Sunday, December 24, 2006

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We're still in progress, but we've are now publishing Cross & Crown news here!
Enjoy! God Bless.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Rich Young Ruler

The music within us is powerful. We hear a song and it moves us, consoles us, lets us lament, and challenges us.
Check out Derek Webb's song Rich Young Ruler.

You can hear and download his entire album for FREE here:

Here are the lyrics to a very powerful, in your face song, about what Jesus would have us do. In some ways, God wrote this song on the hearts of dozens of volunteers who keep Cross & Crown running and growing, in glory to God. They've been coming for five years!

Thanks! Enjoy that song and download the free tunes.

Rich Young Ruler Lyrics
(vs. 1)
poverty is so hard to see
when it’s only on your tv and twenty miles across town
where we’re all living so good
that we moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash
he says, more than just your cash and coin
i want your time, i want your voice
i want the things you just can’t give me

(vs. 2)
so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey what’s the deal
i don’t sleep around and i don’t steal
i want the things you just can’t give me

because what you do to the least of these
my brother’s, you have done it to me
because i want the things you just can’t give me

Monday, July 31, 2006

School Store in Business

Nothing like saying good-bye to July and ushering in August by having the Cross & Crown School Store! It began today and continues through Wednesday. More than 65 families are served each day. Each child receives a backpack that is overstuffed with school supplies for the year including grade-appropriate suplies such as pencils, pens, erasers, glue, folders, paper, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, calculators, dictionaries, protractors, tissue, pencil case ... and most of all, prayer.

Each backpack was lovingingly assembled by volunteers and each child and family is prayed over when they come to the School Store. Each volunteer was encouraged to enjoy their day, not to be rushed, and to pray that God blesses each family in a special way.

Paul Whitmire said his wish is that the children will know that God is with them every day when they go to school.

In particular, we can continually pray for two young girls who are courageously heading back to school. They came for backpacks on Monday holding their babies. One will be in ninth grade and one in tenth grade. Pray they stay in school and their babies receive good care and nurturing.

School begins for most of these children in Oklahoma City elementary, jr. high and high schools August 21.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Faith and Trust

Ron Crawford has a very personal illustration to share during his Bible study tonight with the Rock Island (high school) kids. The study happens to be about faith and trust.

He'll tell them the story of how his truck burned up last night on the side of the highway. Hauling home his lawnmower and grill after an evening at the mission, somehow the lawnmower ignited in the back of the Avalanche (that had the plastic liner). After he saw the flames, pulled over and ran to the back of the truck to try to pull the lawnmower out of the back of the truck, an angel pulled him back to say, "it's not worth it. It's just stuff." Within seconds the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

What's left is a shell of a vehicle - scorched and melted.

Also gone - the lawn mower, the grill, and "the office" he carried along in his vehicle - phone, Ipod, camera, along with some other stuff. Irreplaceable. Yes. Insurance. Yes. But still - it's a blow, especially for an inner-city missionary.

Ron and Sue are smiling, and you know what Ron will be telling those kids tonight? He'll tell them he knows God has his back, and he's putting his faith and trust in him to provide for every need.

Interestingly enough, Ron had to flag down a half dozen cars before anyone would stop to call 9-1-1 for him (and since HIS phone was incinerating inside the pickup). But while the truck was burning and before the authorities arrived, someone across the highway with a video camera stopped to film the "news" and sent it to News 9. It aired on the 10 pm news.

Osvaldo, who is about 12 or 13 years old and helps with the Underground elementary program, saw it on television. The image of Ron's burning truck kept him up worrying all night. He and his cousin, Stephanie, drew this picture for him.

Osvaldo was very very happy to see that Ron was safe this morning (and got a ride to work!).

Happy Birthday Doug!

Hugs are the best presents!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Generosity keeps feeding Oklahomans

The following appeared in The Oklahoman, June 7, 2006. Cross & Crown buys food from the Regional Food Bank to feed our families who come for prayer and help. We're so excited and grateful that the Food Bank reached it's goal.

The Oklahoman Editorial

THE NEED for generous Oklahomans to open their pocketbooks and their hearts never ends. That's proven true this week as one agency finished up a fund-raising effort while another is just beginning.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced Tuesday it collected more than 300,000 pounds of food and $210,000 in cash during the annual Feeding Hope food drive. That's more than double the donations raised last year and a tribute to the caring nature of the people of our state.

Food bank officials said the donations will help the food bank provide more than 1.6 million meals. That's heartening, considering many Oklahomans don't know when they'll get their next meal and summer is a particularly difficult time for the hungry.

The reality is that fund raising for the food bank, United Way and similar groups is ongoing. The needs often are changing but always constant. Storm season can leave many in need of housing. Economic downturn leaves many families in need of food. Sudden illness or accidents can leave the elderly unable to prepare themselves food. Children find themselves in need of a warm, loving place because of domestic violence or abuse.

Oklahoma has many places to turn for help, and many depend on the continued generous support of our citizenry to continue as a safety net for those who need it. We're grateful to the people and places for their support of charitable causes. And we're fortunate to live in a state where helping neighbors in need isn't a burden but an opportunity embraced.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


An awesome summer program kicked off today with the elementary Underground program. It might have been near 100 degrees outside today, but in the basement at Cross & Crown it was cool! Games, crafts and an awesome Bible time led by Chandy Stout.

More than a couple of dozen neighborhood kids are involved in this program. The high school version also begins this week.

Please pray for these kids and Chandy their leader and her team of volunteers!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sharefest Pics

More coming. Thanks Awesome Pam Hilliard for shooting these at the beginning of the day, and before the downpour!