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.
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.
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.
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.