On The Journey

A BLOG FROM CO-PASTORS MICHAEL DUVAL & JAMES HASSELL

  • March 19, 2019

    The Barna Research Group is one of the top-tier organizations for studying how faith intersects with daily living, especially in American culture. Two years ago, the Barna Group studied how most Americans practice prayer. The group found that seventy-nine percent of Americans ...

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  • March 13, 2019

    Is there danger in embracing a “comfortable” Christianity?  Is there risk in being a nominal “Christian” whose supposed faith doesn’t really cost anything?  If faith is actually only a badge that people wear and doesn’t genuinely transform their lives, is it really Christianity at all?  If their faith doesn’t ...

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  • March 6, 2019

    What is “Lent?” We’ve been using this term in recent days around Journey, and we have even developed a packet about Lent called “An Easter Journey.” So, what does Lent mean?

    I did not hear of this term until I was in high school and had a vague idea that Lent was some sort of time when people gave up certain foods and habits. Fortunately, Lent is more than ...

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  • February 25, 2019

    Jim White writes that according to a study coming out of Oxford University, everyone everywhere shares seven universal moral rules.  It was the largest and most comprehensive survey of morals ever conducted and aimed to find out whether different societies had different versions of morality.  It didn’t.

    It found  ...

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  • February 19, 2019

    The band Pink Floyd released a popular song in 1973 simply called “Money.” The highly sarcastic lyrics of the song make for a biting cultural critique. Here’s a sample:

    Money, it's a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream
    Think I'll buy me a football team
    .

    The meaning of the song is quite clear ...

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  • February 13, 2019

    Do you ever wonder why people like working with you, or they don’t?  Why your life goes pretty smoothly most of the time, or it seems to be constantly filled with destructive drama?  Is it possible that the emotional intelligence you’ve developed (or failed to develop) might have something to do with it?  Good news!   ...

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  • February 5, 2019

    I read an especially challenging statement this week: “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”* We live obviously in the Information Age, but I’m somewhat doubtful if our times will be referred to as the wisest of eras. Consider, for example, that with the simple flexing of our thumbs we can ... 

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  • January 29, 2019

    My son, Jackson, approached me recently as I sat down to do some work at my basement desk. He found a Bible on the desk among a smattering of other books and asked, “Daddy, don’t you need your Bible?” Jackson’s question hit the nail right on the head and reminded me of the importance of consistent and focused Bible reading and application...

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  • January 21, 2019

    There are times when it’s difficult to find the words.  How do we adequately express what God’s Holy Spirit is doing in and through Journey Church? 

    Perhaps differing translations of Psalm 118:23 capture it:

    “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (ESV)

    “The Lord has done this, and it is amazing to us.” (CEV)

    “This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight!” (CEB)

    We can hardly believe the news we get to share with you!  ...

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  • January 7, 2019

    I want to share with you some of Carey Nieuwhof’s thoughts that I recently read:

    Churches are closing, and even growing churches see people attending less often.  We’ve been talking about engagement being the new church attendance.  After all, Jesus didn’t say ... 

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  • January 2, 2019

    As we wrap up 2018 and look forward to a New Year, I simply want again to say “THANKS” for being so welcoming and encouraging to my family. We absolutely loved our first Christmas season in Virginia! We were especially thankful for the Christmas Eve worship experience... 

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