Welcome the King (Palm Sunday)

So this is one of those long posts I promised I wouldn’t do. Palm Sunday is a powerful day, here are some thoughts on it from Psalm 24.

[Psa 24:1-10 NKJV] 1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters. 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

Do you remember times of anticipating someone’s arrival? When you hear the phrase, “Wait until your father gets home…” What do you think of? I can think of moments in my life that statement has excited me. When my dad and I were working on my restoring my first car, I was excited about his arrival. As a kid, in general I was always excited about my dad getting home from work because he was always doing something with us; some fort to be built, some fish to be caught… and I always looked forward to it. Then there were those times when I feared His coming. Like the time when I laughed at my mom when she tried to spank me. I laughed until I heard the words, “You can wait for your dad to get home.” Yeah, I wasn’t that excited.

Well, Psalm 24 is a Psalm of someone’s arrival. It paints a picture of an eternal, worthy King; a King who is Lord and creator of all, who is coming to a great city. His identifying monicker, “The King of Glory”, sets His arrival apart and above all others. He has an anticipated day of arrival, and along with him He brings blessing and salvation to all whose gates are opened to His coming. So why Psalm 24 on Palm Sunday? Many of us are familiar with the Hallel Psalm 118 that declare the cries of the people on that first Palm Sunday, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” While Psalm 24 is not directly mentioned in the triumphal entry narrative, it is an appropriate, prophetic picture for Palm Sunday. It’s also interesting Psalm 24 is one of the psalms used by the Jews in their daily liturgies. On Monday they meditate on Psalm 48 – on Tuesday, Psalm 82 – on Wednesday, Psalm 94 – on Thursday, Psalm 81 – on Friday, Psalm 93 – the Sabbath psalm is 92 – on Sunday, Psalm 24.

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The Faith to Say No

We all understand that God’s economy runs on the currency of faith. Faith brings us into right relationship with God (Ephesians 2:8-9), sustains us as we wait for God’s promises that have yet to be seen or experienced (Hebrews 11:3), and allows us to be part of the supernatural things that only God can do (Matthew 17:20). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). When we consider what it means to walk in faith, many times we think about what God is calling us to say yes to. “Here I am Lord, send me!” This is the common cry of faith. We say things like, “Lord I’ll go where you want me to go, I’ll give what you want me to give, I’ll say YES!” We should think in these terms, for God frequently calls us to do things that are beyond us. For these things we need the faith to say yes.

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Before You Quit…

There are many things in life that you won’t see the full value of until you’ve done it faithfully over a long period of time. Don’t ever give up on something God has asked you to do just because it doesn’t seem that important in the moment. I believe we could potentially miss out on some big things God wants to do by quitting on the small things. Always remember, a bountiful harvest has to first be planted one seed at a time.

Luke 16:10 – He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much…

Crossroads Vision Update

Dear Crossroads family,

It’s been such a joy to watch God change lives, equip believers, and bless our community through the work of Crossroads Church. Our mission is a simple one: “We are a community of Jesus followers who desire to experience God and carry His living hope into our world..” To practically see this vision come to pass, we will continue to build our ministry upon five foundational pursuits:

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Sunday Invitation

Greetings Crossroads family!

This past week, our pastoral leadership team took a couple days away to seek the Lord and discuss the vision and mission of Crossroads Church. We spent time reflecting on the incredible things God has done through our church, and we dreamed big about the things God wants to do in the days to come. For the next two Sundays, I will be sharing a recap of some of the things we’ve seen God accomplish as well as an update on our church’s vision and mission. This coming Sunday, March 18, I will be sharing at North Campus during both services. On Sunday, March 25th, I’ll be at South Campus.

During these Sundays, I will be honing in on what we believe God is asking of us during this next season of ministry in our community and around the world. I want to encourage you to join us and be praying about how God might use you as part of what He is accomplishing through our church. It’s also a great time to invite a friend who might be looking for a church or wants to know what Crossroads is really all about. I am resolved more than ever to see Crossroads Church become all that God has intended in His heart for us to be. There are so many in our community and in this world that need Jesus Christ, and I am confident that the Lord will use us to bring His hope and life into our world. God bless you, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

By His Grace,
Pastor Josh

Our Gaps. God’s Grace.

The concept of grace is of the utmost importance, not only for the Christian, but for the human. Grace is paramount in understanding the gospel. The fact that grace is associated with God indicates that it is in His nature to extend supernatural favor to undeserving people. God predicated the incarnation of Christ, the cross, the hope of our salvation, and so much more on the concept of grace.  Grace imparts forgiveness where judgement was deserved, makes possible friendship with God where enmity once existed, and enables us to live, both physically and spiritually. God’s grace is at the core of everything you are.

So as the main theme of Paul’s writings, you would think that the subject of grace would be found everywhere in the gospels, scattered throughout the teachings of Jesus. A small  study quickly provides an intriguing insight… Jesus never uses the word grace. Not even once. Why is this? I believe the answer is found in John 1, the only place in the gospel we find the word grace used.

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Oh the Wonder

There are some things that happen which cause us to gaze in amazement. As the snow fell this morning, I was refreshed and strangely mesmerized by its beauty and calm. My son was up early, and upon seeing the white out the window, insisted on running out in his pajamas. Call us bad parents, but we let him. It was joy for us to see him so enraptured and excited.

It’s how I felt at church yesterday. I watched people worship Jesus with passion, engage in the Word of God, and respond to the gospel. As we prayed for 5 new believers who came forward, a holy awe filled the room. We were weeping with tears of joy and amazement at the life changing power of Christ.

I think it brought God joy. Not only to see the lost saved, but to see his people so happy in His presence.

I pray you have a wondrous week.

Isaiah 29:14 – Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”