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Crossing Family, This weekend we will be continuing our Song of Songs Marriage mini-series with a special message about conflict. Conflict in relationships is not a bad thing; in fact a relationship without conflict can be a disaster waiting to happen. The key to a healthy relationship is learning how to resolve conflict in a biblical and loving way. Hopefully our discussion today will not only help heal marriages, but also help rebuild relationships in all areas of your life. Loving God & others, Greg & Tamara Dumas

FEBRUARY’S KP3 FOCUS: KINGDOM For the month of February we are teaching elementary children about God’s Kingdom. The one big idea we want them to learn is: When I become who God wants me to be I will change the world. Week 1 Big Idea: When I do the right things others may not like it. Scripture: Acts 25:7-8 Mom & Dad… Wow! What an important truth to learn at a young age. Doing the right thing doesn’t always make you popular, but it pleases God. Encourage your kids when they do the right things.

ELEMENTARY BAPTISM CLASS Our next baptism class for elementary aged children is scheduled for Saturday, February 13th at 3pm in Room 229. All children are required to attend a baptism class before they can be baptized. Forms are available at the check in desks upstairs or at the boat downstairs and must be turned in one week prior to attending the class. For more information please contact Kim Gore at: kgore@crossingonline.org or 813-626-0783, ext. 123.


CHOIR AUDITIONS Church wide auditions for Easter Choir will be held on Monday February 15th at 6pm in the church lobby. Please listen to the end of track 5 from The Crossing Live CD (Holy, Wonderful) and be prepared to sing your part with a group, no solo necessary. For further information please contact Morgan Burch at mburch@crossingonline.org or (813) 626-0783 ext 124 AMAZING LOVE MINISTRIES Help Crossing Kids collect loose change to donate to Amazing Love’s “Heaven Cent” fund raiser and help feed the homeless! Donation containers will be located in the Break Away room during weekend services beginning February 6 and ending February 21,^2010. Thank you for your support! INTERESTED IN SERVING IN NEXTGEN? If you are interested in serving in the NextGen Dept (Babies thru College) or ever wonder what they do, come to Splat! Splat is our ministry orientation for the entire NextGen Dept. You’ll learn about the different environments, leadership and what it means to be Sticky! Saturday, February 6 at 7pm or Sunday, February 7 at 11:30am. Splat takes place upstairs in the Children’s Area. For more information contact Blake Levrets at BLevrets@crossingonline.org.

The 26.2 Spiritual Race is intricately designed with you in mind! Through the different 26.2 Experiences, you can learn more about The Crossing and its leadership, become involved in a LifeGroup, and understand more about your spiritual gifts. We encourage everyone to join in the race! Register for all the 26.2 Experiences at www.crossingonline.org. The next experience dates are: • Warm-Up: February 21, registration closes February 14 • Starting Line: May 22 and 23, registration closes May 15 • Mile One: March 7, registration closes February 27 • Pushing Through: March 30, registration closes March 14 • Momentum: February 20, registration closes February 14 WWW.TWITTER.COM/CROSSINGOINLINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT CROSSINGONLINE.ORG/ANNOUNCEMENTS.

CARE CLASSES HAVE BEGUN We at The Crossing Church have cultivated a community of caring individuals who desire to help people learn how to cast their cares on Jesus through a multifaceted ministry focused on caring for people. The CARE Classes are here to help you grow in these critical areas and experience the life God intends for you to live. Registration is available at www.crossingonline/care-ministries


Saturday, February 6 WELCOME TO THE Sunday, February 7 CROSSING CHURCH Epic Journey: Through the Bible The Book of Song of Songs week 2 James 1:21-22; John 13:34; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Lead Pastor: Greg Dumas

PREDICTING SERIOUS TROUBLE 1. Harsh Start up Proverbs 15:1; James 1:19-20 (NASV) The four Horsemen “Apocalypse” Luke 6:41-42

Criticism Contempt Defensiveness Stonewalling

Flooding Philippians 4:6-7 Body Language Luke 11:34 Failed repair attempts Colossians 3:13 Bad Memories Philippians 4:8

COMBATING NEGATIVE SENTIMENT OVERRIDE James 1:21-22; John 13:34; Luke 10:27; 1 Corinthians 13:13 Friendship Love


SHARED MEANING AND PURPOSE 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (MSG): Do not marry an unbeliever! 1 Corinthians 7:10-17 (MSG): “Spiritually Single”; don’t divorce other than biblical grounds. Matthew 5:31-32 (MSG): Penalty of Adultery- What about fidelity now? The Purpose of Marriage - In the strongest marriages, husband and wife share a deep sense of meaning. They don’t just get along – they support each other’s hopes and aspirations and build sense of purpose into their lives together. That’s what is meant by honoring and respecting one another. “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”, John M. Gottman, Ph.D. A great marriage is based on: Shared meaning and a sense of purpose

HUMILITY AND HEALING James 4:1-10 (NASV); Psalm 23; James 4:6-10; Isaiah 6:1-3


LIFEGROUPS Use the following as a resource for your LifeGroup to go deeper with this week’s message. We hope this helps you as you “do life together”. Special Note – this week’s notes are based on Pastor Greg’s 1st Wednesday Message Opener: Have fun with this one – but not too much fun! When you have opportunity to hang with friends, what is the ideal setting/experience you prefer? Some examples include: game night, movies, quiet dinner with deep conversation, just chatting. What does it look like? Digging Deeper: Perhaps your parents used to warn you, “Remember, God can see everything you do.” This very statement implied God’s continual Presence. Do you believe that? Is God truly always present? How does that make you feel? The answers may be quite varied. Read aloud together Luke’s depiction of the story with the men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35. What is the purpose of Jesus’ visit with these two men? Many people feel God is present in their lives all the time for the purpose of judging them for wrong actions or saving them in their time of need. Is that what this passage affirms? According to this passage – Jesus was present with them for neither of these reasons. He came to fellowship by the breaking of bread and to teach them the Scriptures. What kind of understanding does that bring to God’s Presence in your life? Application: If you noticed in Luke 24:30 and 31, it was when Jesus broke the bread that the men recognized Jesus. As an act of remembering Jesus’ continual Presence as our teacher and friend, partake of Holy Communion together. If you are not sure how to accomplish this, LifeGroup Leaders can consult their LifeGroup Guides or contact their Community Leader. End in prayers of thanksgiving for the Lord’s Presence.

Epic Journey-Book of Song of Songs II 2010.2.6  

Weekly bulletin for The Crossing Church

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