On the Journey

  • April 17, 2018

    How might you learn to read the Bible in a way that would be more meaningful and help you understand on a deeper level?  Here are ten steps...

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  • April 1, 2018

    Yale University’s most popular class in its 316-year history is PSYC 157:  Psychology and the Good Life.  Nearly one-fourth of Yale undergraduates registered for it.  The course “tries to teach students how to lead a happier, more satisfying life.”  Interestingly, a 2013 report by the Yale College Council found that “more than half of undergraduates sought mental health care from the university” while enrolled because they are “anxious, stressed, unhappy, numb.”  The professor teaches that the things undergraduates most associate with achieving happiness—a high grade, a prestigious internship, a good-paying job—do not increase happiness at all...

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  • March 26, 2018

    Here’s another life change story from Journey’s baptism service.


    My Story

    My grandmother played a big part in the church she attended.  When she passed away, I was angry at Christ.  I did not understand how Christ could take someone that I loved and admired away from me.  I stopped attending church.  I believed that my soul was lost due to me being angry at Christ and taking life for granted.  One day I was driving to work on Route 419 and fell asleep behind the wheel of my vehicle...

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  • March 19, 2018

    I want to share with you two life change stories from Sunday’s baptism service.


    My Story

    Before I trusted Christ, I did a lot of questioning.  I had a lot of disappointment and discouragement.  I was angry.  I was in a very low place.  I had been attending Journey.  I was trying to start over...

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  • March 13, 2018

    I worked as a janitor in a dorm when I was in college to help pay my tuition.  So, I read with interest when Matt Steen wrote “The Parable of the Janitor.”  Matt went to visit a neighbor of his in the hospital.  The neighbor wanted to walk in the hallways, so Matt walked with him...

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  • March 6, 2018

    Grateful for so many things in the last week or so!


    Grateful for the Work As Worship simulcast Journey hosted on the third floor of the City Market Building in downtown Roanoke for about 50 leaders in our church and community to enhance servant leader skills.


    Grateful for the “God Moment” that led to the sharing of faith after Journey...

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  • February 27, 2018

    Recently I’ve had several conversations with people who have family members in declining health.  I’ve talked with them about how very important I think it is for families to have open and honest and loving conversations about their wishes for—whom they want to make care decisions for them when they can’t, the kind of medical treatment they want or don’t want, how comfortable they want to be, how they want people to treat them, and what they want their loved ones to know.

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  • February 19, 2018

    Journey is committed to the spiritual transformation of people.  I’m convinced that a crucial way for this to happen is for us to immerse ourselves in the teaching of Scripture and to pattern our lives in accordance with it.  For that to take place, we need to actually read the Bible and reflect repeatedly on the meaning of the text.  A helpful way to incorporate Biblical teaching into our lives is by journaling about it.  I want to challenge you to do this.  Here is what I journaled as I read Romans 12.  Now, if I will only integrate them into the way I live...

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  • February 5, 2018

    Here are some excerpts from the writing of Jared Wilson.  How do they challenge you? 

    • Craving more and more extravagant evidences of the Spirit is an easy way to demonstrate our lack of satisfaction with the gospel of Jesus.

    • The church is where God’s Spirit is doing the grand rebuilding of humanity and human relationships. To consider the church optional is to miss out on the fullness of the Holy Spirit...

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