He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10 says, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Most of the time, I feel so busy that it’s difficult to slow down enough to be still. Lately, my typical pace has changed dramatically, which has made it easier to slow down, but there is still that critical step to be still and know God.
Social distancing can make us feel isolated, and the media can be frightening. But, as Christ-followers, we can have a longer-term perspective: that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We have great opportunities to lean into Jesus, both personally and with others, without having to leave our homes.
- Sign up for 40 Days of Prayer.
If you’re not already a part of 40 Days of Prayer, today is a great day to start. You can sign up to receive an email or text message of the daily Scripture, prayer, and self-reflection that you can write down using an existing journal or a notepad (even the one on your phone!) to jot down your thoughts. You can also download a digital Prayer Journal here.
- Explore messages and teaching series.
There are a host of sermons and teachings on the Crossings website to go back and listen to. Pick out a series you don’t recognize and listen to one message (or more) per day. Many of those are also available as podcasts.
- Listen to worship music.
Crossings worship music is available on a variety of different platforms, including crossings.church, Soundcloud, and YouTube. Listen to those while you are doing mindless tasks.
- Do an online Bible study. As an attender of Crossings, you have access to RightNow Media, which has a great repository of Bible studies for all ages. You can create an account for free right here.
- Take advantage of the library system.
If you have a library card, many library systems have digital content available that you can download to an app. The Metropolitan Library System has an excellent collection of Christian books in both e-reader and audiobook formats.
- Worship online with us.
- Engage in discussion online.
Meet up with your small group online or start a discussion group with some people you might know (they don’t necessarily have to be a part of Crossings, so this could be a good outreach opportunity). Here are some easily accessible ways you can do that:
Use a discussion forum to share your ideas with your people. Pick something to help guide the group. You can use the current sermon series or go through a book; some will even have discussion questions to help guide the conversation. Commit to post and respond weekly or daily. List prayer requests and pray for one another.
–Facebook private group
Use a video conference platform to go through a Bible study together. Sometimes it’s easier to communicate if you can see the faces of the people you are talking to. There are a lot of free and easy-to-use tools available:
–Facebook Group Chat
Worship with Crossings Community Church online each week at live.crossings.church and join in on the chat. Listen for those who need prayer and commit to pray for them throughout the week. If you feel comfortable sharing a public prayer request, you can share it in the group chat or you can pray privately with a pastor by using the Request Prayer button.
I thank you for always being there for us. I pray that I will take the time to be still and focus on you to bring about peace. Thank you for your Scriptures which reveal your greatness and your power. Let us lean on your everlasting arms. Let me turn to you in prayer, and help me to notice you at work during this time. Help me know we are never alone and you love us and are with us by your Holy Spirit. Help me stay connected to your congregation and let me be your hands and feet.
In your name, I pray,
Online Campus Pastor
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