Sundays In The South – No Cross. No Crown.

Some of you know that I spent many years serving the Lord in active ministry at various churches in the deep south. Of all the memories I have of that period in my life, I think the most poignant memories are of Palm Sunday services and the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday. When I think of what Christ endured on my behalf, it is often more than I can take in. There was a very simple message I heard years ago, still resonates with me: No Cross. No Crown. At it’s crux, it teaches that without the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, their will be now crown for us in heaven. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to serve Him for these many years and while I am no longer on staff at a church, I remain in His service each day……..


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5 Responses to Sundays In The South – No Cross. No Crown.

  1. greggo says:

    >Brings tears every time I see that….but brings solace for our redemption afterward. He Has Risen!


  2. >Hey RR, I went to mass this morning at our little church, and as we sang all the old hymns and read the passion, I was overwhelmed. Holy week is always a poignant time for Christians because we realize what our Lord had done for us. I pray you have a blessed Holy Week and a beautiful Easter Sunday.~~Dee


  3. Susie says:

    >Today at church our pastor talked of the crucifixion and he was so descriptive in ways I have never thought of before. Praise God for sending his son for us.This is a special week for us Christians. Can't wait til Easter Sunday.


  4. Lona says:

    >What can I say Chris. Raw and painful to watch but it does more to get the message across than any I have seen for a long time. It is heart rending to see what Jesus went through for us. But so thankful he did. This is one I intend to pass along. Than you for sharing it.


  5. Msrobin says:

    >Powerful stuff, but oh so moving. Thanks for sharing this important message for Holy Week. May God continue to bless you!


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