LOVE SPEAKS | Through Signs & Circumstances

“So, Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.””  Joshua 4:4-7 NIV
If you take the time to walk around the 12 ½ acres of the CROSSROADS LAKEVILLE Campus you will discover that the site is in the shape of an elongated curved triangle with three corners. The site shape and size are based on what some think is the ancient size and shape of Jericho in Israel.  If you remember the Biblical account Joshua entered the land promised to them by God by crossing the Jordan river miraculously. Then they miraculously conquered Jericho when the protective walls collapsed after they blew the trumpets for seven days. As part of a sign for future generations they put 12 large stones as markers to remember that God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness God also ushered them into the “Promised Land” and gave them authority over the inhabitants in the land. The stones were “to be a memorial” so future generations would not forget the story of how God gave them the land.
As CROSSROADS CHURCH was starting we received as a community a miraculous vision from God that was confirmed by signs and circumstances. We heard from God to build a “Biblically Functioning Community of Believers.” God revealed to those starting CROSSROADS that we were to build not just a church but a community where God would be present. Like Noah building an Ark to save the people, we were to build things needed by a community like a grocery store, fitness center, restaurants, shops, housing, a school, residents for seniors and a church. To never forget the VISION and GOD’s PROVISION we put twelve stones around each of the three corners of the 12 ½ acres. Every time I walk around or drive around the property at Cedar and Dodd in Lakeville, I give thanks for what God has done for us as a community. I remember in Paul’s letter to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 May we continue to remember the vision God has for us as a community, and as individuals, to reach those who do not yet know His love. May CROSSROADS continue to be a place where “Faith and Life Meet.”

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn

Questions to Consider:
1. How do we respect the vision of the past and yet move forward with where God is leading us?
2. Where have you seen God at work in your life? Where have you seen God around you in your life circumstances?