January 2017 – Igniting a Passionate Faith

Due to serious illness this Crossroads website has been inoperative
for over a year. As we begin 2017, we are updating the site. During the
end of 2016, Nancy and I (Jack) were surprised by visits from several
Crossroads alumni. From these totally, unexpected visits and a number
of phoncons with believers …. we have been encouraged to update this
Crossroads web site.

STAY TUNED – THOUGHSREGARDING THE SPIRITUAL INTIMACY PARADIGMARE COMING !

Faith and Passion
February 11, 2017

Maintaining a fervent and active faith-based passion in 2017 is beyond difficult for every believer. The faith of many older, long time believers is being devastated. It is true: the spiraling ethical and moral decadence that permeates our culture can be consuming to the most deeply committed Christian.

The loudly, pervasive, anti-Christian message has become the dominant overarching message of every aspect of our media. To maintain an active and effective lifestyle, is difficult in the extreme. That the seriously committed believer is struggling to consistently live a Christ centered lifestyle is the norm today.

This web site is committed to providing a Safe Place: a place where anyone and everyone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ can find answers to the big questions:

How do I re-establish the fervor that I once had ? How do I
embrace a lifestyle that is marked by a dependence upon
Jesus Christ that shapes every aspect of my everyday life ?

Years ago Wayne Anderson taught the Crossroads staff a biblical lifestyle axiom that was life-changing for many of us. Although many different paradigms have been preached and taught across the country, we think that there is not one that is more easily taught, and lived out than this little, simple 3-part formula.

GRACE,
FAITH, and
FOCUS.

Before we begin to unpack this magnificent paradigm, we need to understand a few overarching biblical truths that frame the paradigm. The major key truths can
be described very simply by one-word biblical discriptives.

These words are well worn and clearly understood as being part of the basic of the faith-vocabulary. Think: Faith, Love, Relationship, Learning, and the Intimacy Paradigm. Also included in this mix are the thoughts of Serious Determination and Fellow-Travelers. We will start by thinking about the needed Serious Determination factor.

Serious Determination
Many Crossroads’ alumni testify to the lifestyle impact that they experienced as they began to live by Wayne’s Grace, Faith, Focus paradigm. And ! The descriptive word that we have heard most often is the word PASSION. Many older, long-time believers tell us that they have never enjoyed their faith-walk like they have since they began to learn how to make this paradim their way of life. But all of us who sat under Wayne’s teachingcan vividly recall Waynes opening remarks of his every teaching session. Most of us can almost quote Wayne. In fact it was Charlie Winkelman who repeatedly told Wayne that he knew what he was going to say as every teaching session began.

Then Wayne would tell all of us that Charlie was right; then he would make a statement similar to thewords below:

If you are committed to living biblically, and you view the
scripturesas revealing Gods complete and necessary lifestyle
details for the believerwho wants to maintain a passionate
faith, this 3-part paradigm will provide you withsthe
experiential How-Tos.
(Wayne Anderson)