• May 25, 2020

    With other holidays, it is natural to say Merry Christmas . . . Happy Thanksgiving . . . ”have a happy . . . (fill in the blank with the holiday of your choice)”.


    My family joked with my mom this past Mother’s Day and wished her a Happy “Mother’s-Thanksgiving-mas” because in her awesome frugalness ...

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  • May 18, 2020

    “What does Journey mean to you?” was asked in a survey of our church.  Here’s what some of you said!


    “It is my source, comfort and strength.”  “Journey helped turn Roanoke from a place where I live to my home.”  “Journey has been our ongoing anchor of love and support.” ...

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  • MAY 11, 2020

    I love the servant hearts of people at Journey!  I received this message from someone who liked Journey’s Facebook page.


    “I liked your page because I assume I met a couple of your parishioners today.  I work for the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, and a young man and a young lady stopped to help me help a Vietnam Vet...

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  • May 4, 2020

    Sometimes I feel small in this world.  The problems around me seem far too big—much bigger than I am.  What impact can I possibly have on poverty, on addiction, on loneliness, or on this dreadful COVID-19?


    The other day, I heard someone tell this story . . .


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  • April 27, 2020

    Eric Butterworth wrote about a college professor who had his sociology class go into the slums of Baltimore to get the case histories of 200 young boys.  The college students were asked to write an evaluation of what they thought each of the boys’ future would be like.  In every case, the students wrote:  “He hasn’t got a chance.” ...

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  • April 20, 2020

    At Journey, we’ve talked about it before, but in this time of the current pandemic, I think it needs to be spoken about again.  What is it?  Suicide.


    Jim White writes that according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999 to 2018 the suicide rate in the United States surged by 35%.  It is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.  The greatest increases have occurred since 2006...

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  • April 13, 2020

    It was strange.  Actually, it was a little more than strange.  There they were standing apart at appropriate social distance, and there I was leading in the graveside service for my 95-year-old father-in-law.  Only members of the immediate family were present, and they were all wearing masks.  It felt weird.  But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it was the prudent thing to do...

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  • April 6, 2020

    I need to hear it—again.  What Jesus said.  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 


    “My grace is sufficient for you.”  “My grace is sufficient for you.”  I need that to be re-confirmed deep in my soul.


    Why?  Last night my wife Debbie’s dad died.  It was just over two months after my mom died.  It was the same day that his brother died eight years ago...

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  • 2020 Blog Posts

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