The Silence of Saturday

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:50-56 Yesterday, Jesus was crucified. His disciples were scattered. His ministry seemed to be over. His influence disappeared. His friends were left questioning. His mother was left weeping. This seemed like anything but a good day. Imagine being one of the disciples waking up on Saturday morning. When your eyes open, you realize that the evening before, they watched your closest friend hung upon a cross until dead. For a split...

Forgiveness Come Alive

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:18-49 A known guilty murderer (Barabbas) was released and an innocent Jesus was sent to His death. He was mocked, cursed, spit upon, and beaten. He was nailed to a cross next to two criminals while looking down from the cross upon a distressing scene. . The Roman soldiers were gambling for His clothing; the religious leaders sneered at Him; one of the criminals on the cross next to Him was questioning Him; and the crowd was blaspheming Him....

Qualifying the Disqualified

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:54-63 Think of the worst thing you’ve ever done. The thing you are most ashamed of. The thing you’ve only told those closest to you, or maybe no one at all. Think of the one thing you suspect disqualifies you from serving God and maybe even keeps you from His presence. Imagine you are warming yourself by a fire. Its light flickers on the faces of those nearby. They all seem to be looking at you, suspiciously. It is 33...

Get Up & Pray!

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:39-53 “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and His disciples followed Him.” When He got there, He told them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He did what He always did,He prayed. When He broke bread with His disciples He prayed. When He had preached a sermon that drew huge crowds He prayed. When He was facing death, a death He asked His heavenly father to do some other way He prayed. He withdrew to the lonely discipline that...

You’re Not Invited

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:14-23 Have you ever had a holiday dinner where that one family member shows up? The one who has hurt your family in some way or caused chaos for no reason? Simply sitting across from them can make your stomach turn and blood boil. It’s hard enough to invite them for the holidays, but would you really invite them to your last meal? Jesus spent His last meal with His disciples; His most trusted and faith-filled friends. The artwork of Leonardo da...

What If I’m Not Good Enough?

Scripture Reading: Luke 21:1-19 What if my talents aren’t any good? We tend to give into lies that say, “we aren’t good enough.” No matter what we do to try to silence them, they tend to creep back up on us. Maybe you just got over your fear of singing in front of others, so you decide, "This Sunday, I'm gonna sing my heart out at church and not care what anyone thinks." The worship team starts playing This is Amazing Grace which is your...

Who Influences You?

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:45-48 What does a normal day look like for you? Maybe it’s waking up early, grabbing a cup of coffee, and heading off to work for eight hours. Or maybe it’s waking up to two kids who are late for school, homework half finished, and a pile of laundry waiting to be tackled. Whatever your daily routine looks like, there are probably days when you feel like everyone is out to get you. Jesus knew first hand what is was like to be hated, bullied,...

The Church With No Chairs

Linda has occupied many different seats along her journey. Recently she found herself in red plastic chairs at the Journey Avon campus. It was then that she realized she was ready to share her story.  The Church with No Chairs My first experience with Journey was about four years ago. My son...

The Triumphal Entry

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-44 The Mount of Olives is a hill outside of Jerusalem. It is a place of great significance. It was on the Mount of Olives that King David wept, along with his faithful followers, as he fled from Jerusalem and from his son, Absalom (2 Samuel 15:30). According to Zechariah 14:4, the Messiah was to appear on the Mount of Olives, which would be split in half, forming a great valley. It is here that the “triumphal entry” was staged. During His...

Who Holds The Power?

Scripture Reading: Luke 18:18-30 Money can suck. As in, it can suck the life right out of you. The Bible has a lot to say about money. 1 Timothy 6:10 teaches us that the love of money is the root of all evil. In Luke 18, we see a real example of how dangerous the love of money is. ” Let’s be real. Money is scary. With currency comes power, and power, we’re told, breeds corruption. No. Money is a vice for some and meaningless to others. We can continue to come up with...