Snowflakes: Reminders of the Perfect Gift

At this time of year, we receive Christmas cards from our mission partners in the field. We are continually blessed by these handmade cards and personal notes from orphans we support in Haiti, students in the Philippines, and missionaries we support in Latin America and Africa. We received an especially poignant card this week from ...

The Most Precious Gift

Every year the U.S. Census Bureau collects data on the nation’s Christmas spending habits. A few of this year’s stats: 16.6 billion Number of cards, letters, and packages the U.S. Postal Service will deliver between Dec. 1 and Christmas this year. $4.3 billion The value of U.S. toy imports from China between January and August ...

Illiteracy in the Information Age

It’s interesting to see which products are being marketed most heavily during the Christmas season. This year, Amazon has been promoting its Kindle electronic reader, which makes it easy and fun to download and read the books of your choice. Technology is changing the way we educate ourselves, even when it comes to studying God’s ...

Remember “Today’s Tiny Tims”

Disney’s 3D adaptation of A Christmas Carol is introducing a new generation to Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of greed, poverty, and repentance. This is good news for parents concerned by the avalanche of materialistic messages that too often overwhelm the humble story of Jesus’ birth and the value of giving. Even if the latest ...

Confronting the Christmas Quandary

You want to acknowledge those you love, but not encourage materialism; to give meaningful gifts without imposing an obligation to reciprocate; to rise above the canned opulence of the holidays and focus on the “reason for the season.” You want to slam the brakes on that barreling train of twisted tradition that makes you either ...

Our Patient Hope

When Paul wrote that “faith is the substance of things hoped for,” he might just as well have said, “Expect to spend some quality time in the waiting room.” The Christian walk is an exercise in patience. Right now, many churches are observing Advent, the season leading up to, and anticipating, Christmas. Advent means “coming” ...

Many Thanks!

Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the best reminders we have to sit back and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. And we at Cross have found so much to thank God for this year! In the spirit of Psalm 9:1 — “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole ...

Feeding Hungry Families for Thanksgiving

Though we are an international organization, Cross occasionally finds the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our own community. This month we’ve partnered with two local outreach agencies to distribute 41,000-pounds of Thanksgiving food supplies to hundreds of the poor in Broward County. On Friday, a few Cross staff members went to ...