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The Cross Orlando is a congregation of people living under the reign of God. We gather together regularly, we're working in all sectors of our city and are always looking for ways to better care for each other. But a great first step in meeting us, is to check out these blogs that our folks manage.

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what’s a little?

by Ben

Some years ago I found myself saying the same phrase a lot “my quality of life is more tied who I’m becoming than what I have or what I’m accomplishing.” This morning I shared with a friend that I learned, back when I was serving tables in high school, that I was more interested in … Continue reading what’s a little?

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joy to come

by Ben

Sunday we talked about how crazy it seems that there is some kind of joy out there powerful enough to propel Jesus through trial, torture, crucifixion and death. There must be…”but for the joy set before him did he endure the cross, scorning its shame.” I think that joy must align with the inheritance that … Continue reading joy to come

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Junk yards & Canopies

by Ben

It’s a muggy tropical storm kinda week. Two days ago I went to a restaurant equipment junk yard and sweat my face off. I have been going there for almost a decade. I love it. I love the potential in it. I love wandering around huge warehouses and paved lots full of old stuff thinking … Continue reading Junk yards & Canopies

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y’all things are nuts

by Ben

Some thoughts from January 8th 2021 y’all don’t need me to tell you things are nuts right now. Even those of us most averse to national news must have heard about the storming of the Capital building and Covid cases continuing to rise to record highs.  Things are serious.  the country needs you. In whatever sphere you … Continue reading y’all things are nuts

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Eat Something

by Ben

As we gathered on Sunday, we looked at the story of a woman Jesus encountered at an old well in Samaria. Many people argue that she’s the best evangelist in the life of Jesus. It’s a pretty beautiful redemption story to see, in one encounter with Jesus, the woman go from shunned–visiting the well in … Continue reading Eat Something

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Kerith Ravine

by Ben

As we gathered together virtually last week, we considered two stories. The first was about how God miraculously provided for the prophet and a widow. Elijah in the Kerith ravine and the woman baking bread with supplies that didn’t run out. Both of those sound pretty nice to me. I’m not sure of the specific … Continue reading Kerith Ravine

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time at home

by Ben

I’m not sure if the policy that went into effect last night makes things different for you or not. Restaurants are allowed to be open, so I’ve been keeping the coffee shops open as long as they’re still able to pay baristas. I spent most of yesterday on Zoom calls. It was kind of nice. … Continue reading time at home

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music and memory

by Ben

Earlier this week I got started listening to some music from my middle and high-school years. I ended up on an album that I probably haven’t listened to since those years. Almost immediately I could remember exactly what my room looked like and where my boombox was. I could remember what it felt like to walk … Continue reading music and memory

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No Shame

by Ben

I’ve started noticing every little cough and questioning every tinge of a headache. It’s a normal time of year for me to have symptoms like that, what with pollen lying around on the ground like sand and no rain for weeks. Still, I’m noticing it a lot more. I’m praying a lot more too. I … Continue reading No Shame

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crazy times and prognostications

by Ben

Crazy times and unpredictable futures. Though, I suppose, the future has always been unpredictable to us. It probably seems more shrouded than normal, but truth says, the future is always the purview of the God. Times like these we can feel challenged by just how few answers we have. Yet ignorance about the future can give way … Continue reading crazy times and prognostications

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