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.

Mission to the Dominican Republic this week! /

M—— left yesterday with a team from the BCM to serve in the Dominican Republic. They’ll be there until Monday, giving clean water, care, visitation to the hospitalized, and children’s ministry. We had neglected to give towards M——’s mission earlier, and so on Sunday we happily and quickly agreed to give $500 toward her expenses. Please pray for this team throughout the week!

Thanks again,
C.

Be Informed and Prayerful /

Church,

I sat down with those at church on Sunday to talk about the next few weeks and to keep everyone together in heart and mind. This is for those who could not be there, and for those who far away still keep up with the church and pray.

Crossroads will still meet Sunday, December 28 at UTA. B—— and E—— will not move until January 2. Next week, December 20, we will have a special time during the service to honor them for their service here, and to pray for them. They are wonderful servants of the church and dear friends! We are so grateful to God that they opened up their home to the church. And we know they want to carry their love for Christ and for the church with them as they go. So we will send them in a way worthy of our Lord. If you cannot come, be sure to send your own note of appreciation to them.

We talked about where we will meet beginning with the new year. J—— has been in contact with U of L in order to rent a room in the SAC on Sundays. We have talked and prayed all semester about having a meeting location on campus. Also, K—— and I will move into UPA this month and open our home. We needed to find an apartment, since we are still staying in Louisville for the time being. We prayed and looked carefully and think that UPA is still one of the best places for ministry. Everyone on Sunday seemed favorable to the idea of having a UPA apartment available again. It is where the church began, and for good reason. Let’s consider these two options at the retreat. Also up for discussion at the retreat is the time of our Sunday meetings. Should we meet at another time on Sunday and why?

Remember: the retreat will be Saturday evening, January 10 to Sunday afternoon, January 11. Please plan now to set aside that time.

Lastly, B—— and E—— are hosting an Indian Christmas Party at 6pm this Friday in the basement of UTA. Many Tamil-speaking friends will come to celebrate the holiday, sing carols, and hear the Christmas story. You’re invited to come and minister with us.

Thanks,
C.

Internship Working with “10/40 Window” Immigrants in New York /

I received this notice from Larry H. in New York City. It was with him that K——, myself, R—— and J—— worked during the summer of 2006.

For your consideration.

Thanks,
C.

2009 Retreat Planning /

Crossroads,

Every year Crossroads sets aside special time in January for in-depth prayer, fasting and planning. In 2009 the church will be entering its fifth year. It is just as important now as ever that we pray and fast before God. Also, it is just as important that we renew our commitment to take church planting seriously. We must always be intentional about church planting and disciple making.

We discussed the retreat at the last ministry meeting a few weeks ago. Thank you to those who volunteered to help organize it. Now we need to settle on a date. I propose: Saturday and Sunday, January 10–11. It is the second weekend of the year; students will have returned and the holidays will have passed.

Respond with your thoughts or questions.

School finals will pass, snow will fall in Louisville, and the holidays will bring light to short days that pass into cold nights. Winter settles in, and we will long for the fresh start of a new year. God’s faithfulness endures. His Word spreads. His Spirit stirs new life. God has good things in store for those who love and follow Him.

Thanks be to God,
C.

Church Ministry Meeting this Sunday /

Church,

It’s time to meet again to prayerfully plan our ministry for the next few months. We will plan our outreach with surveys at U of L and our new year retreat.

Our meeting with be this Sunday, October 26, after our regular church meeting. We will make these plans and eat together from 7–8:30pm. We will also officially recognize B—— this Sunday as an elder of Crossroads (we had already voted to welcome him during our last ministry meeting at the end of August).

Send me ahead of time any questions or things that need to be addressed by the church leadership. Please concern yourself with prayer for the church. And rejoice in the Lord!

Remember, you are welcome to join us for prayer before church Sundays at 4pm outside of B——’s apartment building.

To those who have been sent out by Crossroads, you can send us any updates or requests you’d like shared with the church.

I included below the Scripture that B—— preached from on Sunday.

Thanks,
C.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

—Titus 2:11–15

Article about Church and Campus Ministry /

Crossroads,

We’ve been talking recently about the purpose of the Church in general and about Crossroads. What is God’s purpose for the church? One reason Crossroads to the Nations was started is because we believe that disciples are best made in the context of a church — not a campus ministry, Bible study or building. The church is a vital part of God’s unfolding mystery in the universe, even with all its flaws. It is what Jesus died for and where his Spirit is present among believers. It is where cultures are crossed (and there is sure to be some friction in that) and where the cross makes a new culture.

I thought seminary professor Dr. Russell Moore reminded me of these things in a recent article. Take time to read this and share your thoughts:

“Jesus Didn’t Die for a Campus Ministry: The Spiritual Danger of Unchurched Spirituality”

Thanks for joining together in Christ’s name!
C.

Emergency Request for Prayer /

To those whom are praying,

Please pray with us now. The first week of camp in New York is about to begin at 11am today. Youth from around the area will come to encounter the good news for the first time or take another step in their walk with God. K—— and I will serve as Camp Counselors / Missionaries.

There is an emergency. This morning the camp director seriously injured his foot and is on his way to the hospital. He also wounded his knee Saturday. We have had a number of challenges to get camp rolling for the summer but we expect God has good things in store. K—— and I have been here during the past week helping get the camp ready and ministering here. This camp and its directors are very close to our hearts. Please pray for the director and for this week’s camp!

Thank you!
C.

Conference Messages on “Scripture” /

I promised some of you these audio messages. K—— and I recently attended a Christian conference called New Attitude. It was saturated with grace. The theme this year was “Scripture” (“If the Bible really is God’s Word, then we’re called to delight in it and obey it”). Last year we attended with H—— before he left for East Asia.

Download audio by right clicking and choosing “Save As…”

We recommend all the messages. Especially: “The Troubled Soul” about how to speak God’s Word to yourself (instead of listening to yourself); “William Tyndale,” about the man who was killed for translating the Bible for the first time into modern English (this is the legacy of your English Bible: translating it so that we could understand the gospel came at great cost!); and “Fighting for Faith with God’s Word,” full of practical ways to fight temptation with the Word as your sword.

K—— and I wanted to pass on to you what was an incredible gift to us.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.

—Jeremiah 15:16

Rare Uncontacted Tribe Photographed in Amazon /

One hundred unreached tribes in need of the gospel…

Read the article: “Rare uncontacted tribe photographed in Amazon.”

May All the Peoples Praise You, O God! /

Psalms 67
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine upon us,
Selah

2 that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.

4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth.
Selah

5 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.

6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.

7 God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Psalms 67 is a prayer inspired by God’s gracious promises and provision. God had promised Abraham that through him all the peoples of the world would be blessed (Gen. 12:1–3, 15:1–6). His descendants became the Jewish people. God’s promises shaped the hearts and thoughts of some of these descendants, and they prayed that foreigners would have the same joy in belonging to God. It is a prayer that has been answered. God blessed the world through his Son, the Savior. Now we who were once outside God’s family as foreigners, we for whom Psalms 67 was prayed, are brought near to God through Jesus Christ. We who believe in Jesus become Abraham’s descendants, children of God’s promise (Eph. 3:6, Gal. 3:14).

All good blessings in this world — wealth, home, family, work, food, play — serve the best blessing: Jesus. All the things we possess and do — the things with which God has blessed us — bow down to the purpose for which they were given: “that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

We make God’s purposes our purposes.

With the Son on our faces, we prayed on Sunday to send off M—— and J——. Family members were in attendance as we met outside to worship, and we sent them “in a manner worthy of God” (3 John 6).

We are not sorry for those who give up some blessings in order to bring the Best Blessing of All to the nations. They have all that is necessary for complete happiness: “the love and fellowship of our Lord, and a real purpose in life that keeps material things in proper perspective” (Frank and Marie Drown, Mission to the Headhunters).

We stand by their side in prayer. Our church meeting this Sunday (May 25) will be a special prayer service for our church’s missions in Louisville and for our missionaries. Also, when you bow to thank God before each meal, thank the Father also for sending Jesus, and pray that the nations would be blessed through what God has given you. And if necessary, pray in your own heart that God would soften you towards the nations.

We are ready to go ourselves at a moment’s notice. Stay alert so that you don’t waste one of your blessings — your summer. Get on the ball with memorizing Philippians. Men should prepare themselves for the men’s meeting. Give finances to support the church’s ministries. If you give money to Crossroads designated to “disaster relief” we will send it to ministries working in Myanmar or China. Build up others in the church and carry their burdens. Keep ready with the message, “Have joy in belonging to God!” and “Have real purpose in Jesus.” Fulfill your ministry.

I thank God that I am part of a church that prays big prayers to impact all peoples, a church that seeks to ignite a passion to reach the nations through Jesus Christ. I also thank God that we send out our best, and we pray for more to rise up in their place. Thank God for his promises and for the answered prayer of Psalms 67! God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

C.