January 2020

On behalf of the whole staff at Crossgate (David Story, David Warlick, Melissa Bone and myself) I want to thank you as a congregation for your generous Christmas gift to us.  We count it a great privilege to be able to serve the Lord at Crossgate and to be able to co-labor with you in the work of His kingdom.  (And may I add just a personal note here – how blessed I feel as the senior pastor to be able to work with these three individuals.  I so appreciate their devotion to Christ and their commitment to excellence in their service to Him.)  However, we all know that what makes Crossgate so special is not four staff members  – but rather a whole group of believers who love Jesus and who are using their gifts and abilities to build up the body and make Him known.  We have so many people who are doing so much at Crossgate – folding bulletins, keeping nursery, teaching Bible studies; doing yard work,  – the list goes on and on.  Moreover, we have so many people who are serving in various ways in the community – Foothills Care Center, Daily Bread/Rest; etc. –  so as to demonstrate the love of Christ in some very tangible ways.  It is the body functioning as a body with each member doing its part that is enabling Crossgate to continue to grow both spiritually and numerically.  So thank you for allowing God to work in and through you!  You are indeed a blessing to the Crossgate family.

Yesterday (Sat, Dec. 21) Joye and I went over to Covington, GA (outside of Atlanta) to spend some time with my three brothers and their wives.  In the course of our conversation, we were talking about how the church today has changed so much from what we experienced in years past.  Corporate worship in many places has been replaced by “worship teams” that perform rather than lead in worship.  God’s Word is frequently not taught but used as a springboard to communicate some practical tips for successful living.  Two of my brothers and their wives are involved in mega-churches in Atlanta – churches that have a reputation for being dynamic –but as they talked about them you could just hear their frustration and disappointment with the lack of spiritual life in them. As we talked I couldn’t help but think about Crossgate and how different it is.  I thought about it again this morning as we were worshiping in song.  I love to worship at Crossgate and there is no place I’d rather be.  We’re not a huge church (and really don’t want to be) – but I know that this is a church where God is alive and working in and through His people.  Thank you for your part in this important work!  It is a joy to serve our Savior alongside of you!


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