008 The Journey Online Podcast | Finding Hope in a Fracture w/ David McNeely

The Journey Online Podcast

This past weekend, we finished a series called Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain.  To say this series has been a landmark for our church would be an understatement.

We’ve seen people embracing and addressing fractures in their stories for the first time, and others coming alongside those who need to be pointed to absolute hope.  God has been doing incredible things at Journey, and we believe the best is yet to come!

In this episode, we catch up with our friend David McNeely and talk with him about what it looks like to find hope in a fracture.  David talks about how no fracture, no story, no moment is wasted by God, and how we can trust God with our fractures and stories because He is sovereign.

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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
David McNeely


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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Weekend Preview | Fracture – Part 3: Difficult Circumstances

By Chris Denning


 

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Have you ever been in the middle of a storm?

I’m talking about a thundering downpour that makes you worry about your safety.  I grew up on the coast, and these kinds of storms were not out of the norm, especially during hurricane season.

There were times when I was out playing with friends, and I was caught in the middle of these storms.  These storms were simply overwhelming.  They came on quickly, and I couldn’t see the end of them.  Worst of all, there was nothing I could do to stop it.

These storms are similar to difficult circumstances in our lives.

Often times, these circumstances are simply overwhelming.  They can come on quickly, and its terribly hard to see the end of them.  One of the hardest parts of these circumstances is that they are most times completely out of your control.

It seems like you can’t do anything to fix things, and it feels completely hopeless.

While this may be true, and you may not be able to change your circumstances, you have the ability to determine your perspective of your circumstances.

Your perspective of your difficult circumstances often determines your outcome.

  • This DOESN’T mean that you are in control of the outcome, because ultimately God is.
  • This DOESN’T mean that you are in control of others, because they have free will.
  • This DOES mean that your perspective has a great deal of influence over your attitude and your ability to weather your storm.

If you can see your current circumstance as a way for God to change and grow you . . . 

If you can understand your current circumstance as a divine part of your story . . .

If you can believe that your current circumstance is going to be worked out for your good, because of His love for you . . .

Then you have the opportunity to walk through your circumstances with joy, rather than spite, with confidence, rather than fear, and with hope, rather than despair.

Take joy.  Take heart.  Take hope.  Ask God to help you change your perspective of your circumstance, because it will change the quality and direction of your life.

My Fracture Story | The One Decision That Changed My Life

By Chris Denning


A few weeks ago, Matt, Don, Zack and I were brainstorming about how we could create a few posts for this month centered around our series, Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain.

We wanted to do something that would be encouraging to read, but also help whoever read them better understand what a fracture is in our stories.  We decided to take a chance and take a moment to share a bit of our own stories.  

Over the next few weeks, you’re going to get to read a story from each of us about how we experienced a fracture in our story, how it impacted us, and how we ended up responding.

These stories are pretty honest and raw, and our hope is that you will see that if you’re going through a fracture right now, you’re not alone.  This isn’t the end.  There is hope.  We’ve found an absolute Hope in our pain, and we know that you can too.


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