Weekend Preview | A Generous Life or A Crazy Life

By Matt Dawson


cmas12_bv_daveism_bokehIf you’ve been around Journey church for more than a year, then you’ve probably heard us mention the name Dave Ramsey. Dave is a financial coach and mentor to millions through his curriculum and podcast that focuses on spiritual principles to help people live debt-free.

He has a signature saying… “Live Like No One Else, so you can Live Like No One Else.”

I was thinking about this as we continue our Generous Life message series. Last week, we looked at what Jesus meant when He said “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). To experience what BLESSED really means (self-contained joyful satisfaction) we need to LIVE A LIFE CENTERED AROUND GIVING.

However, most people think that this is impossible…unrealistic…crazy! That no one could center their lives on giving themselves away and sustain the life they desire. That might be true. However, if the goal is a JOY-FILLED, FULLY SATISFIED LIFE, then there must be a way to achieve this without everyone feeling like they have to become Mother Teresa in order to experience it.

This Sunday, we will be discussing the TRUE CRAZY of our current reality and dive deeper into understanding that NOT ONLY JOY is waiting for us as we choose a Generous Life, but PEACE as well. The kind of PEACE that only Christ gives us when we have rooted and established our faith IN HIM.

A Generous Life is choosing to live like no one else (giving our lives away,) so we can live like no one else (worry-free, peace driven, joy-filled satisfaction)!

Weekend Preview | Women Of The Bible: Part 4

By Matt Dawson


I’m currently reading an AWESOME book titled “Move Towards the Mess: The Ultimate Fix for a Boring Christian Life.”  I’m only 1/2 way through and will be done by Sunday.  I HIGHLY recommend it!
This week we are finishing our series on Women of the Bible, and we are looking at the story of Jesus moving towards a woman’s mess.  We know her story well, because we ARE her story. 
The most powerful argument the book makes is that when/if Christianity begins to feel too comfortable and lacks excitement (you’re bored) then you’re more than likely NOT FOLLOWING Jesus anymore.  When following Jesus, it is our CALL, our MISSION, and our PRIVILEGE to move towards the mess in people’s lives as we are honest about the mess in our own.
The book gives 3 reasons that we DON’T move towards the messes of life, and there are SO POWERFUL.
1. Convenience – One of the reasons we resist walking with people in our TOP 5 or others who have messes in their lives, is because we are TOO BUSY!  We simply have NO MARGIN in our tightly scheduled, hyper-planned lives to allow us to walk closely with messy people.
Quote from the book:
“You’ll know you’re too busy to FOLLOW JESUS when messy people are inconveniences rather than opportunities.”
2. Comfort  Moving towards the messes is not comfortable, however, everything in our lives drives us to LIVE in our comfort zones.  Comfort is needed for rest and recuperation, but it is a terrible place to LIVE a life FULLY ALIVE.  If we insist on “comfortable,” boredom is inevitable!  Following Jesus NEVER is and never has been boring.
Quote from the book:
“You’ll never meet the BEST version of yourself while living in your comfort zone!”
3. Control – We are all  wired to want control to some degree- control to fix problems fix problems, to solve issues, and to do things in such a way that we can predict outcomes. Messes are OUT OF OUR CONTROL.  So we pass by the messes, and we don’t engage with people who need HOPE, because we can’t control people or their messes.
Quote from the book:
“People aren’t projects to fix, they are just people to love.”
The primary lesson from the book is that the solution for boredom is Engagement.  We often think that the fix for boredom is Entertainment. However, entertainment doesn’t last!  The ultimate fix for boredom is to fully engage your life in following Jesus and moving towards the people that Jesus loves (and they are messes JUST LIKE US).
This Sunday, we see Jesus live out the example for us of moving towards the mess in people’s lives by engaging another unnamed women who would not only come to know Him, but would be used to bring her entire community to believe in Jesus!
See you Sunday!

Weekend Preview: “5 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said”- Statement 2

Let’s face it, when we read the Bible there are some passages we run across that cause us to stop and think to ourselves, “Really?” Many of those passages are in the “Red Letters” if you have one of those old school Bibles where Jesus’ words are all written in red ink. Many things that Jesus said were hard for people to hear in His day and time, and it is true for us today as well. The truth is that we are usually okay with Jesus condemning the hypocrites and correcting the sinners, but it all changes when He begins to speak to things we view as “ours.”

This series is about looking at some of the hard sayings of Jesus that we may sometimes gloss over and honestly ignore. Nowhere is this more real for us than when Jesus addresses money. Money is one of those things that we just really don’t want to think about sometimes through the lens of our faith. Jesus had more to say about money than almost anything else during His ministry on Earth. Here are just a few things to take note of in terms of money as you read through the New Testament:

  • Jesus talked about money more than He did Heaven and Hell combined.
  • Jesus talked about money more than anything else except the Kingdom of God.
  • 11 of 39 parables talk about money.
  • 1 of every 7 verses in the Gospel of Luke talk about money.

This reveals to me that maybe Jesus knew something about money that we could all learn from.

Last week we stated that if you want to know what Jesus meant by what He said, look at how he lived. It never appears that Jesus worried about money when you read the New Testament. From declaring that he had no home or place to lay His head in Matthew 8:20, to finding money to pay the Temple tax in the mouth of a fish with Peter in Matthew 17:24-27. Jesus never asked for money from those around Him and He never seemed to have a need that wasn’t met, but He does give us insight on how we should view money as it relates to following Him and living life. This week we will look at a passage in Matthew where Jesus basically says you can live for God or you can live for your stuff, but you can’t do both. I don’t know about you, but for me this is a tough one to follow. Why did Jesus have to say that? Let’s talk about it this week at Journey.

Let’s Bless Others- End Of Year!

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Journey Church has had a landmark year across the board and that includes financially!  After the ONE initiative, we honestly didn’t know where we would be financially this year. God has been faithful!

I know it might seem odd to start off this letter with such a boastful phrase, but I mean it from a place of gratitude.  God has blessed us and we are so thankful for the work He is doing in and through Journey church.

That’s why this “End of Year” giving letter is not for us!

Of course, we’ve got a ways to go to end our year and meet budget as a church, but I’m confident that folks in our church will continue to give in obedience and generosity through tithes and offerings. I can’t say thank you enough to those who partner financially with our church!

TODAY – I’m asking if you would give “Above and Beyond” a financial gift toHopeLKN’s “Hope for the Holidays” $100,000 Goal to benefit HOPELKN in addition to 3 of our local non-profit partners.  If you’re unaware of the amazing impact these groups are having, I’ve attached the videos we made for them in our “Hope for the Holidays” event at Birkdale Village 2 weeks ago.

Would you consider an “above and beyond” gift TODAY?  We’ve already raised almost $72,000 and we’re only halfway through the month!

If EVERYONE READING THIS LETTER would give a $59 financial gift, we would meet our $100,000 goal and do something that is UNPRECEDENTED in our city! Many of you can give more, so give more.  Some can only give $25 – and that’s okay too.  I’m confident that no matter what you give – it will have a HUGE IMPACT!

YOUR FINANCIAL GIFT will help these organizations continue to bring HOPE to the helpless, the hurting, and the families in LKN. 

You can GIVE ONLINE (Paypal) or write a check to HOPELKN and mail it to: 15711 Brookway Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078.

We’ve been so blessed… Let’s bless others this year as we close out 2015!


Ada Jenkins Video
Hope House Foundation Video

Barium Springs CHA Video
HopeLKN Video

006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

The Journey Online Podcast

If you’ve been around Journey for any length of time, you’ve heard us talking about Partnering.  We don’t have members at Journey, we have Partners that help us accomplish the mission and vision of Journey Church.  Partners help to carry the heart of Jesus into the world by humbly pointing everyone to absolute hope.

In this episode, Zack DeBerry sits down with our Creative Arts Pastor, Chris Denning, to talk about why partnering is such a big deal at Journey, what partnering looks like, and how you can take steps today to partner with Journey.  


006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

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