Encouragement & Updates
MAY 22, 2020
Pastor Jonathan talks about the story of St. Francis of Assisi.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
-Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
MAY 21, 2020
Pastor Dale talks about an interaction with Jesus and His disciples to help them understand who Jesus really is and how this understanding helps us interact with those around us who don’t know much about Jesus.
MAY 20, 2020
Pastor Rachel talks about choosing to walk the path less traveled – the path of Jesus – focusing not on the temporal things of life, but on the things of eternal value.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
MAY 19, 2020
Pastor Shawn talks about being salt and light in the midst of darkness.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
MAY 18, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about living out our lives differently.
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. (1 Peter 1:17)
MAY 16/17, 2020
Church Online Service
MAY 14, 2020
Pastor Dale talks about not having to prove yourself to God to receive His unmerited favor. When we reach out to Jesus, Jesus is ready to reach back.
MAY 13, 2020
Pastor Rachel encourages us to consider the example of Jesus extending His mercy and grace to the adulterous woman in John 8. During this pandemic, many are quick to cast blame on people for the handling of the virus, but we can focus on Jesus instead.
MAY 12, 2020
MAY 11, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about the posture of receiving the grace of God.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19)
MAY 9/10, 2020
Church Online Service
MAY 7, 2020
Pastor Dale talks about God’s goodness and unfailing love in difficult circumstances.
MAY 6, 2020
Pastor Rachel talks about being in the middle – whether that is a difficult situation such as a quarantine, a tough decision, or something else. Jesus is glorified in the middle where He is with us.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John. 20:19-20)
MAY 5, 2020
Pastor Shawn talks about attempting to recreate his grandmother’s mac and cheese recipe and how it relates to tasting and seeing that the Lord is good through good memories.
MAY 4, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good by giving Him our time and attention and then letting God show us more of who He is.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8)
MAY 2/3, 2020
Church Online Service
MAY 1, 2020
Pastor Jonathan talks about keeping an eternal perspective of the hope that is to come for those who are in Christ Jesus – the final destination of being with God forever. All current things will have passed away and all will be made new and well.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
APRIL 30, 2020
Pastor Dale talks about glorifying God by putting our trust in Him through the story of Abraham.
APRIL 29, 2020
Pastor Rachel talks about the gravitational pull of God in our lives towards His glory and worship.
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
APRIL 28, 2020
Pastor Shawn discusses the story of the leper who returned to the source of his healing and transformation (Jesus) and how that relates to us in this season.
One of them, when he [the leper] saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (Luke 17:15)
APRIL 27, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about taking the recognition and credit that we may have and giving it back to God for His glory.
APRIL 25/26, 2020
Church Online Service
APRIL 24, 2020
Pastor Jonathan talks about how in a time when we can’t be hospitable towards people with the same ease that we enjoyed before social distancing, we can be hospitable towards God by welcoming all aspects of the fullness of God in our lives.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18)
APRIL 23, 2020
Pastor Dale shares that God will be with us to take us through turbulent periods with His control just as He did when Moses’ time to lead had come to an end and a new leader, Joshua, took the Israelites to the Promised Land.
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8)
APRIL 22, 2020
Pastor Rachel talks about running the race that is marked out for us – looking back to remember how God’s hand was with us and looking forward to the hope of Jesus.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
APRIL 21, 2020
Pastor Shawn talks about wanting to have some kind of control in the midst of our surrounding storm and circumstances. Jesus can give inner peace when we place our trust in Him.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:39-41)
APRIL 20, 2020
Pastor Mike shares about yielding control and submitting to God.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
APRIL 18/19, 2020
Church Online Service
APRIL 17, 2020
Pastor Jonathan talks about how we can have confidence in what God is doing right now because of the resurrection.
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
APRIL 16, 2020
Pastor Dale talks about doing good in the opportunities that God places in front of us.
And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:8)
APRIL 15, 2020
Pastor Rachel discusses how God has ordered our steps even in the midst of quarantine periods. This time is not unknown or unseen by God. He is moving in the middle of it.
APRIL 14, 2020
Pastor Shawn encourages us to listen to the voice of God by quieting ourselves to listen for the whisper of God.
APRIL 13, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about how we can lean in the strength of God through our relationships and how we can find the blessings of this season.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
APRIL 11/12, 2020
Easter Church Online service
APRIL 10, 2020
Good Friday Church Online service
APRIL 9, 2020
Pastor Dale shares some thoughts on waiting based on the Bible story of Joseph as he experienced many unfortunate events.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19-21)
APRIL 8, 2020
Pastor Rachel uses the example of the second criminal hanging next to Jesus on the cross to recognize his need for Jesus, as Messiah and his own King, and urges us to consider our own need for a personal King – Jesus.
APRIL 7, 2020
Pastor Shawn talks about needing one thing – a real connection with Jesus, just as Mary did when Martha was frazzled with preparations.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
A Message from Pastor Steve
APRIL 6, 2020
Pastor Mike encourages us to turn our perspective from ourselves to serving others.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
APRIL 5, 2020
April 4/5 Church Online service
APRIL 4, 2020
Pastor Christy discusses how it is easy to revert to old habits or hangups in times of stress, but instead, we can go to our Eternal Hope, Jesus Christ.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
APRIL 3, 2020
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. (Psalm 42:1)
APRIL 2, 2020
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1-2)
APRIL 1, 2020
Pastor Rachel encourages us to keep our eyes on Jesus instead of the circumstances as we allow Him to lead us.
March 31, 2020
Pastor Shawn encourages us to intentionally silence ourselves before God and be the servant who listens for His voice!
March 30, 2020
Pastor Mike talks about learning how to follow God not just as an overall lifestyle, but actually following His leading moment by moment in all of the things that we set out to do.
In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out – until the day it lifted. (Exodus 40:36)
March 28/29, 2020
March 28/29 Church Online service
March 28, 2020
Pastor Christy encourages us to praise God for how big He is in the middle of the storm and our broken plans.
March 27, 2020
Pastor Jonathan talks about getting away from a “me-centered” existence to expand our worldview and be more resilient as a church.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)
March 26, 2020
Pastor Dale shares a psalm from David’s heart during a time of great distress. The same God who comforted David many years ago is the same God who is faithful to comfort us.
March 25, 2020
Pastor Rachel brings a great word on living in peace during a time of uncertainty for us, but not for God!
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
March 24, 2020
Pastor Shawn offers encouragement and prayer for a time when routines are broken.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
March 23, 2020
Pastor Mike delivers a great word of encouragement and prayer today!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
A Message from Pastor Steve
It’s hard to believe that it’s been only 10 days since schools closed and normal life started shutting down. It seems like forever, and no one can say when it will end. That can cause powerful emotions to swirl. When they do, I have found practicing 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to be a great anchor that re-centers me.
March 22, 2020
March 21/22 Church Online is here!
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34)
March 21, 2020
Join Pastor Christy for a time of encouragement and prayer!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
March 20, 2020
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Join Pastor Jonathan for a time of encouragement and prayer today!
March 19, 2020
Hear a time of encouragement and prayer with Pastor Dale!
The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8)
March 18, 2020
Your Crossroads Church Leadership Team is praying for YOU, for our communities, our church, and our world! Join them in a time of prayer together through our 24/7 Prayer Kickoff! Sign up for a prayer slot and get prayer prompts at xr.church/pray
March 17, 2020
Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
Exhale– you’re in loving hands. You will be tomorrow, too.
March 16, 2020
Psalm 46:1-2 reminds us why we don’t need to fear today:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”
The mountains are not falling, but when it seems like they are, remember the reason we don’t fear: God is present with us. Always. And he is not just keeping us company, he is our help.
March 15, 2020
Worship may look a little different than usual this weekend, but God is with us and working through His Church! Join us for Church Online today!
March 13, 2020
Dear Crossroads Church family,
As you’ve probably heard, our government officials have asked organization to avoid large public gatherings in order to slow the community transmission of CO-VID19. So, after prayer and consideration, our church’s leaders have decided that Crossroads Church will worship only online. We will not be gathering physically at any of our 5 campus locations. So instead, you can join us as we livestream the service Saturday at 5:30 or Sunday at 10:00 or 11:30am. You can watch the livestream on our website or on Facebook.
Understand that we did not make this decision based on fear. Because we know that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Instead, we made this decision based on love for our community. We love our neighbors and our area. We want to do anything we can to help, especially those who are most vulnerable. By not gathering physically, that’s just what we’re doing.
But we must make sure that our social distancing does not become spiritual distancing. So, I’m encouraging you to do these things:
First, gather with family and friends to watch the livestream worship this weekend and to participate. You might even invite someone to join you online.
Also, connect as a small group. Some small groups will choose to meet physically and some online, and we’ll be sending group leaders information on how you can meet online.
Thirdly, pray. Pray as a family, as a small group, and as individuals because I believe God wants to speak to us in significant ways during this time.
And of course, stay in touch with Crossroads through our social media and our website. We’ll be posting messages and encouragements over this next couple weeks that you won’t want to miss.
There’s no reason to fear – God is with us. Remember, we serve a Waymaker, a Miracle-worker, a Promise-keeper, a Light-in-the-darkness. God is with us. He’s our protector and shield. Pay attention to the needs of others. Let compassion rise within you over these next few weeks. Be aware and ready to be God’s instrument of love and peace to the people around you.
See you online this weekend!
Pastor Steve and the Directional Leadership Team
March 12, 2020
Dear Crossroads Church family,
Crossroads’ staff is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are totally committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for worship.
Here is what we’re doing to maximize safety:
PERSONAL CONTACT – No Handshakes / Hugs
You will see our friendly greeters and staff with hands in their pockets, and we eliminated the greeting time during the service. We’re not shaking your hand BECAUSE we care about you.
We encourage you to give your offering electronically, either through our app or online. Just go to xr.church/give. Instead of passing the offering baskets during services, we will have conveniently placed baskets where you can give your offering.
Our awesome Facility Care teams are hard at work, refreshing rooms, sanitizing bathrooms and surfaces, and disinfecting our spaces. We are increasing our regular cleaning routine to provide the safest environment for our children and our guests.
If you’re feeling sick or a member of a population who is at higher risk, we encourage you to worship online from home. You can join the North Fayette (Sunday @ 10:15 & 11:30am on YouTube or Facebook) or Boyce Road (Sunday @ 11:15am on Facebook) livestreams. Soon we will have video options for all campuses.
If you are exposed to, have symptoms of, or are being treated for the coronavirus, self-quarantine is the God-honoring step to take to avoid infecting others.
We will operate in faith, and we also will take responsible precautions.
Please pray for our region and for the world, especially for those who are directly impacted by this virus. For many, this virus is a source of fear and anxiety. As followers of Jesus, we know that God has given us a spirit of love and not fear (“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you will sense God’s peace.
We will keep you updated via email, social media, and this webpage.
Trusting God with you,
Pastor Steve and the Directional Leadership Team
March 6, 2020
Dear Crossroads Church family,
I’m writing this on Week 1, day 5 of our Jesus-Shaped Life journey. I’m eager to see what God is going to do in the lives of our church during this season. Growing in faith is a daily process, so let’s keep pursuing Him.
It is also a season of anxiety in our nation due to the COVID-19 virus. Everyone needs to respond as they feel they should, though for what it is worth, I have not changed my plans or activities at this point. I just returned by plane from a conference where I was in the same room with 5,000 other people for a couple of days. (I’m feeling fine.)
We don’t know of cases in our area at this point. As a church, we are worshipping as usual right now. We have made a few small changes: we are not doing the welcome and greeting moment in the service, and we won’t have greeters shake hands at the door. Our Communion servers also use hand sanitizer right before they serve. We’ll take further steps if the situation changes.
So, here’s my approach right now:
…be informed but not obsessed.
News about the virus is everywhere. I want to know the latest information, but I won’t allow it to dominate my thinking.
…take sensible precautions.
I am following recommendations to wash my hands frequently and to avoid touching my face. I discovered that I touch my face without realizing it, so I am trying to keep something in my hands at all times because “free hands can be roaming hands.”
…pray, not panic.
Fear is the opposite of faith, and we don’t make good decisions when we are afraid. God is in control.
Another Christian leader posted these Scriptures to pray during this uncertain time. In case they are helpful to you, here they are:
Psalm 57:1: “Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by.”
Psalm 91:5-6, 9-10: “You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; or of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.”
Psalm 5:11: “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.”
Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Exodus 15:26: “And He said, ‘If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.'”
Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
And, like the other illnesses that have come before, this, too, shall pass.
Marked by grace,