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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

 

Time for an Encounter

Pastor Clark —  December 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

I love Christmas! All of the lights, music, etc. makes it my favorite time of year! And, I love to give gifts! As I’m sitting here today I’m rolling through my mind the different gift options for the family this year. I love this time of year!

What I find interesting though is how I sometimes roll through Christmas missing the whole point. Can you relate?

Summed up in a few words, Christmas is all about encounters. It is the single most important purpose that God birthed His son into this world – to have an encounter with you!

Beginning this weekend we are going to take a look at what scriptures have to say about “Christmas Encounters”. There is no doubt in my mind that God desires to bless your life, and those blessings are a result of intimacy with Him.

Grab some friends, grab the family, and get ready for the best Christmas you have ever experienced! God is ready to have an encounter with you!

The Placement of Provision

Pastor Clark —  September 28, 2011 — 1 Comment

One of my favorite stories, and probably yours, is the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac, out of obedience to God. (Genesis 22) It is always fun to read the story and to see Abraham’s heart and to see God’s faithfulness, but recently I was reading it and a couple of things occurred to me about God’s provision.

First, Abraham didn’t see the ram until he looked up! Many times when we go through difficult seasons we tend to keep our heads down and not look up to see what is around us. We become so laser focused on the challenge at hand, that we miss the provision a few feet away. Just like Abraham, God will test our hearts, and part of the test is to see where we focus our sight. Are we hunkered down, depressed, and captivated by the disappointment? Or, do we lift our eyes, filled with faith, knowing somewhere around us is the provision of God?

Second, scripture says, “So he took the ram and sacrificed it”, in other words Abraham had to go take possession of the provision. God had provided it, but he had to actively possess it! Many times in our lives God has provided for us, but we simply don’t take the steps to possess it! We sit waiting for God to deliver the provision right into our hands, when it sits a few feet away, awaiting for to take a few steps of faith to take hold of it.

If you are like me, you have issues in your life that can get you down. Everyday there are opportunities to hunker down and dwell in disappointment! But, reality is that God has place provision around us! So lift up your head and take the steps to go possess it! In the majority of circumstances receiving God’s provision is a matter of our perspective, more than His faithfulness!

This weekend kicks off a great season in JourneyChurch.tv’s history! It’s a season intentionally designed to help you become a great lover! Now, I know for some of you that sounds a little risque (and some of you need to spice up your marriage & have some fun), but it simply is the truth! God’s greatest desire is for you to be a great lover! To love Him, to love your family, to love your community, to love your friends, to love your enemies, etc. His greatest desire is for you to live a life of love!

While I know it sounds simple, love is something that becomes more convoluted & complicated in our culture everyday. We continue to move towards “self defined” definitions for love, instead of modeling our behavior after God. So, with that in mind, this weekend we kick off 40 Days of Love!

My encouragement to you is to make the most of this opportunity & to allow the Holy Spirit to work on your love life!

Here are a few ways:

  • Commit to a 40 Days Small Group! You can sign up over the next few weekends or call the church offices.
  • Read the devotional! We have copies of the book “Relationship Principles of Jesus”! Buy it this weekend!
  • Attend on weekends! We have 6 worship experiences you can choose from! For some reason, if one of those doesn’t work, attend online!
  • Vote for love! Give a vote for love by giving love everyday! By smiling at the waitress, by buying someone a coke, etc. – Everyone can vote for love!

I’m putting faith in your love life! Let’s grow in love & respond to a sensitive season in our nation by simply acting like Christ!

 

 

Diaper time

Pastor Clark —  August 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

Last weekend truly was an E320 weekend! God did so many great things! Over 50 people gave their lives to Christ!

This weekend we’ll continue to celebrate 10 years and we are asking you to bring a present. It’s kind of a weird present, but one that will make a huge impact in many people’s lives.

What is it? DIAPERS

You got it1 We are asking everyone who attends this weekend to bring at least one package of new, clean diapers with them. At the end of the weekend we’ll be donating all the diapers to the Infant Crisis Services in OKC. And, if you can’t afford diapers we would love to give your family a few!

So, get here early, bring friends, and bring diapers!

We are super excited about celebrating our 10th Birthday as a church over the next 2 weekends! Our biggest goal is for you to enjoy the bash! Here are 10 simple things you should know about Journey’s 10th Birthday Bash:

  1. Get here 10 minutes early! 10 Years of vintage Journey video’s will be airing prior to the worship experience.
  2. We are in a giving mood! We’ll be giving away 10 presents each week throughout the day! Check your worship guide!
  3. The 10 O’clock experience at the North Campus will be crazy packed! Consider coming to another experience, or get here early!
  4. We’ll be kicking off the new 6:00 Worship Experience at the North Campus! It will have unique opportunities for families with 4th and 5th graders!
  5. I will only speak 10 minutes! (Maybe not)
  6. Your kids are going to LOVE it! Big party for the kiddo’s!
  7. 6:00 Experience gets Dip N Dots!
  8. Top 10 Journey Video’s of all time!
  9. If everyone brings 10 friends we can see 1/2 a city transformed in 1 Day! (Just a thought)
  10. 2 Words – Birthday Cake

Input

Pastor Clark —  January 28, 2011 — 5 Comments

After taking a long, inadvertent, blogging sabbatical, I am beginning to pray about my comeback. With that in mind, the big question is – what can I do to serve you most effectively?

So help! Send me some ideas of what would be most beneficial to you.

BTW – I have never been more excited about what God is doing & I love you being a part!

First, and foremost, I am off the charts pumped that I am no longer leaking spinal fluid!!! I am so grateful to God for what He did! I am also thankful for having a great surgeon, Jeff Nees, who trusts God & does incredible work. Plus, I can’t say enough to express my gratitude to my wife for taking care of me! And then there is our church family… You leave me speechless!!! The way you have prayed, encouraged, and taken care of our family is remarkable!

Here are a few other things that I am pumped about:

  • Vintage Christmas starts this Sunday!!! We are going to be looking at the tradition of Advent! Can’t wait!
  • We are providing some Advent resources for everyone! I love the thought of families have daily devotionals together through the Christmas season!
  • I love that people are bringing toys to help provide Christmas for people in need!!!
  • This year we are having a “Christmas Spectacular” on the weekend of December 18th & 19th! We have never done anything like this! You will want to invite every person you know! We’ll be adding worship experiences to help facilitate the crowd!
  • Christmas Eve will simply be “Candles, Carols, and Communion” (And, cookies) It will be a little more intimate than it has been in the past! I can’t wait to read the Christmas story & get mauled by hundreds of kids! It truly is one of my favorite things!
  • 2011 will be our best year ever!!! Totally blown away by what God is lining up!
  • I get to serve alongside an amazing team! Robin, and I, are so blessed by the people we work with! It really is one big happy family!
  • I’ve never been prouder of what God is doing in our church! And, I have never been more excited about what God is doing in our church!
  • I can’t wait to be 100% and running at full throttle!

God is good!!!!

Glee Spoof | We Belong

journeyadmin —  November 1, 2010

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This past Tuesday night I had  the opportunity to share with our college students at LifeStream, our college worship experience! I have to say that it will go down in my book as one of the most fun nights of ministry ever for me! I shared with them some things that I wish someone had shared with me 20 years ago. Here are a few:

  • Never drive behind a Buick!
  • Abs get flabbier, not flatter! Work out now!
  • Dunlap disease! Wear your belly doesn’t lap over your belt!
  • Speedos are never cool!
  • Life isn’t about how much you make, it is about how much you invest (savings and giving)
  • Don’t look at your earning potential, look at you investing potential.
  • Victory or Victimization is a choice – a mindset – life isn’t about what happens to you, it is about how you respond to what happens to you – the only person who can control your response is you.
  • Rejection sucks! And it never goes away! So learn how to blow it off early & it will save you a ton of hurt.
  • Some people are precious, some people are jerks – learn how to live with them both.
  • Critical people never win! And they are always miserable as they lose.
  • Don’t wait for others to make you successful, it is not their responsibility
  • You’ll never see great success without great risk! But, remember the greater the reward, the greater the rejection and responsibility.
  • Dream Big! Don’t settle for anything less than changing the world.
  • You are a brand! Live it & invest it!
  • How you think will ultimately determine how you live.
  • Satan’s greatest desire is to put fear in our heart

The Big 3:

  1. Life is all about our connections!
  2. Life is all about God's creativity working through us!
  3. Life is all about our confidence in God and who He created us to be!

What do you wish someone had told you?

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