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A POWERFUL WORD FROM JESUS

Dear Crosswalkers,
 
Jesus said, “And whoever welcomes a little child… in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5, NIV).

This is an amazing statement! When we welcome children as a part of God’s family, we are de facto welcoming Jesus. Wow.
 
Add to this the Bible’s idea of “welcoming” someone meant a lot more that it does today. It meant to care for them, to show kindness to them, and to make them feel like they are respected and honored; that they belong.
 
At Crosswalk, we must take these words seriously.
 
Then He added these words: “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6, NIV).
 
I’m including a picture of an ancient millstone. This was a large circular stone that was used to grind grain. These stones weighed up to 1,000 pounds and had to be pulled by a donkey or some other beast of burden.
 
The word picture of having one of these hung around a neck and then thrown into the deepest sea was a powerful, sobering, and frightening image.
 
That’s how serious it is to not prioritize children, and even in negligence to lead them astray, to lead them into sin, to somehow prevent or deter them from following God’s plan for their lives.
 
This is why we invested in Safe Gatherings and have over 20 people certified and cleared to work with children. This is why our new CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CENTER is such an important part of our vision for 2020. Our goal is to have it open by January 5, the first Sunday of the New Year. I’ve already planned a special sermon for that day. The text will be Proverbs 16:1-9, 25 and the message is Our Plans versus God’s Plans.
 
This is a major investment, and if you can help with a contribution of any size, it would be greatly appreciated. Simply click HERE to give online; or for Sunday giving earmark your check “CMC” for Children’s Ministry Center. THANK YOU in advance!!
 
By the way, we have some exciting times coming up. This Sunday we begin an important two-message series on Faith. We will also offer our CROSSWALK CONNECT class at noon. On November 24 we will have baptisms and will commission our Liberia mission team. Then on December 1 we will begin a new series entitled THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS!
 
I hope you will plan to be a part of it all!
 
Gratefully,
 
Pastor John

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