{September 13, 2020}

Heartland Community Church



NEW THING: A Heartland Manifesto

By Lisa Zulke

Always, ever, only Jesus. Those words came to me in 2019. Rose up again in January of this year. Again in March, and nearly every day since our COVID existence began. I love the new. I love change. I love learning and growing and trying new things. But . . . when the new feels like another blow, or the tunnel to the other side seems endless . . . I’m ready to be done. Reveal the new. Show me a clear sign of what I’m supposed to learn. To do. To know. But 2020 doesn’t feel that way, does it. And that brings me to the thought: always, ever, only Jesus.

2020 often feels like an all encompassing fog. I can’t see forward, to the sides, up or down, for the thick fog that has socked us in. It feels like I am walking a tightrope in that fog. I’ve got the balance pole in my hands, I’m positioned somewhere on a cable that I don’t know the length of, and I am socked in with fog. Don’t know if I am almost to the stable foundation in front of me, or if I’d be closer to slowly walk backwards to the safety of the edge behind me. My knees, my muscles, my feet feel weak. My mind feels as foggy as the air all around. Always, ever, only Jesus.

I take a deep breath. Quiet my mind. Take a step forward. Then another. I am doing something new . . . because, I am not a tightrope walker! But for some reason, God has placed me on this cable, heaven knows where, and invited me to forget what has been. He is inviting me . . . inviting us, as a community, to believe and trust that what he HAS done is absolutely NOTHING in comparison to what he is about to do. This new thing. He points into the fog and says, "Don’t you see it? There is a pathway through this wild place, across this cable and onto the land on the other side. This dry and dusty land is being fed by a might river. Come with me . . . just take the next step. Take another breath . . . and step again."

I don’t know that I see it clearly just yet. But this is a test of trust. So, I take another step. Will you join me? Always, ever, only Jesus.


{sunday 9.13.20}

Read Isaiah 43:18-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What new thing have you tried, or learned, or experienced this year? What new thing might Jesus be inviting you to attempt or experience? When you can’t see the way, how do you recalibrate and take another step? Who has Jesus placed in your everyday life that you might invite along on a "new thing" experience or conversation? How might you be an active player in the new thing God is doing at Heartland? Join us this week in praying that God would reveal the new things all around us, that we would celebrate or mourn and release the former things, and wholly embrace the new he is moving us toward.


{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Marnie Vasquez

The Journey online videos have been discontinued at this time. Check out this great video overview of Psalms from our friends at The Bible Reading Project!


{monday 9.14.20}

Read Psalm 29

Read, Ponder, Pray: Morgan Freeman. James Earl Jones. Sidney Poitier. Sam Elliott. Samuel L. Jackson. Al Pacino. These are some of the most strong, unmistakable, memorable voices I’ve heard. Just thinking about them I can hear … Darth Vadar’s breathing; Sam Elliott’s deep, deep raspy voice; Samuel L. Jackson’s yells that make me laugh; or Al Pacino’s yells that make me want to run. All unforgettable. But what does God’s strong voice sound like? Psalms 29 paints quite an audible picture.


{tuesday 9.15.20}

Read Psalm 30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I often think I need God way more than God needs me. My needs are great, unending and from every aspect of my life. This makes me feel guilty because God wants a “relationship” with me, yet our relationship feels one-sided. Me needing Him, me using Him to get me through everything and me doing little in return for Him. Sometimes I think God wants it this way, so I never forget and stop turning to Him. What I like about Psalms 30 is David constantly turns to God for help. Constantly, just like me. And David also says thank you, praises God, sings to God. And I realize I do those things too. If this is what “relationship” looks like, maybe I am on the right track.


{wednesday 9.16.20}

Read Psalm 40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Imagine if our Facebook feeds turned into post after post of the ongoing, never-ending, amazing daily things God is doing in our lives. All the pickles He has gotten us out of. All of the disasters he’s pulled us through. All the times He’s been by our sides through terrible times. When I read Psalms 40, I wish David were alive posting in his Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok and Instagram accounts, so more and more people could truly see what God is doing today.


{thursday 9.17.20}

Read Psalm 41

Observe, Reflect, Apply: David wants revenge. I feel his vengeance. People he’s trusted have played games with him, stabbed him in the back, lied to him and about him. What’s interesting is David turns to God to help him with his revenge. And we know God will handle that in great and amazing ways. When others wrong you, do you turn to God for help or do you choose to go it alone? Today’s Psalms is a good reminder to turn to God for everything, even when we want revenge on others.


{friday 9.18.20}

Read Psalm 42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I have good times, I have bad times. When I have bad times, I turn to God to get me out of it. He always does, and times turn good. And I often forget about God because all is well. Then another troubled time occurs, and I feel like God isn’t with me, He’s not answering me. And I remember my experience so far is He will come through. I’m thankful I have these memories because it helps me get through this new trouble time when I’m waiting and begging for God to show up and do something amazing. Because He will. For me, today’s Psalm is a reflection of my experience.


{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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