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Crossing Over

God's Provision Faith God's Presence

Contributed By: Brian Erwin | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Genesis 28:15

Author: Brian Erwin


Crossing over. Jars of Clay did it. So did Sixpence None the Richer, Pillar, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and one of my personal favorites… Switchfoot.

Crossover is a music industry term. It refers to acts that "cross over" from one music category to another. When Jars of Clay, for example, scored a major hit with their song "Flood," they crossed over from the contemporary Christian music charts to the pop music charts. Sixpence did the same thing a couple of years later with their song, "Kiss Me” and now Switchfoot’s “Mean to Live” is a big crossover hit.

When a contemporary Christian music act crosses over, the pop charts are like "uncharted" territory. The experience presents all sorts of challenges, not the least of which is contending for the faith within a more hostile environment.


The people of God have been "crossing over" into unfamiliar territory for many millennia.

When the nation of Israel was preparing to cross over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, the territory was unfamiliar. So God directed the Levites to carry the Ark of the Covenant first – to represent God's presence with His people - and the Israelites were to follow them.

The same advice works for you. If you are crossing over into unfamiliar territory--from high school to college, for example, or to a new job or a new home--remember that God is with you. 

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you" (Genesis 28:15). 

God's Presence

God's Presence Parenting Faith

Source: Pastor Jon Winkelman

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-04-30

Scripture: Matthew 28:20

Author: Jon Winkelman


I am a parent. And you can tell. If you were to come to my house you would see things like chalk drawings in the driveway, car seats in our car, trains, cars, and baby dolls all over the house. (pics: car seats, chalk driveway, toys).

However, being a parent doesn't mean I always feel like a parent. Sometimes if you were to meet me out and about, you wouldn't be able see I was a parent. There are also times I may not act like a parent. Not feeling like a parent, not looking like a parent to others doesn’t change the facts! I am a parent and always will be from this point on! Regardless of how I feel or look I am a parent.


Perspective God's Presence Object Lessons

Source: "From A Distance It Looks Like A Normal Painting, But When You Come Closer… WOAH!" as published on, retrieved 7/3/14

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-08

Scripture: James 4:8 ; Psalms 42:3

Author: Illustration Exchange


"From a distance it looks like a normal painting, but when you come closer… WOAH!" says

The artwork is known as a reverspective, an optical illusion on a 3-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest. Patrick Hughes was the original creator of this type of art.

Click here to see a piece by Brian Weavers which is currently (July 2014) on display at the Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK.


We all go through periods when God seems distant. But just like a reverspective work of art, the times when He seems the furthest away are the times He is actually drawing the closest.

Don't allow the spiritual illusion of reverspective to blind you to God's presence and care for you. Look closer! He's right there! "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8 NASB).

"My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?'" (Psalm 42:3). "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8). "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

God's Fingerprints

God's Provision God's Presence Experiencing God

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2014-05-26

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Thomas Bevers

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Just Breathe

God's Presence Glorify God Jesus' Humanity

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2013-07-16

Scripture: Psalms 150:6

Author: Richard Swenson

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Who Turned Out the Light?

Evil God's Presence Light

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: 1 John 1:5

Author: Norman Geisler

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What Time Does Jesus Get Here?

Christmas Experiencing God God's Presence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-30

Scripture: Matthew 1:23 ; Isaiah 7:14

Author: unknown contributor

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The Teacher Is Often Silent

Testing God's Presence Uncertainty

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-08-31

Scripture: Psalms 46:10

Author: Barnett Gushin

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One Dead Bird After Another

God's Presence God's Will Death

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-06

Scripture: Colossians 1:7

Author: Philip Yancey

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Dad Is There When Life Washes Over Us

Fatherhood God's Presence God the Father

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-15

Scripture: Psalms 27:1

Author: Sam Harper

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