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Bone Weary... and Happy

Posted by Doug Routledge on

  CRF began its formal ministry in 2001 after spending a year in prayer and training with its student leaders and volunteers. This happened exactly twenty years ago.  The first official event for Crossroads Farm was a murder mystery game, spread out over 105 acres. The night was...

Jesus McGuffin

Posted by Doug Routledge on

McGuffin [məˈɡəfin]   NOUN an object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot."the McGuffin in this intriguing comedy is an unpublished novel by a young writer killed in the war”   I was reminded of an interesting...

The Yoke and the Burden

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Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”   As I write these words...

The Woeful Bear

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The Woeful Bear There were three animals who came to the rescue of a bear. He had been going to the river to catch his dinner and had tripped on a root, breaking his leg, and throwing him into a painful roll where he incurred more injuries. As he lay there he lamented out loud, “Oh! and...

Why Rural?

Posted by Doug Routledge on

Why Rural? I read an article a little while ago. Well, actually I have read a few more than the one. This particular article was written to express that rural ministry is worth it. I wondered what the “it” was. Time? Money? Manpower? Prayers? The premise of the article I’m...

Falling In Love On Christmas Day

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I have always wondered if love affairs that start around the special calendar dates don’t have an extra sprinkle of magic dust? Each year, as that day rolls past, they have a reminder of a unique positive memory. There are gifts exchanged, cards given, meals shared and decorations: Oh, the...

Confession Time


Posted by Doug Routledge on

Before you get too excited about the dirt I’m sharing, I hope that you first decide to forgive me. Here it is. Try to be understanding. I’ve carried this burden for the better part of my life. At times it has been overwhelming. I also realize that many of you have already screamed at...

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