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In Him, We’re Free!

Today, I’m praying Ephesians 3:12: “In my relationships with Jesus and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Good morning, Father God! I’m so thankful I can draw close to you in freedom and confidence. I am free!—you’ve taken away every barrier by way of the death and resurrection of Jesus. I’m pure and clean in your eyes. Nothing can…

Worship with My Brain

As I’ve been in our 40 day fast, one of the most significant things Jesus has re-emphasized to me is the importance of my engaging my brain in worship. Maybe this sounds like a weird statement, but I’m pretty sure we’ve all found ourselves mouthing words sort of mindlessly on Sunday mornings…or zoning out while someone is praying in life group.  The Holy Spirit has…

CrossBridge 40-Day Fast

On Tuesday of this week, CrossBridge jumped into a 40-day fast leading up to Easter. Our goal isn’t just to deprive ourselves of things our bodies want, but rather to turn down the volume of the world so we can turn up the intensity of our pursuit of a deeper friendship with Jesus.  If you missed last Sunday, you can hear the explanation how fasting helps develop intimacy…

Devotional Prayer

This past Sunday, we went verse by verse in Paul’s prayer to the Church at Ephesus in Ephesians 3:14-19. There is power in praying God’s Word, believing it by faith and declaring it with confidence. It changes us on the inside and fuels a deeper intimacy with God. We come boldly into God’s presence knowing He is eager to talk with us and asking for Him to strengthen our…

What does Prayer have to do with my Marriage?

To have the highest quality of relationships, we must take time to connect with God because we simply do not have the emotional resources to relate well unless our hearts are energized and filled with peace by the Holy Spirit.  Effective prayer flows best from those who are in strong kingdom relationships—sharing deeply with one another, partnering together in…

Sexuality and Gender

The world has a lot to say about sexuality and gender. So does Jesus, but if the church isn’t talking about it, then no one will know. For lots of reasons, these issues are rising to the forefront of discussion in our culture. They also need to rise to the forefront of discussion in the church so we know what God says is true and, just as importantly, why he says it’s…

A General in God’s Army

A General in God’s Army Ying Kai is a missionary to China through whom God has brought salvation to millions—literally. Through simple, reproducible disciple making, Ying has made disciples who make disciples. We’ve just confirmed that Ying is going to be with us this weekend on the CrossBridge campus to speak Saturday afternoon at the World Mandate Conference. I look at…

Take Your Foot Off the Gas a Little

Isn’t it amazing the amount of wisdom Jesus can pack into such a small story? He talks about building a house on the rock and not on the sand…and the next thing you know, the Holy Spirit is convicting us about all the other voices we’re listening to and all the things we’re living for other…

F.C.O.E…Know what it means?

Friendliest Church on Earth! That’s who I think we are!…and the start of a new year is the perfect time to show it. Guests will form their impression in the first 10 seconds of arriving on campus—Wow! That’s not very long to show them we’re the F.C.O.E!…but we can. Whether you’re serving in the parking lot or at the registration desk…or hanging out at…

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