Women’s Literary Night – December 4, 2009

Please reserve Friday, December 4 from 7:00p.m. – 9:30p. m  Crossroads Women’s Ministry will be hosting a Literary Night at the home of Kim Haney.  Events for the evening include book signings by authors who attend or have attended Crossroads, readings,  hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a book exchange.  So start cleaning your libraries and if you have any books that you would like to exchange, please set them aside for this evening.  More details will be forthcoming, but if you have any suggestions or questions, please contact Vania Root at 571-332-5210 or veejayare@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Stafford Care Group – New Series Started November 4, 2009

The Stafford Care Group started a new series on Wednesday, November 4, and everyone is invited.  Our topic will be how to answer the questions that non-Christians friends and acquaintances ask us.  “How often have you been overwhelmed by an onslaught of tough objections as you attempted to communicate the message of Christianity to your non-Christian friends?”  It’s a common experience for all of us.  They ask honest, sincere questions and we find ourselves unprepared to answer them.  What could have been an opportunity to introduce them to Christ is turned into an awkward experience that leaves them uninformed and us embarrassed.

 We will be using the book, I’m Glad You Asked, by Ken Boa and Larry Moody.  Some of the questions that we will deal with are:

  • How can you be sure there really is a God?
  • What basis is there for believing in miracles?
  • The Bible is full of errors and myths – how can you believe it?
  • If God is good, why do evil and suffering exist?
  • Isn’t it narrow-minded to claim that Christ is the only way to God?
  • How can Christianity be true when its adherents are so phony and hypocritical?

 We will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month, starting November 4 and continuing into May or June.  We meet at the home of Pastor Bennett, 34 Monument Drive, Stafford 22554 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Our goal is to help us be faithful ambassadors for Christ in a skeptical world, supporting one another in prayer, and enjoying fellowship together.  If you can only make an occasional meeting, that’s okay, but you will need a copy of the book we’re using.

 The book is available for purchase on the Internet.  The best price I have found is $10.99 at http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=63387

You can also read the book online for free at http://books.google.com/books?id=9ep5r973XwIC&dq=I’m+Glad+You+Asked+Boa&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=kd4enMXlQB&sig=uosEO3xWIeDtQIfn1915KQor1Tw&hl=en&ei=32DoSvrVLoetlAfmha2KCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false


Free Seminar on Apologetics

Dear Crossroads,

 Apologetics (the study of how to defend our faith with the world around us) is gaining increasing attention these days, as the non-Christian becomes bolder in its assaults on Christianity and as some church-goers are migrating away from Christianity.  The following link is to an announcement of a FREE seminar on apologetics offered by the C. S. Lewis Institute this Friday evening and Saturday morning at McLean Presbyterian Church (PCA).  The title of the seminar is “How Accurate Is The Bible” and the speaker is Dr. Ken Boa.  He will address some of the following questions:

  • Isn’t the Bible full of contradictions and errors?
  • The Bible has been copied and translated so many times-hasn’t this process led to errors?
  • How can you be sure that the Bible is the same now as when it was written?
  • Didn’t the church arbitrarily decide which books should be included in the Bible and which books should be rejected?
  • So many people have different interpretations of the Bible – what makes you think that yours is correct?
  • How can you place your faith in a book that condones genocide and slavery?
  • Doesn’t the Bible make a number of claims that are scientifically inaccurate?

To get more information and to register click on http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/node/806.

Prayer for Frankie and Chris – Mrs. Frances Poston

Dear Crossroads,

Frankie Bennett’s mother, Mrs. Frances Poston, died peacefully in her sleep this morning at Chris and Frankie’s home in Stafford. Please pray for Frankie – that our Lord would comfort her in this time of great loss. We rejoice that Frances knew the Lord Jesus as her Savior and Great Shepherd. Please also pray for Frankie and Chris as they prepare to travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the burial.


P.S. Chris asks that those who were planning to attend his Sunday School class this Sunday, September 27th, would attend the Prayer Warriors class.

Crossroads’ Web Site Gets New Look

This is the new Crossroad’s web site. We hope you like it. If you have any questions or comments please contact us via the contact page. Note: this entry will appear in all categories.

Crossroads Web Team

Picnic Viewed a Success by All

Sunday the 13th of September was the 5th annual Crossroads picnic at Leesylvania State Park. The weather was beautiful and the fellowship even warmer.

In Loving Memory of “Banjo” Bob

Here’s to you Bob, thanks for the time you spent with us. Your smile and laughter remind us of how great our God that we serve really is.


Top 100 Bible Versese from BibleGateway.com

It was fun to read the top 100 bible verses that people have searched for on BibleGateway.com. See if you agree. Have you memorized any of these?

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What are the most popular Bible verses on BibleGateway.com?

We thought it would be interesting to find out, so we crunched some numbers from a (relatively) small sample of 25 million Bible passage searches from March and April.

This list isn’t actually based on a straight popularity count; simply tallying the most-read verses results in a top 100 list that consists almost entirely of John 3:16 and verses from 1 Corinthians 13, Genesis 1, Romans 8, and Psalm 23. Our list instead considers instances in which BibleGateway.com users looked at three or fewer verses at one time.

If you’re curious to know what the least popular Bible passage is, it’s 1 Chronicles 23-27, which details the organization of the priests and officials under King David.

Here are the top 100 most-read Bible verses on BibleGateway.com (all verses quoted from the NIV):

  • John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Jer 29:11: 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.
  • Rom 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Phil 4:13: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
  • Gen 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  • Prov 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Prov 3:6: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Rom 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • Matt 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  • Eph 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
  • Gal 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  • Rom 12:1: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
  • John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
    Acts 18:10: For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”
  • Acts 18:9: One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
  • Acts 18:11: So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
  • Gal 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Rom 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  • John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Matt 28:20: and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Rom 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Phil 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
  • Phil 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Josh 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • Isa 40:31: but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Eph 2:9: not by works, so that no one can boast.
    Rom 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Gal 5:23: gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
  • Isa 53:5: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
  • 1 Pet 3:15: But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
  • 2 Tim 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
    Matt 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
  • Heb 12:2: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • 1 Pet 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
  • Eph 2:10: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
  • 1 Cor 10:13: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
  • Matt 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • Heb 11:1: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
  • 2 Cor 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
  • Heb 13:5: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
  • 2 Cor 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
  • Rom 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • Isa 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Gen 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
  • Matt 11:29: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  • Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • 2 Tim 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
  • Isa 53:4: Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
  • 2 Cor 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • Rom 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
  • Heb 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  • John 5:24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
  • Jas 1:2: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
  • Isa 53:6: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
  • Acts 2:38: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • Eph 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
  • Matt 11:30: For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
  • Gen 1:27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
  • Col 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  • Heb 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
  • Jas 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
  • Acts 17:11: Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
  • Phil 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
  • John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • 1 Cor 6:19: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
  • 1 John 3:16: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
  • Ps 133:1: How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
  • John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Heb 4:12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
  • John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
  • Mic 6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
  • Rom 10:17: Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
  • John 1:12: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
    Jas 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
  • Jas 1:3: because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
  • Rom 8:38: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
  • Rom 8:39: neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Heb 10:25: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • 2 Pet 1:4: Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
  • Phil 1:6: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • Ps 133:3: It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
  • Heb 4:16: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
  • Ps 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  • John 3:17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
  • Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
  • Isa 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
  • 1 Pet 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
  • Josh 1:8: Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  • Matt 28:18: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
  • Col 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
  • Matt 22:37: Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
  • Ps 133:2: It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.
  • Matt 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
  • Isa 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
  • Heb 4:15: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
  • John 13:35: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Check 6


I recently saw a license plate on a car owned by what must be a great American: CH46PLT. As a former CH-46 helicopter pilot, I am sure that the owner of this car must be a pretty good guy. I saw a license plate yesterday on a car that must be owned by a fighter pilot: CHKMY6. This fellow aviator reminded me of a sermon I heard recently about the 3 R’s of functioning as the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

Do you have a Check 6 partner? If not, get intouch with Chris Braddy and he will help you connect with a man (or two) who live or work nearby. Go for it!

Your brother
in Christ,

A Command to Serve

One of the themes we have recently seen repeated in John’s Gospel is a clear call – a command – to serve. In 12:25-26, John records that Jesus said, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” In the next chapter, John again quotes Jesus: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (13:17) These words of our Lord Jesus must not be taken lightly.

I am very thankful that many of you are already actively engaged in the life of the Body of Christ at Crossroads. But for those who are feeling led to become more involved, or for those who might be unaware of the current opportunities to serve, please read the list of the Top Ten Opportunities to Serve, below. Then prayerfully consider where you might “plug in” to Crossroads. These are listed in alphabetical order, except #10.

#1 Décor Coordinator. We need a volunteer to design and organize our stage décor and ensure that it is properly set up each Sunday. Call me at 703-794-9431 for a written position description.

#2 Evangelism Ministry Coordinator. We have many people who would like to participate in an organized, deliberate effort to share the God News with our community. All we need is a willing servant to help get us organized and coordinate our efforts. Call me at 703-794-9431 for more info.

#3 Friendship Class Mentors (and substitutes). It is such a blessing to assist the special members of this Sunday School class. Call Chris Bennett at 540-657-5359 for more info.

#4 Guitarists. If you can strum a guitar with a reasonable level of proficiency, you can (literally) join the band. Call Linda Neice at 730-730-3281 for more info.

#5 Keyboardists. Ditto with a different instrument. Call Linda Neice at 730-730-3281 for more info.

#6 Nursery volunteers. What a privilege to help watch over our covenant children. Call Sarah Kiihne at 540-318-5561 for more info.

#7 Set-up Crew. The Potomac High School doors open every Sunday at 8:15 a.m. for servants willing to help with set-up. Call John Tapolcai at 703-609-8037 to apply.

#8 Sound Crew. If you are willing to be trained, you can participate in this vital ministry. Call Gordon Waugh at 703-492-8178 for more info.

#9 Women’s Ministry Council Members: Fellowship & Events chairman and next year’s Retreat Coordinator will soon be open. These positions must be approved by the Session with the recommendation of the Women’s Ministry Council. Call Vania Root at 571-332-5210 for more info.

… and #10 is Whatever the Lord is leading you to do. Let’s talk. Call me any time, Tuesday – Sunday.

“If you are a Christian, you are not your own. Christ has bought you at the price of his own death. You now belong doubly to God: He made you, and he bought you. That means your life is not your own. It is God’s. Therefore, the Bible says, ‘Glorify God in your body.’ God made you for this. He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life.” (John Piper in the Preface to his book, Don’t Waste Your Life)

Your brother in Christ,