struggle to make sense of a life cut so short -- people beside us buy their weekly groceries at Kroger or shop for thematic crafting items in preparation for fall celebrations or early Christmas preparations at Hobby Lobby.

When something so totally consumes you personally like the loss of a loved one,  it's shocking to watch the total disregard of everyone around you.  Not that they knew this girl or her family, but, because of being so totally inside this loss, saturated by it - it's hard to watch as traffic drives by and people laugh walking down sidewalks...

I am speaking to both myself and you as I encourage you this day to really 'see' what's around you.  Consider what others may be dealing with and have the mind of Christ always considering others before yourselves -