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The Indy Dance

While sitting in Dorald’s library trying to get some quiet time,  in walks Indy my 1 year old grandson. He immediately goes to the CD player and pushes the right button. The music starts and he begins what I call “the Indy dance.” His arm go up and down in unison and his head bobs to the beat. I join him and Cooper our pug watches with those big round “ET eyes!” The library is transformed into a place of wonder and joy!

  • Someone said, “Grandpas are antique little boys and grandma loves taking care of them both.”

As Indy dances about the library and takes my hand for me to join in, I’m reminded that Father God reached down from heaven to take our hand and dance with Him. His greatest desire is for us join in as He sings and rejoices over us. (Zephaniah 3:17)

This Christmas take some time to dance with your children in the wonder of Christmas, and before you need a nap, dance a little with your heavenly Father. You will make His day!

Love to all,

Pastor Pat

Pass the Salt, Please

Most of you know that I’m careful about how I eat. With my history of cancer and a heart attack it’s important that I eat those things that promote good circulation and little inflammation within my body. It’s sometimes a bit of a struggle because I enjoy a good turkey dinner with gravy and lots of salt! So here’s what’s going to happen…

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I’m going to enjoy the turkey dinner that Dorald is planning.  When I thought about that, you all came to my mind. As you pick up the SALT SHAKER, and like me, begin to season the load you have piled on your plate, remember this Scripture:

Colossians 4:2–6 (HCSB)

Speaking to God and Others 

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Many of you will be sitting around the table with people whom you might consider to be “outsiders” to your faith in Jesus and the reason for the hope you have. It’s possible that it could be someone in your immediate family. So as you pick up the salt shaker and pass it on to the “outsider” remember to also season all your conversation with salt and be gracious to everyone. The meal will taste a lot better, and dessert will be sweeter as those sitting around the table “TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good.”  (Psalm 34:8)

Enjoy your dinner as you pass the salt!

Love to all of you,

Pastor Pat

A New Season

November 15, 2016

Driving down Rt. 400 at about 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning the “super moon” was setting and like a big ball of fire, it lit the sky and slowed the traffic. “The heavens were declaring the glory of the Lord!” I was in total awe of what I saw. I thought my trip that morning was to pick up some sandpaper from Lowes, but it was to see and confirm what I was feeling deep in my spirit. God has “changed the seasons.” We are in a new season and my hope and joy at this movement of God’s hand has never been greater.

Daniel 2:20–22 (NIV84)

20 and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.

21   He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

22   He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

Those of you who have struggled and are struggling, I believe, will find a season of relief and joy. The hand of Satan has been stopped and our God has shown His power and might.  I am excited at what I see coming!

We owe a deep senses of gratitude to those who have been faithful in prayer and intercession. Please join us on Wednesday night, Friday night, and Saturday morning for prayer.  This is a powerful time to proclaim your thanks and gratitude to our faithful Father.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

Wow is Better than Woe

November 9, 2016

WOE: 

  • Isaiah 5:20 (NIV) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Micah 2:1 (NIV) Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.

WOW (We just witnessed the toppling of a kingdom):

  • Psalm 46:4–7 (NASB95) The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

I believe Donald Trump is like King Cyrus in Isaiah 45. God raised up a gentile king and anointed him to deliver his people Israel.

  • Isaiah 44:28 (NIV)  who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.” ’

God will rebuild the walls and restore the foundation of this nation!  WOW! 

CONTINUE TO PRAY:  Friday night 6:30pm; Saturday morning 8:30am. See you there.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

Sheriff Tim

November 8, 2016

Maybe you heard me say on Sunday morning “It matters who wins the election, but what really matters is that we pray.” This past Sunday morning that’s exactly what we did. It was very powerful and someone commented, “something shifted.” Six different people read scriptures and then prayed. The worship team led us in some great songs recognizing the absolute sovereignty and power of God. Then we prayed. The last prayer I prayed was, “Father help this to stick.” What I meant was, “May Crossroads become a house of prayer.”

Last night we prayed only 3 of 13 prayers I assigned the group as we gathered in our prayer room with the background voices of our children practicing for the Christmas Pageant.

  • Psalm 11:3: When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do? 

The focus of this prayer was on, “What can the righteous do?”   We can pray and cry out to heaven.

  • Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

The focus of this prayer was, “Father help our people see that it is You who gives us the ability to gain wealth and enjoy prosperity…..it is a gift from God.”  (see Ecclesiastes 5:19)

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-2: I urge, then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Sheriff Tim: I’m at the church and it’s 3:29 a.m. A young Sheriff stopped to see if everything was okay. His name is Tim. He graduated from Iroquois in 2011. I asked him how being so young he gained such a high position of authority and responsibility? He responded; “Pastor, while others partied I remained disciplined.” Wow! Discipline is so important. We are disciples of the King of King and Lord of Lords and I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul said to young Timothy:

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Disciples of Christ, when the election is over many will party and rejoice in victory, but the war for the soul of this nation is still being fought…stay disciplined. Stay focused and do the work of an evangelist.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

 

America at a Crossroads

November 1, 2016

All the news media are shouting “Eight days until the election. What is happening is unprecedented!” It’s like a giant hurricane bearing down on our nation. People all over the world who are watching can’t begin to comprehend what is happening in America. Why? God is doing as He pleases and showing the world that He is sovereign. The truth is God has decided the outcome already and He will “do as He pleases.” He raises up and tears down kings and kingdoms according to His own pleasure.

Daniel 4:35 (NIV84)

35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

Isaiah 14:27 (NIV84)

27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

So, if God is sovereign and has already decided what will happen to America, should we still vote on November 8th? Yes, God uses people to fulfill His plan, and we are His people; His church, the Body of Christ and He will use us to bring about “what He pleases.” You should vote. That being said, before you vote you should pray and seek His face for this nation and the next generations. God is sovereign, but prayer moves the hand of God towards what He has purposed. Be a part of this unprecedented move of God!

I hope to see you this Friday night at 7PM for prayer at Crossroads.

Blessings and much love,

Pastor Pat

Easter Week

Greetings Crossroads Family,

I am well and ready to be released to full activity! It’s hard for me to hold back and not do the things the doctors warned me not to. I really love life! I appreciate your prayers and concerns. Thanks for being the best friends anyone could ask for.

Easter week is coming and it is important that you set aside the time necessary to read and prepare your hearts for the greatest event in the history of the world, the Resurrection of Christ. This Sunday I will be continuing the series on prayer, “Your Will be Done.” Reading from Matthew 20, I will take you down the dusty road from Jericho to Jerusalem, a 14-mile journey that takes Jesus to the cross. It’s an amazing story of a “man on a mission” to do the will of His Father. The life principles I will share are timeless truths that bring clarity to the purposes of God in our lives. Truly you don’t want to miss this teaching…it’s a keeper, and one you will treasure for a lifetime.

Janice has included in this Sunday’s bulletin, a reading guide for Easter week that will help you and your family follow the Easter story. Dorald has put together a program (she calls it a “drama”) for the Good Friday service at 7pm. She has shared with me a bit of her plan, but has kept most of it secret…..imagine that? Guess she thinks I’ll tell you too much? I can tell you this, she is excited and anticipating a special service that will leave you deeply moved.

Easter Sunday, Sarah and her team will be leading worship. They are young and very talented, but struggle with hymns, so George Miller will be with us to fill in the hymns. He has a powerful voice and will take the wallpaper off the walls using his opera voice to usher us before the resurrected KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. Freeda and her Hospitality Team will set tables between services at 8:45am and 10:15am with baked goods, fruit and Easter treats. I haven’t settled on a message yet, but that will come and I will be there challenging you to FOLLOW the KING! So all in all, it should be fun! I hope to see you there, and make sure you bring a friend.

Love to all,

Pastor Pat

Strategy for Battle

The excitement surrounding the “WAR ROOM” small groups is contagious!  I’m still looking for more photos of your own “war room.”  Send them to me or Bernie so I can show the congregation on Sunday morning.  It’s encouraging to see what others are doing to establish a battlefront in their own homes.  We just ordered 60 more study guides and this brings the total to over 200 guides that we have ordered.  Amazing!

Last Sunday’s service was very moving.  Great worship, and Jed’s teaching was spot on!  I love the description of war that he used, “the fog of war.”  When there’s dust and debris in the air and the army is moving in the midst of the battle, it’s hard to see clearly what’s happening around you.  You’re in a fog.  That’s why it’s so important to have a strategy for battle before you enter into it.  It’s important that the Holy Spirit is guiding you and others are by your side.  In one of the “War Room” small group sessions you will discuss accountability. It’s important that you are not alone and others know your condition.

In the following weeks we will develop a prayer strategy that will give you a clear battle plan and strategy in prayer that will revolutionize how you pray.  Make every effort to be present on Sunday morning.  It’s so important that you be in church to “fill the bowl” and pray.

Construction on the “War Room” at Crossroads has begun and the target date for completion is February 28th.  I look forward to seeing all of you this Sunday.

Blessings,

Pastor Pat

 

Prayer

This  was given to me yesterday by Dean Bye.  I love it!   What a great devotional to consider as we go into our “War Rooms” for prayer and intercession.  “Your God, who is among you is a great and awesome God”.   

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I will see you Sunday as we begin our series on “THE WAR ROOM.”   Remember to sign up for a small group.  Small groups are listed online, on our APP, in Sunday’s bulletin and in the foyer.

God will go ahead of you.  He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself, but you’ve got to show up for the fight.” 

Blessings,

Pastor Pat

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