Message Follow Up | Fracture: Part 2 – Personal Choices

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By Don Gentry


As a follower of Christ you may have heard leaders and other Christians use the phrase “God spoke to me.”  If you are like many people that phrase can create questions and doubts.  I know it creates questions because I have used the phrase many times in my preaching.  I inevitably hear the questions and often times see the skepticism on peoples faces.

What does it really mean to hear God speak to us?

I cannot speak for everyone that uses that phrase, but I can explain what I mean.  When I say God spoke to me, I am referring to a time when God clearly downloaded a message in my mind and in my spirit.  It is always in alignment with the scriptures. I never receive a message that is contrary to His nature.

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Weekend Preview | Fracture: Part 2 – Personal Choices

By Chris Denning


 

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Your choices matter.

That truth is taught to us in most of our lives.  Even from a very young age, parents will teach their kids that their choices can dictate the quality and direction of their lives.

  • You touch a hot stove, you’ll get burned.

  • Get good grades, you’ll be rewarded.

  • Be kind to others, you’re often treated kind in return.

Understanding the power of our personal choices isn’t so much about learning how to get what you want as it is about knowing how your actions dictate the quality and direction of your life.  However, we don’t always make the best choices.

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My Fracture Story | The One Decision That Changed My Life

By Chris Denning


A few weeks ago, Matt, Don, Zack and I were brainstorming about how we could create a few posts for this month centered around our series, Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain.

We wanted to do something that would be encouraging to read, but also help whoever read them better understand what a fracture is in our stories.  We decided to take a chance and take a moment to share a bit of our own stories.  

Over the next few weeks, you’re going to get to read a story from each of us about how we experienced a fracture in our story, how it impacted us, and how we ended up responding.

These stories are pretty honest and raw, and our hope is that you will see that if you’re going through a fracture right now, you’re not alone.  This isn’t the end.  There is hope.  We’ve found an absolute Hope in our pain, and we know that you can too.


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Message Follow Up | Fracture: Part 1 – Fractured Stories

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By Matt Dawson


In the many stories that fill our lives, everyone experiences pain.  Everyone goes through moments when a FRACTURE happens and it’s painful at a soul-level.

A Fracture is a soul-depth crack or break in our story, caused by our individual decisions or compounded by our external circumstances.

Every Fracture has a Purpose… an opportunity for DESPAIR or HOPE. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬ NIV

Jesus comes to bring us Life to the Full.  The Enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy us.  To know this, doesn’t lessen the pain or make that fracture go away any faster.

We understand that in every fracture, there is either a purpose to take us out and flatline our story or an opportunity for God to bring HOPE to that pain. 

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Weekend Preview | Fracture: Part 1 – Fracture Stories

By Chris Denning


 

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Stories are absolutely everywhere.  Any movie you’ve seen, any book you’ve read, any show you’ve watched; they are all filled with stories.

Stories motivate us, they drive us to be more, they help us heal, and even teach us how to live our lives.  Jesus knew all this, which is why he used mini-stories, called Parables, to teach his disciples and those who could hear about His ideals for life.

While stories vary in quality or size, one fact remains true:

Everybody has a story.

Good.  Bad.  Big.  Small.  Funny.  Tragic.

We all have a story.

For some people, our story is one we try to remember often, considering fond memories and days gone by.

For others, their story is one they’d rather forget ever happened, because the damage is deep and wide in their hearts.

Our stories are dictated and molded by the choices we make and the circumstances in which we reside.  Some things we have control over, and others we do not, which is probably what makes it hard to come to grips with our stories sometimes.

In this series, Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain, we’re going to directly address how to better understand our stories, in light of our choices, circumstances, and in the context of the greater story of God.

If you’re reading this and you know yours is one of those stories riddled with pain, I want to speak just to you for a minute:

I know its hard.  I know it hurts.  I know its dark.  And I know there seems to be no light ahead.

I’ve been there.  And the good news is that this is not your ending.  This is where you are on your way to what’s next.

You are worth the struggle.  You are worth the fight.  You are worth the hope that Jesus died on the cross to bring you.  

Over the next few weeks at Journey, we want to walk beside you as you begin to find that very hope.  We want to help, because we have already seen the absolute Hope you’re desperate for.  And it is good, and it is real.

Take a chance and come to Journey over the next few weeks, or watch these messages online.  Take this one small step.  I believe that God will meet you in your step of faith.

I’m praying for you right now.  I’m praying for your hurt, your pain, your depression, your sting, your guilt, your numbness, all of it.  I’m praying you gather the courage to take this step, and watch what God does with it.

We love you, God loves you, and I promise, you can find hope in your pain. 


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6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Life Group

By Zack DeBerry


At Journey, we believe that Community and Life Change happen best in the context of a small environment that we call Life Groups.  The hard truth that we have to realize is that in order for Community and Life Change to happen, there are some things YOU MUST commit to do individually.

By the way, we are having a GroupLink on Sunday, Feb 8 at 5:30pm at Journey Church, where you can meet new people, and leave with a brand new Life Group that night!  CLICK HERE to Register for GroupLink.

The truth is that Life Groups are incredible and they can be work, which means they demand something from YOU.  Here are 6 ways to make sure that you are getting the MOST out of your Life Group experience.


1. Show Up

The first and maybe most obvious way to get the most from Life Groups is to SHOW UP.  It should go without saying that if YOU are not there YOU will not experience the Community and Life Change that is possible.

In an overly scheduled society, it means that we must make Life Group and Community with others a priority in our life.  Hebrews 10 talks about the importance of meeting together in Community for encouragement to get through the tough times in our lives.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

2. Share Humbly

It’s not enough to just show face, but YOU must be willing to share your life, thoughts, and opinions with others that are a part of the Life Group.  This is done in a humble and gentle way and with the attitude of both sharing and learning from others.

We are all trying to get through this life together.  The Bible has much to say about not being too proud or selfish to give yourself to a Community.

Live in harmony with each other. Don’€™t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Romans 12:16 (NLT)

Don’€™t be selfish; don’€™t try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’€™t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

3. Show Respect

One of the things that goes a long way in developing authentic Community in Life Groups is showing respect to others.  No one has ever experienced life change and community in the context of a “heated debate”. We must be respectful and realize that many people are looking for answers, they don’t all have them yet.

Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’€™t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

Romans 14:1 (NLT)

4. Be Honest

If there is one place where we should be able to be honest about our life it should be in the presence of other Christians.  It’s easy to show up, to share humbly, to show respect.

What turns a social gathering into an authentic community is when we drop the facade and get honest about our triumphs and our trials.  The truth is we are all fighting the “Good Fight” of faith and we all need people to fight along side us.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.

1 John 1:7-€“8 (NLT)

5. Show Concern For Others

What I love most about Life Groups is that they help us realize that they are not alone.  If we are the body of Christ that the Bible talks about, then we should care for others and offer support to those in need.  A Life Group becomes a Community and Family when we begin to show concern for others.

Share each other’™s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 (NLT)

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NLT)

6. Be Accountable & Hold Others Accountable

Finally, Life Groups provide a level of care and accountability that’s found nowhere else in your life.  It is a lot harder to skip a meeting if you know YOUR Community will be holding you accountable to your commitment.  We need each other if we are to experience life to the full as Jesus intended us to.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

Romans 1:12 (NLT)


Again, DO NOT miss out on your opportunity to jump into a Life Group at GroupLink on Feb 8, at 5:30pm.  Click Here to Register, and find out what it means to experience true community in a Life Group at Journey!

006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

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If you’ve been around Journey for any length of time, you’ve heard us talking about Partnering.  We don’t have members at Journey, we have Partners that help us accomplish the mission and vision of Journey Church.  Partners help to carry the heart of Jesus into the world by humbly pointing everyone to absolute hope.

In this episode, Zack DeBerry sits down with our Creative Arts Pastor, Chris Denning, to talk about why partnering is such a big deal at Journey, what partnering looks like, and how you can take steps today to partner with Journey.  


006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

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Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

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by Matt Dawson


Ready . . . Get Set . . . Go – NO

Go . . . Get Set . . . Ready – YES

What an amazing weekend we had together as a church looking at what God wants to do among us.  It takes steps of faith, going when He calls us to GO, praying for discernment along the way, and getting ready for God to do what only He can do.

However, this is not just a way to try and force God to act on our behalf.  We have to be clear about what GOD is calling us to do.  We can jump off a cliff with all the faith in the world that God will make a way for us, but IF HE DIDN’T CALL US TO JUMP OFF THE CLIFF, then we are facing a hard lesson when we hit bottom.

So, how can we be sure of what God is calling us to do? 

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Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

By Chris Denning


 

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Have you ever felt like you weren’t ready to go?  You know, like with both big things and small things.

I’m not ready to start my new business.

I’m not ready to try again.

I’m not ready to join a life group.

I’m not ready to love again.

Sometimes, these feelings are valid and supported by truth.  However, most times, we tend to stop ourselves because of bad perceptions and lies.

I’m not ready to start my new business, because I need to have every step planned . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to try again, because I need more time to feel sorry for myself . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to join a life group, because I don’t have my stuff together . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to love again, because I’m going to ruin it again . . . Lie.

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4 Ways to Humbly Point Everyone to Absolute Hope

By Chris Denning


If you’ve been around Journey, you’ve probably heard us talk about what we’re about:

We humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

I love how this mission doesn’t really have an end point, nor does it wholly depend on what we’re able to do, but rather it’s centered around who Christ is and how we should respond to Him with our lives.

However, after hearing this for a while, you might be asking yourself what this practically looks like.

“How can I humbly point everyone to absolute Hope in my everyday life?”

I want to help by offering four simple actions that you can start doing today to help you live out our mission in your everyday life. I believe that these four simple things will help you grow in your faith and become more like Christ as you humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

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