The Cross

The cross is a powerful symbol of our faith. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Our message to the world should focus on the cross. “But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” I Corinthians 1:23-24

One of the faithful, Ernst Neizvestny was the Soviet Union’s most renowned sculptor, having designed Nikita Khrushchev’s tombstone; he eventually went into forced exile in Switzerland. Knowing the sculptor’s talent, the authorities tried at first to hold on to him. “We need Neizvestny,” said one official, “but we cannot use him. We must create a Communist Neizvestny.” His final rupture with the regime took place over a commission he did for a Communist Party building. Neizvestny constructed a huge sculpture some fifty feet high and fifty feet wide, that covered the entire facade. He submitted the design in sections, each of which was approved by Party officials. Only at the unveiling did they see it as a whole—and gasped in horror. A huge cross covered the front of the Communist headquarters. “A cross?” said Neizvestny. “Can’t you see it’s a face?” But, knowing his Christian beliefs, authorities took it for a cross and expelled him from the country. The cross stayed in place. The state that opposed it did not.

The cross, a symbol of God’s love, endures when so many things do not. This Lenten season let’s focus on the cross of Christ.


March 7
Rev. Mark Click
Executive Minister
ABC Ohio

March 14
Take Up Your Cross
Luke 9:22-27

March 21
God’s Plan
Matthew 16:21-25

March 28
The Crucifixion
John 19:23-27

Recorded Messages

10/11 Service: Click to watch
10/4 Service: Click to watch
9/27 Service: Click to watch
9/20 Service: Click to watch
9/13 Service: Click to watch
9/6 Service: Click to watch

05/03/20  5/3 Service: Greater Love  Click to watch

04/26/20  4/26 Service Click to watch

04/19/20  4/19 Service Click to watch

04/12/20  Easter Service Click to watch

04/05/20  Palm Sunday Click to watch

03/22/20  The Sower – Click to watch

03/01/20      Little Becomes Big

02/16/20      I Am the Good Shepard

02/09/20      I Am the Light of the World

01/26/20      The Spirit

01/19/20      Equipped

01/12/20      The Path

01/05/20      The Word

10/29/19      Words of Hope

12/15/19      Words of Guidance

12/08/19      Words of Assurance

11/24/19      Our Sacrifice

11/17/19      Helping Others

10/27/19      Love and Unity

10/20/19      Working Together

10/13/19      Rejoice!

10/06/19      The Bond of Love

09/29/19      Love and Unity

09/22/19      Working Together

 09/15/19     The Body

09/01/19      Jesus Prayer for Unity

08/25/19      A Household of Faith

08/18/19      Set Apart

08/11/19      Coming to Faith

08/04/19      Together

07/14/19       Love

07/07/19      The Greatest Love

06/30/19      The Way to the Father

06/16/19      A Faithful Father

06/02/19      Our Sacrifice

05/26/19      Our Citizenship

05/12/19      Family

04/28/19      Believing

04/21/19      Easter – The Risen Lord

04/07/19      Jesus is the Servant

03/31/19      A Sacrifice of Praise

03/24/19      Our Living Sacrifice

03/17/19      The Lamb – Pastor Chris

02/24/19      Coming to Jesus

02/17/19      Our Calling – Pastor Chris

02/03/19      The Attitude of Christ

01/27/19      Light of the World

01/13/19      Salt and Light

01/06/19      A Great Light

12/30/18      A Gift For Our World

12/23/18      The Gift of Our Shepherd

12/09/18      The Gift of Our Messiah

12/02/18      The Gift of Our Savior

11/18/18      Gifts

11/04/18      The Bread of Life

10/28/18      The Promise of God’s Blessing

10/21/18      The Promise of God’s Presence

10/14/18      The Promise of Strength

10/07/18      The Promise of Forgiveness

09/30/18      We Are God’s People

09/23/18      Praying to Our Father

09/16/18      Our Father’s Love

08/26/18      Growing in Grace

08/19/18      Growing Together

08/12/18      Growing Up into Him

08/05/18      Growing Up in Knowledge

07/29/18      Sharing the Gospel

07/22/17      Sharing God’s Plan

07/15/17      God’s Time in the Arab World