Father's Day

In this month's article I'd like to focus on a very special day, Father's Day. I think successful Dads today deserve much honor. The word “successful” may raise a question on what I'm talking about. Becoming a dad is not a very difficult task. But the challenge of becoming a “successful” dad, is another story. To me, a dad's success has nothing to do with what kind of career he enters, how much money he makes, or how known he is. Yet, in society today those things are the focus. Not from the sons and daughters of dads, but from the world, itself. A successful dad, in my book, is a dad who protects and provides for his family. Of course, looking at those two traits in the natural, I think of a dad who would do anything to keep his children from danger and a dad who would do whatever it took to feed and care for his children. But I'd like to look a little deeper in these “providing for and protecting from” characteristics. It's easy to focus solely on the natural and leave the other aspect undone, the spiritual. Dads, we must remind ourselves often that there is a spiritual enemy who would like nothing better than to “seek and destroy” our children. The spirit of the age has presented opportunities for our children that have no boundaries of protection. If there was ever a day that we need to protect our children from outside influences, it is today.

The most important thing we can do as Godly Father's is to make sure our sons and daughters are preserved from the influences of the world. Providing them a Godly environment protects them from an enemy that would like nothing more than to “steal, kill and destroy” their relationship with God. I give the highest honor and respect to you dad's who are successful in providing for and protecting your children.

Keep up the good work and you will see that it was worth all the care and sacrifice. Happy Father's Day to all of our Dad's! Let's keep the momentum going and in due season, we will reap if we faint not. There are many that have yet to be baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost this year. Keep sewing the seed and faithfully doing what you know to do.

Mother's Day

When I think of the month of May I think of a couple different things. One is Mother's Day, which I'll refer to in a moment. I also think of the colorful flowers the month of May brings us. The phrase “April showers bring May flowers” is true in the natural as well as in the spiritual. Allow me to explain. As I write this article on a Monday afternoon, we just went through a weekend of storms that brought in some areas, close to ten inches of rain. Now by tomorrow, not only will we need to cut the grass that will shoot up from the excessive rain, we will continue to see more beautiful flowers bloom. My point is, some of you are going through a season of stormy weather where you may be having trouble seeing the beauty that life brings. But I promise, God will bring forth abundant blessings in the near future. Once again, life will reveal its lovely side. As I preached, “Stay on Track” and keep doing what you know to do, and I ensure you that God will reveal Himself in an incredible way. I will be the first to rejoice with you when the sun begins to shine once again. And by the way, there is a church full of Saints, that will do the same!

This month we celebrate Mother's Day. Is there a greater love in the world than that of a Mother's love for her children? I think not. I commend everyone of you mothers and I thank God that you are such a vital part of ARC. God bless each of you as you are worthy of the honor we give to you on this special day. 

Let's keep the momentum going and in due season, we will reap if we faint not. There are many that have yet to be baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost this year. Keep sewing the seed and faithfully doing what you know to do.

Beyond the Resurrection

What a great time it is to be a part of the Body of Christ! This time of year we are celebrating our risen Savior. I become excited all over again when this celebration takes place, a celebration we call Easter. This year the church has been working very hard in putting together an Easter drama called, “This is That”. It's going beyond the resurrection of Jesus and will end with the outpouring of His Spirit, the Holy Ghost! You talk about a celebration. Not only did Jesus atone for our sins on the cross, but He gave us the ability to have Him inside of our hearts. Ephesians 3:17 says, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;...”. Simple faith can allow a person to have the Spirit of Jesus Christ live inside their heart. It does not get any better than that! Be sure and invite everyone you know to the “This is That” Easter Drama.

Thank you for your love and commitment to your church, and as always I am here to serve you and help make heaven your eternal home.

All Things New

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By the time spring season arrives, it is welcomed with opened arms. Being able to sit outside and observe the awakening of life, is an enjoyable experience. Although I'm not the greatest fan of cutting grass and working on the landscaping, I have to admit I enjoy the return of the sights and aroma of spring. I guess it's because of the life that returns, whether it be the green grass or birds chirping early in the morning. When I think of the rebirth experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost, I rejoice for the hope God's Spirit brings to hearts looking for a life in Christ. March is only the beginning of the “spring” experience I'm speaking of. As the weather gets even better as the season progresses, so does our walk with Jesus. Savor and think about the changes Jesus has made in your life. And just like those birds outside your window, you too will sing a song of praise unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your love and commitment to your church, and as always I am here to serve you and help you make heaven your eternal home.

Greater Love

This month is Valentines Day and it's always a time to celebrate, in an extra special way, our love for that extraordinary person in our lives. I would encourage you to cherish your love by praying for them and thanking God that He put you together with such a special person. And let me say that God is the master at matchmaking. For you that are single at this time, just know there is a perfect match for you!

Of course, there is no greater love than the love of Jesus Christ for His Church. He has proven this love by offering Himself on the cross. The Word of God says in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Love is willing to sacrifice for the one you love. The best description of love is found in I Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” Now that's what I call love and that is the love Jesus Christ has for you!

Thank you for your love and commitment to your church, and as always I am here to serve you and help you make heaven your eternal home.

Welcome 2017!

My hope is that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas. It's amazing how much time and effort goes into planning such events that come with the holiday season. Because of all the focus and hard work, these “events” are usually very successful. The same can be said with putting together church events. I don't know of anyone who would not desire a successful upcoming year. But like anything else, it will take much time and effort to have a year that will be remembered. I felt the Lord let me know that He desires for our church to begin the year getting our minds focused on the spiritual things of God. In order to do this, we will begin the year in fasting and prayer. I'm calling a Media Fast for January 2-5 and a Food Fast January 9-12. I believe this will enable us to come together as a Body and start the year focused on what God would have us to do in 2017. As always, we must put our focus on those who have yet experienced the Acts 2:38 salvation plan. I'm looking forward to another successful year of growth, not only in number, but especially in our walk with the Lord. For the past 17 of the 18 years at ARC, we have experienced growth. I don't believe 2017 will be any different. Yet, it will take much work and planning to see God draw hungry hearts to Him.

Thank you for your love and commitment to your church, and as always I am here to serve you and help you make heaven your eternal home.

The Reason for the Season

This is truly the most wonderful time of the year! All the family, church and work celebrations bring a hectic yet fulfillment to our lives. Whether everyone identifies it or not, Jesus is the One who started this Christmas celebration. The month of December for ARC has some special events, especially on the next couple Sundays. There will be the Christmas party on the 11th and a Christmas musical the following Sunday. You will not want to miss either events. 

Merry Christmas to all!     

 

In Everything Give Thanks

November is a good month to think about the blessings of the Lord. This month is coming off a very busy  October and it precedes an even busier, December. It seems things slow down a bit and it's easier to see God's work in our lives. The more I sit here and focus on my life, the better I feel. Is there no stress? Are things perfect? Is there nothing to be concerned over? Hardly! But the goodness of the Lord outweighs any negative that we have to contend with. If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to take inventory of God's favor in your life. Your spirit will be lifted and your hope will be strong. It is a guarantee that a thankful heart, is a happy heart!

The next couple months will be filled with many family activities and special services at ARC. We will be out of the routine of our regular schedule. I ask that you keep your focus on the Lord as you enjoy these special times. Let's make this the best Thanksgiving and Christmas we've ever had. Let us include Jesus in all that we do!

Harvest is here!

It is hard to believe that we've officially entered Fall. Where has the year gone, so far? Here we are again in the busy month of October. What's so busy about October, you ask? How about harvest parties, Highland youth rally, revival services, ladies retreat and hopefully a men's camp out by the time this busy month is over. A good time to enjoy the crisp cool weather and bonfires!  

By the time this article is out, you will have already participated in a four day food fast. We will also be doing a media fast from the 3rd to the 6th. I am asking that you set aside 30 minutes a day to pray for revival from the 3rd to the 6th. All of this is to prepare our minds and hearts for our annual revival, beginning on October 9. Bro. Anthony Gally will be with us again, and we are anticipating another fantastic revival. Be sure to invite those you feel are searching for a spiritual encounter or renewal in their life. I am expecting God to show Himself in a mighty way where lives are renewed and transformed by the power of the Holy Ghost!

 

Wisdom of the Ages

This month we are setting aside a Sunday to honor our elders. We are blessed to have them in our lives! These men and women have lived life that we have not. This is why they are able to give such insight as they do. I thank the Lord for their Godly example to those following in their path. Timothy 5:1-3 says, “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father.... Treat older women as you would your mother,... Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.” The Apostle Paul was reminding a youthful Timothy on how to treat the elders in his life. We ought to do the same. As the pastor of these great men and woman, I can assure you that they are worthy of your honor and respect. They are the foundation and strength of our church. Elders, thank you for setting a high standard and continue to stay the course as we endeavor to make heaven our eternal home.

This month I will be teaching on prayer for our Wednesday night Bible studies. We are gearing up for revival services in the busy month of October. As always, be sensitive to opportunities the Lord presents to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord has ordered your steps to make an impact in the lives of people searching for a better way to live.

 

What a Friend!

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:
"One who multiplies joys and divides grief."
"One who understands our silence."
"A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."
The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."  

As we celebrate the gift of friendship, I would like to mention a friend that God's Word says is, “closer than a brother”. That friend of course is Jesus Christ. What a wonderful friend we have in Jesus! He truly is a friend that not only will be there when everyone else leaves, but He is one who comforts like no one else. If you are interested in making a friend with Jesus, He is more than willing to be a friend to you. He will show up in many ways. One way is through the Body of Christ, His Church. Apostolic Revival Church offers many avenues of Christ's friendship with some of the most wonderful people you could ever meet. We would love for you to experience Christ's friendship through the members of our church. Jesus is ready and willing to develop a personal relationship with anyone that would like one. ARC would be a great place to develop this kind of friendship you are desiring!

 

Celebrate Freedom

As we are approaching the half way point for summer, I trust you've been able to enjoy some summer activities. These activities give us a break from the routine. Even though we are busy doing various things, I want to commend everyone for your faithfulness. This is the first year that we began the summer with a Sunday attendance average over 140! In May we averaged 142 and June, 140. I believe in July we could break the 150 barrier!

I think most of us enjoy our nations birthday celebration every July 4th as far as the freedom we still possess. The ability to gather together a couple times a week and share the truth of God's Word, is a freedom I'm grateful for. Not only should we be thankful for this privilege, we must continue to take advantage of this freedom. As James Blaine observed, “America is the only country with a known birthday”. Since that may well be the case, I hope you are able to enjoy this special day with family and friends. We have a lot to celebrate

Thank you to everyone who makes ARC the Church that we have grown to love!

Welcome Summer

Dear ARC,

The long awaited summer is here! I personally am looking so forward to another midwest summer, more than ever. Around this time of year, we try and communicate the important upcoming church activities. So without further delay, here they are:

June 11th – Schweizerfest parade

June 17th – PB&J festival

June 25th – Sunday school picnic

July 3rd – Patriotic service

July 15th - PB&J festival

July 22nd - PB&J festival

August 6th – Rock-A-Block

August 5th - PB&J festival

August 7th – Friend Sunday

August 21st – Back to School service

August 26th & 27th – The Gathering (SFC relay)

September 11th – Bridge Builder's service (Rev. Ernest Dumaresq)

October 7th – Highland rally

October 8th – Harvest party

October 9th, 10th and 12th – Revival (Rev. Anthony Gally)

October 14th - 15th – Ladies Retreat

October 21st - 22nd – Men's Camp-out

November 5th – Ladies shopping trip

December 11th – Christmas party

December 18th – Christmas musical

As always, thank you for your continual loving sacrifice the make ARC the church it is today and have an enjoyable summer!

Mother's Love

Since Mother's Day is this month, I would like to take a moment to honor the incredible mothers I'm fortunate to observe. Mothers, whose selfless love and sacrifice, is at an almost supernatural level. The regard for self is secondary, so that the needs of their sons and daughters can be met. A passage of scripture that describes perfectly a mother's love is found in I Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” I am fortunate to have a mother that gives her everything to her children. I am grateful to the Lord for blessing me with being able to be the recipient of this type of pure love. I have also had the opportunity to witness the same love from my wife for my children. It amazes me the energy and devotion that shows itself through that of being my daughters’ mother. But they are not the only terrific mothers I have the opportunity to watch. ARC has a variety of moms that range from younger to older. The quality of ladies and their devotion to their call is why we are a spiritual and loving church. I give honor to each of them and I'm thankful for the love that is shown, even beyond their own children. If I were to compare God's love to any love, it would be to that of a Mother's love.

 I want to remind everyone that there will be three single 11:00 a.m. services for the month of May. Mother's Day service on the 8th, Pentecost service on the 15th, and a single service on the 29th for Memorial Day weekend. I want to especially challenge you to bring family and friends that need the Holy Ghost on Pentecost Sunday. Rev. Nathan Reever will be preaching that Sunday. It's going to be a great service!

 As always, thank you for your continual loving sacrifice that makes ARC the church it is today!

What a start!!

I would like to take a few moments to celebrate the year we've had so far. In every service we have felt the presence of the Lord. I cannot help but to think it is because of not only prayer, but also because the Body is unified. Your love for God and the Church has been evident in all that has been accomplished, so far. In addition to having record months in attendance this year, we are also getting ready to pay off the property we bought in 2015. We will be debt free once again! Because of the rising cost in construction, we will need to save a lot for the next building phase. This will be our focus as the need to accommodate future growth will become more of an issue. I would ask that as a Body we pray for a financial miracle to expedite the time to be able to build. Either way, if we continue to be faithful stewards in our personal giving, God will take care of what we'll need to facilitate the growth.

We had an incredible work day and I thank those of you who were able to be there. The church looked great for EasterSunday. The attendance for Easter was at the 160 mark!

As always, thank you for your continual loving sacrifice the make ARC the church it is today!

New Life for All

It's hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. It seems like we were just celebrating the Christmas season. As my wife and I were walking the other day when the weather was so beautiful, there was something missing as we were soaking in the rays. Everything was still dead – the trees, the grass, not a flower in sight. The walk wasn't what it could have been because everything is still in a dormant state. It made me think of how  when we give our hearts to the Lord, He breathes life into our otherwise, dead spirit. It's the born again experience that causes us to see everything in a different way. Once Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, it was as though hope came alive in this world we live. That is why I love Easter! There is not a soul in this world that cannot be touched by the power of the resurrection. If you know someone that is in need of a life giving experience that will change their life forever, make sure you invite them to our 11:00 a.m. Easter service on March 27. Afterwards, there will be an Easter egg hunt for all the children, 11 and under!

Our annual all church work day will be on March 12 and will begin at 7:00 a.m. We will be working inside and outside in order to spruce up everything for an incredible Easter Sunday.    

Be sure to remember our youth in prayer as they head to another Illinois District Youth Convention.

Great Start to 2016

Dear ARC,

One down, eleven to go - months that is in 2016. And what a great start to another year at ARC. We have had wonderful services in that many lives have been impacted. Watching God put individuals and families back together is one the most enjoyable experiences of being involved in church work. Some have said that there are not as many miracles today as there were in the past. I cannot disagree more. Not only is God still performing various miracles, He is specifically changing people's lives in a miraculous way! Spending time with our “newer” converts is a real treat. Hearing their story is extremely encouraging. What is it that caused Jesus to reach into our hearts and transform our lives? It is the love of Jesus. This month we will be hearing and seeing a lot about Valentine's Day. While I am all for buying gifts and cards for that special one, I am also a proponent of showing how much we love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No one has ever or will ever love us like Jesus loves us. This month I would like for us to focus on God's love for His people. His entire motivation for becoming a man and dieing for our sins, is love. Sounds simple I know, yet is truly unexplainable.

Don't forget to see Maranda Crossin to sign up for the Valentine's Banquet on Sunday the 14th. Thanks to Adam and Gina Heil for putting this together. Also, we are working on a location for the Men's breakfast on the 20th of this month. Details will soon follow.     
 

In Christ's Love,

Pastor Frank Crossin, Jr.

Welcome 2016

Dear ARC,

Welcome to 2016! With the coming of a new year there is always a fresh hope in the air. While I rejoice with some exciting events and experiences from 2015, I can't help but to believe that God has some new and extraordinary experiences just ahead. I feel a very strong impression that God wants me to tell you that these experiences are contingent on your own faithfulness. I would encourage the church, as a whole, to make church attendance a top priority in your life. Not only does the church suffer from unfaithfulness to the House of the Lord, you as an individual, need to hear the preaching of God's Word often, as well feel the presence of God in an Apostolic worship service. Church attendance is not optional in our walk with God, it is a vital necessity. Not only are you doing a disservice to yourself and your family, but the church also suffers. Thank you in advance for your conscious effort in this area. And of course, I commend those who are faithful throughout the year in being in the House of God.

We have much to look forward to in 2016. We will start the year off with an all-church fast the first and second week of January. If you are not able to do the complete fast, do what you can, and I promise that God will move in your life.

I appreciate each and every Saint of God that attends ARC. You are an incredible group of people and I pray God's blessings and happiness in this new year!

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Dear ARC,

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating another Christmas. As the years go by, the quicker Christmas seems to come. And I will say that I'm thrilled to see Christmas come once again. I agree with Andy Williams, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! I cannot wait for all the Christmas festivities that are right around the corner. It's gonna be so much fun getting together with family and church family. More than anything, I am looking forward to including Christ in everything myself and my family does this Christmas season. It's gonna be great! And I pray each and everyone of you have the same enjoyment out of Christmas.

May the blessings of the Lord be on each of you and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Let's Be Thankful This Season

Dear ARC,

At this time of year, with the pleasant weather, the absolutely beautiful leaves and soon to come Thanksgiving season, it’s easy to get caught up in the blessings of life. Everyone of us are extremely fortunate to partake in so many of God’s blessings. Scripture repeatedly let’s us know what it is to be thankful. Today we are doing what the people of God were encouraged to do during the time of King David. Psalm 95:2-3 says, “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” There is nothing like a Spirit-filled worship service like often have, here at ARC. A wonderful presence of the Lord has been the result of the fervent praise. God has definitely showed Himself in response to the worship that has been offered to Him. Perhaps, on the minds of many may be the scripture, “…give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” That kind of says it all. God is good to us by showing mercy. I’m thankful His mercy is not a one time deal. Because of His love for humanity, He shows mercy to us, continually. This time of year it is easy to see all of God’s benefits in living for Him. For there is no better life than living for the Lord!