Any real relationship involves both joy and pain. To be in an actual friendship with another person means one gets to be actually known and loved; it means enjoyment of another and life together, including life’s sweetest moments. It is a JOY to be known and loved. But a real relationship also involves PAIN: there is pain in being misunderstood; there is pain in feeling overlooked; there is pain that comes from our sin—both the sin in ourselves and the other; there is pain in seeing a friend goi
Another year is wrapping up for us at Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville. It has been a year of PAIN and JOY. If you would like to learn more, and about how you can help us click here.
This Saturday, from 6-8, Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville, is hosting Cookies & Carols. We’ll be meeting at the Old Stone Church (14 S Washington St.), which is where we host Sunday morning worship services. It will be an evening of singing carols, considering the meaning of Christmas, and eating cookies. We’ll be collecting grocery store gift cards and children’s books to help victims of domestic abuse through Family Shelter Service. You can find out mo
(I write this reflection mostly for my own heart, but hope others can be encouraged by it too. I think it’s something we who are Christians need to remind ourselves often as we live out our faith in Christ while living in suburbia. Especially the nice suburbs [like Naperville, where I live!]). We all Live for a Glory We all live for something we think is great. This thing or cause or person we believe to worthy of our affection, time, and talents. This thing gives our lives significance or ident
Phil 2:1-4 is found in a section (Phil 1:27-2:18) where we believers are used to “live worthy of the gospel” (Phil 1:27). Paul desires the Philippians to live out their faith, and this meant living differently from the world around them. It is interesting to note how Paul does this. I believe he shows here a pattern found elsewhere in Scripture regarding how believers are to grow in godliness and obedience to Christ. We are not led forward, by what some would call MORALISM. Moralism says, “Obey
(the following is a post my friend Dan Tsouloufis) The Nature of Inerrancy and Infallibility Within the Evangelical tradition, the first thing we usually assert about the Bible is that it is God’s divine Word. More specifically, we assert that it is God’s breathed-out Word, since the apostle Paul describes to Timothy that “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (NIV, 2 Tim. 3:16). Thus, Evangelicals hold that God is the ultimate author of Scripture, and God (through the Holy Spirit) inspired and il
I saw down with my friend Joel Settecase, of the THINK INSTITUTE, to talk about different methods of evangelism. Some of these we use at our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship. I hope you find the discussion edifying and helpful!
In Phil 1:9 we learn of Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. He prayed that their “love would abound more and more in all knowledge and insight,” so that they would “be able to approve what was excellent.” What we see here is the transforming power of love in the life of a Christian. An abounding love for God and one another changes us. It leads us to have a different attitude in our hearts to what is excellent. Perhaps we once found God boring or irrelevant, or we thought studying His Word or cha