Below you will find an archive of Worship Thoughts we have used to stimulate corporate worship on Sunday mornings.  You may find them helpful in your personal devotions and worship time.
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August 5, 2018
This week we, as a church body, want to give thanks to our God and Father for the safe return of Pastor Curt and his wife Lynell. They have had the wonderful opportunity to serve at the Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya ministering to young people in Africa for the past year.
However, we are excited to have them back with us and look forward to working together with renewed energy in God’s kingdom work in Pagosa. Please continue to pray for them, for Crossroad and for all Bible-believing churches in Pagosa Springs, that the Body of Christ would be unified and that we all will do our part to follow Christ and to give Him the glory each and every day!
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July 29, 2018
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”
(Psalm 119:11).
The late Dallas Willard, former professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation (being formed into the image of Christ). If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. ” This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth.” (Joshua 1:8).
That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth?
Memorization.”
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July 22, 2018
Me Patient?
God’s Word says much about patience, however much I read about it, I find it hard to practice. In fact, I can say that it’s not something I even want to practice. Know what I mean? Let’s look at a few verses that might help us.
You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:8)
The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. (Romans 12:12)
Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace. (Proverbs 15:18)
Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. (Ephesians 4:2)
As with anything we wish to accomplish, we must practice to gain proficiency. Patience is no different. Let’s practice together and encourage one another to be patient. In doing so, we are learning obedience.
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July 15, 2018
We are told repeatedly by Paul to put off the old person and to put on the new. (Ephesians 4:22-24) How does one do that?
The answer is actually rather simple. One must intend to do it, and then one must sensibly implement the means. Putting on the new person, growing in grace, is something we must do. Appropriate action is the key. True, as Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) But it is also true that if we do nothing it will be without Him.
The path of spiritual growth in the riches of Christ is not a passive one. Grace is not opposed to effort. It is opposed to earning. Effort is action. Earning is attitude. You have never seen people more active than those who have been set on fire by the grace of God. Paul, who perhaps understood grace better than any other mere human being, looked back at what had happened to him and said: “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” (I Cor. 15:10)
~ Dallas Willard ~
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July 8, 2018
Faith involves risk. In Hebrews 11:1, the Apostle Paul defines faith as, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Later in verse 6, Paul goes on to say that “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Faith operates in the dark. If we can see, we do not need faith. This is disconcerting for most of us. We WANT to know what’s going on; we want to know the plan. But faith often requires that we move ahead without sight; with only our trust in God. That’s risky, or so we think. However, if we can trust, really trust God, we have no need to worry. The object of our faith is sure. We can truly risk trusting God for EVERYTHING.
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July 1, 2018
This year marks over 230 years since our Founding Fathers gave us our National Birth Certificate. We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God.
On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from Great Britain. Two days afterwards – July 4th – the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed, albeit by only two individuals at that time: John Hancock, President of Congress, and Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress. Four days later, on July 8, members of Congress took that document and read it aloud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia, after which the Liberty Bell was rung. The inscription around the top of that bell, Leviticus 25:10, was most appropriate for the occasion:
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”
Jesus, in quoting Isaiah 61:1, said, “”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Let us continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the inhabitants of our land, especially in these troubled times.
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July 24, 2018
Jesus expected his disciples to follow him. The apostle John understood this and once warned against those who call themselves Christian but who don’t actually follow Jesus:
“The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His Command- ments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:4-6
In other words, the mark of authentic Christianity in a person’s life is the willingness to follow everything that Jesus calls us to. This obedience isn’t the cause of our salvation; it is the fruit of our salvation. It is the proof that our hearts truly have been renewed by the Holy Spirit when we submit ourselves to our Savior and choose to obey Him out of love for Him.
Jesus himself said it this way: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” – John 14:21-24
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June 17, 2018
Five Lessons For Fathers
Sacrifice What You Want – As a father, you are going to have to sacrifice the things you want for the sake of your children. You will have to sacrifice your “me” time, your screen time, places you want to go and things you want to do for your child. Time and effort spent on your kids show them your love.
2. Bless Your Children – In the Bible, it was common to give blessings to their children. There is power in your words. Use them to speak into your child the things you want God to do in them. Let them hear what you are saying. The words will sink in and become a part of who they are. It’s never too late to bless them.
3. Teach Them Wisdom – Solomon was our prime example here. What good is being wise and learning so many lessons in life if you keep them to yourself. Your child will make their own decisions in life ultimately, but give them the wisdom they need to make the best choices.
4. Pray For Them – It’s your responsibility to spend time at Jesus’ feet for your child. If you don’t do it, chances are that no one else will. Believe that He hears your prayers and will answer them even in the face of negative news. God isn’t bound by what the doctors, teachers or anyone else says. Your prayers make the difference.
5. Praise Them – Every child needs to be praised by their dad. They need to hear you say that you are proud of them. Twice in Scripture God spoke out for others to hear, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.” One version puts it, “Who brings me great joy.” Your children should know they are not a bother to you. They need to know they bring you joy and that you are proud of them. Don’t hold back the praise they so desperately need. Happy Father’s Day!
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June 10, 2018
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,  always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Ephesians 5:15-20

Does the Holy Spirit place a song in our hearts we can sing to the Lord? A song that pleases the Lord? I think Yes. You don’t have to sing well. You don’t have to sing for others to hear. But if we ask the Spirit to give us a song to sing that will please the Lord, my experience is, as we step out in faith and begin to sing praise to the Lord, the song will come. Let’s sing together and praise our glorious God today!
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June 3, 2018
Humility- Today’s dictionary defines it as “a low view of one’s own importance.” The Apostle James says to “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” I would submit that true humility is not merely abasing oneself, but understanding our true position before the God of the universe.
If we will live in view of the fact that God is God and we are not, the frustrations of this life become so much easier to deal with. Let us humble ourselves before the true God of all creation and live accordingly.
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