Message Follow Up | Who Changed the Rules: Part 1 – Who Changed the Rules of Dating?

James Clear has become one of my favorite bloggers.  I confess I do not consume many blogs and thus you shouldn’t put much stock in my limited exposure.  But the reason I love him so much is that he writes a lot about change.  More importantly he writes about maintaining change.

He approaches this from a scientific point of view.  I have no idea of where he is spiritually but I find his stuff to be incredibly helpful for changing behavior.  It cannot however change the heart.

In his short book entitled Transform Your Habits he writes about getting back on track after slipping up.  He states this, “But small hiccups don’t make you a failure, they make you human.  The most successful people in the world slip up on their habits too.  What separates them isn’t their ability to avoid mistakes, it’s their ability to get back on track quickly.”  There is truth in that.

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Message Follow Up | It Is: Part 3 – It Is Finished

By Matt Dawson



I hope you were able to Join us this past Sunday for Easter at Journey Church.  What an incredible weekend of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus as a church.  (Check out the message above if you were not able to join us live or livestream.)

There are 2 verses from yesterday that I would love for you to MEMORIZE and plant deep down in your hearts and mind:

1. FREEDOM

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

If your version of Christianity or the Christianity that you’ve rubbed shoulders with in the past doesn’t help you understand and feel MORE FREE – then YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!

Freedom is a big deal for me.  It is the way we define HOPE here at Journey.  To humbly point everyone to absolute HOPE is to help people see and experience the FAME/GLORY of God and the FREEDOM that comes to us through Christ! Continue reading

Weekend Follow Up | It Is: Part 2 – It Is Here

By Don Gentry



When we begin to truly study science with an open mind and use the scriptures as our starting point and source of truth, it is fascinating to me how accurate the scriptures are.

The Bible was written millennia before the study of Neuroscience was ever developed.  In fact, Neuroscience has come leaps and bounds in the last 10-20 years.  What we can do with brain mapping and brain imaging is phenomenal.

I said yesterday that Jesus came to bring a revolution to our mind and that the kingdom that he set up was established to bring peace internally.  Our internal peace is developed solely in our minds.  There is no other organ that can direct our bodies to experience freedom from stress, anger, panic, hatred, bitterness, etc., other than the brain.  I love what Romans says to us about the way that we should think:
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Message Follow Up | It Is: Part 1 – It Is Coming

By David McNeely



Don’t you love guarantees?

Whether it’s a service or product, I love to hear about a guaranteed outcome.  A guarantee implies I get what I want, doesn’t it?

Actually no.  Not every guarantee means I get what I want.  Sometimes the guarantee is only for certain parts to function in a way that is promised.  This is true for many things, like appliances or tech equipment like phones and computers etc.

Nowhere in life do we want a guarantee more than in relationships. While preparing for part 1 of It Is: It Is Coming, I was struck with how much I desire guarantee from God that redemption is coming for those I love, especially my kids.

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Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 3 – God’s Plan


By Matt Dawson


Everything we have is God’s…

Everything we have is ours to manage and enjoy as we bless others.

This really is the best way to recap our last series.  We need to get to a place in our lives that we understand God’s PURPOSE in why He has blessed us, remember that God’s PROVISION is all that we need to have faith in, and that if we follow God’s PLAN, He promises that we will EXPERIENCE TRUE LIFE!
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Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 2 – God’s Provision

By Zack DeBerry



One of the things that keeps us from being faithful stewards is the desire to be in control of everything we have.  This desire to be in control is driven by fear and it reveals that we think we know better than God how to use what we have.

The truth is that God gives us everything we have and calls us to manage it and enjoy it as we bless others.  But the reality is that we struggle to truly believe that God knows better than us how to use what we’ve been given.

In my reading this week I ran across an interesting story that I had never really paid attention to before.  In the Old Testament there is a guy named Naaman that had a disease and was in need of God’s help.  The story is found in 2 Kings 5.

As I read it, I became aware of the fact that God has given me the directions of how to use what I have, but I often think that I know better.

Naaman hears about a guy named Elisha and that his God has the power to heal him.  Naaman immediately got his posse together and headed to meet Elisha and have his need met.  When he arrived Elisha didn’t even come out to meet him, but he sent a servant and told him to go take a bath in the Jordan River.

Naaman had painted a picture in his mind of how this should all go down, and was immediately upset at what actually happened.  Naaman thought he knew better than God how to handle this situation.  2 Kings 5:11-12 give us Naaman’s response:

“11But Naaman got angry and left, saying, €œI was telling myself: He will surely come out, stand and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and will wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease. 12Aren’t Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?  So he turned and left in a rage.”

Isn’t this how we think sometimes?

We think we know how a need is going to be met only to see God do something totally different.  If we are truly honest, there are times when we just get plain angry like Naaman did.  We all struggle to truly trust that God knows better than us.

As the story continues Naaman is persuaded to do as God has commanded through Elisha.  Naaman bathes in the Jordan and finds his need is met.  Then we see Naaman get it.  In verse 15 Naaman comes back to Elisha and declares, I know there’s no God in the whole world except in Israel.”

The truth is that everything we have is God’s.

We have to truly believe that His ways are better than our ways.  God has given us everything we have to manage and enjoy, but ultimately to use as we bless others.  The next time you find yourself thinking you know better than God, remember Naaman’s story AND trust that God truly desires to meet your needs according to His plan and His unending resources.

Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 1 – God’s Purpose


By Matt Dawson


Everything We Have is God’s…

This is the foundational truth we needed to understand yesterday as we started this conversation.  The idea of ownership vs stewardship, to release and fight the natural drift of our hearts to CONTROL and enjoy the freedom of managing the blessing of God in our lives for the sake of others.

“Everything we have is ours to manage and enjoy as we bless others.”

It’s amazing to me that so many parents still struggle with understanding God’s purposes in Stewardship when we all have living, breathing, everyday examples of it in our own homes.

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Message Follow Up | Fracture: Part 4 – Living A Bigger Story


By Matt Dawson


So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things?  If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it.  But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story.

Romans 4:1-3 (MSG)

A few weeks ago, I asked a few of our leaders at Journey WHY they think we struggle to abandon the story of our own lives and step into the Greater GOD-Story that He wants to use our fractures to help write.  Here were some of their answers:

  • Apathy/Complacency
  • Pride
  • Unaware of the Bigger Picture (can’t see it)
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Fear of Risk and Failure
  • Don’t Know How to Connect Our Calling into His Story
  • Busyness and Lack of Control
  • Laziness and Entitlement
  • FEAR

I think one of the greatest tactics of the enemy (who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy) is to convince us that our fractures MOVE US FURTHER AWAY from the Greater Story that God is writing in our lives.

THIS IS A LIE.

God often wants to leverage our fractures as a new beginning to launch us into a much bigger story than what we have been currently living.  We cannot allow our fractures or fear to keep us from stepping into that greater story.

I hope that you have enjoyed the conversation in our church over the last few weeks about the fractures in our lives.  My prayer is that you continue the conversation in your life groups and with others in your lives.

If you are experiencing a fracture TODAY, I pray that you will choose HOPE and not despair.

If you’ve been struggling to deal with a past fracture and think that it has moved you further from God, say a prayer today and choose HOPE.  God is NOT finished with you yet!

In John 10:10, Jesus said “I’ve come to give life and life to the full.”  May we wake up every morning on purpose and choose to live in His greater story!

Message Follow Up | Fracture: Part 3 – Difficult Circumstances

Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain – Part 3: Difficult Circumstances
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By David McNeely


God Permits What He Hates

Steve Estes once told Joni Eareckson Tada, “Joni, sometimes God permits what He hates to accomplish that which He loves.”

I hope that statement sinks into the depths of our souls.  I’m afraid we think God might just sometimes be excited about our pain and suffering.  Perhaps He is a God who only does the “real work” when we are wounded to the core.

Does He roll His eyes when we laugh with our children?  Is He enduring the peaceful stretches of our lives while sadistically planning the excruciating moments when it is difficult to even breathe?

The Bible would say, “No.”  Steve would agree.

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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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