The Last Arrow

By Don Gentry

“The Great tragedy that I have witnessed over and over again is that we keep underestimating how much God wants to do in us and through us.  Too many of us have believed the lies we have been told: that we are not good enough, we are not smart enough, we are not talented enough, we are just not enough.  One of the facets of God that makes Him extraordinary is His ability to do the impossible through ordinary, everyday, common people like you and me.  This book has one intention: that whether you win or lose, succeed or fail, live a life of celebrity or anonymity, that when you take your last breath, you will know without reservation that you have given everything you have, everything you are, to the life you have been entrusted with.”  Erwin McManus.

I could end my blog right there.  As we go through our series, Dream Again, this quote sums up what we are trying to awaken in you.  This quote was taken from Erwin’s book The Last Arrow.  I LOVE THIS BOOK!! If you have not read it yet, you should read it during this current series.  Just as this quote (and the rest of his book) reveals, the manner in which God inspires and uses our dreams/lives can be in power or obscurity, wealth or poverty, success or failure, fame or anonymity.  Our role is to discover what God is doing in us and through us!

Later on in the book, Erwin discusses how many dreams are begun by a key leader, but the “dream” must be carried out by “dreamers that are content to walk in obscurity.”  What matters is not which role we play, but have we discovered how God has uniquely equipped us to fulfill the purpose he has for us!

This book and our current series reminds me of one of my elders in my previous church. He literally grew up on the wrong hill in Kentucky.  He lived a life of extreme bullying. For example, each day he had to cross the river rapids on a homemade raft to get to school.  The kids would often sabotage his raft so that he would have to swim the rapids to safety while he was trying to cross (he had many other stories of how he lived on the hill on the other side of the river).  As an old man, he was one of the most humble and wise men I have ever met. He knew the word of God better than most of my M. Div. colleagues, yet he lived in what most would call abject poverty.  As I was eating dinner with him at his house he said, “Donnie, I wasn’t born to money or intelligence. And this world just needs to learn that sometimes we just need to be content with who are and serve God wholly.”  That man lead more people to Christ than I can ever begin to share.  He found his purpose, and it wasn’t what the world would call success.

If you want to be inspired, then read this book!! I will leave you with one other phenomenal quote from Erwin.  “Before you die, live the life you were born to live!”

Series Preview – Dream Again

By Matt Dawson

‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Act 2:17

The most recurring dream I had as a child was that I was Superman…not the adult version, just me dressed in the costume at my school, hanging with my friends, with all his powers – ready to be awesome at a moment’s notice. Anything was possible.

As an adult, I still have dreams. My dreams are different now (although, I admit, I still return to my Superman dreams every once in a while). My dreams often have to do with my family, life, or church and sometimes they entertain one of the thousand “what if” questions that fill my mind.

What if someone broke into my home?
What if someone gave me a million dollars tomorrow…what would change, what would stay the same?
What if Journey’s next building had a community center, co-op working space, pre-school, athletic gyms, and a Chick-Fil-A?
What if turtles could fly?
What if I’m dreaming right now in this dream?

I believe that when we lose the ability to dream, we lose our HOPE for the future. We stop EXPECTING that God has MORE (so much more) in store for our lives, our church, and our cities!

We begin to settle and dreams are replaced with details. Routines take over and our minds are filled with thoughts of limitations. We lose our purpose and we have little desire that goes beyond our immediate need for comfort.

However, in our deepest places we know we were made for MORE. Something in us that longs for a life of significance instead of survival.

We CAN discover what’s been LOST.

We CAN restore what’s been DIMINISHED in our hearts.

We CAN begin to DREAM AGAIN!

The future of the western church lies in the prophecy of what Peter declared would be fulfilled within the church in the last days. When God pours out His Spirit on us we would see and prophesy the TRUTH of God, our visions would bring PURPOSE to our lives, and our dreams would be fueled by the ABSOLUTE HOPE of Jesus Christ!

I hope you will join us for all three weekends of our newest series entitled “Dream Again” at Journey Church. It’s a great series to invite a friend to join you as we challenge ourselves to “experience immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine by His power at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)