Posts by cbcc

Satan: Not Original, Just Persistent

Our spiritual enemy pretty much has one trick. It’s the scheme he used on Adam and Eve. He lies. It’s the only weapon in his arsenal and he uses it over and over. He tries the same approach with us. Here’s an example…One of his favorite lies is especially suited for when we fall short in obeying God’s best for us. Satan loves to magnify our failure, telling us how…

Calling All Men

     Guys (or women who read this for their husbands), our Awesome Annual Men’s Retreat is coming Oct. 26-28. You’ve got to come to this. Every year this weekend gets bigger and better. Every year disconnected men make friends that spur them on for years to come. Every year we see men have breakthroughs and powerful spiritual encounters that change the course of…

Who’s the Friendliest Church on Earth?

      At one time or another in your life, I bet you made a commitment to yourself that when the summer ended you were going to get reconnected to a church. Maybe you made the commitment this summer. (Awesome!)       Lots of people do this and that’s why churches all over our city always experience an increase in attendance at their Sunday gatherings in…

A Parenting Pathway

      Recently, we interviewed CrossBridge parents, asking for practical ways they discipled their children in the context of the home – we got some great answers! We also asked what were the most important ways they engage in the body of Christ -the church.  Again, we received solid advice. We learned a couple of really important things…      First, we…

Parenting and Free Will

     No one struggles with the lie of condemnation like parents do. We often carry the weight of all our mistakes and the would’ve, could’ve, should’ves of the past as it relates to how we parented. No one speaks more negatively to me…than me. (Know what I mean?)      But it’s important to remember, while it’s undeniable that we are…

Fighting Worry

     I often wake up in the morning and am confronted by an immediate wave of anxiety related to what I’ve got on my plate or a general sense of  “Not being good enough.”      I can’t run away from these thoughts. Jumping straight to email or checking the news only serves as a temporary distraction, but it won’t defeat these thoughts. Diving straight away into my work…

How God Keeps Score

     What matters to God? What is it that he gets excited about? As a guy who gets up on stage every week to speak to people, it’s tempting for me to get excited when Sunday attendance trends upward. But does that equate to points on God’s scoreboard?…I’m not so sure.      But when teenagers get on stage after spending their summer in Indonesia and…

Ordinary People doing really Cool Things

       This Sunday at our gathering we’re going to hear story after story of ordinary people doing really cool things. It’s going to be…well…really cool. The reason I want us to hear these stories is because the only requirement for any of us having really cool stories of our own is simply to say, “Yes!” to Jesus.          In Psalm…

A Real but Different Grief

     Two funerals of personal friends in two months have reacquainted me with grief again. This morning, on the first anniversary of my dad’s passing, I’ve been thinking about the nature of grief. Grief is real, isn’t it?      Faith in Christ doesn’t change the reality that we grieve. After all, I grieve every time my daughters leave again for college and I know I won’t…

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