23 12, 2020

Grief, Gratitude, Hope by Joy Cofield

By |2021-02-09T13:11:04-05:00December 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 |2021-02-09T13:11:04-05:00December 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

24 12, 2018

The Incarnation…a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00December 24th, 2018|Advent, Beauty, Body, Emmanuel, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope, Incarnation, Particularity, Relational Design, Trinity|1 Comment

As we turn our minds and hearts to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season we are reminded again of the significance of the Son of God’s incarnation. The descent of God in assuming human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is history’s game changer.  Malcolm Muggeridge expresses it this way, "Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. God reaches down to relate himself to man, and man reaches up to relate himself to God. Time looks into eternity and eternity into time, making now always

17 12, 2018

Baking Christmas Cookies…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00December 17th, 2018|Advent, Community, Emmanuel, Fear, Future, Grace, Living in the now, Matthew 19:13-14, Now, Waiting|2 Comments

Baking and decorating cookies is a Christmas tradition that I have done with my children, my grandson, my great nieces here for Thanksgiving, and with other children throughout the years. Connecting with my own “inner child” while making cookies with the children brings a lot of delight to me. It’s wonderful that God created us with the ability to be child-like at times. It’s a way that we  can  “step into” exemplifying that part of Christ. Amazingly, God chose to send His son into the world as an infant to live and experience the life of being a child before growing

18 12, 2017

Ornaments of Christ…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00December 18th, 2017|Advent, Beauty, Character, Community, Gift, Gifts, Grace, Holy Spirit, Particularity, Presence|1 Comment

One of our family traditions when we are able to be together at Thanksgiving is to go to a Christmas tree farm the following day, go on the “hayride” tractor to choose the tree, then 1-2 members of the family collaborate to cut down the tree. Hot apple cider is usually served at the farm, then we head home to “trim the tree.” Hanging the ornaments on the tree is a reminder of life that we have lived together for each has a particular meaning or memory attached to it.   Glass ornaments that are from one of our grandparents’

11 12, 2017

The Waiting Game, an Advent Reflection…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00December 11th, 2017|Advent, Emotions, Listening, Silence, Waiting|0 Comments

What is the proper etiquette for how much time it should take to answer a text? An email? Snail mail? What about a voice mail? Seems like response time is shortening in our culture. If I send a text I can wonder what is up if a person doesn’t get back to me within 60 seconds! At most an email shouldn’t take longer than a day before I get a reply. Last week was the first week of Advent, the days before Christmas day when we do our best to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Lord.

4 12, 2017

Advent and the Particularity of God’s Love…a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00December 4th, 2017|Advent, Beauty, Faith, Grace, Heb 1:3, Humility, John 14:9, John 8:12, Letting Go, Particularity, Romans 5:8, Surrender, Trust|1 Comment

The season of Advent is upon us and as Christians we turn our hearts in preparation for the coming celebration of the birth of the Messiah, our Savior. A theme we often attended to here at CrossPoint is the particularity of God’s love. Thomas Oden considered the incarnation the “scandal of particularity.” God in his wisdom makes himself know to us in and through a very particular Jewish man. But there is more to the scandal than God simply making himself know in Jesus. The crux of the scandal is that this Jewish man, with a real family history

28 11, 2017

Thank God for God in you…a post by Tom

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00November 28th, 2017|Advent, Community, Grace, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

This Sunday kicks off the first week of advent.   It seems like we just downed the last of the leftover turkey and now we are wading into Christmastide! This holiday season there are ample opportunities to be thankful. We can be thankful for all kinds of things such as material possessions, health, relationships, and the simple pleasures of life. However, the Apostle Paul begins his letter with a hearty thanks for God’s operative work of grace in the lives of those he cares about in Corinth. Paul is thankful for the God he sees at work in his loved

21 12, 2016

Merry Christmas from CrossPoint…a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:13:14-05:00December 21st, 2016|Advent, Community, Relational Design, Sacramental Perspective, The Relational Soul, Trinity, Trust|1 Comment

We at CrossPoint Ministry wish you all a very Merry Christmas. In a world polarized by and riddled with fear there is no greater message than of the one who is called “Immanuel” God with us. The Christmas story is magnificent in many ways. The angelic announcement to the shepherds of “good news of great joy,” the noble humility of Mary and her words “let it be to me according to your word,” and Joseph’s dream marked by the angelic voice saying, ‘She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his

12 12, 2016

Giver of Gifts…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:13:19-05:00December 12th, 2016|Advent, Gift, Thanksgiving, Waiting|1 Comment

As far as the eye can see, people across the world are experiencing the Advent Season as a time of waiting. Waiting in line for seasonal cups of coffee, waiting in the check -out lane with the newest toy or electronic gadget, waiting for gifts to arrive in the mail on time, and waiting for the beautiful Christmas Eve service that ushers in the dawn of another Christmas day celebration. It seems that “waiting” is just as much a part of the Christmas season as all the other events. In fact, maybe having to wait is actually a gift

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