Illustration: Cross

In a recent issue of his Key Life magazine, Steve Brown observed, "The source of almost all spiritual problems is an inappropriate effort to avoid the cross. When we, as the Church, turn away from the cross, we miss the path that God has given us -- the path to freedom, joy, faithfulness and forgiveness.

"We think the cross is fine and necessary for those who aren't saved...but once we're saved, it is no longer relevant to our lives. We, as Christians, forget the cross is the very paradigm for who we are and everything we do, think, feel and believe."