{October 25, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

NEW THING: Step In!

By Meghan Hemenway

I’m tired. I’m weary of the work of living in this year. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for all of 2020 believing if I can do that, all this will pass. The lie I’m telling myself is that I can carry on through this bypass alone until my life gets back on the main road. The truth is, I never could and never was meant to hold everything together on my own. And layered on top of that, this detour may never lead back to the main road. I’m lost without a map, a plan, or a clear idea of what I can even hope to be moving toward. I may never see the path I was on again so holding my breath is only going to make me blue in the face. 

Heartland has also been in a transition period. And then COVID. I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to get back on a normal path. It is uncomfortable to not have a plan for moving forward because what if you are actually moving backwards? One verse that has guided Heartland in this period is Isaiah 43:19, “Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” At the beginning of this year I had picked that verse for myself, not knowing the connection it would have to Heartland. I asked a dear friend to hand letter it and through an unbelievable set of circumstances she and I both have lives that entered into the wilderness; trains that jumped the track and are now trying to operate as boats. Each of us entered into a season of upheaval and the undoing of the lives we had built. And then the pandemic hit. In a season when we desperately needed friends and community, we entered into deep wilderness feeling alone.

When I picked this verse as my 2020 focus, I had a much different idea of the new things God would be doing in my life. As a result of our difficult circumstances my friend was not able to get the painting she had made in February to me until this month. In the interim it hung in her kitchen as a reminder of God’s plan. When she was finally able to get it to me, its beauty took my breath away. The connection that a promise of God’s guidance hung in her home, was what guided my church, and now is hung in my home brought me to my knees in awe. God’s timing is not my timing. God doesn’t move quickly in the way I define quickness, but he has a strategy and a game plan that sometimes looks like muddled up, muddy darkness to me, but has actually never been derailed.

 

{sunday 10.25.20}

Read John 5:19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you are hungry for a plan and impatient to get back to moving forward, take heart. God has never forgotten his way and he never intended for us to figure out the path alone. As you read this verse, consider what God is doing around you that could lead to community. Are you willing to step in, where you see him?

Heartland’s new strategy is under the communities tab on the website (CLICK HERE) and will give you opportunities to get connected, encouragement to keep moving forward alongside others, or even spark ideas on how God may be uniquely preparing you to start a community and invite others to join you.

 

{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 10.26.20}

Read Psalm 68

Read, Ponder, Pray: In February the Chiefs crushed the 49ers in the Superbowl. A tremendous victory. Celebrations, parties, the infamous parade. Fans were proud, sporting KC Chiefs in every way imaginable: t-shirts, flags, blankets, car emblems, keychains, towels, bedding, and more. It was an incredible feeling, an incredible win. Keep this experience in mind when reading Psalms 68. And imagine that David is a modern-day sports announcer reporting about what’s just happened. God won. He crushed the enemy. He brought his people out of Egypt. His people are celebrating, singing praises, relishing in all the amazing things God has achieved for them. You can feel their excitement.

 

{tuesday 10.27.20}

Read Psalm 69

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I’ve been mocked before. Have you? It’s not fun, it hurts, it’s humiliating. Have you been mocked for following Jesus though? Honestly, I wish I could say that I have. The Bible tells us if we follow Him mocking will happen, and we should view this as a good thing. Reading about David’s mockery for following God in Psalms 69 doesn’t inspire me to want to be a follower. I can feel his ongoing pleading, his anguish, the brutal words constantly thrust at David. Nah, I don’t think I want that. But keep reading, towards the end of the Psalm the tables turn, and it’s worth it in the end.

 

{wednesday 10.28.20}

Read Psalm 70

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Middle school and social media are tough experiences for young teenagers. Words are fierce. Exclusion is real. Loneliness and self-doubt are constant. Psalms 70 is often prayed for my children. Who can you pray Psalm 70 for this week?

 

{thursday 10.29.20}

Read Psalm 71

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Every day, every breath, no matter if young, no matter if old, for all the amazing experiences and for all the wretched experiences, David turns to God. We should too. We need God every hour of our lives. We need to clutch onto Him to steer us through this life. I am grateful for Psalm 71 as a reminder of this.

 

{friday 10.30.20}

Read Psalm 72

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Christians throughout time have often banded together to pray for their country’s leaders. It happens today, for our current and future United States leaders. We pray God shows favor on our leaders, to open their eyes and ears to the ways of God and to help guide them in the right direction. Psalm 72 acts as a good guide and template for prayers for today’s leaders.

 

 

 

{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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