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    2016 Has Been Amazing!

    This year has been amazing.  The 75th Anniversary was great!  I thank God for everyone that played a part in making our celebration a success.  We are now at the end of the year and going into the holiday season.  During this season it is important to remember a few things.

    First, we have to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.  It’s always easy to think of ourselves, but to give of ourselves is a different story.  Sometimes selfishness takes over and makes it hard to share our blessings with others.  Acts 20:35 says “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

    Second, we must remember to be grateful.  Never take for granted what you have or use what you don’t have as a reason to feel bad.  No matter what the situation is, there is always someone better off and always someone worse off than you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “in everything give thanks: for this is will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

    Third, we have to remember that we can trust God and His word.  Even though the current situation may seem hopeless we have to trust God’s plan for our lives.  Not only do we want the best for our lives, but so does God.  He says in 3 John 2 “Behold I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers.”  Also in Jeremiah 29:11-12 it says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.”  The Bible says the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  It also says that God will never leave or forsake us.

    While holidays can be very joyous for some it can also be a time of sadness and loneliness for others.  We want to show God’s love one to another and spread good tidings of great joy.   So as we go through this holiday season I’ll say “trust God and know that you are not alone.  God is with you.  He loves you and so do I.”

    Yours in Christ
    Pastor James Cross, Jr.

    Praise the Lord Everybody!

    Many scriptures come to mind today to express how joyous this year will be for me and the New Cross Temple Church of God in Christ family.  Scriptures such as Jeremiah 29:11 which says “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” or Psalms 118:24 which says “The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” or one of our favorites Lamentations 3:22-23 which says “Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” are applicable for this year!  Maybe Fanny Crosby said it best when she wrote the lyrics “To God Be the glory for the things He has done!”

    This year we are celebrating our 75th Year Anniversary. We will celebrate the whole year but the actual festivities will take place in the month of May including a Celebratory Banquet, a Reunion Picnic, and an anointed Sunday service.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate with us!  I am looking forward to spending time with all of you, Cross Temple members past, present, and future!

    Truly God has blessed Cross Temple!  We have literally come through the fire and the flood; but we made it!  God has given us 75 years in the ministry to service his people and we don’t take that lightly.  God has granted us his grace, mercy, and unmerited favor.  We have seen miracles take place, demons cast out, and the spirit of the Lord go forth!

    From the inception of Cross Temple by Bishop Moses Cross Sr. and Mother Priscilla Cross (1941-1986), we have opened our doors to the community hoping to be a refuge for hurting people.  Our goal has been to minister to the full man both naturally and spiritually.

    Over the years, many ministries have been birthed out of Cross Temple allowing us to have many friends which was something Pastor James Cross Sr. (2006-2011) always spoke about.  He said “to have friends, you must first show yourself friendly.” 

    Pastor Moses Cross Jr. (1986-2006) knew the key to longevity. His mantra to us was always Praise the Lord!” and “Love ye one another, as Christ loved us”. 

    I believe through prayer all things are possible!  (Hence 75 years!).  I am very excited about what God has done, is doing, and is still yet to do for Cross Temple!

    Yours in Christ
    Pastor James Cross, Jr.

     

     

    Restoration, Expectation, and Celebration

    Greetings in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I am grateful to serve in the position of pastor of a monumental church that has such a rich history.  The New Cross Temple COGIC has been serving the city of Chicago for over 70 years.  Our founders the late Bishop Moses Cross Sr. along with his wife Dr. Priscilla Cross Hoover were given a vision of ministry with the intent to service the whole man (body, mind, and spirit).  Each Pastor since the beginning has built on that foundation.  Today being the fourth Pastor in succession, with God's help, I intend to continue to build on that foundation of service. 

    God has given us a theme this year in three parts; restoration, expectation, and celebration.  In our battle against the devil, we need to be restored.  Sometimes things may get damaged or we may loose some things.  It is then that we need to look to the hills from whence cometh our help according to Psalms 121:1-2.  God is the  one who can bring us back to where we belong.  We should have expectations.  We should expect God to work miracles.  We should also be mindful that God has some expectations of us (1 Jeremiah 29:11).  In the end, there should be some celebrating.  In the name of Jesus, we have the victory and since we are victorious, I believe God's people should know how to celebrate.  The word of God tells us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 100).

    It is my prayer that the everyone will continue to seek the Lord for restoration, expect God to move in a mighty way, and to celebrate like only the saints know how!  May God continue to bless and keep you is my sincerest prayer.

    Yours in Christ
    Pastor James Cross, Jr.

     

     
     
     
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