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Lost and Unaware
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Lost and Unaware

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 10 November 2019
Luke 15:1-2, 8-10
 
When God loses someone is like a woman who loses a coin. This parable is not far from our lives. The challenge is to see ourselves as lost coin. The truth is that we become what we love. When money becomes the most important thing we long for, desire and pursue with all of our strength, we become like money. Being lost in this manner might mean that we are unaware of how far lost we are. Jesus sets the parable in a domestic situation and it portrays God as a woman who has lost a silver coin worth a day’s wage. Question: what is the amount of money that you can afford to lose? The woman in parable cannot afford to lose even one. She does three things: light a lamp, sweep and seek diligently until she finds the coin. All along the coin is unaware of how much she has done to find it. When she finds the coin, she cannot contain her joy and celebrates with the neighbors. God is determined to find that which is lost and when He finds the lost there is joy and celebration.
God of the Lost

God of the Lost

Jesus often spoke in parables. It is through parables that he was telling about the deeper fabric of the truth of life. These parables in Luke 15 are an answer to the grumbling Pharisees. They were wondering: why would Jesus care about sinners? Why would he chose such unsavoury company over them, the righteous Pharisees. That’s when Jesus turns to three parables to tell about the reason for the company he keeps. All three parables are about the heart of Jesus for those who are lost, those who do not know they are lost and those who lose themselves in the maze of life. The parables depict God being the one who loses, that which rightfully belongs to Him. At the moment of the realisation that the sheep, coin and the son are lost the heart of God in Jesus is on full display. It shows God’s determination to search and find the lost. The parables are also about those who have lost their way with God. They are all lost not only in relation to themselves and the world but lost in relation to God. The way back is paved by God Himself who finds His way to the one’s that are lost. Each time God finds the lost He calls to celebrate with Him in His joy.
Lost and Unaware
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Lost and Unaware

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 10 November 2019
Luke 15:1-2, 8-10
 
When God loses someone is like a woman who loses a coin. This parable is not far from our lives. The challenge is to see ourselves as lost coin. The truth is that we become what we love. When money becomes the most important thing we long for, desire and pursue with all of our strength, we become like money. Being lost in this manner might mean that we are unaware of how far lost we are. Jesus sets the parable in a domestic situation and it portrays God as a woman who has lost a silver coin worth a day’s wage. Question: what is the amount of money that you can afford to lose? The woman in parable cannot afford to lose even one. She does three things: light a lamp, sweep and seek diligently until she finds the coin. All along the coin is unaware of how much she has done to find it. When she finds the coin, she cannot contain her joy and celebrates with the neighbors. God is determined to find that which is lost and when He finds the lost there is joy and celebration.
Lost
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Lost

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 03 November 2019
Luke 15:1-7
When God loses someone is like a shepherd who loses a sheep. The relationship between sheep and shepherd is an intimate relationship, a caring relationship even though the sheep is an animal and the shepherd a human being. Why the sheep goes missing we do not know. The shepherd’s determination to find the lost sheep goes very far. He is willing to take the risk of leaving most other sheep unattended just to find the one lost. The one lost is not written off as loss, but it is passionately pursued to be found. God’s economy is different than market economy, where a certain percentage of goods and even people are dispensable. When the sheep is found he is held and carried, underlining the intimacy of the relationship. God’s love for the one sheep implies His love for all sheep. This is how much He loves and how far He is willing to go. God is determined to find that which is lost and when He finds the lost there is joy and celebration.
Pray.Plan.Build.

Pray.Plan.Build.

It was late in history. The walls of Jerusalem were down and the gates were in cinders. There was much rubble. But Nehemiah, caught up in a ‘divine appointment’, offered servant-leadership, with prayer and vision, with courage and determination.
 
Nehemiah’s memoirs of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem come at the very end of the Old Testament historical narratives, and woven into the fabric of his story are these honest cries of prayer… grieving, wrestling prayers, sometimes formal, liturgical, at other moments, short ‘arrow-prayers’, silent, right-in-front-of-the-king prayers.  Nehemiah the Israelite slave, cupbearer to the Emperor of Persia, has flashes of awareness that this is ‘the hand of God’ at work, fulfilling prophecies and covenant promises.
 
It should have been common knowledge among the Jews in the Captivity; why was it such a shock to Nehemiah that ‘the walls are down and the gates are in cinders’? Let’s consider this as an implicit form of revelation; he is blind to the situation, has a comfortable job; the LORD lays a burden on his heart, he fasts and prays, and the burden becomes a calling…a risky calling to partner with Yahweh, The-God-of-Heaven, to fulfill a chapter in the destiny of His people. Part of the calling was to overcome inertia and fatalism, defeat and shame, not only for the restoration of honor for the people of Israel, but primarily, ultimately, for God’s honor and glory!
 
By Faith
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By Faith

Hillary Porrit
Sunday 27 October 2019
This Sunday, we’ll explore the topic of ‘legacy’ as we close our October series on Nehemiah, entitled ‘Pray·Plan·Build’. This autumn, we pray that the legacy of this season will be one of sustainable fruitfulness, not only in our individual lives, but also in our whole church community. 
Opposition
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Opposition

Allen Baatsen
Sunday 20 October 2019
This Sunday we’ll hear the next message in our October series on Nehemiah, called "Pray·Plan·Build”, exploring how to deal with opposition as we build - in our personal lives and in our church community. And should you wish to dig a bit deeper, you can read the book of Nehemiah this month or Visioneering by Andy Stanley.
REBUILDING; Let Us Start this Great Work!
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REBUILDING; Let Us Start this Great Work!

Helma Aniceta
Sunday 13 October 2019
This Sunday we continue our October series on Nehemiah, called "Pray.Plan.Build". We will look at the importance of each person’s contribution to the building process. It is a reminder that all we are as individuals and as a Crossroads community, begins with prayer and requires thoughtful planning.
Next Steps

Next Steps

There is often energy and anticipation that comes with new seasons and new beginnings. Whether you are new to our community or have been apart of it for some time, you are invited to join us in exploring next steps — next steps in our person faith journey and in our growth as a community.  
Sacred Rhythms: next steps in growing deeper roots
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Sacred Rhythms: next steps in growing deeper roots

Jack LoMonaco
Sunday 22 September 2019
This Sunday, Jack LoMonaco will share some of his journey in learning about spiritual formation practices, helping us take our own next steps in growing deeper roots.
Next Steps for a Generous Life
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Next Steps for a Generous Life

Al Dijk
Sunday 15 September 2019
Al Dyck, former Crossroader and Director of Staff Care and Development at Communitas International is challenging us about ‘next steps for a generous life,’ setting us thinking about how much we have to be thankful for and that our giving is in response to having received so much. Many of us have already spent time this week personally reflecting in thanksgiving and listening to God for our next steps in generosity. 
Psalms and the Art of Prayer

Psalms and the Art of Prayer

This Sunday starts the summer series “Psalms and the Art of Prayer”, geared to bring us inspiration and encouragement, whether your summer is full of activities or a time of rest.
Psalm of Worship
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Psalm of Worship

Sarah Hamel-Brown
Sunday 18 August 2019
Psalm of Hope & Longing
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Psalm of Hope & Longing

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 11 August 2019
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Psalm of Confession & Forgiveness
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Psalm of Confession & Forgiveness

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 04 August 2019
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Psalm of Praise
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Psalm of Praise

Kevin Johnson
Sunday 28 July 2019
The Psalms are a rich affirmation that all our experiences, and thoughts and feelings about them, can be brought to God. Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving are richest and most meaningful in the context of all our other prayers. 
 
Psalm of Invocation
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Psalm of Invocation

Sarah Hamel-Brown
Sunday 21 July 2019
Music and song have been part of human expression for as long as human beings have walked this earth: the psalms ("hymn" book to the hebrews) are a timeless musical testimony to Gods goodness and our brokenness. Bringing history and hope for the future together - preparing our hearts for all that God has in store for us if only we would take time to listen, to reflect, to pray... to invite Him into our lives.
Letter to an Urban Church

Letter to an Urban Church

            What we know about God and what we do for God have a way of getting broken apart in our lives. The moment the organic unity of belief and behavior is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.

            Paul’s letter to the Ephesians joins together what has been torn apart in our sin-wrecked world. He begins with an exuberant exploration of what Christians believe about God, and then, like a surgeon skillfully setting a compound fracture, “sets” this belief in God into our behavior before God so that the bones—belief and behavior—knit together and heal.

            Once our attention is called to it, we notice these fractures all over the place. There is hardly a bone in our bodies that has escaped injury, hardly a relationship in city or job, school or church, family or country, that isn’t out of joint or limping in pain. There is much work to be done.

            And so Paul goes to work. He ranges widely, from heaven to earth and back again, showing how Jesus, the Messiah, is eternally and tirelessly bringing everything and everyone together.

            He also shows us that in addition to having this work done in and for us, we are participantsin this most urgent work. Now that we know what is going on, that the energy of reconciliation is the dynamo at the heart of the universe, it is imperative that we join in vigorously and perseveringly, convinced that every detail in our lives contributes (or not) to what Paul describes as God’s plan worked out by Christ, “a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

Peterson, E. H. (2002). The Message: The Bible in contemporary language. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress.
Church as an Embassy
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Church as an Embassy

Maurice Lubbers
Sunday 14 July 2019
This Sunday we conclude our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 6:10-24, exploring the identity of the church as an embassy on foreign territory. 
To the family of God
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To the family of God

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 07 July 2019
This Sunday we are continuing with our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 5:15–6:4 about relationships in the home and in the church. 
To the Body of Christ
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To the Body of Christ

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 30 June 2019
This Sunday we are continuing with our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 4:1-16. Join us as we take communion together and reflect on the image of the church as the body of Christ marked by unity, diversity, essentiality and maturity.
The Church as a Family
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The Church as a Family

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 16 June 2019
From Ephesians 2:1-22

The church as the household of God, community, belonging, a new humanity, a community, the household of God, individuals united because they have been made alive in Christ, unity, reconciliation, belonging, one citizenship by people from diverse “countries” of origin.
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