The Crossing
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We want to win at home. Relationships are complicated, hard, and at times hurtful. When God made us He made us for community. It is one of the primary ways we are to experience Him, learn about Him, and grow in Him. The family unit was intended to be the greatest expression of this.
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  • Crossing Online
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Hannibal
    205 S 5th St, Hannibal, MO 63401, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Jacksonville
    803 S Diamond St, Jacksonville, IL 62650, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
  • The Crossing - Keokuk
    610 Timea St, Keokuk, IA 52632, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Kirksville
    810 E Shepherd Ave, Kirksville, MO 63501, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Lima
    2902 IL-96, Lima, IL 62348, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
  • The Crossing - Macomb
    1600 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Monmouth
    215 S 1st St, Monmouth, IL 61462, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Mount Sterling
    979 895e St, Mt Sterling, IL 62353, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM
  • The Crossing - Pike County
    28842 IL-107, Griggsville, IL 62340, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Quincy 48th Street
    150 S 48th St, Quincy, IL 62305, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Crossing - Quincy 929
    929 Monroe St, Quincy, IL 62301, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
About The Crossing
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The is a multi-campus, non-denominational Christian church with locations in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. We exist to minister in local communities, following our core values to bring people to an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Visit www.thecrossing.net to learn more about our church.

To make the most of your experience, we encourage you to follow along with the provided sermon notes, as well as take your own notes. You can also download the OneCrossing app to watch past sermons and stay connected. www.thecrossing.net/app
Synaptic pruning is the brain’s process of removing synapses, or connections, between brain cells. This process helps remove rarely used connections to ensure that there is enough brain capacity for more frequently used connections. The number of synapses in babies and children is about double the amount in adults, making it easier for babies and children to rapidly learn new tasks as they develop. The pruning process of these synapses typically begins during adolescence and continues into adulthood, until around one’s late twenties. This makes the adult brain more able to focus in-depth on complex tasks because there are fewer connections and changes taking place.









Your prefrontal cortex is developing and what it’s developing is empathy. You’re losing self-focus to be others-focused! God designed you to keep the greatest commandment.
If you have any influence in someone 20 years old and younger, you are assisting in the pruning process in their brain.

When you prioritize pursuing an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ over all else, it is likely that those we have influence over will too.
If you fight, yell, speak harsh words in front of kids and young people, those traits will be adopted.
You see, this generation is learning from us! Adults have the most influence in the lives of This Gen and we don’t realize it.
Don’t allow their faith in God and relationship with Jesus to be pruned because we weren’t intentional with our time with them.
It is much easier to get it right in the beginning than to fix it later…that is why Solomon, the wisest man born of natural birth, says “...and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
We can help shape what this generation values by evaluating what our actions have been communicating and making intentional changes.
Start with a 30 day digital detox (30 days off all technology, not essential to keep your job)
1. 1-1-1 Rule (phone free 1 hour a day, 1 day a week, 1 week a year)
2. No screens when you eat
3. No screens when you worship
4. No screens at big life events
5. Shape space around conversations, not the TV
6. Access to passwords (Spouse’s have one another’s passwords &
parents have total access to kids devices)
7. Screen time limits for everyone!
8. Phone stays on do not disturb (DND)
9. Notifications stay off
10. No social media apps on phone
11. Don’t start the day with your phone
12. Limit the unnecessary phone usage (in front of your kids)
13. One screen at a time
14. Only quality television (we should consume entertainment for art,
learning, formation and fun, stay away from sex and violence stuff)
Start a habit to reinforce a Godly/Christian value.
– Start a prayer streak with someone in ThisGen
– Have a weekly date night with your kids
– Find a service project in your community or serve

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