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Happy New Year, JourneyChurch!

I pray you are enjoying time with friends and family. It was amazing to celebrate the fruit of 2014 with you all and I am so excited about the miraculous things God has in store for 2015!

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 4th for our new study, Dwell and to begin a Psalm 84 challenge as a church family.

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Church Family,

I hope you’re staying warm and having a great week! With the snow and ice on Sunday I want to share with you here about some big, exciting things coming up for anyone who may have missed last weekend. Our Dream Offering and One Life, 12-month commitments take place this Sunday, November 23rd. God’s favor and opportunities are upon us and we are ready to run!

Throughout our One Life study, we’ve learned about the abundant life we experience when we live in sync with Christ. As a church, our dream is to equip, encourage and empower you to live into your God-given potential and dreams. With that, we asked you to be devoted to the following Biblical commitments, which support you on your journey.

  1. Biblical Devotion
  2. Biblical Health
  3. Biblical Community
  4. Biblical Generosity (Time – Talent – Treasure)
  5. Biblical Influence

In addition to the Biblical commitments, we asked you to seek God about making 12-month generous, financial commitments. These commitments are above your normal tithe, to fund projects that will reach the next generation and further the Kingdom. To begin these One Life commitments, we invite you to give a portion of your commitment to our annual Dream Offering.

Each year we spend time praying and asking God to reveal ministry opportunities that will help transform cities. 100% of the Dream Offering will go toward funding these opportunities. It is important for our church to partner with others who are actively involved in transforming cities so that we continue living out our mission as a church. The projects and ministries that we are supporting this year are: JourneyChurch Intern Program, Loveworks Leadership, Inc., The Gallery at The Loveworks Center, JourneyKIDS Mobile, Church Planting, Norman Campus Auditorium, Future Norman Campus Master Planning, Journey Park, Transitional Homes, and Vision Contingency. Each of these projects results in life-change and that is our ultimate priority.

Please remember, One Life and Dream Offering are not taking the place of your normal tithe. Your gifts are Spirit-led, abundant amounts above your tithe. We simply ask that you hear God and respond to the commitment He is asking you to make this Sunday.

We are a generous church of committed and Spiritual people who want to see our cities transformed one life at a time. Be encouraged to seek God throughout the remainder of this week, asking Him to impress the Biblical commitments upon your family and stir your heart for the needs in our community. Then, come on Sunday prepared to respond with commitments to One Life and Dream Offering. The wake of change we are creating in our communities will last for generations to come. Join me in these opportunities to make the most of our one life.

Blessings,

Pastor Clark

 

Party in My Head

Pastor Clark —  March 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

So what is the party in your head?

Last week while working out I heard this song and thought, “what a great description of my life right now!” But, the more I thought about it, it’s actually an accurate statement for all of us. So, don’t feel left out – there is a party in your head!!!

The question is, who is your party host?

The Apostle Paul talks about it in Romans 8: 5-6

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…

Over the past days, since publically sharing about the party in my head, one of the most asked questions is – how are you walking through this with such peace and confidence? The answer is simple: I’ve made a choice about who is going to host the party in my head. I’ve chosen to set my mind on the things of the Spirit and not on the things of the flesh. When we do this, it breeds life and peace!

Here are some simple things I’m doing on a daily basis:

  1. I do not skip my daily Bible reading. I need it!!! When I read, pray and worship, I am inviting God to be the host of the party.
  2. I am spending time with a few of my mentors and closest friends that add life to me! You and I don’t need a bunch of worried, anxious, negative, life-sucking people in our lives!
  3. I am having fun with my family and understand that Robin and each of our kids are processing this situation in their own way. My responsibility is to love them where they are, which means sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but at all times we trust what God is doing!
  4. I am leading out of margin. The Lord has blessed us with a tremendous team that has the capability to lead.This allows me to lead in the things that only I can lead in during this season! It is an honor to serve in such a healthy culture.
  5. I am working out diligently! There are things going on with my body that are beyond my control, but the things I can control, I will be faithful in. I believe that working out is actually an act of faith, letting God know that as He heals my body, I will be a good steward of it!

We all have a party going on in our head. We all have challenges. Who is going to host the party in your head?

That’s Not My Baby!

Pastor Clark —  February 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Do you ever feel like you are having to care for somebody or something, that you didn’t create? It’s that tense moment in leadership when you are carrying the burdens of other people’s mistakes, and you didn’t create the chaos, but you are having to live with the consequences! Sound familiar?

In Numbers 11 you find God’s chosen standing around complaining and it really ticked God off. Then, in return, Moses began to have a conversation with God that went something like this:

What did I do to deserve the burdens of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into this world? That’s not my baby!

One of the heavy parts of leadership is dealing with the chaos and confusion in other peoples lives! While it might not be your baby, it is your call! While being a successful leader will always have its benefits and blessings, it will also have its burdens. Count it an honor that God has entrusted you to lead people to a new way of living! They might not always follow, but that doesn’t give us permission to stop leading! Some seasons are full of sowing seeds and some seasons are full of reaping a harvest, but all seasons are ordained by God!

You might be ready to yell, “That is not my baby,” but keep leading anyway!