On the Journey

Pastor Michael DuVal

  • January 8, 2018

    In the article Five Habits That Sabotage Joy, Debra Fileta writes that no matter what life may bring, there are a few things happy people don’t ever do.

     

    1.  Comparing...

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  • January 3, 2018

    People tend to make New Year’s resolutions because they want to change.  They want to improve themselves and their quality of life.  The top resolutions, for most people, tend to revolve around three things:  money, health, and family.  They’re going to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, stick to a budget, stop smoking, save for the future, spend more time with family.  Jim White suggests the following resolutions for people who want to live a life of strategic Kingdom investment...

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  • December 27, 2017

    A prayer at this time of year . . .

     

    Lord, in our world where worry often prevails, we desperately need your peace.  We ask that you stir in our hearts anew the good news of the coming of the Christ-child into our lives.  We thank You for the gift of your son Jesus, our Emmanuel, your Word made flesh.  Forgive us when we forget that and when we forget that your love never changes and never fails...

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  • December 18, 2018

    The New York Times recently published the article:  “Is Christmas a Religious Holiday?  A Growing Number of Americans Say No.”  It cited a study that found 45 percent of Americans said they did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday...

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  • December 3, 2017

    C. M. Joyner has written an article called “5 Questions to Ask Before Posting to Social Media.”

     

    1. Am I seeking approval?

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  • November 27, 2017

    My mom has Alzheimer’s.  It’s progressing.  I was with her on Thanksgiving Day.  During the evening meal, she repeatedly asked me where she was going to spend the night.  Over and over I told her it would be in her room in the care facility where she lives and where we were eating.  I rolled her in a wheelchair to her room (she presently is not walking because she recently had surgery to remove a cancerous lesion on her leg.)  She did not recognize her room.  I showed her the pictures of Debbie’s and my wedding and of our family on her chest of drawers, but that did not register with her.  She could not understand that she would be putting on her pajamas even though I showed them to her in a drawer.  I watched as she opened the drawer, looked in it, touched the pajamas, closed it, opened it, looked in it ...

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  • November 20, 2017

    I want to share with you the story of someone who was baptized in Journey Church’s service Sunday evening:

     

    “I think we strive to be the best person we can every day.  We all fall short, but the important part is to always get back up and try.  As we follow the life and teachings of Jesus, we move toward what I consider a very caring, considerate, supportive and helpful existence..."


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  • November 13, 2017

    One of the greatest Christian thinkers in recent history was C. S. Lewis.  Below are some quotes of his.  I invite you to contemplate them.  God may use them to inspire you or challenge you.

     

    It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.

     

    There are only two kinds of people...


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  • November 6, 2017

    Yesterday a shooter walked into a Texas church service and opened fire.  At least twenty-six people were killed, and twenty more were injured.  The New York Times describes the horrific scene:  “Families gathered in pews, clutching Bibles and praying to the Lord, were murdered in cold blood on the spot.”  The victims ranged in age from five to seventy-two.  Among the dead were several children, a pregnant woman, and the pastor’s teenage daughter.


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