Weekend Preview | Between Here And There: Part 2

By Matt Dawson

Hopefully, many of you have already started diving into the book of Nehemiah since we met together last Sunday. It’s a fascinating book, but it’s not an EASY book to get through.

As a matter of fact, I got this text from a Journey partner this week and it made me laugh (so I thought I would share it)!


The truth is, there is SO MUCH we can learn from the story of Nehemiah as we examine what it’s like to be IN THE MIDDLE of our dreams and goals. We all need that BURDEN to drive us forward but we also NEED A PLAN! Not everyone is a natural planner, and that’s okay! I don’t feel like it’s a natural gift for me either. However, we all need a plan to keep us on track.

This weekend, we will be looking at some of the principles that the story of Nehemiah teaches us when it comes to making a plan, working the plan, changing the plan, and re-engaging the plan. I know it will help many of you who feel STUCK in the MIDDLE of some big dreams and goals in your life!

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” – Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Even when our commitment is to “run the race set before us”, we all need a plan for HOW we will keep “our eyes fixed on Jesus.”

See you this Sunday!

Weekend Preview | It Is: Part 1 – It Is Coming

By Chris Denning

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The temperature is rising, buds are blooming on the trees, and the grass is turning from brown to green.  This can only mean one thing: Spring is coming.

I think most of us anticipate Spring with excitement, even desperation (I lived in Chicago, so I know what that’s about), but Spring is always a time for renewal and life.  For that new life to happen, change must abound.  Brown to green.  Cold to warm.  Change brings new life.  

And with Spring, so comes a great reminder of why we believe what we believe: Easter.

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Weekend Preview | God’s: Part 3 – God’s Plan

By Chris Denning

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The past few weeks we’ve been talking about the difference between ownership and stewardship.  We’ve talked about how everything we have comes from God, including every single one of our resources.

Now, we could understand both of these things, but still not be able to become a great steward of God’s resources if we lack one key thing:

Intentional Investment

Even if we set everything up in our lives to make this shift, to use everything we have as God would like it done, we wouldn’t be able to be good stewards without intentional investments.  We have to CHOOSE to make intentional investments in our lives, specifically with the people that are around us. 

Intentional investments means we’re not only being mindful about the stuff God’s given us, but also about the people God has placed in our lives.  Making the choice to invest in the lives of those around us using what God has given us is good stewardship.

To take the idea a step farther, we need to expand our understanding of “God’s Resources.”  When I say that, especially when we’ve been talking about finances you probably think of:

Money.  Cars.  Houses.  Stuff.

You wouldn’t be wrong, but I want to challenge you to expand your thinking a little bit.  In reality, God’s Resources includes these things, but it also includes: 

Relationships.  Opportunities.  Chance-Encounters.  Business Meetings.  Kids Soccer Games.

God supplies us with the materials we need to make an impact in this world.  To make that a little more “Journey”: God supplies us with the materials to humbly point everyone to absolute hope!

God provides us with the opportunities to connect with those around us, so that we can bring hope to them.  God gives us the ability to talk to other parents during our kid’s events so that we can point them to hope.

When you think about it, this is really all about perspective.  That conversation with another parent at your kid’s soccer game could just be another random conversation, or it could be a divine appointment that God has orchestrated specifically for you.  This subtle shift in our view of life will change how we live and how we see other people.

Making intentional investments helps to bring purpose to our lives.  Intentional investments allow us to begin to see God’s plan for our resources, beyond just tithing and giving to those who need it.

Let me talk to Partners for just a moment.

Intentional investments is how we make our mission personal.  Opening our eyes to those just around us changes the “everyone” in our mission to people.  Specific people, like the people around you, in your life right now.

Humbly point Samantha to absolute hope.

Humbly point Josh to absolute hope.

Intentional investments are how we will see 3 new campuses, 3,000 stories of life change, and $300,000 given to the LKN community.  We need to change how we live if we want to see these things, not for us, not for Journey, but for the fame of God.

Let’s open our eyes to see those around us, how we can make intentional investments in them, so that we can fully live out God’s plan for our lives.

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