Christmas Reminders

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Crossroads Church of Avon on Vimeo.

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Financing Your Future

Posted in Finances, Uncategorized, Wisdom by PCraig on November 16, 2011

Why do so many people not plan for the future?  I recently read that 40% of Americans have less than $10K saved for retirement.  No doubt there are some in this number that are barely living day to day, but at the same time there have to be those who just don’t plan for the future.  Maybe they think global warming will cook everything up before they retire?  Or perhaps their Christians counting on the rapture to rescue them?

God is a detailed planner.  He planned out the salvation of man from the very beginning of creation.  The Bible says that even before He created us He knew He would send His Son to die for us.  You can see how God plans for the future Himself, and also encourages us to do so as well.

Just getting the Messiah to earth took a lot of planning.  For example, God had to save a whole nation from dying from famine to preserve the bloodline from which His Son would come.  God gave a man named Joseph a dream in the book of Genesis and told him to convince the Egyptian leadership that a famine was coming and they needed to save us for it.  As a result of listening to Joseph, Pharaoh grew richer and Joseph’s entire family was preserved.

Whatever you do, don’t wait too long to be wise with your income.  Life is shorter than you think when you start out.  (Just talk to some older people)  If you start saving when you’re young the interest will compound exponentially and you’ll be amazed at how it accumulates.  Trouble is that voice in your head that says, “spend it now…have some fun…live a little.”  Just keep in mind how much fun you’ll have being out of debt and able to retire when you want to.  How are you doing with that?

I said a lot more about this in last week’s sermon, so just catch the podcast if you missed it.

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No Right or Wrong?

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on March 4, 2011

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Back Swinging

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on July 7, 2010

Well, I’m back from our vacation and summer break.  While I was gone I read seven books and am hoping to write about them here on this blog in the coming days.  Don’t miss looking back as I’ll try to keep things rolling now that I’m home. 

One thing about being away for an extended period of time is the overwhelming feeling you get when you return to mounds of mail, email, voicemail, notes, telegraphs (Just kidding! Do those exist anymore?)

This weekend’s sermon is exactly what I need to hear, so I want to invite you to join me.  We’ll be launching the much anticipated new series: ON DEMAND.  These four messages were decided by YOU, in a vote during May by text.  The results were tallied and the top four compose our new series.  Leading off will be a sermon called, “How To Handle Stress.” 

Again, I need this one and I have a feeling some of you do too, so just be there!

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Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on April 6, 2010

I’m amazed at how many people think that they can pick and choose on which commandments to follow.  It’s kind of like a multiple choice question in which there are no wrong answers.  The problem is that God isn’t looking for partial  obedience, and, He never promised to reward it either.

In Deuteronomy 28 God speaks through Moses and encourages the people to “fully obey” all the commands that He had given.  He then goes on to describe all the blessings that will come upon them for their full obedience.  Later, He describes the curses that will come on them for disobedience.  I look at this as the difference between full and partial alignment. 

Here is how it works, full alignment is what Tiger Woods (okay lay your opinions aside) can do to with a golf ball, compared to what I do to one.  When he hits it, his body and mind are one and flow in total unity toward the impact upon the ball.  In contrary fashion, I get distracted by water, birds, people, wind and anything else that is around.  As a result, there is no good prediction as to whether it will be a decent shot or a horrific one. 

This is the difference between being in full alignment with God and His Word versus being in partial alignment.  You wonder why God is not coming through on that prayer request?  Take a look at your alignment, it just might hold the answer.

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What Seeds Are You Sowing?

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on March 27, 2010

Every day we are sowing seeds.  It’s important to think of the law of sowing and reaping every day. 

Here are the laws of the harvest:  You reap WHAT you sow.  You reap MORE than you sow.  You reap LATER than you sow.  You can’t sow hate and reap love.  You can’t sow anger and it not come back more enraged than before.  You can’t sow a good deed today and always hope to benefit immediately.  But, think of this, if you only sow good seed then you’ll always reap a good harvest.

What seeds are you sowing?

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Don’t Focus On My Speck

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on March 26, 2010

Why is it so easy for some people to focus on the speck in your eye, but fail to see the beam in theirs?  This puzzled Jesus also about 2000 years ago.  He said something like this, “Wouldn’t it be more productive if you would spend your time trying to fix the beam in your own eye instead of talking about the speck in someone elses?” 

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t need a lot of help locating the specks in my eye (flaws), what I need is someone to help me fix it.  As a matter of fact, if you sit down I can point out a lot of my specks that you’ve missed. 

The point is, until you’ve got all your flaws taking care of, don’t go talking about mine or anyone elses.  Hey, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all took this advice?

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Get Ready For Easter

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on March 18, 2010

Easter is just around the corner and is my favorite date on the church calendar.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas celebration, but it wouldn’t be worth much without the resurrection. 

This year, I’m encouraging our church family to prepare for Easter in the following ways:

  1.  Pray for the new series DOORS to be used of the Lord to touch lives. 
  2. Ask God to help you invite someone new to come that needs a church home.
  3. Use your Facebook or other online accounts to spread the word about our service times
  4. Pick up some extra Invite Cards from the i-center in the lobby to hand out
  5. Attend the 1st Service which tends to be less crowded to make room for guests in the 2nd service.
  6. Park in the lot of Hickory Elementary School and ride our shuttle service back and forth to the building for that day.  (We have a shortage of parking and really need your help with this!)

This is a great time of year to reach out to friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers and others whom God brings along your path.  Believe God with us for the most powerful day of services we’ve had yet!

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Knowing Who You Are

Posted in Uncategorized by PCraig on March 17, 2010

Last night I shared with our worship team how Jesus exemplified true greatness.  But, it wasn’t in how He healed the leper, or made the lame to walk or even in feeding 5,000+ people.  The book of John tells us that when Jesus knew who He was and that He had all authority in heaven and on earth, His very next act was to pick up a towel and wash His disciples feet. 

How amazing is that?  How many do you know that understand how great or gifted they are and so as a result they serve?  Most people are lined up to be served.  What would happen if every person could get over themselves and begin to act like Jesus the Servant instead of Jesus the King?  You see, what makes Him such a great King is that He’s still willing to serve.  It really  is part of what catapulted Him to His position.  Paul talks about the humility of Jesus that caused the Father to give Him a “name that is above every name.” 

True leaders know who they are, but they are not afraid to take on the role of a servant.  Insecure, weak, self-absorbed people are so fearful of being seen as a servant that they fail to see it as true greatness.  Leadership that is not intimidated by the towel is what people are drawn to, just look at how many are following Jesus still today.

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Donkey Talk

Posted in One Year Bible, Uncategorized by PCraig on March 15, 2010

There is a danger in acknowledging that God exists and is powerful, yet failing to submit our lives completely to him.  In today’s reading of the One Year Bible we come to a man by the name of Balaam, who was willing to declare the might of the God of Israel, but did not acknowledge Him as the only true God.  His story reveals the danger of maintaining an outward facade of spirituality over a dishonest heart. 

Balaam was all about obeying God as long as he could profit from it.  Do you know anyone that tries to serve God out of what they can get out of Him?  One day, God even used a donkey (yeah, that’s no typo) to rebuke him in an attempt to bring him in alignment with His purpose for his life.  Perhaps you’ve failed to hear God’s voice because it came from an unusual or seemingly insignificant source? 

Balaam teaches us that motives are just as important as actions.   We can avoid the same mistakes by facing ourselves and getting raw and vunerable before God, so our motives can be pure.

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