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CrossCurrents - Larry Whittlesey
Pastor, Community Organizer, Men's Ministry Speaker, Christian School Administrator, Former Promise Keepers National Event Director
Interests: History, movies, writing, San Francisco Giants, Oregon Ducks football, Portland Trailblazers, Christian novels, cooperative community ministry efforts, and my 6 grandkids!
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Sometimes there's a lesson where you least expect it. At least that's the way it usually works with me. This past weekend I had the privilege of traveling to Florida, Texas and Tennesse to assist some friends who were promoting a 3 date concert tour with some well known Christian... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I looked at the picture on the screen in utter amazement. We live in a world filled with such technological advancements that it makes the heads of those just a generation or two behind us spin. No one can possible keep up with the fast-changing world of scientific discovery, or... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
It's hard to admit, but I think I'm getting "old". I may still think and act like a kid sometimes, but my body is telling me it is far past its prime (not that it was ever so "prime" in the first place!). If the aches and pains that accompany... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
For many people Friday's are the favorite day of their week. If you're one of those folks who has a regular Monday-Friday job, it marks the end of the work week and the start of the weekend. Even though who work "odd shifts" often say the last day of their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I love living in the Northwest. Having traveled around the country for several years, I came to the conclusion that you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer place to live. Not only are we surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the country, but we have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
A Roman crucifixion was a public spectacle. Unlike a modern day execution held behind closed doors with only a handful of witnesses, the Romans choose to enforce capital punishment sentences as publicly as possible. Scourgings were often held in the view of a gawking crowd and death sentences were carried... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I plan to post new entries on Tuesday/Wednesday's, Friday's and Sunday's each week. That should keep my creative juices flowing. I put off posting new stuff for too's a good outlet for me, and hopefully gives you something to think about each time. Thanks for sharing the journey with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
At our recent "Book Fair":I was asked to serve as one of the "Celebrity Readers". I don't know how far down the barrel they had to go to consider me a "celebrity", but that's a whole different story. We were instructed to choose one of our favorite children's books and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
Thanks for your patience. I'm finally ready to start posting again! I am scheduling a series of articles to post twice a week that I've already written, in addition to the new stuff I will be posting along the way. I'd love to hear your feedback! I'll post an article... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I have not been posting for several months, but have lots to add. My goal is to re-start posting articles much like the ones I've done in the past. I have quite a collection to add almost immediately. Hopefully over the next two weeks I'll get something out there almost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” -2 Corinthians 8:9 The legend is told of a man who found the barn where Satan kept seeds to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
It sits on my desk as a constant reminder of who I am and what is really important in life. While it's only purpose is to hold things down and keep some of my loose papers organized, its' value is not measured by its' utilitarian effectiveness. Rather, the value of... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
It was a bit late in the season for a camping trip, but last October I spent the night sitting around the campfire at Detroit Lake. The lake is so low at that time of the year that all the docks are laying on the mud and it's a bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
It's just your basic piece of 2'x4', a scrap left over from the ongoing construction project going on at Crossroads. But Thursday morning it became an object lesson for our staff devotions Let me give you a little background, and then I'll explain the significance of the 2'x4'. . Over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
Every once in a while golden opportunities present themselves to communicate one of those imperative lessons of real life. Nick Vujicic is an Austrailian man who was born without arms and legs. Despite this incredible handicap, Nick lives a full life. He participates in a variety of sport activities like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I had just turned 17 and the US was still heavily involved in an unpopular war in Vietnam. Due to the very real prospects of being drafted the next year, I decided the best course of action would be to join the US Air Force. Therefore, on September 1, 1972... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
One of my favorite Disney characters of all time is Tigger! Whether he's bouncing around on his tail, helping Pooh find his honey pot, teasing Eeyore about his gloomy outlook, or chasing Rabbit around the meadow, Tigger always seems to be upbeat and happy. He seems to have an endless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
Life is a series of small choices. Every day we make hundreds of decisions about little things that determine what we will or will not do. These choices include what we will eat, the clothes we wear, which route will take to our jobs, how we'll interact with others, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
A boy was happily jumping on his parent's bed. Mom and dad were out for the evening, so he was being cared for by his grandmother. Obviously she was a bit concerned when she saw what he was doing. With a stern look on her face she asked, "Are you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
This week I got the urge to finally rearrange my office. I don't know if it's an early bout of "spring cleaning" fever or simply that I got tired of watching people having to look around my monitor so they could actually talk to me face-to-face. Whatever the reason, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
It's one of the first things you hear if you join the military......."Don't volunteer for anything". Now if it's time to start going on recon missions, taking the point on an offensive, or trying out the effects of some new chemical weapons, that makes perfect sense. One too many "volunteers"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
January 29th marks the birthday of our 25th President, William McKinley Jr. Born in 1843, McKinley was brought up in a devout Methodist family in Ohio. Converted at the age of ten, his mother had hoped that he would go into the ministry. However, when he was 18, the Civil... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
I've always considered myself to be a fairly smart guy! I was the kid who always got "A's", panicked if I every got a "B", and did all my homework on time. Teacher's loved me and school came very easy! I whizzed through college, got my Master's of Divinity at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
Crossroads Christian School Walkathon is this Tuesday February 23rd. The students and staff all had a great time last year! It’s a fun, healthy way of raising funds for our school. It’s not too late to join us….we leave the church at 9 AM on Tuesday morning. We’re encouraging to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey
Follow upcoming updates on CCS, CrossCurrents Men's Ministry, the Parkrose Minstry Network, and Crossroads Church on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter (ccs_cougars). More connections to come. Lots going on so keep in touch! Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at CROSSCURRENTS - Larry Whittlesey