Christmas Weekend Preview

By Matt Dawson


As we approach Christmas weekend, there has been something on my mind.

Our Undeniable Testimony

There are people searching for answers in this world, and for the last 30-50 years (depending on the studies you read) they have stopped coming to “the church” for those answers. The institution of the western church has struggled to maintain it’s influence in culture and we continue to be known for what we are AGAINST rather than what we’re FOR!

However, there are three words that I find are characteristics of an undeniable testimony that our lives are being changed by Jesus Christ.

Light. Love. Hope.

Light is necessary to overcome darkness. Jesus was the Light that had come to a world, and we celebrate that Light at Christmas. We share the light we have in Jesus with those who are struggling in the darkness. When we shine our lights, they only last for a moment…but when we reflect the true light from our lives, we provide light to the world. People can argue our beliefs, but they cannot argue the effect the light has within our lives.

Love is the currency of our souls. Without love, we have almost nothing to offer our fellow man that doesn’t rust, deteriorate, or fade away with time. Even when we can’t give anything else, we can always share the LOVE that we’ve been given by God. Love is the indispensable need of every person we see and we have the greatest gift of love to share with the world!

Hope is the greatest catalyst for change within the human spirit. It can push us further than we think we can go. It lifts us up when all seems lost around us. Hope is Faith! As Christians, we have a HOPE that is unchanging and secure in the person and work of Jesus Christ. No matter our circumstances we can live with Hope!

Light. Love. Hope.

As we celebrate the Light, Love, and Hope that came to us over 2000 years ago – I pray that all of us would see the undeniable testimony of His work in our lives. If we shine His light in our lives…if we share His love with others…if we point others to the absolute Hope in Jesus – we will be living a life worth sharing!

I hope that you will be able to join us Christmas Eve for our Candlelight Services at 5 & 6:30pm (childcare for babies under 2). Join us for our Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday at 10am (childcare for 5yrs old and under).

True & False: One Pastor’s View on Homosexuality

By Matt Dawson


As we continue our series “Questions Without Answers”, it seems necessary to include the LGTBQ community in our discussions. Last year, even before the HB2 fallout, I began to feel a burden to find a way to address this topic for our church. How we view it, how God views it, and what our response should be as we are called to point everyone to the absolute Hope in Jesus Christ.

This Sunday, we will address the relationship between the Church and the LGTBQ community, but for this post, I want to specifically address homosexuality and same sex attraction.

With the likely chance I will offend many, please read all of this post and refrain from pulling any ONE line or statement out of context.

I appreciate it.

I obviously can’t cover EVERY aspect of this complex topic, but here are the 3 things I have found to be TRUE and FALSE about our approach to homosexuality. At the end, I will share with you the PRIMARY REASON I believe the church has struggled to show the love of Jesus to those living with same sex attraction.

TRUE

1. Homosexuality is a SIN. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 1:25-27, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, Leviticus 20:13)

It is. You cannot read the inspired Word of God and not come to this conclusion. You may not agree with God about it… but who cares. God is the one who created all things, he’s allowed to label things as He pleases! SIN as an entity entered the world at the fall of man, it’s like a disease that has touched and broken ALL of Creation.

Everyone is born IN sin. Sinful Behavior is anything and everything that separates us from God (working outside of His Will and His Instructions for Life). The Bible states that ALL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR outside of marriage (regardless of gender) is SIN. That’s all I have to say about that.

2. There is NO SIN that Jesus’s blood does not cover and NO BEHAVIOR that keeps us from receiving the FULL GRACE of Jesus Christ.

When we read these words from Paul’s letter to the Romans, we cannot argue that homosexual sin is excluded:

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  – Romans 3:23-24 (NLT)

As Paul describes the state of sinful man from Romans, chapter 1 (mentions homosexuality) through chapters 2 and 3, he does so to help us understand that there is NOTHING that we can do to EARN salvation (the law), and that we ALL fall short no matter what sinful behavior we have committed in our lives OR will commit in the future. Jesus, with underserved kindness, declares ALL OF US righteous because HE has freed us from the penalty (judgement) of SIN.

3. Our conviction of SIN and behavioral transformation is addressed through sanctification (including Homosexuality).

I’ll address some of this in the section below about some of our false beliefs. I also listed below some references for the theological understanding of sanctification. The simple definition is that AFTER SALVATION, with our eyes fixed on Christ, Jesus (by His Spirit) begins a transformational work in our hearts and we become more and more like Him the longer and closer we walk with Him.

We cannot CHANGE our behavior on our own (this is not self-help) nor do we SEE SIN fully or see it’s effect on us until the Holy Spirit leads us there through opening our eyes and conviction.

All Sinful Behavior is NOT addressed at the time of Salvation. Salvation is a turning point from living MY life to the START of wanting to live with Jesus as the Lord of my life. Salvation NEVER stops our sinful behavior. I was 6 when I got saved, and I’m pretty sure I kept sinning that same day.

Now, I’m 40 years old, the process of sanctification is still happening in my heart. I still engage in sinful behavior even if I “know” I shouldn’t and even if I’m convicted about it. The process of becoming more and more like Jesus is slow, but lasting.

It opens my eyes to areas in my life that I’m dealing with today (maybe it’s fear, deceit, gluttony, arrogance, whatever it may be) and it is helping me, guiding me, prompting me towards choosing transformation. Choosing to live like Jesus and choosing the NEW LIFE He’s given me and not fall back to the OLD LIFE that lingers within me. This applies to all sexual sin as well.

If you’re unaware of the scriptural references for sanctification, here are a few: Romans 12:2, Romans 7:15-25, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 4:23-24, Galatians 5:22-25.

FALSE

1. God hates homosexual sin more than all other sin.

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul tells us that all those who sin sexually will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He also says that idolators, thieves, drunks, abusive and greedy people, and liars won’t enter either.  Jesus also said these same words, about un-forgiveness and the rich.

Sure, we can take those single words and verses out and make our case, but we cannot do this in the context of Grace and the rest of scripture. We also know people who have slept with someone before they were married (as a Christian) and they don’t live in fear of not going to heaven. God’s Word is not our property to dismantle and rebuild in order to stack evidence against people.

Many misinterpret Paul’s statements in 1 Corinthians 6:18, when Paul says sexual sin is like no other sin. He references this specifically by saying that sexual sin is special because of how it hurts the person committing it. God doesn’t think less of sexual sinners than other kinds of sinners. Some Christians may view it that way… but God doesn’t view it that way.

When Jesus rescued a woman caught in adultery from being stoned, he looked at her and said this:

“Then neither do I condemn you… Go now and leave your life of sin.”  – John 8:11

Does this mean that this woman NEVER sinned again – not likely. Jesus didn’t condemn her, His grace forgave her (even though she never ASKED for forgiveness) and then challenged her the way he challenges ALL THOSE WHO DESIRE TO FOLLOW HIM… Go and sin no more.

2. Homosexuals cannot be saved if they’ve justified their homosexual behavior.

The largest argument people make is that someone who has justified their actions cannot truly come to Jesus until they have repented of those actions and asked for forgiveness. However, this lies in a false assumption of what REPENTANCE implies and cannot be taken to the extreme when compared to other sins. (Remember: God views all sinful behavior as SIN… not on a sliding scale of degrees of sin.)

Repentance is a TURNING, and not a TURNING FROM something, but a RETURNING TO someone. When Jesus said “Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand,” he was asking them to TURN to what He knew they were truly needing and looking for.

Repentance in our culture has this tendency to IMPLY that we are turning FROM all the things we are doing that are WRONG. However, most folks who come to Christ have almost NO CLUE of all of the things that they are doing that are considered SIN. Everyone who starts a relationship with JESUS, starts at the foot of the cross with the FULL GRACE OF JESUS forgiving them for sins they have done and sins they have yet to commit.

The idea that a 40 year old woman who has lived with her same sex attraction for 30 of those years is going to fully understand the complexity of all of her SIN including how and why the bible states homosexuality as a SIN – is foolishness and a false understanding of the Gospel!

Remember what I said about sanctification: many who live with same sex attraction will come to the cross of Christ and receive grace and experience the HOPE of Jesus in their lives. ALL Sin will be addressed and revealed from this point forward as they walk with Jesus in Hope, Faith, and Love!

3. If Christians embrace and love people of same sex attraction – we are approving and condoning sinful behavior.

I’ve never fully understood this false thinking. If everyone is a sinner, and everyone sins, then aren’t we approving and condoning EVERYONE’S sinful actions?

NO!

To walk along aside a brother in Christ who struggles with an addiction to porn and continues to engage in this behavior. I have ZERO concern that he believes I’m approving or condoning his actions. This doesn’t keep me from walking with him. AS A MATTER OF FACT, this is reason to get closer and do my best to express the FREEDOM he has to overcome that addiction, temptation, lifestyle.

Jesus never seemed to be concerned about this when He went to Matthew’s house for dinner (a tax collector). Even though all of the religious leaders were staring at him and accusing him of approving and condoning “those people.”  Jesus looked around and said – “those people” are who I came for!

So, go ahead, call me a friend to homosexuals, prostitutes, adulterers, and fornicators! As an ambassador for Christ – “those people” are what I’m here for!

Closing Thoughts: The Primary Issue for the Church

Honestly, I don’t know where you stand on this issue.

  • You may totally hate what I’ve said because I’m too grace-filled and not judgmental enough.
  • You may hate what I’ve said because you don’t believe the same way about the authority of God’s Word and what He calls sin.
  • You may agree with me, but still struggle to engage in this conversation with others because of fear and what others might think of you.

The primary reason the Church (western collective church organizations at large) struggles to approach this topic is this – We believe it’s OUR JOB to change people’s behavior!

We believe that as a church, we can legislate anger, lust, adultery, greed, prostitution, gluttony, idolatry, un-forgiveness, hatred, and abuse.  We believe that if we say the right things, challenge people the right way, we can FIX THEM, CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, and get them to ACT AND LOOK MORE LIKE WE THINK THEY SHOULD.

BUT . . .we don’t know how to FIX this!

We don’t know how to “address” same sex attraction. We don’t know how to get them to stop and change. And because we don’t know how to fix their “gayness,” we cast judgement and condemnation or worse . . . we remain silent and keep our distance.

Our job is NOT to fix people’s sin problem.  Jesus said “I got this!”

Our call is to LOVE one another as much as we love ourselves, and BY THAT LOVE others will know we belong to Him.

We exist to humbly point everyone (including the LGBTQ community) to the absolute Hope that they can receive and experience in Jesus Christ.

Money, Money, Money!

By Don Gentry


Did you know that I can make a very compelling argument that the Bible talks about money more than any other topic? Did you know that Jesus talked more about money than any other topic? Did you know that 11 of Jesus’ 39 parables are about money? Did you know that the number one way to offend people in church is to talk about money?

I don’t feel like I know much about money, but one thing that I am convinced of is that we must talk about money and learn to get control over it in our lives. Why? There is a very simple truth, If you don’t control your money, your money will control you!

There seems to be a universal feeling that no matter how much we have, it is never really enough. Though I have gotten much better with age, I used to never be content. I was always striving for “something more.” I joined every multi-level marketing company known to man. Some of them were completely legitimate business models, and some were questionable. My reason for this constant pursuit was because my money had me, I didn’t have my money!

The scriptures say,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” I Timothy 6:10

If I am honest with myself, there have been seasons in my life where I have genuinely loved money. I didn’t wander from my faith, but I definitely pierced myself with unnecessary troubles.

Jesus also says,
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

He goes on to say,

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:19-21,24

Christians don’t like talking about money because it often reveals who is their true master and savior. This is a problem and is the reason why we must learn to be honest with ourselves and prioritize our money.

I could site scripture upon scripture about how we are to view our money, use our money, and invest our money. Instead, I want to end with the most valuable lesson on money I have discovered regardless of how much money I actually have. I have managed to make many foolish decisions with my money and had to learn some very difficult lessons, and I have also made some very good decisions as well. There is only one truth that has remained consistent. My most valuable lesson is found in the book of Philippians.

12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13

Many people quote verse 13 as their inspiration to be able to overcome anything, but Paul wrote verse 13 as the key to contentment and how he prioritizes his cash flow.

Money is a big deal but who we make our savior is a bigger deal. Do you look for Christ to guide and direct your every decision or does your quest for financial peace guide your decision? If you learn to prioritize, you can keep the order in alignment with God’s word.

See you this Sunday as we continue our quest for making first things first.

Weekend Preview: Unfailing Love

No matter your age, experience, or gender… we all have a deep longing to find a Love that does not fail. From fairy tales as children (true love’s kiss), to Disney movies (happily ever after), to romantic comedies (“You had me at ‘Hello’”) – we are drawn to this idea that there is a LOVE that exists that will never fail us.

Yet, it’s often hard to believe that UNFAILING LOVE can be a reality when we see example after example of love failing all around us!

How can LOVE be so powerful that we feel like we can LEAP from a mountain and soar in the clouds but also drop us to the earth leaving us crushed?

Too often we become cynical of LOVE because we have experienced too many moments in our lives when love has failed us. Our desire for unfailing love becomes callous, and we tend to settle for lesser “expressions” of love instead of the real thing.
We use the excuses that we are:
– emotionally damaged
– cursed in love
– emotionally unavailable
– lovesick & broken
– emotionally needy and dependent

We allow our brokenness to define the love we can manage and experience on our own, yet that is not what God had in store for us.

How is it possible to deal with the failing love in this world, but hold onto the unfailing love that God promises to us?

This weekend at Journey, we will discuss this in light of our definition of “What is Love” and “Who is Love”. We conclude our series with this question “How can we experience unfailing love?”

See you this Sunday.

What To Do When You Can’t Accept God’s Love

Many times in our lives we face moments of failure and feelings of inadequacy. It is in these moments that we often feel unworthy of love and forgiveness, especially God’s forgiveness. We will often wear the cloak of shame and guilt in our lives. When we do this it is very unhealthy for us spiritually and emotionally.

One of my many favorite passages in the scriptures is Mark 12:30,31.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

A key, yet often overlooked, component in this verse is “love yourself.” If you ever find that it is hard to receive the love or forgiveness of God (or others) it is often due to the manner in which you view yourself. We are often our own worst enemies. It is easy to criticize ourselves because we know our own shortfalls. We know our attitude, our efforts, our sins, our behavior, we know ourselves better than anyone else. We see our blemishes and our flaws.

Because of this knowledge, for some of us, loving ourselves and receiving love can be exceedingly difficult.

There are far too many scriptures to reference, but it is imperative that you know that God accepts you as you are. He has promised us His love regardless of our behavior, and He even promises to love us when our faith is weak. His love for us is amazing and full of grace and mercy. We may think we don’t deserve it and we are right. None of us deserve God’s love, yet He chooses to give it and we must choose to receive it. As Matt has been referencing in his sermons, love is a choice. It is our choice to give it and to receive it.

We are better equipped to love when we learn to receive it ourselves. I encourage you then to try a couple of simple practices when you are feeling “unworthy.”

  1. Simply acknowledge that you are unworthy and thank God for His love in spite of it. We are unworthy that is why love is such a beautiful gift.
  2. Take some time to identify why you are feeling this way. Journal, exercise, meditate, listen to music, figure out the “why” of your feelings and forgive yourself.
  3. Fall in love with who you are in Christ. You are not identified by what you do, you are identified by who you are. You are a forgiven child of the king, a new creation in Christ, you are being made into the likeness of God. Spend some time dwelling upon your position in Christ.
  4. Do the, “Would I say this to someone else?” test. Picture your child, grandchild, or your very best friend, someone you love the very most. Take the exact same words, thoughts, and feelings that you are thinking and feeling about yourself. Imagine that person and then say all those “words and feelings” to that person. Speak to them like you are saying those things about them. Most of us wouldn’t do that. If we wouldn’t say these things about someone else to their face, then we shouldn’t repeat them over and over again to ourselves.

These simple steps are in no way all inclusive or a quick fix. However, by changing the way we think about ourselves and granting ourselves forgiveness, we will be amazed at how this simple little practice helps us to receive the love of God and others in a more authentic manner.

Learning to choose to receive and give love takes time; be patient as God continues to transform you into a reflection of Himself!

Weekend Preview: Who is Love?

Make no mistake, we are all searching for a LOVE that will satisfy the longing of our souls.

Although this desire is placed in us by God, it is also the drive that prevents us from experiencing true love and settling for the cheap imitation of love that satisfies for a moment. Our strong desire for love often causes us to be selfish in our love.

We long to feel needed, wanted, desired. This is natural within every person and was there in our hearts by God. However, we often try to fill that void with a love that simply cannot fully satisfy our souls, because we settle for how love functions in our current society.

Example: If you’re emotionally needy, you’ll ultimately connect with a controlling person who shows interest in you because they need to control things and you long for someone who will be highly invested in you. This will start out in the form of “love” but later on with show its true colors that both of you entered into a relationship with selfish agendas. When one starts to buck that control and the other starts resenting how needy their partner is, love fades and resentment takes its place.

Our approach to love is naturally selfish. We have needs, desires, longings in our soul and we seek to get them filled. Similar to the “jackets” I put on last week, we view love from a “what fits me / what do I need / what do I want” approach.

What we really are looking for is a SELFLESS Love. Someone who will love us sacrificially and who always wants the best for us.

Here’s the GREATEST NEWS YOU WILL EVER HEAR… We already have that love.

God’s Love is Selfless!

The love that our souls long for comes from Him. The fulfillment we crave comes from His love expressed through Jesus Christ and indwells us through the Holy Spirit. We have the most incredible Lover of our souls who is selfless.

This is the kind of love we are able to OFFER someone else when we experience the LOVE of Jesus in our own hearts.

Ephesians 3:18 “…may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

When you and I are living in the fullness of God’s LOVE for us (the width, length, height, and depth), we are able to GIVE THAT SAME LOVE TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Think about it… God gave us the greatest gift we could imagine by giving us the ability to LOVE someone else the way that He loves them in this time and space on earth. The opportunity I have to LOVE my wife and show her how much God loves her through my Love is available 24/7.

I just have to be experiencing it for myself first. I have to be so fulfilled by God’s love that my selfish needs, desires, and wants are overcome by the fullness of His Love for me.

When I can experience that kind of LOVE, then I’m able to choose to love others with a SELFLESS LOVE!

Join us this Sunday (VALENTINES DAY!) as we continue with the question “Who is Love?” in our message series.

How To Talk With Your Students About Love

By Ryan Weber

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)

When I was growing up, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Dad was head over heels in love with my Mom.  And it had absolutely nothing to do with the amount of times he told her that he loved her. Although I heard him say it over and over and over, every time he left the house, every time he hung up the phone, whenever he had opportunity, he told her that he loved her.  But those were just the words, there was a deeper reason why I knew my Dad loved her so much.

It was all the things he did.  The little kisses, the overt flirting, the hand holding, the arm around the shoulder when we were at public places, the gifts he’d buy, the trips he planned, the way he just looked at her.

Granted, when I was growing up, these things repulsed me and I threw up in my mouth a little every time I saw it happen.  But everyone knew that he was crazy about her, and it continues to this day.  I’m incredibly lucky to have a set of parents who have stuck together through thick and thin and are now looking forward to their 35th wedding anniversary this year.

My dad still does all those mushy, gooey things.

Now that I am married, I have a brand new appreciation for the way he demonstrated love for his wife. I saw my dad demonstrate love before I even knew what true love was.  And that’s so important when it comes to the life of your student because I want to get this cat out of the bag:

Your student does not want to talk to you about love.  They would rather talk to the mailman, the dentist, Siri, anyone else other than you about love, dating, sex, etc.  This is an area of their lives that they want to explore and keep private. And that’s ok.  It’s our job to guide our children into adulthood, not dictate their every move.  They will not want to open up and share their feelings with you.

But you are a parent and you should share your feelings with them.  It is your job to talk to your students and make sure they go down a path that will honor themselves, their God, you as their parents and their future spouse.  So you need to engage in a healthy and meaningful conversation with your teens.

The Path is starting a series on Valentine’s Day called, “I Kissed Dating Hello,” and The Garage is beginning a series on February 7th called “The Talk.” Both are going to provide wonderful windows of opportunity for you to engage your child in this conversation.  It will allow you to open up to discuss all of the important elements that your kids are probably already aware of, but it can help you frame their minds to a godly and biblical perspective.

What is the purpose of dating? What kind of person should I look for?  What kind of person am I? How do I ask someone out? How do I fight? How do I break up? Why should I wait until I’m married to have sex? What in the world is sex anyway? Is sex bad or good?

Do you know all the Scriptures that relate to love, dating and marriage?  Do you have a child in your home?  It’s time to start memorizing those verses, and pray through their meaning so you can share a biblical perspective.

How are you going to explain to your daughter that her body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and she is fearfully and wonderfully made; and no one should take advantage of her (1 Corinthians 6:19; Psalm 139:14)?  How are you going to explain to your son that he needs to make a covenant with his eyes to not look with lust upon a young woman (Job 31:1)?

I would imagine having these conversations with your teens is a lot like bungee jumping.  You stand there for as long as you want to buck up the courage, but eventually you just have to do it. You have to jump and allow the chips to fall where they may. I am praying that the resources that will be provided to you during our Path and Garage series will help you along this journey.

But do not forget, if you’re going to have this conversation with your student (and I pray you have the courage to make that jump), you better be prepared to practice what you preach and love your spouse, kids, coworkers, friends, etc. in the way that Jesus tells us to. That will be infinitely more effective than any awkward conversation you’ll have.

When it comes to talking to your kids about love, demonstration is your best conversation.

Love well, your kids will take notice and listen intently.


Weekend Preview: What Is Love?

IMG_0292What is love?  I don’t know why you’re not there.  I give you my love, but you don’t care. So what is right?  What is wrong? Gimme a sign… What is love?  Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more.” – Haddaway

If you’re like me, you can’t hear this song and not picture the SNL skit of the “Club Guys” moving their heads, by the neck only, to the music.

While this song has nothing to do with this coming weekend at Journey specifically, we will be asking the question, “What is LOVE?”

No matter how you personally define it, everyone is looking for love (as they see it).  One of my favorite quotes is from the poet RUMI “What we all really want is love’s confusing joy.”

We use the word LOVE for many things in our lives- Relationships, feelings, strong desires, tolerance, and even a way to manipulate others.  “LOVE” can be specific (“I love your eyes”) or ambiguous (“#lovewins”…. does anyone even really know what that means?)

This weekend at Journey, we will kick off the “LOVE – More Than a Feeling” Series with this question as we attempt to understand, not only how we define love, but how God defines it as well.

We might even realize that the simple question, “What is love?”, might not actually be the right question to ask if we really want to experience real love in our lives.

I hope to see you this Sunday at Jouney Church.

Message Follow Up | Solid Rock / Sinking Sand: Part 4 – Love

By Matt Dawson



Yesterday we finished our series on FAITH. A four week discussion on what/who we are building our faith on and the unique foundation of Forgiveness and Love that represents our Faith in Jesus Christ.

I read a passage yesterday about understanding Love from 1 John 4. Simply, that we love God because He first loved us and HIS love is what is expressed through us.

My wife has mentioned to me that I sometimes openly mock the phrase “Love Wins” because I reject everything that people try to use it for.

I would like to take a moment to clarify WHY I don’t like nor associate myself with #LoveWins.

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Weekend Preview | Solid Rock / Sinking Sand: Part 4 – Love

By Chris Denning


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Love is easily one of the most interesting ideas in the world.

I mean, its probably one of the few intangible things that ALL people crave, desire, and even need in order live. Receiving love can change your mood, your attitude, even the way that you view your life. People will do all kinds of things for it, even things they normally wouldn’t think to be possible.

Love is one of the greatest mediums of communication too. When you love someone, sometimes you don’t even need words to let the other person know what you’re thinking or how you’re feeling. Love helps us to feel connected and valued by other people in this world.

Love can even become a commodity for which we trade and sell to get the things we want. Not just romantic love, but love that communicates worth or value to those we want to impress or get something from.

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