{October 18, 2020}

Heartland Community Church



NEW THING: Revolutionary Values

By Bill McMurtrey

Fellow believer and actor Denzel Wahington is known for often saying "Put God First" and "Don’t confuse being ‘busy’ with being productive, there is a difference.” I’d say those two can go hand in hand. 

Do you find yourself being busy all the time? So much so that you may devote time to family, but not to regularly engage with friends? Or work takes precedence . . . over every other thing in life? How often do you intentionally prioritize time with God and with friends who are believers?

1 John 1:6-7  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Patience is, but has not always been, my strongest suit. It’s odd, because in my professional life it’s not an issue. I’ve risen to the ranks as a leader in my field due in part to my capacity to embrace and make full use of situations that take time. I easily recognize patterns, cycles and time limits and how they go hand in hand. Then I use them to my advantage to capitalize on timing and pattern.

I’ve also had this cool ability since I was a kid to know what time it is without needing a watch. If anyone in my family asked my step dad what time it was he’d say, "I don’t know, go ask Billy.” 

Things I want to get done for myself can be a different story. Recently I built a 10 foot tall metal art sculpture in my backyard. It is devoted to God, and it grows as more and more friends (like all of you) come to add to it. I want to see the end result. I want EVERYONE to come today and add their own piece to it. But it doesn’t work like that. It is teaching me two things: how others see themselves with God when they add to it (very humbling ); and patience. Patience is time.

Time is our most precious commodity of all. And how we share the love of God by loving on others is not only a testament to who we are, but what God himself instructs us to do. 

John 15:12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

As  believers, and we as Heartlanders, I believe we are unique in serving others with not only our time but with love. We help those in need. Those that are lost, lonely and feel left behind. Do you know that once a month Heartland puts on a food distribution for the food deprived in partnership with Harvesters? If you  haven’t heard of it and are in need you can come to Heartland any third Saturday of the month. You can also CLICK HERE to locate all the Harvesters distribution locations and see what works best for you. Through the work of a team of volunteers, it runs like a well oiled machine.

The folks that come to these distributions are often the ones that are lonely, lost and feel left behind. They don’t just come by the dozens, they come by the hundreds. Like Father Damien, we do our best to love on people. We get them the very food they need, we pray for many. And when they have greater needs, we work to get other assistance to them.

When we intentionally take time to serve those around us, to pray for them and to look them in the eyes, we are loving folks like Jesus did, like Father Damien did, and we are living a life that is pleasing to God.

{sunday 10.18.20}

Read 1 John 1:6-7, John 15:12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Where do you intentionally make time for being with Jesus followers? Where do you commit to it, and protect it? What do these verses mean in light of our pace and priorities in life? In a similar way, where are you able to intentionally invest in caring for others? Let’s rise to Tom’s challenge of considering our pace and priorities this week, and look for spots to build in our own revolutionary values.


{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

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 10.19.20}

Read Psalm 63

Read, Ponder, Pray: The words in Psalm 63 are an amazing reflection of who God is in the eyes of the writer. Take a moment right now, put your feet up, gaze out the window, or close your eyes and consider who God is in your eyes. Through your experiences. What have you learned of him, experienced from him, seen him provide? Write out your own reflection of who God is to you as a way of praying your thoughts back to him.


{tuesday 10.20.20}

Read Psalm 64

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Here we encounter David naming all the evil he sees in the actions, words and minds of those around him. Some of it sounds very familiar these days. What I love here is how David shows us to name and release our frustrated, anxious or angry thoughts toward the actions of others. David isn’t describing how he will take his revenge, but rather names the hard stuff he sees and deals with, and places his confident trust in God handling it. In this way, he literally takes "shelter" in God. I am going to try and remember this way of naming and releasing this week . . . would you join me?


{wednesday 10.21.20}

Read Psalm 65

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I love these words, and the way David can name the incredible things God has done (and is still doing). I particularly resonate with verses 9-13, which describe so much of our natural world. When my pace gets to hurried, I rush right by these awe inspring scenes where God has orchestrated something in the natural world. Let’s find time to raise our heads, relax our shoulders and gaze around at they rhythm and magic of Autumn, of the rhythm in our days . . . all things orchestrated by the hand of our God!


{thursday 10.22.20}

Read Psalm 66

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Toward the end of this Psalm, David invites us to, "Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me." I imagine David gathering some friends around a campfire as he makes this invitation. If I were to do the same, if you were, what stories would we tell of what God has done for us? It strikes me that in it’s simplest form, this is evangelism. This is what God asks of us . . . to simply share the stories of the things he has done specifically in us or to us. Our stories . . . our lived experiences, may be hard for others to believe, but the truth of our lived experience cannot be denied. We were there. What stories would you tell?


{friday 10.23.20}

Read Psalm 67

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Let’s take these words with us into our Friday, into our weekend, and recite them as a prayer over our home, our neighborhood, our city and our world.

May God be merciful and bless us.
    May his face smile with favor on us.

May your ways be known throughout the earth,
    your saving power among people everywhere.
May the nations praise you, O God.
    Yes, may all the nations praise you.

Let the whole world sing for joy,
    because you govern the nations with justice
    and guide the people of the whole world.

May the nations praise you, O God.
    Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests,
    and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Yes, God will bless us,
    and people all over the world will fear him.



{extra journey resources}

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

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