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July 2016

by The Rev. Dr. Gene Orr
2016 Crossways International®


Great is Thy Faithfulness . . . Lord unto me!

I remember some years ago feeling low because of my lack of faith. Those feelings swept over me as worship began. Then the organist struck the chords of the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. As I stood with the congregation, those feelings of faithlessness were swept away as we sang “Great is thy faithfulness, o Lord unto me!” Of course I thought to myself---the issue is God’s faithfulness, not mine! The hymn is based on Lamentations 3:22-23---The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (NRSV).

As we serve our Lord through serving others, we need constant reminders that the issue here is always faith in the goodness and faithfulness of God. We don’t rely on our strengths – we trust the strength of God to sustain and renew us. Like the passage above says, God’s blessings are new every morning! This empowers us with hope and resolve to press on to the high calling of God in Christ.

Harry and Chloris Wendt are retiring from the daily operations of Crossways International® (CI), but not from their continued active service as the Founders and Advisors of this ministry. Their time now will be dedicated to further development of the curriculum materials and support of CI’s ministries.  

The CI staff, along with our Board of Directors and Theological Council, is dedicated to carry on and expand this ministry which will enable our supporters and partners around the world to continue to explore the Bible’s Big Story and know the timeless truth that God is faithful still!

The teaching resources described in this catalog provide you with tools for understanding the vastness of God’s faithfulness and love. Whether you are at the introductory level of exploring the sweep of the biblical story or all the way to the profound level of in-depth Bible study and research, the various courses and offerings of Crossways International® can meet your needs to grow in the faith that puts trust always in God’s faithfulness.

Talking recentlywith Harry and Chloris about their 37 years of ministry at CI, I was inspired by their endless energy to continue exploring the Scriptures for deeper understanding of the active presence and leadership of our Servant Lord, Jesus Christ. May their example inspire us all to learn and teach the full story of God’s wondrous faithfulness to the world.

A couple of years ago Harry wrote the following in a CI catalog: Chloris and I have always had a single goal: to draw people into a relationship with Jesus, humanity’s forgiving Savior and Servant Lord. A passage that has influenced me greatly is Ephesians 1:2-10 (RSV): God has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of His will, according to His purpose which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.

That is God’s plan, and God will remain faithful until it is realized! “Great is thy faithfulness, o Lord, unto me!”

The Rev. Dr. Eugene Orr
Interim Executive Director
Crossways International®  

 


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