Crossroads Archive

These posts were written from 2005–2009 for Crossroads to the Nations Church (crossroadstothenations.org) where I served as a pastor.

Crossroads was an awesome church. It met in homes with international students and missions-minded seminary students in Louisville, KY. It no longer meets. Many of it’s former members continue to serve others selflessly, cross-culturally and around the world. The people of Crossroads gave me a love for church and readied me to start other groups like it where there are yet none.

Thank You, Crossroads! /

Brothers and Sisters, Fellow Servants,

There is a church I know that exalts Christ and the cross, that loves one another as family, that obeys the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations. This church has sent out 50% of its members and gives 70% of its money outward to missions and ministry. The church glorifies God as it ignites a passion to reach the nations.

Crossroads to the Nations, thank you for building us up (Eph. 4:12)! Thanks for making our work a joy (Heb. 13:17)! Thanks for sending us in a way worthy of God (3 Jn. 6)!

Remember what we taught you about the gospel and how we lived among you. That is what I had the privilege of saying during our last meeting together (Acts 20:17–36). I thank God because he helped me stay faithful. He’s put a deep love in our hearts for you all that makes it hard to leave.

We will still be several more months before we travel to South Asia for the sake of the gospel. We’re now in New York visiting family and we’re packing long-term bags. Then we go to language training in January. Pray with us so we see opportunities to give outwardly as we go.

May God establish more churches like Crossroads around the world! Remember us in prayer as we pray for you!

Amen!
The Helmer family

Thanksgiving at Church /

Church,

This Sunday at church we will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The meal will be “potluck,” so bring a special dish of food to share (cultural food if you can make it!). The meeting will be at 5pm, our home.

Invite any new or old friends as well. We’ll still sing together and have a simple message.

Many of you have heard K—— and I talk at church about our departure date. God has opened the doors for us to head overseas. We will be in training at the start of the new year, so we will leave the first week of December to visit family.

We welcome you to our home this Sunday so we can see you again and rejoice in what God has done!

I know there will be a day when I’m standing at “the ends of the earth” and only then realize how much God has done in me because of Crossroads to the Nations church. We pray and seek for the day when church fellowships like Crossroads are meeting in places where there are currently none! With your prayers and sending you hasten that day. Thank you!

With thanks,
C.

What will you bring to church this Sunday? /

Church,

What will you bring to share at church this Sunday? A Scripture, a song, a story of God’s work and grace?

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:15–16)

Share to build up others. Do this whether in Louisville or far away when you meet with God’s people. It’s the God-given way of maturity into Christ.

I look forward to meeting! Your brother,
C.

Church on the go this Sunday… to J—— and S——’s wedding! /

Church,

J——and S——are getting married this Sunday, September 6! The wedding will be at 3pm at S——’s grandmother’s house in Tennessee.

There will be no regular church meeting at our home this Sunday. Instead, meet at our apartment at 10am so you can all drive together. The drive is 4 hours.

Hope to see you there,
C.

Nepali Concert in Boston /
Free Concert: Karna Das in Boston
Free Concert: Karna Das in Boston

D—— is hosting a Nepali Gospel Concert in Boston this weekend. He asks for our prayers. There will also be a number of Nepali pastors and believers meeting beforehand for a conference. Pray for God’s help to do his work.

Thanks,
C.
On behalf of D——

Missions and Membership Celebration /

Crossroads,

This Sunday (8/16) we will celebrate what God has done this summer through missions and what he is now doing at Crossroads. We’ll hear from those that the church sent out for the summer and we’ll also hear testimonies from those who want to join the church.

Please bring an item for the potluck dinner. All are welcome!

Looking forward to meeting with you all!
C.

Welcome, Baby Ha Yul! /

Ha Yul is born! H——and his wife L——had the baby girl at 5:15pm, Sunday, April 26 (Chinese time). She was 9 lbs. He said that both are doing well.

Her name means, “The Word of God is Flowing Like a River.” We thank our Father that this family is growing! He is blessing the nations through them.

Pray for them! We love you, H——!

Go to Jesus Outside the City Gates /

Faithful,

Look! Jesus has risen, just as he said! This past Sunday during our church meeting T—— prayed with us for the first time, the church gave generously to L——’s mission and M——’s need, H—— served us with dinner, S—— taught us a worship song in Hindi, and M—— lead us in spontaneous worship. Awesome thunder rolled outside as we boldly approached God’s throne of grace. We welcomed our brother P—— who powerfully shared the good news and told the story of how his father in India turned from worshiping a spiritual guru’s lifeless skeleton to loving and serving the Living Lord Jesus. Our church meeting was such a demonstration that Jesus lives among his church.

Christians traditionally celebrate the week before Easter as “Palm Sunday.” On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus, riding on a donkey finally through the city gates of Jerusalem. He was praised as the humble King (Lk. 19:28–44), even welcomed in the name of the Lord in the spirit of Psalms 118. But that same week the people turn on the One they praised. This week points us to the most crucial moment of history in Christ’s crucifixion on the cross.

The Holy Spirit warns us not to welcome Jesus in vain. Jesus is not who we often think he is. We want to put Jesus on the throne because we hope to share in his glory. But Jesus’ purpose went far beyond the fanfare of the crowds that day. He was not looking for the praise of those in the crowd. He was looking for us, those outside God’s gates. “Jesus suffered outside the city gates on the cross to make people holy by his own blood” (Heb. 13:12). Jesus left the city for Calvary, the place of the cross. That place on the hill outside the city was for sacrifices and criminals; it is a place of spectacle and ridicule far from the fanfare of Jerusalem.

Jesus truly is the King of Kings. He has the right to demand obedience from the world. But first, Jesus gave everything. He disrobed and lived the life of a man as a servant. He died a bloody, disgraceful death for our sins. His life was sacrificed in our place. If you welcome this truth, you enter into God’s gates. If you turn away from this truth you reject the “stone” God made the “capstone” that holds everything together (Ps. 118:19–23). You cannot seek glory and shy away from the cross. To avoid the hard path of the cross is to miss Jesus and heaven altogether.

The Spirit now challenges us to “go to Jesus outside the city gates and bear the disgrace that he bore” (Heb. 13:13). Following Jesus always leads us in humility and thankfulness to his sacrifice for us on the cross. It is about repentance before a holy God. And it’s about dismantling high hopes for yourself or for this world because you’ve entered into the joy of the real fanfare and festival of heaven. “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Heb. 13:14).

And this has everything to do with Christian missions and evangelism. Going to where Jesus is outside the gates means going to others who lived like us in shame and disgrace apart from God. It is going out to welcome the international into your home, to train the soldier to fight the good fight, to share a tract at the curb of the bus-stop, to serve college students partying on spring break, to live like Christ among a jungle tribe, to stand in the path of those heading toward karoshi (“death from overwork”), to whisper living words to the terminally ill, and to adopt the orphan into your family. For broken hearts this season, the news of a permanent home specially prepared in God’s city is good news.

And what does Jesus, your gracious Savior, demand of you? For your own offering, continually offer to God this sacrifice of praise from a new heart: confess his name at every opportunity (Heb. 13:15). With the disgrace of the world behind and the glory of the cross before, may it be said of you, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Ps. 118:26).

Your brother,
C.

Retreat Week 2009 /

Praying Church,

What’s at the center of your life right now? I pray at the beginning of this year you clutch to the truth of cross as the most essential thing. “I want to remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you… For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins…” (1 Cor. 15:1–4).

This past Sunday’s simple message, “Life’s Most Important Truth Can Be the Easiest to Forget,” was part 1. It was part 1. Part 2 will be this Wednesday evening at our home. We’ll meet at 6:30pm for a short meeting of worship, prayer, and God’s Word. For those who were not at church Sunday, this Wednesday time will launch us into three days of prayer and fasting.

Our annual retreat begins Saturday at 6:30pm at our home. We’ll be studying what it means for Crossroads to be a cross-cultural church (that is, a church with a culture defined by the cross, and a church going across cultures with the gospel). After a time of worship together Saturday, we’ll break our fast that evening with simple foods. The retreat will go until 4:30 or 5pm Sunday. There will be no church meeting at 5pm this Sunday.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30pm: Church meeting
Wednesday evening – Saturday evening: Prayer and fasting
Saturday, 6:30pm – Sunday, 4:30pm: Retreat!

Near the Cross,
C.

The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.

—John Stott

Birth Announcement /

A forward from D—— and M——, a family we love who had been members of Crossroads:

After months of anticipation, our daughter Noel Tawnee was born on the morning of Dec 30, 2008. She weighed 8 lbs and was 22 inches long. She has a full set of beautiful dark hair. She loves to be held and talked to. She is such a blessing. We want to thank you all for praying for us. God is good and He answered our prayers. I had a really smooth delivery and Noel is healthy and beautiful. Her pictures are on the hospital website. Thanks again for your prayers and support. May you have a wonderful new year and God bless you!

D—— and M——