Posted by bbullis on February 13, 2016
Last year as we were preparing to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we delved into the stories of those involved with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and entitled the presentations “Portraits of the Passion.”
This year we are joining our more liturgical brethren and adding a “Lent-Event” during our worship services leading up to Easter.
Lent is a period of fasting, service, and prayer traditionally observed by Catholics as a way to remind themselves of the value of repentance. Lent means “spring” and has changed over the years since it’s inception in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea. But its purpose has always been the same: self-examination and penitence, demonstrated by self-denial, in preparation for Easter. The focus of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3).
Many people believe that “giving something up for Lent” is a way to attain God’s blessing. But the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned; grace is “the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17).
However, we are to practice self-denial (Luke 9:23), and God is pleased when we repent of sinful habits.
So, our focus will be on giving up on those things that do not honor God: hate and fear; worldliness; lies; pride; unbelief; and an unforgiving spirit. This is our way of “laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, to run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1).
Posted by bbullis on December 29, 2015
Happy New Year, CrossRoads family! What a great season we’ve been through with another successful Living Nativity presentation that drew almost 700 cars, and a worshipful Christmas Eve Service that touched many hearts.
By the looks of things I believe we have an exciting year ahead of us as well! Mark your calendar for our annual Town Meeting on January 31st, which will also include our annual men’s chili cookoff! We’ll be meeting at Mt. Tabor. Besides a great time of fellowship, it’s also a great time to get a glimpse of how God is leading us in the coming year. See you in 2016!
Posted by bbullis on November 16, 2015
Before I mention the upcoming Christmas season and information about the Living Nativity, I want to honor the current Thanksgiving season and tell you how much I appreciate all of you and what a blessing it is to be a part of CrossRoads. Our study of "40 Days of Community" has only solidified what I already knew…that CrossRoads is a special group of folks who love God and each other and want to reach the world for Jesus and give glory to His name!
Posted by bbullis on October 24, 2015
Posted by bbullis on September 30, 2015
It’s always an exciting time when we gather as a church family to have a picnic on our property; and share new life together when we baptize folks who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ. We call this event “CrossRoads Connecting” because it’s about strengthening our relationships with one another and with our Heavenly Father!
As you know, our next gathering is THIS SUNDAY, October 4, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. According to the first letter of your last name, we’re asking folks to bring: A-D: Dessert, E-N: Main Dish, and O-Z: Side Dish. Of course you’ll also need lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets and any yard games you’d like to play.
HOWEVER, even though it’s a few days away, it looks like we may be in for some severe weather. So, we’re already looking for an alternate location.
I will keep everyone posted on the status of things, so please keep your eyes open for additional emails or you can visit the website at www.crossroadsmd.org.
See you Sunday!