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the crossroad blog

Author: Shawn Varghese

Aug 04 2015

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Listening To Jesus

August 4, 2015 | By

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At the Gathering this past weekend we talked about the biblical response of a disciple to the glory of Christ. The call was in the words of God the Father, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7). We also discussed the means of listening to Jesus – the high standards of Christ becoming “light” and “easy” – by beholding Him. “And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). But the Bible calls us to more. Read More

Jun 03 2014

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Humility, Hypocrisy & The Gospel

June 3, 2014 | By

Have you ever taken a step back to simply gauge the effectiveness of Jesus followers in their culture? It is no surprise to see that while the Judeo-Christian worldview is on the decline, believers are not generally known for humble efforts in attempting to lift understanding up again. Unfortunately, the charge is made against Christ followers that they often come off as prideful, judgmental and/or even hateful. Read More

Feb 22 2013

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The Cause of Supernatural Love

February 22, 2013 | By

I have a dear friend of mine who I grew up with most of my formative years. A few months back he had shared with a few of us his concern over his relationship with his father. It is a struggle many of us second generation South Asians face with our parents: getting them to look at their children as adults when they are of the age. After years of being treated like a child, my friend decided to have a heart-to-heart talk with his dad. On the evening he was planning to do so, while prepping up the potential come-back arguments in his mind he sense something different. He explains it like this, Read More

Aug 16 2012

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The Release from Boredom

August 16, 2012 | By

Many times when we’ve arrived at a new stage in our lives, perhaps with school, work, family, hobbies, etc., we may start off with excitement at first but eventually repetition wanes down into a mundane routine which eventually leads to outright boredom. My brother once told me of a friend who clearly had said, “now that I’ve graduated, I don’t know what to do with my life anymore.” School was what she had excelled in and since that season was over, she needed something new in her life to partake in. Something thrilling, exciting! We’ve all felt this way at one point. Read More

Feb 03 2012

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Can’t Have One Without The Other

February 3, 2012 | By

Sometime last year I had one of those “Aha!” moments. You see my stomach is sensitive to having a lot of dairy products at one time. And therefore in order to avoid the pain and discomfort I tend to avoid it when I can. Embracing a lifestyle then that is somewhat dairy-free (thank God for Lactaid pills!) is something that I’ve just…done. However, I had no idea that such a diet (or lack thereof) would have pretty scary outcomes.

A visit to the Dr.’s I had about a year ago revealed something. That I was extremely low on my Vitamin D. Apparently healthy levels are 32-100, mine was at 6. Yup, a 6! Therefore, as I embraced such a diet, I was warned to constantly look holistically at my health. Such a diet may be considered, however, only if I’m taking precaution before something dangerous happens. Read More

Jan 16 2012

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Asking Before Acting

January 16, 2012 | By

We find ourselves today in a climate where people are more interested in acting before asking. Often times we get excited about volunteering, helping and serving without finding out the who, what and whys for such an action.

A small analogy would help. Imagine a 5 year old playing chef on the living room carpet. She is wanting to act like her dad when she sees him in the kitchen and therefore pulls out some liquid ingredients off the shelf and plans to mix away. Her mom tells her not to dirty the carpet and therefore she lays down her favorite blanket before going at it. In the middle of the pouring, spilling, mixing, etc. she realizes that her favorite blanket is now a mess. In rapid hurry to remove the stains, she pleads with her mom for windex. She has seen her mom use it all the time to clean things and therefore is convinced that it would do the trick. Bugging her mom, she never once tells her what the problem is, but rather is way too occupied with what she is convinced to be the solution. However, if she would only speak to her mom about her problem, perhaps her mom would have a better solution (pun intended!) in mind. Read More

Apr 22 2011

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From Death To Life

April 22, 2011 | By

Why are a bouquet of roses so much more desiring on a Valentine’s day morning than a rose bush? Is it because of the picture and the beauty of the arrangement at the moment compared to a random rose bush with only occasional flowers? Perhaps. But what about the long-term investment? Even if at first glance the dozen roses look so much more stunning than the rose bush, if the ultimate desire is for roses long term, the bush does seem to amount better, doesn’t it? One can try their best to continue to prolong the decay of a bouquet of roses as much as they want – and there are treatments for this. However, death is still death, what’s being delayed to come, will still inevitably come. Read More

Apr 16 2011

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Death Of A Story

April 16, 2011 | By

“We can start the meeting, I see him coming.” A group of the elders of the town gathered together to make the one decision of the year that would shape the course of the next several months if not years for their community. However, they couldn’t start because the decision maker was not there just yet. A high value was placed on the position of a Pharisee in their culture. So much were Pharisees knowledgeable in the commands of the Law that they were sought over a king or a high priest for decision-making. And along with such a high status in the culture came respect and honor. Read More

Apr 07 2011

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Death Of A Sinner

April 7, 2011 | By

“It will only be when my story is fully dead that the spirit of the new story will fully live in me” says Pastor Saji George. What prompts him to speak of the death of one story and the life of another? The reality of the Christ’s message to an individual.

The message that Christ brought to the world is that alongside the story that they see – one of decay and corruption found in all of creation resulting from the sin of one man – there is another story, another reality. This God-initiated story reveals God giving His Son as a payment for all offenses mankind has made against Him and receiving all sinners who accept this payment – His Son, Who is now and forevermore to be found in Human form. Why? To re-own His creation for a better destiny – one where His creation find their fulfillment in Him, or better, the way things were supposed to be. Read More