Posts with the category “crossover”

REAL Faith Takes RISKS
by Donald J. Galade on January 19th, 2024
Type your new text here. Risk is a board game about global domination. It’s about raising an army and taking over the world. It’s one of my all-time favorite board games. In high school, my friends and I used to play it every weekend. Recently they made an app, so I’ve been playing it there too.Why is the game called Risk? Because that’s what it’s all about. It’s about stepping out into uncertaint...  Read More
Crossover Apologetics Series: Advocates
by Faith Church on January 12th, 2024
Type your new text here. Video for series: Guides for Each Lesson:!Am-itwSm6zC8g7MHYtYybBgj6KUERA?e=XLwhEc Advocates considers what it means for youth to hold firm to biblical convictions and still engage in humble dialogue with the culture around us. Join Sean McDowell, a leading apologetics and worldview author, and AwanaY...  Read More
Mark Part 9: Two Healings (Mark 5)
by Donald J. Galade on January 3rd, 2024
Type your new text here. Today we are going to see how Jesus has power over illness and disease.Mark 5:21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake,So right after the story where Jesus calms the storm and casts out the demons, he gets back into a boat and heads to the other side. Why is that interesting?Because you get this huge narrative about them crossing the lak...  Read More
Bod- Soul-Spirit
by Donald J. Galade on December 31st, 2023
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Mark Part 8: Jesus Heals the Demon-Possessed Man (Mark 5)
by Donald J. Galade on December 31st, 2023
Mark 5:1-5 So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain. 4 Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed...  Read More
Mark Part 7: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4)
by Donald J. Galade on December 31st, 2023
Dangerous water is a theme that will come up in the Bible again and again. In fact, it appears within the first two sentences of the Bible. In the creation story one of the first “obstacles” God has to overcome to create life is those waters. So one of the first acts of creation is that God separates the waters so dry ground can appear.In creation God displays his mercy and grace by subduing the w...  Read More
Mark Part 5: Parable of the Sower
by Donald J. Galade on December 18th, 2023
We have been going through our series on the book of Mark. Mark is one of the 4 gospels, one of the 4 stories of Jesus’ life in the New Testament. While Mark wasn’t one of the 12 apostles, he most likely wrote down the events of Jesus’ life as told to him by Peter.From Mark we have already seen how:Jesus is the Messiah or “chosen one”Jesus has the power to healThe Pharisees started in love with Go...  Read More
Mark Part 4: Calling of the Disciples (Mark 1-3)
by Donald J. Galade on December 18th, 2023
This week at Crossover we continued talking about the book of Mark. We looked at the stories of Jesus calling the disciples and discussed some background information. Some of the disciples seem to have multiple names. One explanation is that it was common for people to have a Jewish name and a Greek name.Jesus was a RabbiIt’s possible that Jesus specifically selected students other Rabbis rejected...  Read More
Mark Part 3: 7 Conflicts with Jesus (Mark 2-3)
by Donald J. Galade on December 14th, 2023
This week at Crossover we continued talking about the book of Mark. Main Idea: The Pharisees started in love with God, but lost sight of what really mattered.We also discussed Mark 2-3. Some key takeaways:To understand the Pharisees we need to know how they started: Jews returning from exile that never wanted to break God’s law again.During small group we discussed how someone who really wants to ...  Read More
Mark Part 1: Who is Mark? (Mark 1:1-11)
by Donald J. Galade on December 14th, 2023
This week at Crossover we started talking about the book of Mark.We discussed who Mark was:An assistant to Paul and Barnabas on their missions trips.Assistant to Peter and the one who recorded Peter’s message; what we now call the gospel of Mark.He had a falling out with Paul but later the two became good friends.We also read through Mark 1:1-11. Some key takeaways:Mark gets right into the story- ...  Read More
Alive in 5: Sin Divides us From God
by Donald J. Galade on December 9th, 2023
Main Verse: Genesis 4:5 What is sin?The original understanding of sin was “missing the mark.”There are different kinds of sin, so sin can be actions as well as thoughts.Why does God hate sin?God hates sin because it hurts us and separates us from Him (Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2).How do we deal with sin?The apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy about how to deal with sin and gave some really great...  Read More
Alive in 5: God is Love
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Main Verse: 1 John 4:8God’s love is perfect concerning you.The very nature of God is love.God’s love is unchanging.God’s love is in pursuit of you.Love is a choice.Love is an action.God’s love performs the miraculous in you.God’s love empowers you to love.God empowers you to have confidence.“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he plann...  Read More
Crossover Series: Christian Sexuality
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
This is a series we are working through at Crossover Youth. If you have a student in Crossover you can view the curriculum, as well as many helpful tools by clicking the button below. If you do not have a login email me at [email protected] and I can get you set up. There are three devotions that accompany each session. They will be posted on our Instagram on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, at 7 AM foll...  Read More
The Dividing Wall
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Jesus came to end hostility  Ephesians  Ephesians 2:14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.Whenever we make a list and focus on our differences, that is the very wall that Jesus came to destroy. When I decide you are different then me, so therefore I don’t l...  Read More
Because of who God is, we can embrace the unknown
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Be a Witness Matthew 28:19-20 Have you ever felt uncertain? Whether you were uncertain about the distant future, or about what decision to make in the moment, you know uncertainty can be scary. There’s a woman in the Bible who would agree.Naomi moved with her husband and two sons to a foreign country. But shortly afterward, her husband and sons all tragically died, leaving Naomi all alone. She was...  Read More
CROSSOVER: Guide Rails
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
My faith cannot be based on anyone else’s faith.  1 Corinthians 1:10-17 If you have ever traveled in a car you probably have noticed some long metal fences along the edges of the road. They are called “guide rails” because they help guide you on the path to reach your destination. They won’t always stop you though, if you hit them hard enough you can go right through! You are still expected to be ...  Read More
CROSSOVER 11/11: True Story - Intro
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Before we can know who we are, we need to understand who God is.  Exodus 34:6  This is how God describes Himself. That means everything He does, and everything that happened in the Bible, and everything going on in our world is based on these. God’s 5 Attributes:CompassionMercySlow to angerUnfailing LoveFaithfulness Over the past few weeks we learned about the 4 key values of our church. What are ...  Read More
Crossover - SERVE
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Faithfulness = Service  Matthew 25: 14-30  Ultimately our gifts are given that we should use them for God’s glory. And God is never more glorified then when we are telling people about Jesus.The wicked servant is the one who has a gift, but he just shows up. Sure he is there at church, but he is doing nothing to multiple.The faithful servants are the ones who are serving and seeking to bring other...  Read More
Crossover - GROW
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
We Can Grow Together John 15:4 When you look at a fruit tree, do you see the fruit or the roots? You only see the fruit. You can’t see the roots. That’s how our lives are too. I can’t by looking at you, see how close you are to Jesus. And you can’t tell how close I am by looking at me. We can see the fruit, we can see how people live their lives, how they spend their time and money, how they talk ...  Read More
Crossover from Death to Life
by Donald J. Galade on October 24th, 2023
Crossover from Death to Life John 5:24 The Bible tells us that we are all born spiritually dead. At some point in the future, God is going to remove all evil and death from the world and put it into a place called hell. Somewhere totally separate, where that evil can never again harm God’s good creation.That sounds great and is something to look forward too.But there is a problem here…did you not...  Read More
SQUAD UP: Stand Strong
by Donald (DJ) Galade on October 19th, 2023
We can stand strong together. Ephesians 6:10-20 Have you ever gone roller skating? It's not as easy as you might think! When people go roller skating, they sometimes think holding hands with a friend will help them stay standing. But most of the time, they're, uh, wrong. Instead of helping each other stay standing, they end up sprawled all over the ground. Roller skating probably isn't going to be...  Read More
Mark Part 2
by Donald (DJ) Galade on October 4th, 2023
We are continuing through our series on Mark. Mark is one of the 4 books in the Bible that tells the story of Jesus’s life. Mark is also one of the characters in the story, and what’s written in the book of Mark is most likely the story of Jesus told to Mark by Peter. Last week we looked at the first half of chapter 1, and learned a few things:Jesus is the Messiah, or “Chosen One”.Ancient prophets...  Read More
Guide Rails
by Donald (DJ) Galade on October 4th, 2023
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Imago Dei
by Dj Galade on September 15th, 2023
The following is a message I preached with two goals in mind. First, to equip the church and push us to have a deeper compassion for hurting people. Second, to provide hope, relief, and healing for those experiencing gender dysphoria.  Imago Dei is the fancy Latin phrase that means “Image of God”. In the beginning of Genesis, the Bible tells us that God made humans “in His image”. Now when scholar...  Read More