Devotionals

Note to Self about Parents

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Dear Teenager, It is your priv­i­lege to exem­plify Jesus as the sub­mis­sive son to your par­ents through honor and obe­di­ence, yet you do not really think of it in this way. You see obe­di­ence to your par­ents as an empty kind of law keep­ing. Their rules feel arbi­trary, and com­pli­ance seems point­less and unful­fill­ing. But […]


Questions to ask your Bible

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Much of our sum­mer Wednes­day night series was all about learn­ing how to inter­act with the liv­ing Word of God. How do you med­i­tate? How can you ask ques­tions of your Bible? How can you dig in and apply ancient truth to today’s con­text? Here are some very help­ful ques­tions to take to your Bible […]


Feeding the Flesh

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The fol­low­ing is an excerpt from a chap­ter on sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion from a sim­ple book on doc­trine called: Dug Down Deep. In it Josh Har­ris answers ques­tions like “If we’re new, why do we so often act old? If we’re changed by faith in Christ, why do so many parts of our lives still need ren­o­va­tion? Why […]


How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

I have always been bur­dened to share with you all a solid way to read and enjoy study­ing your Bible. I came across a great help in the basics of get­ting in and soak­ing up the Bible. Take the next 5 min­utes and read through this arti­cle and apply a few prin­ci­ples to your next […]


Trust: Banking on God

How do you trust God when…


Busy?

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Lazy? Not me. I’m busy. Up early, up late. My sched­ule is filled from begin­ning to end. I love what I do and I love get­ting stuff done. I attack a daily to-do list with the same inten­sity I play bas­ket­ball. Me lazy? I don’t think so!


Why?

Do you ever won­der why Satan is around on this earth? Why he is able to tor­ment and tempt? Why God allows him to devour and destroy? Why doesn’t God just do away with Him once and for all any­way? He doesn’t do it for one main rea­son, and it’s the rea­son He does everything […]


@ War thought

Let us set­tle it in our minds that the Chris­t­ian fight is a good fight—really good, truly good, emphat­i­cally good. We see only part of it yet. We see the strug­gle, but not the end; we see the cam­paign, but not the reward; we see the cross, but not the crown. We see a few […]


@WAR

New series begins Wednes­day, Novem­ber 1, 2006. You are at war…whether you know it or not. There is a real enemy fight­ing an intense bat­tle, and you are the tar­get. Come learn defen­sive manuev­ers, bat­tle tac­tics, boot camp strate­gies, and how to win the fight. Be here every week and come ready to chal­lenge the way […]


He is enough

New series begins Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, 2006. Come learn with the Colos­sians that for the Chris­t­ian life, all the trea­sures of wis­dom and knowl­edge are found in Christ and Him alone! Find out that we need this let­ter just as much as the orig­i­nal audi­ence did. What do you try and add to your Chris­t­ian life? […]


Moving on up…

I wanna say a big hearty Wel­come to the newest mem­bers of CrossTraining–our 7th grade upgraders. It is so excit­ing to see all of you, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in the years to come. Make your­self at home, get to know every­body and have a great […]


Successful Summer. Wasted Summer.

Suc­cess­ful sum­mer or wasted sum­mer? What is going to be God’s assess­ment of your 2006 sum­mer vaca­tion? Is this the sum­mer you are going to dive in and really seek God for eternity’s sake, or is this going to be just another sum­mer where you soak up what­ever, and waste pre­cious months on the trivial […]


Choices

His name was Dylan Kle­bold. He may have been kind to his friends in pre-school. He worked hard in school, and he was even in Cub Scouts where he prob­a­bly did nice things for peo­ple. But one day, things started to change. He started mak­ing deci­sions that would change who he was for the rest […]


Prep Talk

Get­ting ready for big games in col­lege carry a lot of mem­o­ries for me. It all would start in a small room to stretch and get ready. It was nor­mally really quiet in the room. Guys stretch­ing out. Oth­ers wrap­ping ankles. Con­cen­tra­tion. The sound of chalk scratch­ing the line up on the green chalk­board board […]


Happy Thanksgiving

Click here for the Crosstrain­ing Thanks­giv­ing Greet­ing Today, I am thank­ful for you guys! Thanks for your friend­ships, hon­esty, and spirit. You are a joy to serve! Hope you enjoy the laughs from this card, but most of all, I hope you remem­ber why we cele­breate thanks­giv­ing. O the depth of the riches both of […]


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A son hon­oureth his father, and a ser­vant his mas­ter: if then I be a father, where is mine hon­our? and if I be a mas­ter, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted […]


Am I judgmental? by beth

Although, these posts can be read by anyone.…I am writ­ing this for our female read­ers. =) Now I Neb­uchad­nez­zar praise and extol and hon­our the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judg­ment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. I just started read­ing Daniel in my devotions. […]


I Call You to Discomfort

Man, I am com­fort­able. I’m sit­ting at my desk in my heated office. My wife just called and informed me that soup is on the stove, even though I’m still a lit­tle full from lunch. My car runs quite well. I have a pay­check com­ing every two weeks. My health is great. I have enough […]


Gospel-Centered Teens

by Jason Corn­well Being a teenager is tough. I remem­ber, even though it’s almost been 10 years ago. You’ve got to deal w/ school, clothes, facial blem­ishes, girls, high school sports, girls, learn­ing to drive, girls, uncon­trol­lable appetites for junk food, & then to top it all off, you have to worry about dat­ing girls. […]


God’s Multiplying Power

I must learn never to mea­sure God’s resources by mine. Some­one has said. “Lit­tle is much when God is in it.” One of Elisha’s friends, a widow, had only one jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1–7). Instead of telling her to con­serve it, he ordered her to do exactly the oppo­site: pour it out.