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October 4, 2017 Las Vegas: Understanding the Unimaginable When many of us woke up on Monday morning, we were shocked and horrified to hear of yet another tragedy. This time, it was not a natural tragedy, but very much manmade. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man no one anticipated
September 15, 2017 The Gospel Is Rooted in Biblical Truth Years ago, I was serving in a voluntary leadership position in a church. It was a good church and I learned a lot while our family worshiped there, but I remember one night when I questioned something the pastor asked
August 31, 2017 How to Help with Hurricane Harvey By now we have all seen the horrific scenes of the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. We would like to provide you with two resources: first, some information about how we can talk about natural disasters as Christians and second, some
August 14, 2017 What to Think About Recent Events Yesterday during our worship service, we took some time to pray about the terrible events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA where racially-motivated violence broke out. This resulted in one woman’s death, horrifically killed by a man
July 14, 2017 Where Is the Preaching Going from Here? Dear CrossWay Family, I just cannot thank you enough for how kind and loving all of you have been to our family as we have been getting settled into our new home, community, and church. You have exemplified the “one
May 26, 2017 Passing the Baton I was on a relay team in high school (you may have to take that by faith) and we won and lost races by how well we passed the baton. I have seen batons passed badly in ministry and those
May 19, 2017 Discernment This is a big weekend for CrossWay and for Aaron Kraft. Both the church and Aaron will be called on to exercise the biblical responsibility of discernment. Every Christian is called on to be discerning: But examine everything carefully; hold
May 5, 2017 Listening to God I know we all are disturbed by what is happening in our country and what our country faces. We hear threats from Korea and Iran and other countries as well. We hear threats from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
April 28, 2017 Anxiety Anxiety is not rare in America. For all of the technological, recreational, and societal development we have had in the past 100 years, one would think that anxiety would be diminishing. In fact, it is probably getting worse. It is
April 14, 2017 Don’t Miss the Point In 1997 the movie “Titanic” was released and received rave reviews. It also produced Celine Dion’s hit song “My Heart Will Go On.” The movie was ultimately about a fictitious love story that took place during the tragedy of the
April 7, 2017 The Good News The Gospel means “good news.”  Good news is the announcement that something has happened that will make people happy.  The gospel is the best news, because it reports what will make people happy forever. The heart of the Gospel is
March 31, 2017 Secret Sins Brian Regan was an intelligence officer who worked for the Air Force at the Pentagon.  In 2003 he was sentenced to life in prison for espionage.  Across the late 1990’s Brian decided he would sell top secret information to America’s
March 17, 2017 Anticipating the Lord’s Return It might seem that the apostle Peter, of all people, would have had a thoroughly blessed and successful ministry experience.  He didn’t.  Peter had some significant accomplishments to be sure, but he also went through some excruciating situations.  The stories
March 10, 2017 Everlasting Hope The pages of history are full of human beings who have done many horrible things and also many amazing things.  When we read about some of the great and amazing things people who have gone before us accomplished, we often
March 3, 2017 Parables The American playwright Arthur Miller once observed, “In every successful drama there is something which makes a person say, ‘Hey, that’s me!'”  The story becomes a mirror in which self-recognition produces self-understanding.  That is especially true when Jesus speaks His
February 24, 2017 His Rising is Our Victory In February of 1945, one of the most nightmarish and costly battles in American history took place.  The fight to take the 8 square mile island of Iwo Jima from the Empire of Japan took place.  The battle would last
February 17, 2017 Extraordinary Fullness One of the highest of highs in serving the Lord is when our weakness becomes the opportunity for His power—our ordinariness for His extraordinariness.  That is a truth that keeps me going in the ministry. I want to encourage you
February 10, 2017 Restraining Our Lips The other night I was about to go to bed and chose to take a look at a news website that I frequent to see if I missed anything that day.  I know you’re asking yourself, “Why would you do
January 27, 2017 We Never Serve Alone G’day mates!  You may not be aware, but our friends from the land down under in Australia celebrated the founding of that original British settlement this week. Way back in 1788, the British Empire got an awesome idea to start
January 20, 2017 Life of Christ This Sunday we will be back in the Gospel of Mark and the Life of Christ.  The structure of this gospel is in two parts:  The King and the Servant.  His identity of King over all things—authority over all things
January 13, 2017 Who is Your Foundation? One of the most treasured and loved hymns for many believers has been the hymn “How Firm a Foundation.”  Interestingly, no one is positive who actually wrote the hymn but it appears to have origins in the late 1700’s. Of
December 16, 2016 Christmas Changed the Calendar I am often disturbed by how our culture treats Jesus at Christmas.  Even though our celebration of Christmas is all about His coming and His birth, He is often unwelcomed or, even worse, just ignored. Our culture’s subtle message is
December 9, 2016 Infamous and Victorious This past week our nation commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing that took place on December 7, 1941.  It was a surprise attack that left over 2,400 Americans dead and the total destruction of 200 airplanes.  More
December 2, 2016 The Transition The Lord Jesus is the Master Sculptor who shapes our lives with a commitment to complete and perfect the good work He began in us (Philippians 1:6). That work includes both giving and taking away. Candy and I believe that
November 25, 2016 Thanksgiving Thoughts If you are reading this, then Thanksgiving 2016 happened.  Somehow yesterday, some of you were able to cross the boundaries of science and stuff more food into your body than is actually physically possible.  Look at you defying the laws
November 18, 2016 The Announcement From the feedback I have received this week, I know that many of you were surprised by the announcement Sunday; some shocked, and some angry. In case you have not heard, the elders have determined that this is the time
November 11, 2016 One Mediator When I lived in Morocco I would often spend time at coffee shops for the purpose of meeting and getting to know people.  If you know me, then you know I am not a big coffee drinker. However, many Moroccans
October 28, 2016 Spiritual Check-Up I just recently went for my annual health check-up and endured the barrage of questions and tests. “Are you having any aches or pains?” “Have you experienced any breathing difficulties? “Do you have any trouble sleeping?” “Let me test your
October 21, 2016 Hope in Christ the Eternal In less than 100 years, I will be dead, and so will you.  Let me restate that a bit differently. In less than 100 years, I will be in the presence of Jesus because I have been redeemed by Him. 
October 14, 2016 Closing the Door on Satan Last week we looked at the temptations of Satan directed toward Christ in the wilderness. We learn a lot by studying the One who defeats the enemy every single time. I believe Satan made meticulous plans for Jesus’ downfall only
October 7, 2016 God’s Future Judgment and the Christian’s Response As I write this, Hurricane Matthew looms forebodingly off the coast of Florida.  Having already smashed through Haiti, its relentless winds and rain are set to pummel the United States itself.  The sheer size and scale of a powerful hurricane
September 30, 2016 The Lord’s Supper This Sunday we will observe the Lord’s Supper and I want to issue a word of caution before we come together to worship Him.   I don’t want any of us to see the Lord’s Supper as just a “tack on”
September 16, 2016 Godly Discipline I am constantly amazed at the lessons I learn from my children.  In fact, I have thought about writing an ongoing book entitled, “Lessons from My Children” and then publishing it when they leave the house. Each morning I drive
September 9, 2016 The Gospel of Mark One of the reasons we will launch into a study of the Gospel of Mark is because we believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic and human history.  His story has everything to do
August 31, 2016 August 31 ~ Summary of Romans The Book of Romans has been all about the gospel and its practical consequence in the lives of nations and individuals.  The “good news” is the most astonishing and transforming message given to man.  What God has accomplished through His
August 30, 2016 August 30 ~ 16:25-27 Romans 16:25-27 (ESV) 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been
August 29, 2016 August 29 ~ 16:21-24 Romans 16:21-24 (ESV) 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church,
August 28, 2016 August 28 ~ 16:20 Romans 16:20 (ESV) 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Only one verse in our “Summer In Romans” reading for today.  We are almost done with
August 27, 2016 August 27 ~ 16:17-19 Romans 16:17-19 (ESV) 17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught;avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their
August 26, 2016 August 26 ~ 16:10-16 Romans 16:10-16 (ESV) 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the
August 25, 2016 August 25 ~ 16:3-9 Romans 16:3-9 (ESV) 3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. 5 Greet also
August 24, 2016 August 24 ~ 16:1-2 Romans 16:1-2 (ESV) 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from
August 23, 2016 August 23 ~ 15:30-33 Romans 15:30-33 (ESV) 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the
August 22, 2016 August 22 ~ 15:22-29 Romans 15:22-29 (ESV) 22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years
August 21, 2016 August 21 ~ 15:14-21 Romans 15:14-21 (ESV) 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,[a] that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by
August 20, 2016 August 20 ~ 15:7-13 Romans 15:7-13 (ESV) 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given
August 19, 2016 August 19 ~ 15:1-6 Romans 15:1-6 (ESV)  1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did
August 18, 2016 August 18 ~ 14:13-23 Romans 14:13-23 (ESV) 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus
August 17, 2016 August 17 ~ 14:10-12 Romans 14:10-12 (ESV) 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord,
August 16, 2016 August 16 ~ 14:5-9 Romans 14:5-9 (ESV) 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the