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By Matt Dawson

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“Fight for Freedom!”

Matt Dawson and Laurie Rohe discuss the importance of freedom in our Christian lives and how we live in the tension between Grace and the Law.

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“Christians & Drinking! What’s the Answer?”

Zack Deberry and Matt Dawson talk about alcohol and the different perspectives on how Christians should interact with it.


“God Doesn’t Have to Repeat Himself!”

Zack Deberry and Matt Dawson discuss the “Read Your Bible” series and the importance of understanding what God has already spoken to us through His Word.

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Message Preview | Read Your Bible – Galatians | Part 3

By Don Gentry

You’re doing it wrong!

Do you ever feel like when you pick up the Bible to read it that you are studying it all wrong? You probably are? Do you think you should be getting more out of it than you are? You probably should. Do you ever think you aren’t smart enough to read the Bible? You probably aren’t.

Are you getting the picture? You aren’t good enough to read the Bible. The reality is you should just give up. There isn’t a thing in that book worth you reading. It is only for the highly educated and elite people of this world, or the pathetically weak. I encourage you to give up now!

What a bunch of hogwash! The Bible is the most amazing book ever written! It is a work of literary genius. It is written as a reflection of the God we Christ followers serve. It is the written account of what separates Christ followers from every other religion in the world. It is the number one best-selling book ever!!!!

Don’t ever tell yourself that you can’t understand it. I dare you to come to Journey on Sunday and see if you don’t get something out of Read the Bible. In fact, I am positive that you are going to come away more confident in your personal Bible study just by joining us.

Come to Journey on Sunday as we continue to unveil the ancient secret of the Church of Galatia. If you want to know what life was like serving under the law of the demonic gods then I expect to see you Sunday. Learn how to uncover these secrets and more!

See you this Sunday as we continue our journey through the book of Galatians. I can’t wait to see you there.

Students and Summer Break?!?!

By Don Gentry

School is out and now your routine is all jacked up! Your kids are home all day, day care costs have soared, activities to help fight the boredom are needed, let’s schedule ten thousand activities for them to get involved in. Stress of summer is in full swing and we need to check ourselves.

Regardless of your situation, let me challenge you that our children and teens need their summer break. Our children are living in one of the most “stressed” out times of history. We have an ever-increasing number of students on anxiety meds. We need to ask ourselves why? The “fitting in,” “self-esteem” issues have been around for years. But there is a new element that has been added to the modern-day student’s life that I believe has added an incredible amount of undue stress–Technology.

Technology has magnified stress ten-fold. For example, if your child doesn’t have electronic gadgets they are left out. If you don’t let them have the apps they want their life is unfair and you are the worst parent ever. If they do have all the social media apps they lose the art of social interaction and communication and run the risk of being cyber bullied or being abducted by sick predators. Technology now even allows parents the opportunity to lose their minds over their students grades before the poor kid even gets home from school.

Let me just pause here for a moment. I have heard of parents grounding their children for their PowerSchool grades. Let me suggest some parents are on PowerSchool at a very unhealthy rate. It can be a great tool, but let me remind you of the day that we got our report cards quarterly and we got to increase our grades over the course of a quarter or semester. I know we want what is best for our kids, but maybe we should think about what we are doing as we stress our kids out.

The yelling and screaming that happens at homework time, the yelling and screaming that happens because of grades. This is all very unhealthy stress. Don’t get me wrong, homework is necessary, awareness is good, involvement is honorable, but there are excesses. When you combine all of this with the undue stress that teachers are putting on our kids it is no wonder that our kids are stressed out.

As parents, it is our job to help our children learn to manage stress not create it. That is why summer is great. As a parent do some honest self-evaluation. Are you making your child miserable? Too many adults tell me that their kid is making them miserable. We are the adults. It is on us to figure out how to deal with our crap not stress our kids out because we are stressed out.

Use summer as an opportunity to relax as a family. Cut out activities and learn to simplify life. Your kids need a break and they need a stress-free summer. You have half the summer left. What can you do as a family to make it as stress free as possible?

Message Preview | Read Your Bible – Galatians | Part 2

By Chris Denning

This weekend we’re going to continue our look into the book of Galatians, Paul’s letter to a group of really well meaning believers who are holding way too tightly to their easily measured rules. More than that, we’re going to talk a little bit more about how we can make reading our Bible a regular part of our lives. That’s kinda the whole point of the series, right?

It’s not enough to take the time to read our Bible, but how do we build habits and routines to help making Bible reading a REGULAR part of our lives? That’s part of what we’ll look at this weekend, and I’m sure you’re going to walk away with some practical things you can do to start THIS WEEK!

As for Chapter 3 of Galatians, reading it again has reminded me of the importance of having a right VIEW or perspective of the law. A lot of people who grew up in the Church and left often leave because it felt like you were just being held to a list of rules you needed to follow. Honestly, I don’t blame them. When you look at the Old Testament, you see lots of passages where it’s JUST rules.

The role of laws isn’t to create an impossible bar for us to get over. Though Jesus provides us the way to get over that bar through HIS righteousness, the role of the law was to be our guardian, as Paul said. To provide guard rails for our life, especially before the Messiah (Jesus) had done His atoning work on the cross.

Also, rules are easy to measure. For instance:

Rule – Take Out the Trash on Thursdays

Result – Did they take it out or not?

Relationship and faith is much harder to measure, especially from the outside looking in. I believe that’s part of why some people tend to gravitate towards these rules or laws. It’s much more black & white or binary, if you will. There is comfort in rules, because you know the playing field and the rules of the game.

However, Jesus doesn’t call us to follow rules, but to a relationship that leads to transformation of our hearts, minds & lives. When you think about it, “come and follow me” is much harder than “follow these rules.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but I hope this weekend we’ll begin to see the law in the right light, as Paul teaches us. Come with an open heart, an open mind, and, for goodness sakes, bring your Bible 🙂

I’m Bored!!!

By Don Gentry

If you are a parent then you have heard the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” We all respond to that phrase differently, but the reality is whether we are children, teens, or even adults we have all been faced with finding that life can create some doldrums. What we may not all do well is respond to the mundane routine of life in the same fashion.

There are two words that will resolve all boredom! These two words are sure to change your world forever! These two words work no matter your age. Here are the two words free of charge.


It may seem a bit too simplistic so I will try to break it down a little more for you.

Here at Journey we partner with several great organizations. We would encourage you to find one that may work into the rhythm of life in your family. Here is a list of the organizations that we partner with at Journey that would be great to see if you can do something together as a family or as an individual:

Bags of Hope
ADA Jenkins,
Children’s Hope Alliance
Hope House of Huntersville

There are so many more local charities that you can find. It may take a little research but find a charity that you resonate with and figure out how to serve. You could simply find an elderly person/couple in your area and just talk with them or find out if they need anything done at their house. The opportunities to volunteer are endless, yet it remains the easiest way to stop boredom – serve others. When we serve, we take our eyes off our current situation and point our attention elsewhere.

Go Explore
You could label this exercise, go hiking, walking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, etc. I love the word explore because it means you get to find something you haven’t ever found. There are unbelievable greenways all through Charlotte. Stacy and I have found several different greenways on our date day. Leave the kids at home and find some fun time with your spouse. We have found some awesome trails in Charlotte. (Yes we have found some we won’t ever return too as well. )

Check out Wing Haven if you like birds or Daniel Stowe Garden, buy a membership, return often, support a good cause. Check out one of the many mountain trails within a short drive from Charlotte: Crowder Mountain, Kings Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, Stone Mountain, etc. Go explore the area you live in!

You may not have time so create a scavenger hunt for your kids and have them go explore.
If you can’t come up with something on your own check out this site. Lots of great ideas.

They still have this thing called a Library. If you don’t have any books in your house go find one. Reading is a portal to worlds untold. Teach your kids to read!!!!!!! Teach yourself to read!!!!!! Enough said!

Learn Something New
Find a new hobby! Create a science experiment, put a model together, paint a picture, build something, learn to crochet, learn a new game, play a new family game. We just got the game Speak Out. It is hilarious! If you are single then take up a new hobby. When we are bored, we have allowed our minds to become inactive. You need to stimulate a new area of your brain. Learn something!

Message Preview | Read Your Bible – Galatians | Part 1

By Zack DeBerry

I am always excited when we do a Read Your Bible series here at Journey. It is a great time to be reminded of the importance of reading the text of the Bible independently and to find meaning in the words that are written for our day to day lives. I am really excited to be diving into the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Galatia. This letter is a great reminder to the church of today that the work Jesus Christ did on the Cross is truly all that is needed to be made right with him.

In a day and age where the rules are being re-written and new standards are being adopted every day, Galatians serves as a reminder that for the followers of Christ it all begins and ends with Jesus and the work He accomplished on the Cross. Nothing else should be added to or taken away from that work. If it is, just as Paul told the believers in Galatia, we have fallen for a different and false gospel. 

This week we will set the stage as we look together at Chapters 1 and 2 of this important text together. I am excited to share with the body the incredible Truth that Galatians holds for us today. I hope you will join us at 9 or 11 AM in Huntersville, or online as we start this Read Your Bible series. 

Why Independence Day is a Good Day for Christians

By Zack DeBerry

Why Independence Day is a Good Day for Christians

There are several holidays through the year that can carry weight for a follower of Jesus Christ.  Easter, Christmas, and…Independence Day? At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Savior and King. At Easter, we celebrate the end of the reign of death and sin for the believer. And Independence Day can be a great reminder of the freedom that we have as followers of Christ.

We celebrate our independence as a country on July 4th every year. It is a time to celebrate the sacrifices that have been made to keep us free from tyranny; it is a time to gather with family and friends; it is a time to reflect on what it means to be a citizen and have certain rights that others in the world long for.  I want to propose that as great as Independence Day is for us as Americans, it can also give us a deeper appreciation for what it means to be free from sin and death. 

There are many parallels between Independence Day and the freedom that Jesus Christ gives us as followers of Christ. Just as we celebrate and honor the sacrifices that keep our country free, we should also take time to celebrate and honor God for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus gave to give us freedom from sin and death. Just as we celebrate the rights we have as Americans, we should also celebrate the incredible power and rights we have as followers of Christ. Just as we celebrate with family and friends with cookouts and fireworks, we should celebrate the fact that we have been adopted into an everlasting family through the work of Jesus Christ.

One of the more popular verses of scripture as it pertains to freedom in Christ is found in Galatians Chapter 5. As we enter into a study of Galatians as a church, it’s important to remember that even as we have been set free from sin and death, many folks still live as though they are still trapped in the bondage of slavery. The church of Galatia was caught in this trap. Rather than celebrate the freedom that existed because of the work of Jesus Christ, they continued to strap weights on bondage through rules and regulations. Paul goes on a teaching tirade about what Christ really did, and begins to close his thoughts in Chapter 5.  Verse 1 of Chapter 5 is timely for us on this Independence Day. Paul writes, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”

So, let’s celebrate our freedom as Americans today, but more importantly, let’s never forget the ultimate freedom we have in Jesus Christ.  Happy Independence Day…from sin and death.