KING’S CROSS CHURCH exists to glorify God and enlarge His Kingdom by gathering regularly to proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yielding to the authority of God’s Word as illuminated by the Holy Spirit and summarized in the historic Christian Creeds and Reformed Confessions, partaking together of Christ’s presence in the Sacraments, providing opportunities to love and serve one another in Community, equipping the saints for Ministry to those who are lost and hurting, both locally and globally, and preparing them to cultivate Shalom (peace and well-being) wherever God calls them to serve.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fathers' Work

"For you know how like a father with his children, we exhorted each on of you and encouraged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory." (1 Thess. 2:11)

In this verse Paul gives us some important insights into the duties of Christian fathers. Fathers "exhort" and "encourage" their children to walk in ways consistent with their calling and work in God's kingdom. There are many ways to do this, but historically, exhortation and encouragement have included the catechizing of children; grounding them in the basics of the faith. And the following catechism is a good place to start.

Small Children's Catechism

1. Who made you? God

2. What else did God make? God made all things.

3. Why did God make all things? For His own glory

4. Why do things work as they do? God has so decreed it.

5. How do we learn about God? God reveals Himself.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Prayer for Moms (WJM)

Lord, we pray for Your encouragement of mothers.
This role You have given them, first to physically bear the children,
And then to nurture and care for and raise their children
is so demanding, yet so important. 

We pray that you shower the gifts of Your Spirit on mothers
That You enable them to be kind and gentle with their children
When they have been frustrated and pushed to their limit
That You equip them to be patient and long-suffering with immature behaviors
Even when those behaviors last for years and come from large bodies.

We pray You grant mothers an extra measure of self-control when they need it the most.
And to cover it all, Lord, we pray that You enable mothers and grandmothers to love their children in a special way that only they can, and in circumstances when their children are not acting loveable, and that you recharge their capacity for love hour after hour for the days, months, years and indeed lifetimes that their mothering will go on.

And we pray that through it all, mothers will remain faithful to rely on You and trust in You that You will make their ‘mothering” paths straight and that You will be the Father guiding and leading their children, just as You are the Father guiding and leading them. 

We pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.

Bill Monnette

Mothers' Day Prayer of Thanksgiving (DD)


Thank you that you give us exceeding great and precious promises.  For a promise is a chance to trust in you while we wait to surely obtain something of great value….   Our first parents believed the demonic message that you were selfish and withheld your blessings.   The first born of the human race believed demonic message of envy: that his he was robbed because someone else was blessed.  And rather than obtaining what they sought, they and all their posterity became laden with the twin fruits of demonic pride: fear and envy.  And ever since we have both faithfully clung to this fruit and been sorely oppressed by their resulting hopelessness and despair. 

But thank you that you saved us in Christ, who delivers us from these scourges.  Thank you for the promise in the verse, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.”  Thank you further, that you give us the same task our first parents failed at:  The need to trust and wait on you, to be faithful while we wait on your promises and blessings.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mothers' Day Prayer of Thanksgiving 2017 (JP)

Our Heavenly Father, Creator of all that is, the Holy One who declares the end from the beginning, You are the God of order and not disorder.  And so we thank you for establishing motherhood and for creating women to perfectly fill the role of Mothers.

You have endowed them to be nurturers, patient, compassionate, filled with unquestioned love, willing to give their life in an instant for the life of their child, able to do multiple things with children under foot or on a hip.  Things that would cause most of us men to be pulling our hair out.

I thank you for mothers that surrender their own hopes and dreams for the good of their children.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Getting the Psalms into Your Bones

If you're anything like us, you are constantly on the hunt for ways to get the Psalms "into your bones." Ellen and I have been listening to "My Soul Among Lions" renditions of the first ten psalms and we are happy to report that these divinely inspired hymns/prayers are quickly burrowing themselves into our souls and sidling, unbidden, into our thoughts as we move through our daily routines. The album is available on iTunes or here. Here is a little taste. Enjoy. GH

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You Were Born to Trouble

For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble sprout from the ground, but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. (Job 5:6-7)

The only thing truly strange about our troubles, is our dogged belief that having troubles is truly strange. Here is how N.D. Wilson puts it:

"Heat rises. Man is born to trouble. When Job lifted his face to the Storm, when he asked and was answered, he learned that he was very small. He learned that his life was a story. He spoke with the Author, and learned that the genre had not been an accident. God tells stories that make Sunday school teachers sweat and mothers write their children permission slips excusing them from encountering reality…Nails are forged for pounding. Man is born to trouble. Man is born far trouble. Man is born to battle trouble. Man is born for the fight, to be forged and molded—under torch and hammer and chisel—into a sharper, finer, stronger image of God." (Death by Living, page 69)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lectionary Thoughts: Isaiah 6

The first time I heard R.C. Sproul's exposition of Isaiah 6 was in 1987. It rocked my world then, and shaped every reading of that glorious passage since. If you've never heard Sproul's sermon, or read his book, "The Holiness of God" then by all means, do yourself the favor of watching this video and being entranced anew by the prophet's vision of "the LORD high and exalted." Enjoy.