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From Your Pastor’s Heart: Please help. I’m stuck here.

“Please help. I’m stuck in here.” From the news desk (July 13, 2017, Corpus Christi, AP): A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said on Thursday. The Corpus Christi police lieutenant Chris Hooper said the contractor became…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Meteors, Presidents, and the Truth

From Your Pastor’s Heart Meteors, Presidents, and the Truth! I recently read a Reuters article (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-meteor- dUSKN12I20S), it stated that 1 in 4 young voters would rather a meteor destroy the planet than either one of the present candidates be elected president. That is a silly, ridiculous, and maybe for some, sublime option, but I…

From Your Pastors Heart

From Your Pastor’s Heart #summersabbath June 14 – July 26 #summersabbath is a suspension of our regular Sunday night programs for the purpose of strengthening the core relationships of the Crossroads Baptist Church family. Last summer (2014) in conjunction with our Faith@Home ministry we suspended our Sunday evening ministries for the month of July. This…

How Firm a Foundation: Live Streaming Audio

To draw the attention of God’s people to His Word, we will be reading His Word aloud as a church family beginning Wednesday, January 6, 2015 through Saturday, January 9, 2015. We are inviting you to join us by listening to His Word as it is read aloud via live streaming. [mixlr url=”https://mixlr.com/users/2971811/embed”]   You…

Pastor’s Blog: How Firm a Foundation

How Firm A Foundation God’s People Reading God’s Word January 8 – January 11, 2015 All around the world skyscrapers reach high into urban horizons creating beautiful cityscapes. Few people, who admire the heights that these buildings reach, realize just how deep they plunge beneath the surface of the ground. To offset the height and…

Pastor’s Blog: God’s Word Our Treasure Psalm 119:11

God’s Word, our treasure (Psalm 119:11) The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the h eart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean,…

Operation Christmas Child

About OCC Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Each year Operation Christmas Child delivers gift boxes to thousands of children who are victims of natural disaster, war, diseases, and famine. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Crossroads has partnered…

Ever Been Scared?

Help Kids Overcome Fears     Deliciously Scared Ever been scared? Think of late-night campfire stories that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. When we’re on high alert, we feel strangely alive—especially when we’re scaring ourselves. First John 4:18 (NIV) says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect…

Busy Teenager Time Management tips Crossroads Baptist Marshall

Help Students Invest Their Time Wisely

Adolescence offers many kids their first opportunity to manage their own schedules. Unfortunately, with all the obligations they must juggle, “free time” can become a foreign concept. Teenagers’ waking hours are packed with school, homework, sports, clubs, work, and church activities. So much for the myth that the teen years are a time to just…

ETBU's Dr. Elijah Brown in Eithiopia

Living as a Community of Refuge – Sermon Summary and References

Above: Slavery in Plain Sight – A video that highlights the issues raised by Dr. Brown. Modern Slavery is a powerful and sobering reality. It is one replete with stories that are very challenging. It is one stocked with statistics that are disquieting. The issue is a powerful reality impacting families and communities and nations….

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From Your Pastor’s Heart: Please help. I’m stuck here.

“Please help. I’m stuck in here.” From the news desk (July 13, 2017, Corpus Christi, AP): A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said on Thursday. The Corpus Christi police lieutenant Chris Hooper said the contractor became…

From Your Pastors Heart: The 13

The “13” The “13” “In 1947 a few families, in the community of Crossroads in the pineywoods of East Texas, decided there was a need for a Southern Baptist Church. They met at the grocery store belonging to Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Elsberry. With help from East Texas Baptist College, the Crossroads Baptist Church was…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Lent

From Your Pastor’s Heart The season of Lent is the 40 day period (minus Sundays) prior to Easter. It is a time of fasting and praying in preparation and focus on the event that changed history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This observance was established by the Church Council which gathered in Nicea…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Congregational Life

I was recently asked what brings me joy about “congregational life”. Congregational life is the rhythmic movements of the body of Christ as we journey through our days and nights living and loving, growing and struggling through life. What brings a pastor joy? I used to think it was in the growth of the church…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Seek His Face

You have said, “SEEK MY FACE.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8 (ESV) Crossing the finish line of another year seems like quite an accomplishment, yet as I look up another year is spreading out before me. Reflecting on this past year I see that: We’ve swatted at…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Meteors, Presidents, and the Truth

From Your Pastor’s Heart Meteors, Presidents, and the Truth! I recently read a Reuters article (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-meteor- dUSKN12I20S), it stated that 1 in 4 young voters would rather a meteor destroy the planet than either one of the present candidates be elected president. That is a silly, ridiculous, and maybe for some, sublime option, but I…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: The 4 P’s of the Faithful Church Member

Upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH and the gates of hell will not overcome it. (Matt. 6:18) Jesus spoke these words to His closest friends as He prepared them to lead the Church into the first century. Still going strong 21 centuries later, the Church is the hands, the feet, and mouth of…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Are You Read?

From Your Pastor’s Heart Many of you have asked, “Who are our active deacons?” as you are considering our deacon nomination process. Here are those names: 1. James Beasley  7. Scott Nevins 2.Jerry Benson  8. Brian Nichols 3.Don Everett  9. Lloyd Pond 4.Terry Gresham  10. Roy Ross 5.Clay Grubbs  11. Tom Swirchack 6.Kenny Mathews These…

From Your Pastor’s Heart: Deacons

From Your Pastor’s Heart In God’s sovereign plan there are seasons when it is important for us to identify the servants that He is raising up to be deacons in our church family. Our deacons at Crossroads are not an administrative board they are men, filled with the Spirit, who have been identified by their…