On The Journey

A BLOG FROM CO-PASTORS MICHAEL DUVAL & JAMES HASSELL

  • May 13, 2019

    Feeding America Southwest Virginia, an organization committed to fighting hunger in our area, recently released a startling report. Their findings indicate that one in six children in Southwest Virginia are “food insecure.”* Food insecurity means that people have lack of access to affordable or nutritious food. The report also states...

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  • May 6, 2019

    I love Journey Church so deeply. I am so, so grateful for the caring, serving. sacrificing people of our community of faith. I truly hope that ...

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  • May 1, 2019

    About ten years ago, the European Journal of Social Psychology published a study about how long it takes for people to form a new habit. They concluded that new habits become “automatic” between 18 and 254 days. In other words, sticking to our goals can be daunting and take more time than we think. For instance, how many of us haven’t been to the gym since February? I won’t answer that one for me...

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  • April 22, 2019

    A Beatles’ song begins with these words:  “You say you want a revolution.  Well, you know, we all want to change the world.”  As God’s church celebrated the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, I’ve thought about how that divine intervention into human affairs launched a spiritual revolution that was intended to change the world—and at this time in our culture, a spiritual revolution is desperately needed ...

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  • April 15, 2019

    Have you recently asked yourself, “How can I make a greater impact for Jesus?” We may experience difficulty when we try to figure out exactly what we can do for God. We desire to accomplish so many good things but seemingly have little time in which to do them. The sheer amount of human need around us can be frightening and daunting. How then may we meet some of the challenges of our day and make a lasting contribution for God’s kingdom?  ...

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  • April 8, 2019

    On Sunday our church celebrated the baptism of persons who have committed their lives to Jesus.  Here are parts of their life-change stories:

     

    “Before I trusted Christ, I was spiritually dead.  I hung out with the wrong people which led to my addiction to heroin and cocaine.  I engaged in illegal activity to support my addiction.  I led a lonely life.  Since deciding to follow Christ...

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  • April 1, 2019

    I attended recently a meeting of local business people who are seeking to incorporate their faith into their work environments.  They want to practice their faith in meaningful ways in the real world.  I was struck by their desire to embrace corporate responsibility that has not a single bottom line, but a triple bottom line.  The three bottom lines are ...

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  • March 27, 2019

    As I write this post, I am sitting in the smack-dab middle of a local coffee shop. The smells of coffee and tea are amazing, and the room is full of people having significant conversations. For instance, at one table two nursing students interact as they diligently study their notes. A test is obviously eminent for them. At another table ...

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  • 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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