Living Love Stories

Living Love Stories

Living Love Stories Storytellers: Joe & Carolyn Shirley Writer: Sheila Holliday… each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. – Ephesians 5:33 Joe and Carolyn Shirley cite communication as an essential component in making marriage work. After 57 years of marriage, they’re still working on perfecting that skill. “Although …

Progress, Not Perfection

Progress, Not Perfection

Progress, Not Perfection Storyteller: John Emma Writer: Sheila HollidayJohn Emma used to think he was leading the perfect life. Based on worldly success, he was. By 24 years of age, he had graduated college with a B.S. in accounting and purchased his own home. When he was 25, he was married. By 27, John was the chief financial officer for …

Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love

Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love

Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love Storyteller: Holly Nguyen Writer: Sheila Holliday1 Corinthians 13: 1-13: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith,  so as to remove mountains, …

Called to Bethlehem in the Holy Land

Called to Bethlehem in the Holy Land

Called to Bethlehem in the Holy Land Storytellers: The Contreras Family Writer: Sheila HollidayAs Joseph and Danielle Contreras set their sights on their move to Israel, the last words spoken by Jesus in Acts 1:8 spur them on: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in …

Dorie Knaub

Walking Through the Valley

Walking Through the Valley Storyteller: Dorie Knaub Storyteller: Jeanie BreamGod took Dorie Knaub home on  March 2, 2020. In the six years we were friends, I came to know her well. What I knew best about her was how much she loved Jesus and wanted to serve Him by telling others of His love. Her mission was to introduce everyone …

Living to Serve the Lord

Living to Serve the Lord

Living to Serve the Lord Storyteller: Carol MacDonald Writer: Sheila HollidayCarol MacDonald says you can go through the motions and serve others out of a sense of duty, but there is no joy like serving from a grateful heart. In that, He’s glorified. The wife, mother, grandmother, retiree and CrossPoint Bible Study facilitator says she has also discovered, “When you …

A Match Made In Heaven

A Match Made In Heaven

A Match Made In Heaven Storytellers: Jake and Jasmine Skoll Writer: Sheila Holliday Newlyweds Jake and Jasmine met on a mission trip to Guatemala in late 2016. They went intending to share brotherly love with poverty-stricken families. They hadn’t expected to find romantic love as well. “A running joke I’d heard was that mission trips are great matchmakers,” says Jake, …

Trading Misery for a Ministry of Praise

Trading Misery for a Ministry of Praise

Trading Misery for a Ministry of Praise Storyteller: Jake Braun Writer: Sheila HollidayJacob Braun, 21, grew up in a Christian home and has attended CrossPoint Church almost his entire life. He remembers exactly when he became a Christ follower. “Before my freshman year of high school, on a whim and after some peer pressure, I decided to go to summer …

Dressed for the Test in a Garment of Praise

Dressed for the Test in a Garment of Praise

Dressed for the Test in a Garment of Praise Storyteller: Tomoko GaneTomoko Gane became a member of CrossPoint Church in 1984.  She and her husband, Pastor Jim, celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2019.  God has blessed them with five sons: Luke, Joshua, Matthew and twins Noah and Jacob.  In 2019 they added two more members to their family – daughters-in-law; …

A New Person in Christ

A New Person in Christ

A New Person in Christ Storyteller: Nick SorseBefore I met Jesus, I went to a Catholic school in 8th grade at St. John the Baptist in Costa Mesa. I had never gone to a Church service in my life and we had mass three times a week. I had no idea what was going on half of the time. After …