Special Thanks to Our September Supporters

We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this September. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ!

Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know.

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  • You and Me Forever
    Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it. 100% of the net proceeds from You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will go towards various ministries that include providing food, shelter and rehabilitation for thousands of orphaned children and exploited women around the world​.
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God’s Plan Will Not Be Thwarted

This is a guest post by Jaylin Palacio who is the author of He Will Never Leave You, a story about marital infidelity and the healing power of forgiveness. You can contact her on Twitter and on her website. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

God's Plan Will Not Be Thwarted

I love the story of Joseph because it reminds me of the sovereignty of God. It illustrates so beautifully the contrast between human purpose and God’s purpose. Joseph was hated by his brothers so much that they made a plan to kill him in the wilderness. When the oldest brother opposed the murderous plan, they ended up selling Joseph as a slave. Then they lied to their father to make him think Joseph was killed by wild beasts.

Although Joseph’s brothers did horrible acts of betrayal, God’s purpose prevailed. Joseph ended up supervising the household of Potiphar, a high-ranking Egyptian. The favor of God was evident in Joseph’s life.

When People Are Big and God Is Small

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

When People Are Big and God Is Small

A couple of years ago, I realized that I struggled with co-dependency. I have probably struggled with co-dependency most of my life. I still struggle with it now. The co-dependency definition that closely relates to me is a pattern of behavior in which you find yourself dependent on approval from others for your self-worth and identity.

Edward Welch wrote a book called When People Are Big and God Is Small. I have read this book a couple of times. The book really spoke to me about my struggles with needing people. “I suddenly realized that I had mutated into a walking love tank, who was empty inside and looking for someone to fill me” (Welch, 1997, p.13). I can identify strongly with that statement. The statement reflects our dependence for people to meet our wants and needs. There are many different reasons for this dependence such as acceptance, praise, fear, and awe from others. I was lonely in high school due to my lack of friends. When I started making friends, then I enjoyed that feeling of being accepted and valued by people. I desired that acceptance, support, and love from people constantly. I realized that I depended on my friend’s acceptance and praise.

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

I listened to Jay Sekulow give another account of the atrocities occurring in the Middle East as another Syrian Christian community fell to ISIL.

The report consisted of 120-plus dead with claims of men being beheaded and their bodies hung on crosses while the women and children were sold into slavery.

Little girls are being forced into marriage to ISIL members and brutally raped.

My mind went to being a father with a family (including a precious daughter) that shares the same faith as those suffering through terrible religious persecution.

I can’t say I understand. That volume of suffering for our faith in Jesus Christ isn’t known within our borders.

I thought of those Christians in Syria and in other places that are hard pressed for their faith that share in the same promise in Romans 8:28.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Why Community Is More Important Than You Think

Why Community Is More Important Than You Think

For Christians, being in community with one another can be a tricky thing. I think most of us realize that relationships are important in our walk with The Lord and that we need community, but often are not sure of how that shoud play out week to week or miss all together the real importance and priority of community.

Let’s face it, we are sinful. And after following Jesus, we are still sinful. That means people are complicated, relationships are messy, and because of our own baggage it’s typically easier to just remain in isolation and to avoid community. I obviously can’t speak to everyone’s situation, but I’d love to encourage you with a few points in regards to Christian community and it’s importance.

Isolation Is Never The Answer

Sometimes we think going at life alone is really the answer, when it’s not. While it may “seem easier” not to be involved with people and maybe sometimes conflict, the problem is you were designed for relationships. Not only that, you are still sinful and need Jesus and need the Church to help you grow in your walk with The Lord. If no one is ever around you, how will you get poured into and how will you pour into people?

Satan would love nothing more than to keep you in isolation. That is where he will deceive you by telling you “you’re not good enough,” “you’re probably not a Christian,” and “you’re better than those other people and you don’t need them.” Don’t believe his lies or your own lies telling yourself things are easier without community. You need relationships.

God Has A Plan For You

God Has A Plan For You

Fear and anxiety grips all of us. I believe most days don’t go by without us worrying about some aspect of our lives or our future, or without some anxiety in our daily circumstances. For the ones reading this that assume they have no fear or anxieties, I would just be careful and take a honest look at yourself. The amazing news is that we can be confident where God has placed us. If our heavenly Father has confidence in us, how could we not?

I’ve been reading Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp, and even though he is mentioning ministry in the context of talking about confidence, I think we can all relate and should be encouraged by this: