8 05, 2019

Welcome to The Roth Family

By |2019-05-08T17:42:56-04:00May 8th, 2019|CrossPoint Ministry Report, Trust and Faith, Vision|1 Comment

Dear Friends of CrossPoint, Greetings to each of you. We are grateful for you and so thankful, that along the way God has brought you into our lives. God, in his faithfulness, has over these years blessed and used CrossPoint in amazing ways as we sought to provide care for the souls of Christian leaders, and equipped others to do the same. CrossPoint’s work is more extensive than ever before and we are thankful for the opportunity to provide such a Christ centered and relationally focused ministry. As I approach my 70th birthday this coming August I am very

17 07, 2018

By Your Light We See Light…a post by Rich

By |2018-07-17T14:51:45-04:00July 17th, 2018|Beauty, Character, Clarity, Discernment, Fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5, Grace, Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Morality, Presence, Psalm 36:9, Vision|1 Comment

Aquinas the great theologian of the of the 13the century relied upon Psalm 36:9 to guide him in his great theological endeavors. “For with You is the fountain of life: in Your light do we see light.” C.S. Lewis was a follower of Christ because he held that Jesus enabled him to see what was most real and true. God’s light enables us to see. My recent times of mediation have me reflecting on the significance of the fruits of the Spirit. Paul encourages believers to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Walking by the Spirit arms us to

1 05, 2018

Seeing the Unseen…a post by Joy

By |2018-05-01T20:02:32-04:00May 1st, 2018|Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Discernment, Emotions, Listening, Spiritual Disciplines, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Trust, Trust and Faith, Vision|1 Comment

About a month ago, my eyeglass frames with progressive lenses broke. Knowing it was time to get a check-up I scheduled an appointment instead of getting my glasses repaired right away. Unfortunately, I had to wait another week to see the eye doctor. Thank goodness for another set of glasses that I use for computer work and reading music at the piano. When the time came, the check-up revealed that my eyes would require a change on my lenses so I would need to wait about 7-10 days for the new glasses to arrive. In the mean while, we

28 03, 2017

Here’s mud in your eye!…a post by Tom

By |2017-03-28T14:20:39-04:00March 28th, 2017|Dark Night, Discernment, Vision|2 Comments

“And who is he sir, that I may believe in him?  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you. He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him.” - John 9:36-38 This past Sunday’s gospel reading from John 9:1-41 featured a beautiful and comical account of a man born blind healed by Jesus. The disciples inquired as to whether this man sinned or his parents so as to cause his malady. Jesus corrected their bad theology by saying his infirmity wasn’t divine retribution but divine opportunity for God to be

17 01, 2017

I Have a Dream…a post by Jim

By |2017-01-17T19:00:27-04:00January 17th, 2017|Community, Desire, Future, Imagination, Responsibility, Vision|0 Comments

Martin Luther King, much like Martin Luther centuries ago and the Apostle John and the Old Testament prophets of old, had a vision of a different future. They had a dream of what life might look like when the kingdom of God is more fully lived on earth. They called people to live that reality. We cannot live well without a vision, without a dream, without hope of something better. At so many levels and in so many places we see the brokenness, suffering, and sin of people on the edge of the vision. Indeed, all of us need

14 09, 2016

Sitting Still With Christ…a post by Joy

By |2016-09-14T00:45:55-04:00September 14th, 2016|Burnout, Human, Sleep, Spiritual Coaching, Trinity, Universe, Vision|1 Comment

As we consider the ways of Christian spiritual formation, there is always one particular facet of the journey that mesmerizes and challenges me the most. The one of “sitting still” before God with the expectation and intention of knowing God. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I AM God. “ It seems that many Christians are interested in being “busy about the business of God”. Even family life is busy about the “business of family” instead of intentionally taking time to “be still” and know the family member. Stillness can refer to literally being still

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

11 07, 2016

Red, Yellow, Black and White…a post by Jim

By |2016-07-14T21:33:39-04:00July 11th, 2016|Community, Creation, Human, Trinity, Vision|0 Comments

One of my earliest memories from Sunday School is singing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” The song was about as diverse as we got in the Dutch community of Holland, MI in the late 50s. But it was and IS true. Jesus does love ALL ethnic groups. The trouble is that we find that hard to do. The recent events of shooting and killing by and of police are tragic. And it appears that race was

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

1 03, 2012

“Reality Distortion Field”

By |2014-11-17T19:32:33-04:00March 1st, 2012|Faith, Vision|0 Comments

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson was hard to put down. The story is compelling, inspiring, and sometimes disturbing. He often treated people poorly in his drive for perfection. Yet his intuition, intensity, and focus created a brave new technological world. In describing how he was able to create an amazing future, colleagues spoke of his “Reality Distortion Field.” Steve refused to be controlled by what was real in the present. He saw another reality and, through either charm or coercion, pushed his company toward it.