Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Strength of Mind, Body and Spirit

Last night our Men's Group was excited to hear from John Cannon, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive player and present day team member of the Tampa Fire Department. If our guys were like me I was excited to hear about what it was like to play in the NFL - because none of us ever did.

John gave us more than we could have ever hoped. We heard about his time growing up in New Jersey, his collegiate experience at William & Mary and his days of playing along side the likes of the late Lee Roy Selmon, and other great teammates. We also listened to the story of how he started playing football and some dynamic experiences that changed his life along the way.

I pray that the entire Tampa community realizes and appreciates the talent that John has brought not only to our football community, but more importantly to those in need throughout Tampa. He genuinely cares about people and we were blessed to see this first-hand last night at CrossRoads. John is also a good example to others of a person who pursues strength of mind, body and spirit.

Thank you John for all you have done and do everyday for Tampa.We are grateful for you and for all our first responders.

God bless you and keep you,

Pastor Jeff

Friday, August 23, 2013

Is God far away?

When I was younger, I found it hard to grasp the concept of God. Creator of the Universe? Plants, trees, oceans and humans - all made by God? My mom told me as a child, that this same creator wanted a relationship with each of us. This didn't make a lot of sense to me until I had my own daughter and grandchildren and understood that I wanted a relationship with them because I loved them and cared about what happened to them.

The space between God and me is not so far away these days. In fact, I feel God's presence and actually look for it and or feel it in the flow of life everyday. I believe that spirituality is as big a part of our lives as our physical, mental and emotional natures.

Does God feel far away from your perspective? If so, have you figured out why you feel that way?

Peace and love be with you,
Jeff