Night of Prayer and Remembrance
Join us as we seek the Lord together
Don’t forget to join us for a special night of prayer and remembrance for people from all our local churches, dedicated to calling on the Lord together, repentance, intercession, and praying for the church on a large scale.
Join us on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm at North Campus. This will be an evening for all those who call upon the name of the Lord in truth and consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ.
*Childcare and CKC will be available as per usual on Wednesday nights. See below for a special letter and invitation from pastor Josh.
Letter from Pastor Josh
It has been a somber and sobering week. The tragedies occurring in Las Vegas cap off what has been a difficult summer for our country. Even more grievous than so many people unexpectedly losing their lives in such a gruesome manner is the conclusion that this recent tragedy is merely a symptom of a much deeper problem that plagues this entire world we call our home. Once again we have been confronted with the pain and sorrow that is a reality in our world. Like weeded shoots clawing through the cracked earth, the death and despair we find around us comes from deep roots that have sprouted from seeds of wickedness and unrighteousness that have been craftily planted all around us by the enemy of the human soul.
With every new day, I can’t help but come the conclusion that our country, our home, our land is inherently broken. What does a broken land need more than anything? To be repaired. I know no better repairer, no better healer than the One who took my broken, wretched life and made it whole again. Deep down as Christians we all know that Jesus has been, is, and always will be the greatest hope and answer for a broken humanity. That confession within itself is powerful, but we often forget that the hope of Jesus comes through His people whom He has strategically placed in certain locations, during certain times for certain purposes. Right now, we are those people. We truly have been placed where we are “for such a time as this.” Yes, we can “Pray for Vegas,” and we should; but I believe the true prescription for the brokenness in our land includes us doing some praying for ourselves first… Let me explain. I was recently struck again by a scripture that I’ve memorized and heard at least a thousand times before (That’s one thing I love about God’s Word, though it’s always timeless, it’s also always timely). In this scripture I was reminded that the greatest path to the healing of a land begins with the people of God who dwell in that land.
You probably already know where I’m headed, but just in case, let me share the verse with you: 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” There it was, hitting me afresh as though it were alive and relevant for the present moment. “I will heal their land.” Here is God, looking at His people and saying, “I’d love to do a radical, supernatural healing work in your land!” Isn’t that what we all want? Isn’t that why we light up our Facebook pages with prayers and pictures of Las Vegas, Florida, Puerto Rico and more? How many more pictures will we continue to create for tomorrow’s tragedies before we–as God’s people–finally realize that the healing we so desperately long for in our nation STARTS WITH US? This scripture further indicates that the health of a community, a city, or a country is directly related to the spiritual health of the people of God that dwell in it! Yes, we know that this world (and this nation) is only our temporary home. We are ultimately citizens of a better country (Hebrews 11:16) in which we carry a heavenly citizenship (Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11), but this does not absolve us of our responsibility to desire and seek God’s best for the place in which we live (Jeremiah 29:4-7). As those who are called to be salt and light in a dark place, we owe it first to the Lord and secondly to our fellow citizens to take heed to this command and promise from the Lord.
Yes, I understand this promise was made to Israel under a unique set of circumstances; but I also know that God’s truth is eternal and His character never changes. Last time I checked, Christians are “God’s people called by His name.” I am a firm believer that God still keeps His promises and that He desires, even now, to work in this land by bringing the healing truth of Jesus Christ through broken people, to broken people. This one verse cuts deep to the heart, because it tells us that true healing of a land doesn’t start with our polished preaching but with our penitent praying; it doesn’t come on the heels of revival, but through our humble repentance. If God would keep such a promise under the Old Covenant of the law, how much more under the New Covenant directed toward those who have been granted free access to His grace through faith in Jesus Christ! If you’ve made it this far, stick with me to the end, as I’m almost finished. I realize that many of us go to different churches because we carry different convictions. I embrace the value and importance of those differences. Part of the beauty of Christ’s Church is its diversity. Some of us believe in the operation of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit; others are more reserved. Some emphasize God’s sovereignty while others focus on personal responsibility. Some are more seeker-driven in their approach while others take a different approach. Some prefer honored traditions while others are more culturally progressive. While these differences have their place and their appropriate venues for discussion, if any of these things keeps gospel centered, Bible believing Christians from spending one evening as the people of God seeking the face of God, then we have a big problem on our hands.
This leads to my final plea and an invitation. If these things have inspired you as they have me, and you live in Placer or Nevada counties, I’d like to invite you to partake in a night of prayer and repentance together as the people of God on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 PM. This will be an evening for all those who call upon the name of the Lord in truth and consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ. I invite pastors to share in prayer, worship leaders to share in song, and all God’s people to gather in a spirit of unity, seeking the mind of Christ. This will be an opportunity to corporately confess our need once again for Jesus and the power of His Spirit in our lives. I believe this night will be a powerful moment for our cities and churches. We might not be able to conquer and solve all of the ills in this world, but we can certainly be faithful to heed the opportunities God has placed before us. I ask you to share this post with your friends, and I will be sharing this with the pastors of our community. We will open up Crossroads Church North Campus at 10050 Wolf Road in Grass Valley to host this evening. The reasons are twofold: first, it is in a convenient location for people from Grass Valley and Nevada City as well as Auburn to meet within a reasonable commute. Second, it is a large enough facility to hold the amount of people who might end up attending. This event is not about me or Crossroads Church… this is about US, the church of Jesus Christ, coming together on our knees in intercession that our cities might experience the healing hand of Christ through us. These kinds of tragedies are an opportunity for the church to respond in faith by reaching upward toward God, taking an honest look inward at ourselves, then stepping outward to be a blessing to the world around us. I pray that you will put it on your calendar to come on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 PM as we gather together and believe God for greater things yet to come! Romans 13:11-12 – “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” In and by His grace, Pastor Josh Blevins Crossroads Church FOR PASTORS: If you are a pastor and would like to discuss this event further or be involved in the evening, please email me at email@example.com, and I will send out the topics, ideas and tentative schedule for the night. Thanks!