14 09, 2021

Courage

By |2021-09-08T08:41:02-04:00September 14th, 2021|Community, Courage, Spiritual Disciplines|0 Comments

Jotham of Judges 9, son of Gideon, courageous and wise with a timely word. 70 sons of Gideon were leading God’s people. The same people that God delivered from the cruel and abusive rule of the Midianites through the courageous leadership of Gideon. One son, Abimelech, decides this ruling together creates a bottle neck and starts a campaign to be the king. He went to his father’s house and murdered his 70 brothers. Everyone except Jotham, for “he hid and was not killed”. As they were gathered to make Abimelech king, Jotham shows up and tells them a

7 09, 2021

It Takes a Body

By |2021-09-07T10:45:59-04:00September 7th, 2021|Community, Creation, Passion Week, Spiritual Disciplines|0 Comments

“Christianity is to have one’s body shaped, one’s habits determined, in such a manner that the worship of God is unavoidable” (Stanley Hauerwas). A spiritual discipline is “an activity within our power—something we can do—which brings us to a point where we can do what we at present cannot do by direct effort” (Dallas Willard). Practicing spiritual disciplines shape us so that we become the kind of person who more instinctively lives the kind of life that is pleasing to our Lord. That is to say, they change our being through our doing. They shape our souls through our

3 08, 2021

Let the Gospels Define Us…a post by Rich

By |2021-08-03T09:51:27-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Community, Holy Spirit, Love, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, The Relational Soul, Trinity|1 Comment

A recent discussion with a pastor led to us considering the question, what do the gospel writers emphasize as the message of Jesus? Did the gospel writers emphasize that Jesus brought a message about life or was it about sin? Our perspective at CrossPoint is that the gospel writers believed that Jesus, in inaugurating and establishing the new creation through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension was bringing a message of life. Perhaps John is most explicit when he records these words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet

13 07, 2021

Home is where the heart is…a post by Jim

By |2021-07-13T13:09:33-04:00July 13th, 2021|Attachment, Attachment Patterns, Community, Emotions, family systems, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Suffering, The Relational Soul|1 Comment

Home is where the heart is. Sounds encouraging. And it should be. Home should be the place where our souls are safe, encouraged, and loved. Home should be the best place to be. But there is another way to think of the phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” And it isn’t necessarily good news. Because the state of our home, especially our family of origin when we are young, has a huge impact on where the heart is emotionally. And if the home system is not healthy or holy we will struggle when it comes to how close

29 07, 2019

Grateful Hearts… a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00July 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 |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

14 11, 2018

Meals of Communion…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00November 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 |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00June 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 |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00March 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 |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00January 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

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