Faithfully

Pastor Michael DuVal

  • October 17, 2017

    Someone in the DuVal house really likes watching the television phenomenon “Fixer Upper” (no, it’s not me.)  This show has attracted as many as twenty-five million viewers.  Chip and Joanna Gaines were a little-known contractor and decorator flipping houses in Waco, TX, before their show made them overnight celebrities.  They’ve announced that Season 5 will be their last... 

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  • October 9, 2017

    Journey’s EPIC (Experienced Persons In Christ) group is going out for breakfast this week.  You won’t find them in rocking chairs in their retirement!

     

    One person who was on the verge of retirement was asked what he was going to do.  He answered:  “The first year I’m just going to sit on the front porch in a rocking chair.”  He was asked:  “Then what?”  He responded:  “The second year I’m going to start rocking.”  ...

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  • September 26, 2017

    Josh Squires has blogged about 5 Ways to Murder Your Marriage

     

    1.  Expect Perfection

    Dwell on perfection:  physical perfection, emotional perfection, spiritual perfection—think on all of it—and be deeply offended at your spouse’s shortcomings.  When hope begins to raise its head, shame it with memories of how your spouse has failed in the same way multiple times...

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  • September 18, 2017

    Our church’s students were on a retreat this past weekend, and our children will be going on a retreat this coming weekend.  Retreats can be spiritually transformative for persons of any age, but I think particularly they can be so meaningful for younger people.  I think that’s true for both boys and girls, as they struggle in their own way...

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  • September 11, 2017

    Jim Denison has written a blog post:  “Trusting God in Hard Times: A 9/11 Reflection” on this the sixteenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history.  Since 9/11, there have been at least sixty Islamist-inspired terrorist plots against our country.  Just this year, Americans have suffered from wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Christians have prayed for Americans to be spared from these unprecedented storms...

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  • September 5, 2017

    Here’s the life change story of someone who was baptized during our church’s recent baptism and communion worship experience at a lake:

     

    “I grew up in an abusive, alcoholic household.  There was always anxiety and chaos.  Even though my mother believed in God with her whole heart, she had not been healed enough to be loving to others.  I was always running.  Running from her addiction, from my pain, from my loneliness...

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  • August 28, 2017

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

     

    “I lost my son, Dustin, July 2015.  He died of a heroine over dose, just hours after I left him.  He said he would be OK and told me he loved me.  I called him back that night, and we laughed.  I called the next morning, but he didn’t answer.  That was unusual, so I drove by to check on him.  He was gone.  The worst thing I feared had happened...

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  • August 21, 2017

    Jim White has written about how to explore Christianity authentically.  He offers five suggestions to help people in their faith journey.


    1. Maintain an Open Mind

    Sometimes we say we’re going to explore something when we know we’re not really open to what we might find.  Having an open mind doesn’t mean blind acceptance...

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