29 07, 2019

Grateful Hearts… a post by Rich

By |2019-07-30T16:57:15-05:00July 29th, 2019|Beauty, Character, Community, CrossPoint Ministry Report, Gratitude, Responsibility, Stories, Thankfulness, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Along the way in our journey, God in his grace, provides a variety of gifts. One of the most valued gifts God gives is that of the presence of a grace filled person. CrossPoint Ministry began its ministry in 1996 following my 25 years of pastoral ministry. As our ministry grew, we were in need of an administrator to help us with the myriad of details that a busy and growing ministry must navigate. God in his grace, provided Marilyn Moore, who for more than a decade has served CrossPoint as our Executive Administrator. Recently, Marilyn announced that she

17 12, 2018

Baking Christmas Cookies…a post by Joy

By |2018-12-17T15:01:52-05:00December 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

14 11, 2018

Meals of Communion…a post by Joy

By |2018-11-14T16:38:39-05:00November 14th, 2018|Beauty, Body, Community, Gifts, Human, Physicality, Sacramental Perspective, Thankfulness|1 Comment

From my own experience, It really is true that to share a meal with someone is an opportunity of reminding us that we are in communion with Christ. It’s interesting to me that a number of times in Scripture, including the story of the angels who appeared to Abraham to announce to him that he and Sarai would become parents in their ripe “old age”, this bit of news was delivered in a setting around the experience of a meal. The first miracle performed by Jesus was in the venue of a wedding feast, a celebration with others. Yet

5 06, 2018

Place Matters…a post by Jim

By |2018-06-05T17:00:06-05:00June 5th, 2018|Clarity, Community, Creation, Decisions, Hebrews 13:14, Hope, John 14:2, Moving, Peace, People, Place, Purpose, Relational Design, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, Wendell Berry|0 Comments

At CrossPoint we often talk about three key components when it comes to taking a serious inventory of our lives. If you want to assess how you are doing in life think in terms of 1) People, 2) Place, and 3) Purpose. Clearly people matter. In fact, we repeatedly say that the quality of one’s life depends on the quality of one’s relationships (with God, others, and with one’s own soul). If you want a fulfilling life, work on your relational capacity. Work on being able to be more appropriately vulnerable since trust is the currency of relationships. And

7 03, 2018

How to win…a post by Tom

By |2018-03-07T16:29:01-05:00March 7th, 2018|Community, Dark Night, Emotions, Lent, Sin, Suffering|1 Comment

“God is with us in our horror, our terror, our violence, and our suffering. God refuses to add to the evil and violence, but instead responds with vulnerable, compassionate love. That’s how God wins.” –Marcus Borg “How to win” seems to dominate our attention be it sports, business, war, politics, an argument, or just in general the game of life. We all want to be happy, successful, secure, significant, competent, in control, and affirmed. These are not bad in and of themselves but when “winning” these becomes our emotional program for happiness, we are headed for trouble. The cross

31 01, 2018

I AM with you always…a post by Joy

By |2018-02-01T15:23:17-05:00January 31st, 2018|Community, Discipleship, Rest, Silence, Solitude and Silence, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Waiting|0 Comments

  Psalm 139: 1-3; 7 Oh Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, You know where I am. I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from Your Presence!  In today’s world it seems that the human race is constantly trying to be more connected with others through the constant use of their phones. I’ve seen teen-agers

18 12, 2017

Ornaments of Christ…a post by Joy

By |2017-12-18T20:35:19-05:00December 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’

28 11, 2017

Thank God for God in you…a post by Tom

By |2017-11-28T18:28:40-05:00November 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

23 08, 2017

A Response to Charlotteville… a post by Jim

By |2017-08-23T20:19:29-05:00August 23rd, 2017|Community, Emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, Good Samaritan, Humility, Racism, Relational Design, Repentance, Responsibility, Sin, Suffering|0 Comments

In recent days events in Charlottesville, VA were given great prominence in the news. At least that is what is seems. My wife and I happened to be out of the country at the time with no T.V. and little social media. When we returned, after seeing headlines from things a week earlier, i did my best to catch up. Sincerely wish that I was not confronted with what I read. Very sad. And sinful. The responses have died down because there are other issues now (e.g. statues). But I felt the desire to give my response even if

13 03, 2017

Once, even Twice or Three Times, is NEVER Enough!…a post by Jim

By |2017-03-14T18:29:21-05:00March 13th, 2017|Character, Community, family systems, Human, Presence, Virtue|1 Comment

My grandson spent the last few days with us. I always learn in his presence. This time what struck me is that his 23 month brain demands that he repeat and re-repeat whatever is on his mind. And re-re-repeat! So when he thinks of the dog he will say 'dog' again and again. When he remembers throwing bread to the ducks three days ago he says 'throw' again and again. When he wants his dad or mom you can be sure he will make that known. Some years ago Eugene Peterson wrote, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction."

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