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{January 26, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

All Things New

By Christina Marie Mitchell

Today was a lot. It involved quite a lot of feeling. A lot of happiness, a lot of sadness. A lot of smiling, a lot of tears. And feeling the feelings publicly has never been my thing. I’m more than willing to hold it all in and emote in private. But today was a day where my comfort took a backseat and I embraced and experienced the end of a chapter within our HCC family.

Change is definitely something that I am well versed in, but I will admit that I’m struggling a bit with this one. And not in the way that you’d think. My internal battle came from the silent fight I was having when it came to actually allowing myself to feel sad. To feel the knots that made their home in my stomach as soon as I woke up this morning. I knew what today would mean — for Dan, for HCC leadership and family, and for me. I had time to get all of my processing out of the way. Or at least I thought.

My pre-processing had only been partial. I had taken the emotion of out it. And I just lived in the practical. That’s a safe place from me. It’s my place of protection when I don’t know how to handle unexpected feelings very well. So I typically avoid. It’s something that God’s been trying to talk with me about for the majority of my adult life. And while I’m not where I know I need to be, I knew I needed to allow myself to completely experience any and all emotions, feelings, tears, laughter, smiles, hugs, etc., that today was sure to bring.

I have been a part of HCC for almost 10 years. On November 14, 2010— I was one of those parking lot car sitters that we always hear about. Coming into this building was petrifying for me. It was around the time that The Beautiful Fight was starting. It was Kevin Roger’s last Sunday as worship pastor. It was the celebration of being at the new building for 1 year. That was a special day for HCC and for me. It was the day that I began my new spiritual journey, and 10 years later — that journey, though painful and long, is one that I couldn’t have gotten through without the love and support of this church family. A family that was led, taught, and enriched by one Dan Deeble.

Fun Fact: I used to be absolutely terrified of Dan; due to previous not so great experiences in my faith journey prior to HCC. It probably took the better part of 2 years before I could even look him in the eye. I think about those memories, and I smile. I laugh, and I simply roll my eyes. Because wow — God is something! Someone who once terrified me, is now a wonderful friend and mentor. I tell you, when God has a plan for your life, everything you thought you knew, everything you thought you were going to be doing — it all becomes a small part of the journey, and the new vision and mission begins. Regardless of how much I will miss this chapter of HCC I am still looking forward for what’s to come.

God has NEVER been wrong before. Every decision He’s made, every plan that He’s had in the works, whether directly or indirectly, my life has been made better for it. I’ve experienced the Lord and His grace in brand new ways. And I know that HCC will experience the Lord and His grace in brand new ways. My heart is mourning the loss of a leader who looked after me, as I struggled with my relationship with HCC for almost 2 years, as it became harder and harder for me to walk through those doors to come inside the building. It’s mourning the loss of the laughs, the smiles, the hugs, the words of encouragement, the “dude’s” that I always got to hear. No one will call me “CM” anymore (Dan was the only one I allowed to do that) — and THAT is a hard thought to process.

But my God is faithful, I know He is. He had a plan for this all along. And while we may have never imagined that this day would come, God always knew. And He was preparing us. He was preparing an amazing team of leaders who have stepped into their roles beautifully. He was healing relationships that He knew would be crucial as we make this transition. He has given us SO much — seen and unseen. Known and unknown. And there is so much yet to come that I can’t help but smile, as I look forward.

I do know that in every time of change, there is also the opportunity for the enemy to seep in. To tell lies. To spread falsehoods. But as I write this, the words from Ephesians 6:16-18 come to mind, “Hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Dan Deeble, thank you. Job well done, good and faithful servant. We’ll all take it from here. With our shields of faith and our fiery arrows. And a good cup of coffee for those who were car sitters — like me. HCC is good at that.

If you missed the service today, you can watch it HERE.

{sunday 1.26.20}

Read Ephesians 6:16-18

As we prepare to take part in this new chapter, how is God speaking to you in encouragement? And if you don’t hear Him just yet, pray about it. Tell Him about it.

 

{bible reading plan: the story of jesus from luke}

By Allison Antrim

FIRST TIMEJUMPING IN? If you are just joining us for the first time, our journey through Luke began on December 30. CLICK HERE and find the previous readings in Luke beginning with our December 29 edition.

THE JOURNEY VIDEOS: CLICK HERE to subscribe to our Youtube channel, The Journey Online, for a Monday-Friday video post from Seth Davidson that takes us a layer deeper in the scripture reflections. New posts will appear each day.

THE STORY OF JESUS COURSE: In addition, this semester we are offering a course, The Story of Jesus, that will pair with our Sunday services and The Journey readings. CLICK HERE to catch a video about it, or CLICK HERE to register. The Story of Jesus begins on January 21, 6:30-8 PM.

 

{monday 1.27.20}

Read Luke 5:1-11, 6:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I love reading about the miracles Jesus performed during his first visit on Earth. In the first passage, we watch as Simon (who will become Peter), James, and John are moved to follow Jesus because of the miracle He peformed with the massive catch of fish. We learn that they left everything behind to follow Him. But in the second passage, we see a totally different reaction to a miracle Jesus performed. The Pharisees, rather than being moved by what they’ve seen to give themselves over to God, are moved instead to anger and scheming. There is no mild or lukewarm reaction to Jesus, it seems; His miracles push people to the edge! Have you given up everything to follow Jesus? What might that look like in your life this week?

 

{tuesday 1.28.20}

Read Luke 5:27-32, 6:12-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: L.L. Nash said, “A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” You can see where he got his inspiration for that quote in Luke 5:31. While there were definitely many people coming to Jesus who were physically sick and needing His healing touch, every person He ever met was in need of a spiritual hospital. He didn’t come so that people could attend church every week looking picture-perfect and glazed over in a false veneer of holier-than-thou-ness; He came to show people just how flawed and broken they are, and how much they need His life-giving love. How has Jesus healed your spiritual sickness? How has time at church been like getting medicine for your soul?

 

{wednesday 1.29.20}

Read Luke 6:27-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I love following Jesus when He makes me happy, gives me the things I want in my life, and provides sunshine and rainbows as I skip along through the day. But this Bible passage that reminds me there is another side to my faith; that being a Christian means acting like Christ to others in my life, even if they hate me, curse me, and hurt me. I have to remember that God showed me mercy when I didn’t deserve mercy. He loved me when I didn’t know Him at all. He died for me so that I could live for Him. So I will continue to do good unto others, trying my best to be like God who did good unto me. How can you put yourself last and help someone out this week? What does it look like for you to love your enemies?

{thursday 1.30.20}

Read Luke 6:39-49

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Stop trying to be the Holy Spirit for people!” I can still hear my sister’s words from years ago, a loving rebuke she gave me after I had gone on and on about my concern for a friend who I thought was living incorrectly. There’s only one Holy Spirit, and He doesn’t need my help to scrutinize the spiritual situation of others in my path. Instead, what I learn from this passage is to live my life like a tree, grounded in the soil of God, soaking up His word like water, and bearing good fruit in my words and actions. When have you been tempted to focus on cleaning up the words or behavior of others rather than your own? This week, how can you can fill up your heart with good things so that you can bless others?

 

{friday 1.31.20}

Read Luke 7:1-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In this passage we see Jesus act because of one person’s faith and another person’s need. First, in the case of the centurion, Jesus was so moved by the man’s humble faith in Him that He healed the sick servant without ever stepping inside the centurion’s house. Second, in the case of the widow from Nain, Jesus was so moved by a widow whose son had died, leaving her without anyone to provide for her, that he went right up to her and raised her son from the dead. I love that these two stories are side-by-side, because they remind me that God acts on my behalf both when He sees a need and when He sees great faith. He may not always act the way I think he should, but He’s going to act in some way that is for my good and His glory. How has God met you in your need? How can you actively put your faith in Him this week?

 

{community discussion questions}

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 a Journey Community 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 on your journey.

  • Can you name a 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}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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