on the journey

Pastor Michael

As our strategic plan says:  “Journey Church exists to lead people into life-transforming relationships with Jesus and to experience authentic Christian community.”  Here are two life-change stories from our recent lake baptism:

 

“When I first came to Journey, I was lost and searching to find some kind of direction.  I grew up bouncing from place to place without any purpose.  I served myself and was very selfish.  I was consumed with anger and rage.  I refused to trust anyone, so I was completely alone in life and unhappy.  I came to the point in my life where I had enough pain.  I was in and out of jail and prison.  I finally surrendered to God.  Now I am happy, joyous, and free.  There has been a weight lifted off my shoulders since I’ve let God run my life.  I feel important and loved in God’s house.  I feel amazing that Jesus gave his life for me, the ultimate act of love, so now I practice love to the people around me.  I try to draw them closer to God and to find what I found through Christ.”

 

“When I was a young girl, I was introduced to Jesus. My great-grandmother and my uncle who was a pastor brought him into my life.  I had an alcoholic mother, and my father was not a part of my life.  I was happy to have found a father in the Lord.  As I got older, I drifted apart from God.  I had a failed abusive marriage and then another failed relationship.  I battled depression and alcohol.  Despite all this, I was blessed with a wonderful husband and children.  I have become sober and am living a much better life.  I decided to bring Jesus back into my life when my children started going to Journey, seeing them so happy to have the Lord made me remember how good it feels to have him in my life.  They made me realize how much I had missed him being in my life.  I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  I am now closer to God and closer to my family.  In all of this I realized God has always been with me, even when I felt angry with him and drifted away.  I realized that when I thought he left me, it was I who left him.  I am truly happy and have once again found love in my Lord Jesus.”

 

Pastor Michael