{June 4, 2017}


June 4 – 10, 2017


{Party Hard: Life of the Party}

By Bill McMurtrey

When I first heard that my old friend and former Heartland youth pastor, Steve Weatherford, would be our guest speaker today I was definitely pumped up for all who would get to see him. Steve brings a certain upbeat yet focused energy that when he delivers a message it is not only biblically sound, but also has the ability to translate and speak truth so that all can understand how God calls us to live. When Steve speaks, no one is left behind.

He started off today speaking about information overload. And how it has changed society as we know it. I can relate. During my working hours I am under a constant, never ending, inescapable, non-stop barrage of information overload. As an independent stock trader there are new electronic services thrown at me continuously. I see it make guys shut down and even go out of business all the time. All the time. We call it "paralysis from over-information-analysis." One of the keys to success in my business is not being a math genius, but the ability to stay focused and engaged with what is sound, proven and true. Not just flashy, pretty or bright. 

When Steve spoke about "The Chipotle Effect" I thought he nailed what many of us already know about ourselves. That is, as you stand herded in a line very similar to that of a cattle trough, just inching up slowly a little at a time, you will most likely notice that the vast majority of people (self included) will be face down, playing with their phones. Not engaging, not in the moment with their friends or family who they are there with. Rather, posting to social media where they are – just standing – in a line. 

If I were to be more like Jesus, would that not include being present for those around me? Jesus was totally present in Luke 24 with the two men on the road to Emmaus, wasn’t he? 

Jesus also taught us to need others. This is something that does not place me in my best light. My life is about serving others; asking for help with anything is rarely at the top of my list. Even if it means paying someone for their job. In Luke 10:4-7 I learn not to rely solely on myself, but also on the generosity of others. By doing that we actually are blessing others by allowing them to serve. That may not be my strongest suit, but I am working on it. 

The challenge today was:

  • Where do you need to be present?
  • What do you need?
  • Who will you ask for help?
  • What’s your good news story?
  • Who needs to hear it?

That last one, "Who needs to hear it?" made me think of the video when Carrie and Anita spoke of walking with others, not trying to diagnose or fix anyone. Just being there and being "engaged" with those they connect with and serve.

Where is God challenging you today in these questions? Join me this week as we dig into and follow the nudges he gives.


{sunday 6.4.17}

Read Luke 24:13-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How was Jesus specifically engaged with those around him? What will you do, to be more “engaged"?

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{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

CLICK HERE to check out our latest video resource from Seth Davidson, The Journey Continues. It connects the dots from the past weeks’ readings to the current readings.


{monday 6.5.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 7:14-8:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is talking about his friend Titus and how the people of Corinth cheered him up and set his mind at peace. Paul was very engaged and encouraging those who were encouraging his friend Titus. Do you encourage those around you that you see encouraging others? Who do you know that you can reach out to this week and encourage them and tell them they are doing a good job in encouraging other people?

{tuesday 6.6.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:10-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is extremely engaged with people of Corinth. He knows where they are strong and where they are weak. He knows what they have been up to and how to encourage them. Who are the people in your life that you know this way? Do they share encouragement with you? Do they know your strengths and weaknesses? If yes, show them that you appreciate them and your relationship. If no, who do you know around you that you can reach out to and get to know? How can you reach out to them? If you have answers to these two questions, go out and do it now.

{wednesday 6.7.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:22-9:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This scripture starts to really drive home the point of how Paul was in the midst of so many people’s lives. He goes to one town and tells the people there all about how great this other town is doing and encourages them with this. He reciprocates this boasting and encouragement the other way too. Paul isn’t comparing and shaming people into his will, but encouraging others based on what he sees people doing to serve God. Paul isn’t taking credit, merely passing along what he sees to encourage and engage people. What have you seen someone else doing lately that encourages you? What have you or will you do with this?

{thursday 6.8.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-10:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Meeting practical needs not only helps people in need but will in turn overflow with people giving thanks to God. I am not a pastor or employed by the church in anyway. I make my living out in the business market providing home inspection services to home buyers. Even though what I do is not a “church thing”, it is a something I provide that meets practical needs. I does for people buying a home to understand the physical nature and safety of the home they are buying. Hopefully in turn has people giving thanks to God. What do you do (doesn’t have to be a job or profession) that provides a practical service to others? How can that overflow with people giving thanks to God? 

{friday 6.9.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 10:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take 5 minutes and write whatever comes to mind about the word “boast”. The only guidelines are…. 1) Do NOT stop writing for the entire 5 minutes. 2)  Do NOT self-edit as you write. If you feel comfortable doing so, share what you wrote with someone else.

{saturday 6.10.17}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is concerned about the people of Corinth being tricked into believing a false understanding of Jesus by other people who are more charismatic and a better speaker than himself. He wasn’t looking for power or money, he even made sure he wasn’t a burden to them so they wouldn’t think he was there for anything other than sharing who Jesus truly is. This is very relevant today! There are great speakers out there who have swept people up into ideas that are not what Jesus intended. They prey on people’s fears, desires, insecurities, etc…. This doesn’t mean being good at speaking is a bad thing, just that we need to have a strong understanding of and relationship with Jesus so not to be deceived. What is something you’ve witnessed that has been made to look like Jesus and his message but is not?

{group discussion ideas}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as an Heartland group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters for The Journey.

  • Can you name an ‘takeaway’ or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?


{extra journey resources}

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