Weekend Preview | It Is: Part 3 – It Is Finished

By Chris Denning


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In case you aren’t aware of it, this weekend is Easter.  I know, its nuts that it’s April already.

Easter is a big deal in the church, and you might be curious why.  I mean, I understand the “big deal-ness” of it theologically and personally, but why is Easter a time where people feel drawn to the Church?

Honestly, I think the answer is simple: Easter is a time of great hope.

The story of Easter is filled with great sorrow, pain and agony, yet people are still drawn to it.  Even with the graphic brutality that is native to Jesus’ journey from the Garden to Calvary, we want to hear the whole story.

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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!

Weekend Preview | Fracture: Part 4 – Living A Bigger Story

By Chris Denning


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In this series, we’ve been talking a lot about our stories.  Not only our own stories, but how everyone has their own story.

And all of these stories are going on alongside each other, overlapping, weaving in and out of each other, connecting and disconnecting.  However, our stories exist inside the context of a greater story, maybe THE Story: The Story of God.

From the beginning of time, God’s been writing His story.  From Adam, to Abraham, to Moses, to David, to the Prophets, to Jesus; God has been using men to write his story.  The fact that he would use such an imperfect tool as man to write His story is quite humbling.

The craziest part is that God doesn’t just write his story using Kings and Queens, but he chooses to write it EVERYDAY with people like you and me.  Through our successes, through our failures, in our high times, and in our lowest times; God is writing his perfect story in and through us. Continue reading

Message Follow Up | Fracture: Part 1 – Fractured Stories

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By Matt Dawson


In the many stories that fill our lives, everyone experiences pain.  Everyone goes through moments when a FRACTURE happens and it’s painful at a soul-level.

A Fracture is a soul-depth crack or break in our story, caused by our individual decisions or compounded by our external circumstances.

Every Fracture has a Purpose… an opportunity for DESPAIR or HOPE. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬ NIV

Jesus comes to bring us Life to the Full.  The Enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy us.  To know this, doesn’t lessen the pain or make that fracture go away any faster.

We understand that in every fracture, there is either a purpose to take us out and flatline our story or an opportunity for God to bring HOPE to that pain. 

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Weekend Preview | Fracture: Part 1 – Fracture Stories

By Chris Denning


 

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Stories are absolutely everywhere.  Any movie you’ve seen, any book you’ve read, any show you’ve watched; they are all filled with stories.

Stories motivate us, they drive us to be more, they help us heal, and even teach us how to live our lives.  Jesus knew all this, which is why he used mini-stories, called Parables, to teach his disciples and those who could hear about His ideals for life.

While stories vary in quality or size, one fact remains true:

Everybody has a story.

Good.  Bad.  Big.  Small.  Funny.  Tragic.

We all have a story.

For some people, our story is one we try to remember often, considering fond memories and days gone by.

For others, their story is one they’d rather forget ever happened, because the damage is deep and wide in their hearts.

Our stories are dictated and molded by the choices we make and the circumstances in which we reside.  Some things we have control over, and others we do not, which is probably what makes it hard to come to grips with our stories sometimes.

In this series, Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain, we’re going to directly address how to better understand our stories, in light of our choices, circumstances, and in the context of the greater story of God.

If you’re reading this and you know yours is one of those stories riddled with pain, I want to speak just to you for a minute:

I know its hard.  I know it hurts.  I know its dark.  And I know there seems to be no light ahead.

I’ve been there.  And the good news is that this is not your ending.  This is where you are on your way to what’s next.

You are worth the struggle.  You are worth the fight.  You are worth the hope that Jesus died on the cross to bring you.  

Over the next few weeks at Journey, we want to walk beside you as you begin to find that very hope.  We want to help, because we have already seen the absolute Hope you’re desperate for.  And it is good, and it is real.

Take a chance and come to Journey over the next few weeks, or watch these messages online.  Take this one small step.  I believe that God will meet you in your step of faith.

I’m praying for you right now.  I’m praying for your hurt, your pain, your depression, your sting, your guilt, your numbness, all of it.  I’m praying you gather the courage to take this step, and watch what God does with it.

We love you, God loves you, and I promise, you can find hope in your pain. 


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5 Things to Celebrate From 2014 | 5 Things to Look Forward To In 2015

By Matt Dawson


Happy New Year Journey family – I’m so excited about 2015!  I’m honored to be your pastor and wanted to quickly share a few things I’m celebrating this year and a few things I’m looking forward to in our future.  

5 Things to Celebrate from 2014

1. Staff Transitions

If you didn’t know, we lost 4 staff members towards the end of 2013 and this entire year was a rebuilding year for our staff and leadership.  It was hard, but not as hard as it could have been.  We knew at the end of 2013 we were experiencing some GOD-LED changes that were out of our control, so we knew He would be faithful to walk us through that transition.  

After experiencing this past year, I remain convinced that God brought us the right people and some incredible leaders to help us during the interim and are now in place to help us have an incredible 2015!  One lesson I’ve learned: when God is leading CHANGE in your life – trust Him, He is faithful!  Continue reading