Pastor Michael DuVal

  • July 17, 2017

    Katy Callahan authored a blog post about how to put love into action that caught my attention.  When Jesus was about to be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter didn’t sling ugly tweets or post angry rants on facebook, but he did draw his sword.  What can we learn from Jesus about how we are to respond when we or others are treated unjustly? 

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  • July 3, 2017

    A study about the role of faith in everyday life by Pew Research asked self-identified American Christians:  “Which of the following are essential parts of what being a Christian means to you?  What do you think of the responses?

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  • June 27, 2017

    Summer camp!  Almost 40 youth, children, and chaperones from Journey (along with about 1100 other youth (grades 6-12) and 500 other children (grades 3-5.)  In the mountains of North Carolina at the continental divide (cool enough the last morning that we could see our breath outside.)  Averaged 6 hours of sleep per night and 6 miles of walking per day (again, in the mountains!)

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  • June 19, 2017

    Journey is committed to life transformation through the power of Christ’s love.  Here’s a story of that from someone who was recently baptized in our church... 

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  • June 12, 2017

    Here’s another life change story from Journey’s recent lake baptism service: “Before I trusted Christ, I tried to control my own life. I worried about the future. I let my past regrets haunt my thoughts. I was unsure of who I was and what life was all about.  I used alcohol to try and cope with the stresses of life.  I let alcohol control my life gradually over time... 

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  • June 5, 2017

    Our lake baptism service was so very meaningful. Here is one of the powerful life change stories that was shared: “Before I trusted Christ, I felt punished by God. My parents were alcoholics, and I was never good enough..." (Click here to read more)

  • May 30, 2017

    There’s a young woman who struggled with the church. She went for a while, exploring different church options, but she found most of the churches to be unwelcoming and unfriendly. She’d sit alone, with no one ever taking the time to speak with her beyond greeting her at the door. Now she’s walked away from the church... (Click here to read more) 

  • May 23, 2017

    Roles.  We all play them.  Daughter or son.  Mother or father.  Student or teacher.  Supervisor or supervisee.  I've been thinking about the role of church leadership... (Click here to read more)

  • May 15, 2017

    This morning I received a call from a woman.  She told me that she and her young adult daughter were interested in visiting Journey after he daughter had spent time looking over our church's website.  But before they came, the mom wanted to know the answer to a question.  She asked:  "My son committed suicide.  Does your church teach that he's in hell because of that?"  How would you answer? ...  (Click here to read more)

  • May 9, 2017

    In my morning devotion I prayed specifically that I might sense God's leading because I want so much to know the Lord's guidance concerning several decisions I've been pondering.  And, I acknowledge, I wanted God to be very clear and unmistakable and easily understood.  Well, here's the prompting I got... (Click to read more)

  • May 1, 2017

     Last Friday a team from Journey was at Bonsack Elementary School.  They served popcorn and cotton candy simply to show that our church cares for our community.  Students and staff alike were thrilled!  While standing in line, one student said:  “This is awesome!”  Then another student said:  “This is the best day of my life!”  (Isn’t that great!) ... (Click to read more)

  • April 24, 2017

    Yesterday the members of one of the men's discipleship huddles that I'm a part of at Journey served supper at the Rescue Mission... (Click to read more)

  • April 18, 2017

    Sunday was a wonderful day for Journey Church as we joined with churches around the world in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus that revealed hope wins out over despair; right wins out over wrong; love wins out over evil!  This Easter we had the largest... (Click to read more)

  • April 10, 2017

    Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 offers a narrative for how people find their way to God.  Dave Ferguson has written about this in 5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening... (Click to read more)