Vision from the slums

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The famous KJV translation of Proverbs 29:18 may invoke nausea as often as inspiration, because so many leaders misapply it to promote their personal agendas. But as I search for godly wisdom to make sense of my recent visit to the slums of Peru, the first verse ...

Rising Food Prices

In case you haven’t already noticed, prices at the grocery store have been going up in the last few months. Food prices worldwide are on the rise this year for a number of reasons, including natural disasters in Russia, Argentina, and Australia, droughts in China, and sky-rocketing oil prices resulting from recent conflicts in the ...

The Importance of Fellowship

Fellowship is a common theme throughout the Bible, particularly in the New Testament after Christ’s ascension into heaven as new believers joined together to form churches. The words of Hebrews 10:24-25, for example, discuss the importance of fellowship among believers: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good ...

A Big Lesson for Little Children

“I pray with the kids. I teach them the Serenity Prayer and we talk about things they could change,” said Christine, the full-time counselor at Ruimvelt Children’s Home and Care Center in Georgetown, Guyana. That prayer offers a critical lesson in dealing with life, especially for the 20 children who live there. They are all ...

Divine Plan for Recovery

Haitians went to the election polls March 20 for the second round of the country’s presidential runoff. Though there was no significant violence or protests, as there was late last year in the first round of voting, the earthquake-shattered country’s future remains uncertain as the people select their new leader. We at Cross have been ...

Help Women, Fight Poverty

Last week marked International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women and their contributions to society. This year’s celebration was especially meaningful because it also marked the holiday’s 100th anniversary. As hundreds of media outlets around the world took stalk of the impressive social, economic, and political achievements by and for women since 1911, many ...

On Natural Disasters

The tragic earthquake in Japan last week and the devastating tsunami that followed are nothing short of heart-breaking. We’re praying for all of those affected by the disaster, and we ask you to pray as well. The events are also bitter reminders of how fragile human beings are in the face of nature’s might. With ...

A Look at Lent

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. For Christians around the world, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of 40 days of earnest prayer, sincere self-reflection, and an intense focus on Christ. Why do we do this? Lent itself isn’t a ritual detailed in the Bible. Yet it has become a cherished ...

All Things for Good

Cross staff recently enjoyed a special treat in our morning devotions. Rev. Jimmy Dodd, executive director of PastorServe and one of Cross’ board members, offered an inspirational message on the words of Romans 8:28. Here’s a synopsis of Jimmy’s message: Even for the most steadfast Christians, life’s adversities can be tough. Life often presents serious ...