Archive for September, 2016

How to Deal with Where Things Are in America


The collision of mindsets and ideologies in America is real. Regardless of what our nation experiences or discusses, these varying mindsets and ideologies surface and collide. Some say this ongoing collision of mindsets and ideologies will lead us to eventually implode.

When I was a young leader walking through a challenging time, someone gave me advice I have never forgotten: Remember things are never as good or as bad as you think. Truth about the situation lies somewhere in between the two.

This is very applicable for where things are in America today. All of this is illustrated through the present campaign for the presidency of the United States of America. In this time of competing platforms, parties, and personalities, how do we deal with where things are in America?

4 Suggestions for This Season in America

 1. Seek the real truth.

Refuse to settle for media reports, political pundits, and social networking to determine the truth about something. Information is available, so seek it out for yourself rather than hearing everything from a skewed perspective.

Spinning the truth does not make something the truth. Truth is only truth. Seek it. Discover it. Share it.

2. Determine to make a difference.

For those of us who know Christ personally, we are citizens of God’s Kingdom first and America second. Therefore, we need to determine to make a difference. The necessity is upon us to do so.

Making a difference is not about making your own rules and leading others astray in them, but making a difference for the good and furtherance of our future.

In this volatile climate in America, determine to make a positive difference.

3. Have a good attitude.

Regardless of what goes on in America, those who have a relationship with God will one day win for all eternity. Knowing this, the situation in America today should not determine our daily attitude.

We need to set our thermostat daily with a good attitude. Keep perspective about everything. This is not and never has been easy, but it is imperative for us to have a good attitude.

Refuse to sound forth your negativity before others both privately and publicly.

4. Talk to God about our nation daily.

When we pray for America daily, it changes the way we hear things, see things, and talk with others about our country. We need to pray specifically and passionately.

As followers of Christ, this is imperative. Otherwise, we will join in the chorus of differing mindsets as they sing forth their view of truth and personal perspective.

I think we should use this Scripture to pray daily about where we are in America:

We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…. Colossians 1:9

This is my prayer daily: “God, I appeal to You for You to overflow me with spiritual understanding; the ability to put things together biblically, spiritually, and practically.”

Choose to make a difference.

Now is the Time to Lead, 

Ronnie W. Floyd

Senior Pastor, Cross Church


Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, immediate past President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry.

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This Week at Cross Church | We Believe: 40 Days of Faith

We Believe: 40 Days of Faith

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We Believe: 40 Days of Faith sermon series kicks off on Sunday morning, October 2 on all of our Cross Church campuses. Prioritize Sundays during these 40 days. Engage with us weekly and faithfully. What does all this mean?

  • Receive a brief devotional that begins on September 28 by texting “webelieve” to 313131, or get a copy in print this Sunday.
  • Attend a small group weekly as we go on this 40 Days of Faith journey, not just from teaching from the pulpit, but in our small groups.

Let’s go on this journey together!

Register to Vote Now


I believe November 8 will be the most pivotal election in our generation. There is so much at stake. On each Cross Church campus, you can register to vote. Be sure you do so before October 10 so you will be eligible to vote this election.

Church Adopts New Budget

This past Sunday morning, we adopted a new Ministry Budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2016, and concludes on September 30, 2017. Our new Annual Budget will be $18.8 million. You have been so faithful to give and we are grateful to God for you. In this new budget year, join Jeana and me as we determine to give more through our Ministry Budget than we did the previous year beginning on the first Sunday of October.

This Sunday Morning at Cross Church

Intentionally invite someone to church this week. I believe God has a powerful word for us. We are ready to hear from Him. This is a pivotal season here at Cross Church. Pray. Attend. Invite. Serve. Evangelize. Give. God is working among His people, so let’s join Him in what He is doing.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd