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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Calculated Risk vs. Fear-Based Decisions – Part 2

By Don Gentry


Getting Back on the Horse

In Part 1, I told you the story about my daughter and I being thrown from a horse, and the decision we had to make in response.  However, this wasn’t the end of the story . . .

After checking the horse, the saddle, and taking a ride myself, I decide to continue the ride.  I then decided to try to convince those around me that it was safe to continue riding. It took some convincing of others present but we continued on with our day.

You might be asking yourself: Why do I tell you this?

Our children are going to have fears.

You are going to have fears.

Government systems throughout history have used scare tactics and fear based rhetoric to sway people groups for years.  Parents often motivate their children through fear. We create rules of safety to help assure ourselves that if our kids follow the rules it will create an environment of safety and control!

We have the opportunity as parents to help our children overcome their fears. We will never do that if we feed and give into our fears, which in turn often project onto our children.

Take the Risk

As a pastor I have had the opportunity to observe many parenting styles. What I have found is that parents who help their children ask questions of legitimacy and reality of their fears, help their children become far more adjusted in life.

I like to call this the “Calculated Risk Parenting Style.”  I am sure some of you would not be comfortable with my personal calculated risks. I’m ok with that; however, I want to challenge you to see that when we live a life of fear based decision-making, we limit what God can do in our lives and especially what God can do in the lives of our children.

The Bible is full of stories of people responding in fear and missing out on the incredible blessings of God.  On many occasions they not only missed his blessings but they also incurred his wrath. Why?

When we respond in fear we eliminate faith.

I’m not trying to tell you that you need to put your kids on horseback.  What I’m trying to ask is, “Do you live a life of fear?”

Take an honest evaluation of yourself:  Have you made decisions based on fear or calculated risks?

If we are truly honest with ourselves, safety and control are simply illusions. Anything can happen in life, but we go to great lengths to make ourselves feel better, thinking that we have covered as many scenarios as possible.

As a parent or guardian, I challenge you to identify your own fears first, then help your child identify their fears.  Create a plan and then create opportunities to establish how you are going to learn to make decisions without being controlled by fear.

Conclusion

Let’s choose to be intentional about helping our child make decisions based on faith, trust, and calculated risks, rather than illusion, safety, fear, and control.  God’s love, God’s word, & God’s fame would never have been and will cease to be proclaimed if people live in fear.

If you take anything away from these posts, it’s this:

Choose to make decisions with faith and boldness!

(2 Timothy 1:7; I John 4:18; Joshua 1:6-9)

Message Follow Up | Grattitude: Part 1 – Say It

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What I Say Matters…

It Reveals the Attitude of my Heart

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man,“Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

This weekend, we talked about having an attitude of Gratitude.  This is constantly at war with the entitlement of our hearts.  The entitlement that says “this is NOT FAIR”,  “I want it NOW”, and “I deserve MORE”.

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Weekend Preview | Grattitude: Part 1 – Say It

By Chris Denning


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We’re only a few weeks away from incessant Christmas music on the radio and A Christmas Story being replayed a million times (thanks TNT). However, before we get to the jolliest time of the year, we’ve got the culinary marathon that is Thanksgiving to run first.

Of course we’ll take some time next week to remember the things we’re thankful for, but do we ever consider expressing this thankfulness the other 364 days of the year?

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