Weekend Preview | Hope: Part 3 – Hope WIll Be

By Chris Denning

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These past few weeks we’ve been talking about the hope that is Jesus.  The hope that was foretold hundreds of years before His birth.  The hope that we can experience right now, in our current circumstances.

But what about tomorrow?  What about in the days to come?  Will hope be?

In short: Absolutely.

The truth is that Jesus is the same hope yesterday, today and forevermore (Hebrews 13:8).  Forevermore.  That truth is not conditional, meaning no matter what happens, no matter what comes, Jesus will ALWAYS be hope.

What if we’re in a tough situation, or walking through a really nasty valley currently?

What’s down the road for us?

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Dealing With the Santa in the Room

By Zack DeBerry

My family is kind of into Christmas.

People think we are nutty sometimes when we tell them we put up eight Christmas trees.  Yes, that was EIGHT, as in ocho or one less than a baseball starting lineup.

I love the Christmas season and all that comes with it.  I love the music, the lights, the tacky sweaters, the red cup at Starbucks, the crazy shopping malls, but most of all I love that it feels different.  It is different than other time of the year and that’s because of the excitement & anticipation that comes with it.

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Message Follow Up | Hope: Part 2 – Hope Is. . .

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Hope Is . . . in MY Jesus.

Believe it or not – the word “my” above is not a positive one of personalization and appreciation.  When I say that my Hope is in MY Jesus, I’m referring to the Jesus I want him to be for me.  The one that I craft in my head; the one that looks more like a genie in a Bible than the Creator of the Universe.

We all have a tendency to write a new gospel in our hearts called “the gospel of Steve, or the gospel of Sarah”.  This is OUR ACCOUNT of who and what we think of Jesus, His mission on earth, and what we feel & think He should be doing for us in our lives.  At the end of the day – OUR HOPE IS IN (MY VERSION OF) JESUS.

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Weekend Preview | Hope: Part 2 – Hope Is

By Chris Denning

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Hope is one thing that every person on Earth wants.  I doubt there is anyone who’s ever lived who didn’t desire hope.

Hope for love.

Hope for their family.

Hope for their career.

Hope for the world.

Hope for their life.

Hope is something or someone to have confidence in/on.  Hope is a solution to trust in.  Hope is a source that sustains us.

Simply put, what we place our hope in will define our lives.

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Ferguson, Eric Garner, & Us.

By Matt Dawson

If you’ve watched the news or any kind of TV in recent weeks, you’ve undoubtably heard and seen the racial tension that’s currently rising throughout America.

I wanted to share some thoughts that border on the topic of this tension in Ferguson, New York and other places in our country specifically over the past several weeks.

My aim is not to provide my opinion or tell you what you need to think.

The last thing we need is another opinion on racism, court verdicts, and unjust police actions.  There are so many truths floating in a sea of opinions over this, that I think sharing my own will only muddy the waters more. I do, however, want to share what the events over the past several weeks have pointed me to in my personal time with God. 

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Weekend Preview | Hope.: Part 1 – Hope was…

By Chris Denning

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I don’t know about you, but if I’m real quiet and close my eyes, I can almost smell the spruce tree, nutmeg & peppermint mochas.  That means one thing: IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!! (21 days to be exact.)

When I think about Christmas and what it’s really all about, one word comes to mind: Hope. Christmas is a time where we celebrate the hope that came when Jesus was born. We find hope in many places, but only Jesus provides real, lasting, and life-changing hope.

In our new series Hope., we’re going to be taking a look at how Jesus has ALWAYS been hope, is our hope today, and will be the hope of the world for all of time!

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Can Church Really Exist Online?

by Zack DeBerry

Part of my role at Journey is to steward our Online Campus, which is basically the expression of Journey Church online.  I’ll often search the web for resources or articles for doing church online, and I am often left with a nagging question:

Can church exist in an online space?€

Then I consider that if a church is a body of believers on mission together for Community, Service, and Growth, then I feel that Online Church has more than a chance at being a real Church.

Community is a group of people sharing a common understanding who reveal themselves by using the same language, manners, tradition and law. When you look at community in these terms, it is easy to see that the online community is can be a viable option if executed properly and thoughtfully.

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Message Follow Up | Grattitude: Part 2 – Show It

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An Attitude of Gratitude will drive WHAT I DO because I’ll know WHY I DO IT.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This statement and verse combo are very convicting to me.  Probably because I spend more time doing things out an attitude of entitlement without realizing WHY I’m doing them.  This seems to be harder to address than just trying to filter my words and express gratitude.  

Here’s why… The core of entitlement is selfishness.  

It’s all about me.  When this attitude lives out in my life, I am consumed with making every decision and seeing every circumstance through the lens of me–colored glasses.  No matter what is happening, I am filtering all of it through me–colored glasses and allowing it to store up entitlement in my heart. Continue reading

Weekend Preview | Grattitude: Part 2 – Show It

By Chris Denning

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This weekend, we’re finishing a series called Grattitude, which is all about learning how to respond graciously in our lives by choosing to have an attitude of gratitude.

Last weekend was all about verbalizing our gratitude by expressing our gratitude to God and others (click here to check out the #GrATTITUDE Challenge on Facebook).  While important, saying it (that is our gratitude) is only half the solution; we must also learn to show it!

Like Matt said last week, Gratitude is never silent. Likewise, Gratitude is never invisible. For gratitude to truly exist, it must be expressed and experienced, or else it just becomes good intentions and platitudes.

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