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...

Thankfulness

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-19 This story can be overlooked because of it's simplicity. Thrown aside because of it's seemingly unimportance bearing to what's going on in the chaos of life. Although what can't be ignored is the fact that this story is not only in the Bible, but Jesus Himself has something to say about thankfulness. The call to be thankful to God is as beneficial as it is necessary. We are the kind of people who love ourselves. We have websites for ourselves. Our profiles on...

Celebrate Easter With Your Little Ones

Easter can be a blast when you have little ones!  From Easter bunnies to egg hunts to candy, there are lots of different ways to celebrate Easter with your children. As a parent, it’s important for you to choose wisely how you celebrate with your kids. Why? Because the Easter story isn’t just a message for adults. It’s a message to everyone -- young and old. It’s a story of victory. It’s a story of giving. It’s...

Loopholes

Scripture Reading: Luke 16:14-31 The dictionary definition of the word justification is the action of showing something to be right or reasonable. Action is the keyword. In verse 15, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their version of justification being the actions they do to bring themselves praise. Often times, we get so focused on what we do: tithing, giving to the homeless, serving at church, volunteering, etc. Even though these things are great, they are garbage if the motive behind them is to make...

The Cost of Discipleship

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-35 Are you willing to be a true disciple of Jesus and follow His example? While salvation is a free gift, true discipleship has a cost. True disciples of Jesus must love Him more than anyone or anything else and must follow in His steps by living according to His example and teaching. Jesus refers to His followers as “disciples.” A disciple is the student of a mentor or teacher and puts what has been learned into...