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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.

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.

A Time to Pray for a Brother /

Dear Church,

A brother needs your prayers. J—— is facing some legal issues that keep him from working. He will need an attorney to represent him. This is an unexpected and very trying time for J——.

Pray! We are grateful to have such a church family that knows about each other’s difficulties and cares. We thank God that J——’s faith remains strong. Pray God would grant J—— wisdom, peace, and a teachable spirit in the coming days.

Thank you,
C.

As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me;
Your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me beyond number;
Our iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see;
They are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life;
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt!
Let those be appalled because of their shame
Who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
As for me, I are poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

—Psalms 40:11–17

Praying People /

Crossroads family,

Remember us this week! B—— and E——, L—— and the Helmers will be working with D—— in Dallas. Remember us before the Father often! Remember us for His own glory! Remember us for your own joy!

The others are already in Dallas. We write from K——’s parents in Oklahoma and will join them tomorrow.

M——, J—— and others will be leaving for Indonesia also. We need wisdom to know how to love God and love others publicly. We know God wants to be known. He has given us His Word and His Son to show it. We know He will complete the work.

Amen! See you soon, Lord willing,
The Helmers

Psalms 130 /

Family,

If all went well today, D—— and M—— are now on their way to Hawai’i. We will be meeting for mid-week training tonight at H——’s apartment, from 6:30–8pm. It is Crossroads’ cross-training!

With the Lord is forgiveness. But at what cost? Himself. “He Himself will redeem Israel” (Ps. 130:8). The greatest gift of all, Jesus, was given to pay for the greatest debt of all, my sin. And now the bargain of redemption: if you want to be redeemed from your debt and the power of sin, you must be bought and owned by God. “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:19–20). When have you bargained with the Lord? What is He asking of you today?

Pray to the Lord to send out laborers for His harvest, and obeyers of the Great Commission. Pray for the New York City mission team which is forming and preparing now (interested?). Pray also to be sensitive to opportunities to minister to friends, family, and neighbors during this “holy week.” We would welcome any of them to our church community this Sunday!

See you soon,
C.

Psalms 130
A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

2 O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?

4 But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

6 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.

8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Psalms 126 /

Family,

Please send any prayer requests (or praises!) and questions you may have. We will continue these messages through next week.

Pray today for: The Nepali outreach. D—— has invited all the Louisville Nepali’s to an Easter meeting, to continue sharing the gospel with them. Praise God that this can happen! Pray to God for wonderful things to be done, that people would see the need to respond to Jesus, and for a harvest to be brought in. The meeting is at 3:30pm, in Crismon Hall (basement of the library) at the Seminary. Also, pray for the international meeting tonight, SNT, at the BSU. May God use this emotional time (it is M——’s last meeting) to capture people’s hearts for Him.

Those who plant in tears, harvest in joy (Ps. 126). The Lord does great things for us: past, present, and future; let it be known among the nations, Lord.

Filled with joy,
C.

Psalms 126
A song of ascents.

1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.

2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”

3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.

6 He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.

Psalms 125 /

Family,

We were able to spend time with D—— and M—— for one more night last night. Keep praying for them, as the movers come today, as people begin looking at their house, and as D—— travels today to Vermont. He’ll return early next week and the two of them will leave shortly after for Hawaii. I don’t think we know how to express how much we’ll miss them.

Pray also today for: two outreach Bible studies for internationals. I will be a part of one meeting at the Speed School (U of L) and Sammy will be part of one at the Medical Campus. They both meet at noon and reach a good number of people. This has been a great place to build relationships and share the Bible. May God be exalted in all our hearts.

Trust in the Lord; He holds your heart, and His desire is to keep it upright. Thank you, Father.

Amen,
C.

Psalms 125
A song of ascents.

1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.

4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.

5 But those who turn to crooked ways
the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.

Psalms 124 /

Family,

Hope to see some of you tonight at the pot-luck dinner. If you have any questions or plans to attend, contact C——.

Pray today for: S——, D—— and family. S—— may be finishing school soon and their future plans are uncertain. They may be leaving here, and we pray they will be useful instruments in the Redeemer’s hands, wherever He takes them. We are behind them all the way.

Brothers and Sisters, God is on our side (Ps. 124)! The Maker of heaven and earth! “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:31–32). He has broken every snare — of sin, of evil, of death; let nothing hold you back today from praising Him and gratefully serving Him with all that He has given you.

Amen,
C.

Psalms 124
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
let Israel say—

2 if the LORD had not been on our side
when men attacked us,

3 when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;

4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,

5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.

6 Praise be to the LORD,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

7 We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 123 /

Family,

There is a good-bye pot-luck dinner for D—— and M—— this Thursday, April 6th, at 7pm. C—— is hosting the dinner, with the International BSU staff, and Crossroads is invited. Please RSVP to her if you can come, and notify her what you can bring (so that way we don’t have all salads or desserts). You can also bring your favorite D—— and M—— story (or, your most embarrassing D—— story 🙂 ).

Pray today for: M—— and also M——, as she passes the “torch” to him for the International BSU. M—— is doing the best she can to transfer important relationships and administrative details to him today and this week. This ministry is also a vital part of our church’s ministry.

Keep serving the Lord while waiting for His mercy and help; He is Sovereign. Meditate on Psalms 123.

C.

Psalms 123
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to you,
to you whose throne is in heaven.

2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.

3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.

4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
much contempt from the arrogant.

Psalms 122 /

Family,

How are you walking this week? The Lord watches over us, keeping us, and keeping our feet firm. Walk with Him to the New Jerusalem.

Pray for: J——, who is leading an important IESL study today. Her students will be hearing about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus between now and Easter; may they hear it and see the need to respond in faith!

As you read Psalms 122 today, pray also for the peace of God’s people, His house.

Seeking the good of the church with you,
C.

Psalms 122
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2 Our feet are standing
in your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.

4 That is where the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
to praise the name of the LORD
according to the statute given to Israel.

5 There the thrones for judgment stand,
the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.

7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”

8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity.