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I love it when, from time to time, people share with me their visions about Crossroads. I am serious. People have often shared dramatic visions that are the result of an active and deep devotional life. I am not talking about the result of a late night run to Taco Bell or an unfortunate binge on left-over meatloaf with a side of pistachio ice cream (don’t knock it until you have tried it!). I am talking about godly people who, through intentional and dogged pursuit of God, receive from Him a vision, a graphic illustration of His activity. This happened recently as we gathered for our weekly staff-meetings. We were discussing and basking in the wonder of the God-sized work occurring during Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames. We were praying over the decision cards and for the night ahead when Stacia Runnels, our coordinator of Preschool and Children’s ministry, began to share. She told during her personal prayer time that morning, she was focusing on Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames. She said she saw Crossroads’ physical location and what appeared to be rings of some sort of signal like radar pulsing out from Crossroads into the surrounding communities. As if the work of God and message of Christ was flowing out from us into De Berry, Waskom, Elysian Fields, Marshall, etc. It was one of those moments of clarity, as we all recognized the significance of what was happening in each of us and in God’s church (you) here at Crossroads.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:8, Paul is writing the church in Thessalonica and praising their role as a model congregation. He says to them, “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere.” In recent days it has not been uncommon to meet someone who has already heard about Crossroads and what a great church (people of God) is here. What if, like the Thessalonians, we all became captured by a passion to make God known everywhere to everyone? Can Crossroads become a place where people recognize their brokenness and begin to desire God and His solution (salvation and sanctification)? In the last few weeks there has been a distinct momentum shift in that direction. Through Terry Caffey’s testimony and Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames we have seen a great move of God. On Tuesday, September 25, we will take a practical step toward this through the ministry of Celebrate Recovery (CR meets every Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Berea Building). Be sure and be in much prayer as this new ministry kicks off. Stacia was visibly emotional as she shared her vision of what God was doing. May each one of us claim ownership of such a vision to participate in the Lord’s message ringing out through us. All for Him, Bro. David