Sunday, January 29, 2017

weekend report

                 What a weekend!   We launched our 2020 vision and people are PUMPED!

It was a weekend of looking ahead - seeking the will of the Lord - and making a commitment to be all in for our city!

Watch this!
For Our City

And oh how we worshipped - it was so good to be at Crossroads this weekend!

Our setlist:


Have it All
King of My Heart

Message:  2020 Campaign - Dr. Dave Vance

Our God
For Our City video
Our God
Unstoppable God


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Friday, January 27, 2017

all about me

I love my journaling Bible.  I use it to take notes during the pastor's messages. And I love when I study at a later date and come back across my notes.

Today I was reading in Isaiah 6 and came across a note connected to vs. 6.   It says, it's not what goes in the mouth that's sin, it's what comes out.  And "All About Me" is the center point of every single sin we commit.

After reading this I sat for a moment and thought about my own sin and realized this is a completely true statement.

Out of our own selfishness comes lying, cheating, jealousy, unfaithfulness, laziness, acting as if our finances belong only to us instead of totally to the Lord, gluttony - I couldn't think of one single sin that happens that doesn't stem from the All About Me attitude.

Definitely got my attention to do a self-check, to remove the log from my own eye...

God's Word lays it out...we don't have to figure anything out on our own it's all right there - its just a matter of putting our own desires aside and following Him.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

my day off

I'm in a season where I'm clinging to the Word of God more intensely than ever. I need Him.
And I've perhaps taken that relationship for granted instead of being intentional and truly being able to say Christ is FIRST in my life.

I was reading this morning and came across this statement by Beth Moore,

"Most of the time life on earth has to get pretty miserable for us to long for our heavenly home."

Sad but so true.

Philippians 3:18-21

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk
as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their
belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our
citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that
enables him even to subject all things to himself.

WHY do we have to struggle to long for heaven when our eternal citizenship is with Him?

This is my prayer today, that I turn my focus from the good and bad things of this life and live every day as it it's my last before joining Him for all of eternity. This certainly is only possibly in HIS power and strength.

People will always disappoint us because we all have times that we fall to temptation - CHOOSING to believe that the things of this world can satisfy the longings we feel!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

weekend report

As I worked on the details of this weekend a few weeks ago, I had no idea what would end up filling this weekend's services.

In addition to the elements of the services, the regular elements like worship, prayer, words of encouragement from our worship leaders and the congregation lifting their voices as one - there was a big difference.  We had to give some of the time in our services to discuss difficult things.

And the part that was shocking to me, the thing that made it different than any other weekend was that it involved my family.

I've never been more proud of our Lead Pastor Dave Vance as he took charge and lead us gently through what was a very tough moment.  It was a moment of calling sin - sin.  And a moment of asking for confession for sinful decisions - and it was a moment of speaking about the process of personal restoration with the Lord.

I cannot imagine how anyone in this kind of a hurtful situation survives without fully leaning into the Lord.  Man can fool himself into thinking he's in control, that it's he who decides how long he continues in sin.  But it's Almighty God who decides when that sin will be revealed - and it has been.

We don't have to know exactly what our daughter's future may hold, but we know this, our family's trust is in the Lord and our faith will not be shaken!

I was also very proud that our praise team carried on and lead us well, they will never know the depth of my appreciate for an excellent 'normal' worship service followed by Pt. 2 of our For Our City series teaching by Pastor Dave.

I believe it's about to be the most amazing, God-miracle filled season of ministry that Crossroads has never seen!  God is good!

Our setlist:


One Thing Remains
Your Glory with Nothing But The Blood
Pastor Dave special announcements
Lord I Need Your
No Longer Slaves

Message:  For Our City Pt. 2: The Art of Neighboring - Lead Pastor Dave Vance

Exit Song: No Longer Slaves

Friday, January 13, 2017

For Our City

The series Pastor Dave begins this weekend is called For Our City.  I'm not sure there has been another series he's lead that he's been more passionate about.

He is not satisfied with success between the 4 walls of Crossroads, he intends to lead us into changing our entire community for Christ!  And the Crossroads leaders believe with all of our hearts 
that is what God is about to do!

Imagine our Mansfield, once made fun of as a place where no one would want to live, vibrant and full of hope!

I'm not referring to physical restoration, but a mighty, supernatural spiritual restoration!

This spiritual restoration can begin to happen as we offer physical help, as we love and give unselfishly, opening the door to share our faith.

We can no longer stay silent with our personal relationship with Jesus unknown to those around us! Our community must see by watching how we live, how unselfishly we serve, that this relationship with Christ is what's missing in their lives.   It's the very thing they long for, even though many don't realize this yet.

Now is the time to step up and reach out from our safe, beautiful church to become like we never have before, a community church as our title suggests.

It's time Crossroads - to live For Our City!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


It's been a while since we've had a Crossroads retreat - but, ladies we've got a great one planned for May 19 & 20 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron.

Some of the most cherished memories I have of the past 20 years in ministry, are the times we spent at past over-night retreats. They were times of getting to know girls I never had an opportunity to spend time with at Crossroads, they were times of staying up all night and never ending laughter along with some tears. Good times.

And they were times of gaining greater understanding of what the church really is - it's a bunch of not perfect girls who know the Savior and need each other!

We'll spend time learning about the importance of the Words we speak and the influence what we say can have on others for all of eternity! We'll play games, laugh hysterically, win a few prizes and enjoy other surprises.

And when it's all done, we'll come back home and know one another better, and care about each other more!

Will you make plans now to go with us? Reserve your room this weekend at the Communities Center in our lobby at Crossroads!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

a Saturday of listening

One of my favorite things to do is to sit for hours and just listen.

I have listened today to Christmas services from all around the country, reviewed all the links I've saved since last year of song ideas, video ideas and all kinds of projects that we may consider this year at Crossroads. Ready to create Easter - cover me and our team in prayer please!

Just listening and listening, open to what the Lord would have for me to 'take in'.  Very satisfying!

I have found the older I get the more important I consider listening to be.  Listening to my family, to what's going on around me, to my grandkids and especially to the older adults in my life. even though i consider it important I need to get better at it!

The death of my dad has created a new desperation to pay attention and to consider more closely what the older adults around me are feeling, dealing with and to consider how it feels as your vitality starts to slip away.

I look at my older friends and relatives and try to imagine them in the prime of life when their dreams had not yet been pressed into and before they gave up what 'could be'.

America does not value their older loved ones like some other countries do.  I wish we did.  Youth is idolized here - it's why millions are spent on face lifts and clothes that are not flattering to the older body - just trying everything possible to appear young.

As I reach out to those much older than me it's difficult to understand that they've also seemed to lose the ability to know what they do want.  When we offer to provide exciting experiences they decline, when we don't offer they complain about being lonely or bored.  It's confusing for both us and them.

I don't want to just take them on 'field trips', I want to convince them they are vitally important and have huge purpose in their community and in the eyes of the Lord.  We need their experience and wisdom and knowledge to be passed down to us.  Especially their spiritual maturity acquired by trial and error, by obedience and disobedience to the Lord.

I feel God calling me to do something about this senior loneliness - this acceptance of the elderly believing the lie of our society that their importance has ended.

This is my prayer - to figure out a new way to serve our elderly.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

there was a man

There was a man from our area who said Crossroads was his church.

We did not know who he was.  He had never filled out a card introducing himself to us.

And then he died.  This made us very sad.

The same week there was a man who passed away that we had known through previous jobs, who was always the life of the party.  He was one of the only men I'd ever been around who was intoxicated in public.  He was one of the only men I'd been around who had no concept of right or wrong.  He did what he wanted, when he wanted with no apparent purpose, goals in life or any care about living for anything beyond current satisfaction.

And then he died.

A few years ago there was a man, a very wealthy, one time very influential man I knew who passed away.  This was an older man that at one time started businesses, helped children with their educations and all sorts of generous things. A man I looked up to.

And then he forgot that God's blessings on his obedience was the source of his success, and he wanted even more.   More women, more alcohol and fewer real relationships.

He once put his arm around me sobbing, telling me to promise him I'd always be a good girl.

And then he died.

I've thought a lot about these men recently.  Can lives exist virtually unknown, unappreciated, unable to live strongly until the end?  The things of this world are fleeting and can be destructive.

I've been troubled thinking about these men.   I wish I had known the first gentleman - I wish I could know everyone at Crossroads, impossible of course.  It's so necessary to be connected in groups or ministry areas at the church in order to be known and do life together as God designed us to.

These men reminded me again about how vitally important every single day is and that hope only comes from the Lord.