4 12, 2017

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

By |2017-12-04T17:24:46-04:00December 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

13 11, 2017

Trusting God’s Faithfulness…a post by Joy

By |2017-11-13T15:15:28-04:00November 13th, 2017|Despair, Emotions, Faith, Letting Go, Surrender, Trust, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

As Christ transforms us daily to be more like Him, sometimes He allows delight and sometimes He allows pain to do the transformational work in us. Sometimes being present and vulnerable with the painful challenges in our lives is what creates the most beauty in the long run. Our lives are not about living without pain and struggles. It’s more about how we respond to what happens to us along the way.  Psalm 37:4--”Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  If our greatest desire is to know God and to

6 11, 2017

Wild Geese…a poem by Mary Oliver

By |2017-11-06T21:52:17-04:00November 6th, 2017|Beauty, Body, Clarity, Creation, Despair, Empathy, Faith, Humility, Imagination, Loneliness|0 Comments

This is a beautiful poem that speaks for itself and the first few lines are of particular encouragement for those tortured souls...you know who you are. Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over

13 09, 2017

If anyone thirsts…a post by Tom

By |2017-09-13T02:06:33-04:00September 13th, 2017|Beauty, Desire, Faith, Grace, John 7:37, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. - John 7:37 I am struck with this simple and beautiful invitation from Jesus. It addresses four important issues. SELF WORTH Anyone…Yes anyone. Including you? Yes. Including me? Yes. As humans created in the image of God we have the dignity and worth to approach the Savior. God desires all to be saved. NEED Thirsts… Feels a need and wants something more. God I am so thirsty in this broken world. I feel

3 04, 2017

Invitation to Trust…a post by Rich

By |2017-04-03T20:21:25-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Clarity, Emotions, Faith, Fear, Future, Humility, John 14:1, Listening, Living in the now, Prayer, Questions, Quotes, Trust|3 Comments

Brennan Manning in his book "Ruthless Trust" tells the following story. "When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at “the house of the dying” in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. “What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: “Pray

29 12, 2016

For Longing…a New Year blessing from John O’Donohue

By |2016-12-29T21:56:00-04:00December 29th, 2016|Beauty, Desire, Emotions, Faith, Future, Imagination, Trust and Faith, Uncategorized|3 Comments

For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship – be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you. may

17 08, 2016

God Paid Attention To Me…a post by Joy

By |2016-08-17T16:58:57-04:00August 17th, 2016|Animals, Beauty, Creation, Faith, Love, Trust|1 Comment

God paid attention to me this morning in a way that He knew I would love! I opened the blinds of the window in the bedroom. Immediately I saw a bright red cardinal sitting on top of a tall weed in the field of swaying grasses behind our house. I smiled and whispered a prayer of thankfulness. The beauty of the red bird always reminds me that “God is with me.” He shows up at the most amazing times. He may be flying across my pathway as I’m driving, arriving at the bird feeder on our snow-clad deck in December,

10 08, 2016

Olympic Pressure … Olympic Love…a post by Jim

By |2016-08-10T20:31:53-04:00August 10th, 2016|Beauty, Desire, Discernment, Emotions, Faith, Fear, Love, Self-Clarity, Trust, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’ve never competed at a high level. I felt the weight of spelling competitions in elementary school. And the pressure of going 14 and 0 on our middle school softball team. And the strain of getting sermons ready week in and week out for many years. But I’ve never felt anything like the Olympic pressure of putting everything on the line after years of preparation for that one chance. For the swimming events, the difference between gold and bronze is often just a few tenths of a second. And then there are the women gymnasts on the balance beam.

26 07, 2016

Surely God is in this place…a post by Tom

By |2016-07-26T16:38:49-04:00July 26th, 2016|Dark Night, Discernment, Faith, Fear, Imagination, Sacramental Perspective, Surrender, Vision|0 Comments

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.’ –Genesis 28:16 Jacob was on the run from his brother who wanted to kill him. Jacob whose name means ‘deceiver’ had maneuvered himself into the patriarchal blessing and birthright by tricking his Dad and also taking advantage of his brother. As he was fleeing and making his way to his Uncle’s house he stopped to rest. It was in this vulnerable and exposed ‘in between space’ that he had a fantastic dream and awoke to his conclusion that

5 07, 2016

Bonhoeffer on the Christian life…a post by Rich

By |2016-07-14T21:33:52-04:00July 5th, 2016|Desire, Emotions, Faith, Human, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, Trust, Trust and Faith, Vision|0 Comments

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work the "Cost of Discipleship" was the most significant book I read in the decade of my twenties. It was a book given to me from a pastor in Alton, Iowa who was retiring and dispersing his library.  Bonhoeffer's reflections on what it means to follow Jesus changed my life.  It was the first time I came to realize the meaning of God's grace. After reading the book I was motivated to become a serious student seeking to bring all of my life under the Lordship of Christ.  I came to understand in the economy of God their was "no

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