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.

Church and the First Song of Ascents (Psalms 120) /

Crossroads Family,

Praise Him for His goodness and mercy, and for His greatness in our midst! We had an extraordinary time of worship and prayer tonight. I wish it was recorded for those who couldn’t attend. I will try to be in touch with you personally, for those who were not there, to follow up on some important things.

With rejoicing and weeping we prayed for D—— and M—— as they are sent on a more permanent mission, to Tucson, Arizona. To all, commit time this week to pray for them and the church, with fasting if you are able. We thank God for the privilege to send off our best.

The celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, Easter, is coming in two weeks. The time before Easter is a great time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Lord. How will Crossroads be doing that this year? Between this Sunday (April 2) and Easter (Sunday, April 16) we will each personally read, meditate, and pray from one psalm a day from the Songs of Ascents. These are the Psalms numbered 120 through 134. We began at the church gathering tonight by reading Psalms 120. You may need to look at that again to begin on the right foot. Take your time reading each of them, to understand how they might prepare you for the coming of the Lord. These Psalms may have been used by Jewish pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The first song is an expression of separation from the world, for it is not our home. Be a pilgrim as you read and respond. The Word will take us toward God, heavenward (that is why, in a way, they are called songs of “ascents”). God will carry us through.

I will send out a message daily until Easter, with the next psalm, and with any relevant information about what is happening with the church. Don’t hesitate to reply with what questions you may have.

Together for our Extraordinary God!
C.

Psalms 120
A song of ascents.

1 I call on the LORD in my distress,
and he answers me.
2 Save me, O LORD, from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
3 What will he do to you,
and what more besides, O deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom tree.
5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
7 I am a man of peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.

Crossroads: This Weekend /

Hi family,

Here’s what we have going on this weekend:

  • On Saturday, we are providing dinner for the Intl. BSU. Meet at 4pm at the BSU, before SNT, for dinner preparation (bring a good knife with you).
  • On Sunday, we have a church meeting at 3pm at H——’s apartment.

Pray and prepare even now for the meeting; we will discuss membership, finances, vision. H—— will bring a report on the finances. Also, here is a specific request for prayer: M——’s grandfather passed away last weekend. We had been praying for him before; please continue praying for the family.

Have a good week. I look forward to seeing all of you again,
C.

Crossroads Preaching Schedule /

Men,

I was given a list of “Preachers of the Day” by D—— before he left. Yesterday was the first Sunday meeting, and I preached on Ephesians 3:1-13 (where D—— left off). I will also be “facilitating” the next four services. On the week you are scheduled to preach, if you are able, please let M—— or I know what you will be preaching on, so songs and Scripture readings can be selected (you’re welcome to select these also). You don’t have to continue in Ephesians. Let me know if there are any problems! Thanks for your service; we have been given a gift to preach the gospel.

Here is the schedule:
Sunday, August 28: H——
Sunday, September 4: J——
Sunday, September 11: H——
Sunday, September 18: J——

Thanks again!
C.

Thursday Lunch, Prayer and Fasting /

Crossroads Family,

This is an announcement and invitation. This Thursday (8/11) lunchtime will be set aside for prayer and fasting. Our church has decided to dedicate this time to focus on the Lord before the new semester begins. More specifically, pray to God that every international student at U of L would hear, understand, and respond to the gospel.

See you all Saturday… and I’ll be praying with you tomorrow,
C.

Crossroads Prayer /

Crossroads Family,

I thought it would be a good time to send out a message. We should be praying for three things:

  • J—— is having gall bladder surgery Thursday (7/14). The operation will be at 1:30pm. She hasn’t had anything this major before; let’s pray for peace for her, and a smooth recovery! We’ll understand if we don’t see you for few days, J——, but we do hope to see you soon!
  • Our “missionaries”: D—— and M—— are returning this week! Also, S—— and D—— are now ministering in Central Asia. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. Please remember them in your prayers.
  • Lastly, continue praying for the direction of the church and international student ministry. Not only is the next school year coming (with lots of new students and opportunities), but we still have a bit of summer ahead of us! May the Lord use it all!

Thanks for helping to uphold our church family!

Shalom,
The Helmers

Thunder Over Louisville! /

Hey Crossroads family…

We are going to be a part of Thunder Over Louisville this Saturday, one of the most exciting events in the area all year. Our church meeting will be moved to where the people are: at Waterfront Park. This is a great step for us! We will be available to talk to international students and we’ll have a time of prayer and worship like we usually do. D—— will be setting up in the wee early morning hours, so we can have a place to meet.

I’ll try to organize everyone: send me your cellphone numbers please if you have one! We need to call you to tell where we found a place to meet. And check your email early Saturday; we’ll give you directions in an email after we set-up.

We will get together around 3pm, so we have some time before, but come as early as you can… you won’t regret it! Our church meeting will be at 5pm. Also, bring a meal (if you want to eat) or buy expensive food there (but you can try the funnel cakes with M——). Everything else is free (the fun, the music, the fireworks, the people to minister to)!

Write back with any questions. See you soon!

In Christ,
C.