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18 01, 2021

Do You Have Compassion Fatigue?

By |2021-01-18T12:40:56-05:00January 18th, 2021|Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Fear, Forgiveness, Grace, Living in the now, Now, Regret, Stillness, Trust|0 Comments

DO YOU HAVE COMPASSION FATIGUE? You may have had someone ask you, “What are you noticing?”  What ARE you noticing?   Many of you have reported loneliness, irritability, despair, fatigue, sadness, frustration, confusion, anger, criticism from others, a feeling of not doing enough and fear.  Others may admit they do not mind staying home more, not getting dressed to go out, less scheduled activities, more family time, having extra time to work on projects, catching up on reading and a lot of cooking!   The topic of balance is discussed frequently in managing our lives and finding happiness. 

13 01, 2021

“Shoulds” That Hold Us Hostage

By |2021-01-13T14:11:30-05:00January 13th, 2021|Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Fear, Forgiveness, Grace, Living in the now, Now, Regret, Stillness, Trust|3 Comments

I should go to bed earlier; I should lose weight; I should exercise more; I should have made a different decision than what I did.  “Shoulds” that hold us hostage and weigh us down are one of the elements of life that keep us from living with the freedom of “what is”. The reality of “now” and being present to it as a way of life keeps me from wandering in the past and the imaginations of the future. Don’t get me wrong. I love history and reminiscing about good memories that have already been lived. I enjoy planning

23 12, 2020

Grief, Gratitude, Hope by Joy Cofield

By |2020-12-18T16:04:35-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Advent|0 Comments

In our American culture we are blessed that Thanksgiving segues into the Advent Season of Christmas. This year, we celebrated the holiday (the Holy Day) of giving thanks 2 days before the first day of Advent began. 2020 has been a whirlwind of life changing situations for all of us in some way. Not just all of us in our families, workplace, and churches, but ALL of us across the world. Since Oct. 30, 2019, Jim and I have lost 9 people in our lives. Three of them were of our elder generation on Jim’s side of

17 12, 2020

The Coming of God’s Son by Rich Plass

By |2020-12-17T19:25:28-05:00December 17th, 2020|Advent|2 Comments

  “Tis the season. . . “ Here we are remembering and preparing for the arrival; preparing for the arrival of God. It’s Advent. As if preparing for God’s arrival is something we could possibly do. It strikes me that when God shows up, most of us are like Abraham, Moses, Peter and Paul, are totally unprepared. Come to think of it, even Joseph to whom Mary was betrothed wasn’t prepared. Considering the circumstances, how could he be? It took a dream, some type of special message to get him ready, or at least somewhat ready for

18 11, 2020

Invitation to Take the Risk of Reflection by Amie Patrick

By |2020-11-17T20:23:35-05:00November 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|3 Comments

As we approach the end of 2020, finding adequate language to describe the last several months proves challenging. Collectively and individually, we have certainly navigated some strange and difficult territory in our world. And as we approach Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and the new year, there’s little doubt that the next two months may be quite different for many of us as well. Even the typical hope of a fresh start in January feels somewhat elusive when there is no guaranteed end to the unusual times in which we find ourselves. It feels rather disorienting to enter a season of

7 10, 2020

Attention Fuels Courage: A Thought on Appreciating Pastors

By |2020-10-07T18:06:02-04:00October 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

It’s Pastor (Clergy) Appreciation Week! At CrossPoint, our heart beats for pastors and ministry leaders, so let us have the mic for a minute.   Here is one of my many thoughts on the matter:   Recently, I have been describing my passion in life and ministry by saying: “I want to help pastors and ministry leaders have the courage to believe their own claims.” The reality is that clergy-folk spend a lot of energy talking about God and helping others see God, all while their own capacity for relating with God and others becomes diminished.   Usually, this

21 05, 2020

Seeking to Understand the Rise, Fall, and Loss of Young Pastors by Robert Stewart

By |2020-05-21T18:20:34-04:00May 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here you will find some reflections by Dr. Bob Stewart, a psychiatrist in Louisville, KY and a friend of CrossPoint Ministry.  These thoughts were previously shared on Chuck DeGroat's blog linked here. Bob was born to medical missionary parents in Burundi, Africa.  The father of six, he and his pastoral counselor wife, Shari, share a psychiatric practice in Louisville, KY and have long worked in the support and care of missionaries and pastors both here and abroad. A hundred years from now I’m sure that our descendants will know about the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020-21 just as all of

12 05, 2020

In Loving Memory of Darrin Patrick

By |2020-05-12T16:21:54-04:00May 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Dear CrossPoint Friends and Family, Thank you for all of the heartfelt messages and prayers for the CrossPoint team over these last 5 days. We are deeply grieved at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Darrin Patrick. He will be greatly missed. We are so grateful to have been able to journey with Darrin over these last 5 years and be a part of his beautiful, complex, and powerful story. Darrin's wife, Amie put it best, "Darrin was a dynamic force of nature, deeply passionate, and so so fun." Please keep Amie and her children, Glory, Grace,

28 04, 2020

“It’s o.k. … to be a Sheep” by Jim Cofield

By |2020-04-28T11:14:25-04:00April 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Successful businesses, winning teams, healthy marriages share a common reality. They stay focused on what made them great. They never forget the basics. They are committed to the purpose and passion that got them where they are. This is especially true in times of stress and strain. If a couple are becoming distant, they re-commit to listening and sharing their hearts in a respectful way. If a team is on a losing streak they focus again on the fundamentals of their sport. If businesses are seeing a decrease in customers they renew their commitment world-class service. The same principle

23 04, 2020

Update and Request from CrossPoint

By |2020-04-23T13:13:42-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Friends of CrossPoint, I am reaching out today to offer a quick update on how CrossPoint is weathering the COVID-19 storm and ask you to consider how you can support our team as we work to sustain our ministry and implement creative strategies for impact and viability during this time and into the future.  Fully recognizing that you and your family are not immune to this crisis, we are humbly and vulnerably sharing our needs with you. You may have seen our updates in March announcing the cancellation of some very significant and profitable events that we had scheduled

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