Category: Pastor Crystal


True Friendship

I would dare to say there is nothing like being with a good friend. They love you for who you are right where you are. Your real friends are the ones who can come to your house when it looks awful and there’s no pressure to clean up before they come over. Your friends laugh with you about the secret embarrassing stories that you wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. They know what cheers you up when you are sad and they know your deepest fears and greatest aspirations for the future.

I have called you my friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
John 15:15

Jesus calls us His friends! He looks at you and me and He sees people He wants to talk to and be close with. He doesn’t want you to keep up appearances or try to impress Him; He wants an authentic relationship. He wants you to be comfortable with Him, because He’s comfortable with you – messes, mistakes, and all. Are you willing to let Him be that kind of friend to you?


Seasons Change

It was all huge.  The hallways seemed to go on forever, and the lockers were so tall that even standing on my tiptoes I couldn’t put my backpack on the hook.  Sitting at the lunch table with my feet dangling, I looked around at this new school thinking, “This is the biggest school ever made!”

Years went by, and now my kids were getting ready to start school.  It had been nearly 20 years since I walked those hallways.  Just driving in the parking lot my heart was flooded with so many fond memories from my childhood.  I walked in and I was amazed at how small the lockers were! The tables didn’t even come to knee height on me now that I was grown. Everything seemed like it was made for small people…I mean children.

Looking around I saw one of my old teachers.  “The school isn’t as big as it used to be, is it?” I commented while still looking around.

To which she replied, “The school hasn’t changed in size; it is just that you changed.”

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Walking those halls that day I realized how big everything had stayed in my heart through the years, despite the fact of how big I had become. There is no way I could go back and do life at those tables or in those hallways again.  I had outgrown them.  They were good for the season I was in, but that season was over.

In life, we have relationships that come to us. At the time it seems like there is no way we could have a better, deeper relationship than that one, and yet over time some of us grow while others remain the same.   There have been friends that have come into my life and in that season of time I couldn’t imagine doing life without them. It seemed like the relationship we had was so big that there could not be another one like it.  Then time goes on.  Things change.  Most of all, we changed along the way.  So now when you see each other, you remember the good memories that were had.  You hug each other and comment how good it was to see one another. Only to get in your cars to go live separate lives once more.

I will always remember the memories I’ve shared in friendships over the years.  Long conversations had over cups of endless coffee.  Times we dreamed together and laughed together.  In the end, somethings don’t go on forever.  Times change, things change, and I changed.

We will never embrace all the new God has for us if we are always living our life remembering all we once had.  It is a new season.  A new time.  Stop reliving old memories.  If you had that friendship back or that time back, it would be too small for you anyway.  Decide you are moving on to the bigger things God has ahead!


Do It Afraid!

“Mom!” My son’s voice was excited over the phone as he told me about his week at camp. From the first day he had watched the kid’s zip line, wanting so much to ride down it, but fear kept him grounded. The last day of camp came, and he marshaled all of his courage to finally do it. He went down the zip line!
“Mom, I realized the things that are the most fun are often the things I am most afraid of doing.”
On the other end of the phone, I began to weep tears of joy. At a kids camp at the age of six, Bear learned what most people don’t learn in their entire lives.
The greatest moments of our lives are also the scariest. If we wait until we are unafraid to step out and try something, then we never will.
What have you been afraid of doing? This week make the decision that you are going to do it!
“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do” (‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NKJV).


Hello, it has been a while.

Have you ever had a someone who was your best friend? You went everywhere together, did everything together and talked everyday on the phone. But life has a way of getting busy, doesn’t it? A new job moves you to a different city. Getting married and having kids makes the relationship that was once so close begin to grow apart. You no longer talk or see each other regularly like you once did. Finally after being apart for so long, you are able to get together. The drive to meet them feels like forever. What will you say? Will it be weird? But you walk in, see each other, and it feels like old times. Hours fly by like minutes. You both laugh until your stomachs hurt and share dreams like you were kids again.

As Easter approaches, we often feel this way about God. Maybe it has been a long time since you talked to God or even have been to church. I want to encourage you that God isn’t angry with you, in fact it is the opposite. He loves you without restraint. He can’t wait to talk to you. “Come close to God, and God will come close to you” (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬). We want to encourage you to come to The Church RC this Sunday. Maybe it has been years since you last came to church or perhaps it has been weeks. Either way God can’t wait to spend time with you!