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.

What do men — X-Men — do at a time like this, when the Professor has left, the Institute has closed its doors, and the same Wiles are lurking in the corner? Do they relocate? Disband? Fade away? Do they search for another professor… or for more mutants with whom they could team up?

Finally, My Brethren

The clarion call of Christlikeness is still being sounded by God’s Holy Spirit and the surround of such a great cloud of mutants that have passed before us. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Our group meetings were nothing new, and there will be men — deadened by the same human nature at birth but enlivened through Christ by the same Holy God forever — meeting moments before Eternity dawns. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. According to our Lord’s words we met together to help each other uphold a standard of purity, integrity, and moral responsibility; these Scriptures and this Standard remain. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our mission also remains: to stand against an advancing tide and further the Kingdom of God with our whole lives. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Men, do you have the End in sight? Can you see with what eager expectation all of creation groans for the sons of God to be revealed? Can you see with what unfailing love the Lord longs to save the lost through you? Can you see to what glorious freedom He will redeem you though it be through the fires of discipline, confession, and prayer? Stand therefore… He comes, and He comes quickly. He comes, always daily and always graciously, to quicken our hearts. Pray that you can honor Him by standing, and that He would provide whatever means are necessary for you, and for me, to keep us standing and serving strong. Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Men, if there is anyone in this world that has reason to stand, and if there is anyone I’ve seen that should be made worthy to receive this honor and the Honor to come, it is you. Therefore, stand.


My time in New York ended well this summer. I also had a beautiful time of ministry in China, and though I am tired, my time here at seminary is even more beautiful in spirit than I had hoped. K—— and I hope you are even better!

I want to bring some of my experience to you, and let it serve as a “benediction” for the group we knew, whatever changes may come. It is a hymn written by Basil Manly, Jr. in 1860; this hymn was written for the first graduation ceremony at the seminary and now serves as the school’s anthem. Let its first three verses serve as a charge, and let the last be my farewell — for now.

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.

Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seed-times of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.

Thank you, men. Grace and peace to you in Jesus always. I love you and I will miss you.

Yours,
C., aka Professor X