Let's Talk About Money

Let’s Talk Money!        

Your contribution to Crossroads helps empower the church to live out its vision – making church more like family.  Without it, we would not be able to maintain our structure, pay our staff, support the children and youth, and most importantly, bless our local and global communities through our outreach and mission programs.

There are many ways in which you can donate to Crossroads – cash, check and online.  Many of us no longer carry cash or use checks, so it is more convenient to use an online method. By going to the website or using the Crossroads Fayetteville app, you can click on a link, titled online giving.  This process uses Stripe as the payment processing platform. Two campuses also use PayPal to accept donations (South at info@connect2crossroads.com and West at cwcinfo@connect2crossroads.com .)

Not So Fun Fact -- We pay about $300 in processing fees each month to use online giving.

However, there are ways we can reduce that cost of convenience. If PayPal is your preferred method to contribute, you can send money through Friends and Family. By doing this, there is 0 fee to the church.  If you use the website or myChurch app, you can click on the box to cover the fee.  This way you know that your entire donation goes to Crossroads.

We diligently process all donations and record them in Planning Center, our database. If you have provided us with an email, you will receive a temporary link to view your donations made to Crossroads. If you used the myChurch app, that temporary link is provided immediately.  If you use any of the other methods - checks, PayPal, cash – you will receive a link once the donation has been verified and processed.

Thank you for your Support!

Many are uncomfortable when we talk money.  However, without your financial support, our mission to reclaim our city through gospel families would not happen. Crossroads thanks you for your blessings and continued support.

Give Like No Other

Do you have control of your finances? Or are your finances controlling you?  According to Dave Ramsey, taking control of your money is 20 percent brain power and 80 percent behavior. Just because you might know something, doesn’t mean a hill of beans if you don’t put it into practice. 

What incentive do you have to become financially stable?  To be debt free and have ready cash to buy things is great, but that really is not the end goal. It is so we can give like no other. We were all created in God’s image. God is the biggest giver of all.  If you don’t believe that, then you should read John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Being made in his image, we have the potential for being great givers as well.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend Financial Peace, I would encourage you to try and find the next available class and go.  It is a behavior worth putting into practice.

Content borrowed from  Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money.

~Ann Krieger

 

The Witch & the Horror of Eternal Consequences

I am not a big fan of the Horror genre of movies. I don’t find them particularly helpful or entertaining for my thought life and would generally prefer to put my entertainment budget elsewhere. That being said, this article has piqued my interest in the movie The Witch because of the authors’ contrast with the famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

The essay is from a book the two authors are writing on horror and theology. The point of the essay, in short, is that by and large we have dramatized and "comedy-ed "fear clean out of our existence. Most dark comedies make fun of things that they shouldn’t and most of the horror genre is so unbelievable that space isn’t left for real fear. The goal then of the makers for the movie The Witch was to transport the view back to the position and time of people who lived with real fear in their lives. It is a sobering cogitation to consider that many of us, for lack of fearing hell due to desensitization, are less likely to share the only way of escape with those en route there.

If you are going to watch the movie, may I also encourage you to read Edward’s sermon.

Are You a Victim of Identity Panic?

We live in a world where people are constantly in search of identity. Recently while I was at Chaplain school, I heard many conversations concerning terms like social location and intersectional identities and relationships that present a certain way. Of course, this all hits me as backward because I am so steeped in our culture at Crossroads, which says that we find our identity in God and specifically in the salvific work (saving, having the power to save) of Jesus Christ. This makes us daughters and sons of God and co-inheritors with Christ.

Regardless of the truth that we enjoy, the world around us is whirling in a quandary of doubt and uncertainty as to whether one can even have an identity or any sense of abstract permanence concerning who they are. The question of “who am I,” has seemingly lost the answer it once had. As everyday missionaries we seek to bring those who have lost a functional identity back to the only answer. It is helpful, though, to have some understanding of the causes of today’s cultural identity crisis.

I came across an article this morning that posits familial dysfunction and breakdown following the sexual revolution of the ’60s as the prime cause. It presents many good and salient points for your consideration and is about a 10-minute read.

I hope it will help you think more deeply about some of the places of hurt in your gospel neighborhood and contemplate the real answers for loneliness. It is easy to live without empathy for things or causes that we don’t understand or feel are easily fixed, but living without empathy does not make for very good gospel neighboring.

Additionally, a well-rounded understanding of the root cause of societal breakdown can act as a dam keeping the flood of revolution from sweeping away our moral compasses.

Check out this article: "The Great Scattering: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life" by Mary Eberstadt

~Pastor Nicholas Rich

They did that on the moon?!

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing has come and gone, there has been a lot of buzz about the event. Hopefully, you were able to catch an airing of the documentary, Apollo 11. For me, it was an exciting and mesmerizing look at an event that happened before I was born.

With all of the coverage of the event, one interesting detail was left out of most of the coverage that I saw. It was a footnote in an article that caught my attention ... Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon! Well, he was still in the Eagle lander, but we’re going to count that.

As an elder in the Presbyterian Church, Aldrin was given consecrated bread and wine to take with him on the 240,000 mile trip. Before Armstrong and he went for a stroll on the surface of our nearest celestial neighbor, he took the bread and the cup and remembered the sacrifice of Christ.

“I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup.” Aldrin recalled.

The event was not broadcasted, or talked about because of a surge of secularism that brought pressure for the government agency to refrain from participating in religious activities.

As a follower of Jesus, I find it amazing and inspiring that before one of humanity’s biggest accomplishments, one of the astronauts remembered one of God’s greatest acts.

As we venture into the world and beyond, as individuals, and as the human family, may we also not forget to bring Christ with us everywhere we go. And may we not forget that one death of a man, was one giant act of salvation for mankind.

~Pastor Kyle Burrows

https://www.history.com/news/buzz-aldrin-communion-apollo-11-nasa

Give Like No Other

Do you have control of your finances? Or are your finances controlling you?  According to Dave Ramsey, taking control of your money is 20 percent brain power and 80 percent behavior. Just because you might know something, doesn’t mean a hill of beans if you don’t put it into practice. 

What incentive do you have to become financially stable?  To be debt free and have ready cash to buy things is great, but that really is not the end goal. It is so we can give like no other. We were all created in God’s image. God is the biggest giver of all.  If you don’t believe that, then you should read John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Being made in his image, we have the potential for being great givers as well.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend Financial Peace, I would encourage you to try and find the next available class and go.  It is a behavior worth putting into practice.

 

Content borrowed from  Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money.

Thank YOU, Crossroads Sustainers!

Thank You! I am overwhelmed by the commitment of the Crossroads’ family.

It is because of your discipline and generosity, we are “making church more like family,” and contributing to our local, international, as well as global communities. I wish to express my gratitude for your significant and disciplined support.

I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi; specifically, Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Paul is thanking the Philippians for their generosity and expressing his confidence that God will bless them for it.

I, too, believe God will bless you exponentially for your willingness to give back some of your treasures.

I can assure you that all of us on staff and the Lead Team will diligently work at stewarding our resources well and, going forward, reclaiming God’s city as His Kingdom.

~ Ann Krieger, Crossroads Finance Secretary

What Does it Mean to be a Friend of God?

When we think of friendship we think of a relationship where there is trust and commitment. People equally sharing experiences and confidential information. People who have common interests and perspectives. A friend is somebody who always wants the best for you. When you win, they win.

In The Bible (James 2:23, Isaiah 41:8), God refers to Abraham and his descendants as his friends. Almighty, all-knowing, creator of the heavens and earth refers to a mortal, limited man as his friend. Someone who shared his interests and morals. Someone who was always for him and had his best interests in the center of his life. Since God does not show favoritism, if we choose to be for God, as Abraham did, then that statement is true for us as well. His word says he has literally withheld nothing from us. There is nothing he would not do for us.

Much like a friendship with the people around us, there has to be our commitment in the mix too. A true friendship is not one-sided. True friends are loyal, dependable, and make sacrifices for each other. When put to the test, Abraham proved to be loyal when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. Though God did not make him follow through with the deed, God saw his heart and that he would withhold nothing from him. Like wise, God shows that he is loyal to us by sacrificing his son so we would never have to be separated from him again. God looked at us and said we were worth it. God is loyal, to the point of death, to you and I. God wants to know if you will return the token. Will you share his morals and perspectives? Will you have intimate conversations with him and share your heart? Will you be loyal, dependable and trustworthy? Are you for him?

~Jennifer Graham, Crossroads Church Congregational Care

Gospel Families are Small but They're Not Small Groups

Often times I will get asked what the difference is between a gospel family and a small group. I think the first thing that needs to be said is that small groups are not bad nor are they not unhelpful.

In fact, small groups can be a great first step that new Christians can begin to take when creating a life where there is an orbit with other followers of Jesus outside of Sunday morning.

However, small groups often only become a place where people see each other regularly, but yet do not implant themselves as missionaries into the community together.

What the Bible tells us about the early church is that there were groups of people of different ages, background, and seasons of life who came together to do life with one another in an intentional way and also to be planted as missionaries within their community.

Gospel family is the attempt to live as these groups of missionaries who are growing closer to each other and to Jesus as well as being on mission for Jesus in the community in a specific way.

What we at Crossroads have found over the last eight years is that when someone is vested into a gospel family that their maturity in Christ increases exponentially compared to someone who simply comes to Sunday morning worship.

Lots of times there are Christians who already have this missionary mindset and lifestyle and just need to put a name on it. Gospel family is that name and it is the most important rhythm that we engage in at Crossroads.

If you have any questions about a gospel family or what it means to be a part of one, I would love to find some time to talk with you.

~ Pastor Chad Pullins