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December 1 – 6, 2019

 

Let There Be Light: You Shine

By Sheree Lutz

Today marks the first Sunday of the Advent Christmas season! Advent consists of the four Sundays leading to December 25 and Christmas Day. Candles are lit, Bible verses are read, and songs are sung.

Traditionally, O Come O Come Emmanuel is the hymn that accompanies the first Sunday as it anticipates the arrival of the coming Savior (it is also my husband’s favorite carol). The lyrics’ hopefulness rings true for both Christ’s first coming as a baby at Christmastime and his still awaited second coming. Unlike other holiday carols, such as Joy to the World, with its triumphant quality, O Come O Come Emmanuel’s prayer-like words and music offer a sense of longing—a waiting for the glory that is to come.

A lesser-known verse from the hymn states:

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.

The simple words reveal the yearning we have for Christ to dispel the darkness from our lives. They do not deny that at times there is darkness—illness, addiction, depression, ambivalence—but rather that Jesus’s stepping into our lives can transform darkness to light. He is our Emmanuel, which translates to “God with Us.”

“As long as I am with you my life is the light that pierces the world’s darkness.”
John 9:5 TPT

As Jay talked about in today’s sermon, light gives us direction and helps us to see clearly. By one definition, it is something that enlightens or informs. In the same way, Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and others in our community offer clarity and guidance. Often we must choose to walk in the light, to be willing to expose our areas of struggle in order to surrender them to the Lord. For me, it is always my desire for control.

I write this as I am holding my one-month old daughter in my arms. I am reminded that God does not work in the ways that I want to boss him to. He sent his son to earth as a humble, helpless child rather than the triumphant warrior-king the Israelites expected to deliver them from captivity. But his was for greater purpose. He came to save all of humanity from ourselves.

So how can we move from being stuck in Babylon to being free in Jerusalem? We must embrace the light and help illuminate the path for others. I conclude with the refrain from O Come O Come Emmanuel:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall Come to Thee O Israel

{sunday 12.1.19}

Read John 9:5 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How has Jesus pierced darkness in your life? Where can you step into the light to encourage someone else? Where do you need to see Jesus engage you in the darkness?

CLICK HERE to listen to the 12.1.19 message, Let There Be Light: You Shine. Due to technical difficulties we were unable to video record the service. Apologies for the inconvenience.

 

{advent bible reading plan: making space}

By Joe Davis

This week your daily Journey readings begin our reflections on advent. In this series, we will focus on verses that draw us to make space for Jesus in our lives.

Our Journey writers are working on daily mini-reflections and questions to help us process this week and throughout December as we make space together.

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.

During this season, Seth Davidson’s Vlog, The Journey Online, will be offline, making space for what is coming in 2020! We offer these daily reflections in that space.

 

{monday 12.2.19}

Read Psalm 34:17-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How many of us have been or are broken hearted? God is always available to us, at all times. We easily forget this because we are consumed by the everyday world all around us. But God is waiting to answer us when we call out to him. Romans 8:38-39 tells us that NOTHING can separate us from God, and no matter what, somehow or someway God will deliver us. He has made that promise to us.  

Do I seek God out daily, or just when I need something? Do I doubt God is listening when I cry out for help?

 

{tuesday 12.3.19}

Read Genesis 3:14-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s obvious that there is strife in this world and things do not always work out as we would like.  We can see in Genesis that there is this anti-relationship between the serpent and the woman.  And as a result there is constant strife between them (all of us).  But that does not mean that God is not in control of all things.  Psalms 62:11 says that power belongs to God.  When things seem like they are in chaos, God is always in control. 

Do I trust God’s power and control? What in my life feels out of control that I can give to God?

 

{wednesday 12.4.19}

Read Romans 5:6-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: There is not one among us who has not felt weak at some time or another in their life. And it is very easy to look in the mirror and see all of our own shortcomings and flaws. Through that view it becomes easy to wonder why God would want me. But God constantly shows his love for us, with his greatest gift of love in the life of Jesus. 

Do I see Jesus as a great act of love from God? What do I do when I am feeling weak?

 

{thursday 12.5.19}

Read Matthew 25:1-3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What groom and bride are not excited to see each other on their wedding day? God is excited and looking forward to having us be with him.  John 14:3 says that Jesus is preparing a place for us.  God has this anticipation for the things to come, and we are a part of that anticipation. 

If God is preparing for me, what am I doing to prepare for him? What things in my life will I be able to make as an offering to him?

 

{friday 12.6.19}

Read Luke 1:30-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: God sent an angel (a messenger) to Mary to tell her that she would have a son and he would be called Jesus.  This experience would probably be pretty overwhelming to anyone.  But this angel started the message with reassuring Mary with tell her not to be afraid.  Even in news that may be overwhelming, God still wants us to have peace about it, even if there are hesitations and questions. 

Am I reassured when I hear from God, or do I concentrate on the aspects I cannot control? Do I trust God enough to receive his message to me?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 24, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/11/25/november-24-2019/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 02:12:56 +0000 https://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=7042 Heartland Community Church November 24 – 29, 2019   Threshold: Celebrations By Christina Marie Mitchell Being grateful. Being thankful. This is obviously the time of year when I am supposed to be thankful, I’m supposed to express my immense gratitude for all that I’ve received, been blessed with, etc. And yes, I have many things […]

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November 24 – 29, 2019

 

Threshold: Celebrations

By Christina Marie Mitchell

Being grateful. Being thankful. This is obviously the time of year when I am supposed to be thankful, I’m supposed to express my immense gratitude for all that I’ve received, been blessed with, etc. And yes, I have many things to be thankful for. But, if I’m to be honest, there have been many years that I just couldn’t bring myself to say ‘thank you’. To be grateful. Not necessarily because I had a miserable life. It was difficult for me to be grateful for anything — because I always worked during the holiday season. My reason to celebrate didn’t really exist. At least, I didn’t think so.

For me, this time of year never really meant much — having been in retail for the past 5-6 years. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, etc… all of those days had become incredibly transactional. I became used to building store budgets, coordinating seasonal hirings & trainings, draining 6-day workweeks, intense 12-hour work days, and the deep desire for solitude that burdened my being, but I could never fulfill. This time of year irritated me — because it was when I got disrespected the most, mistreated the most, yelled at the most, intruded upon the most. For not being available sooner, for not having the hottest and latest product in stock, for not emptying trashcans quick enough, for not having enough workers scheduled during peak hours. I grew to despise the holiday season.

But this year is different. This is the first time since 2013 that I get to experience the absence of all of it. To not be responsible for budgets, hirings and trainings. To actually not have to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. And I couldn’t be more excited, more ready … more lost.

This year, I get to actually remember what it means to truly experience Jesus during this season. To experience and express gratitude. For the things that I tend to ignore or forget because I’m usually exhausted or spread so thin to the point of screaming. This year, as I reflect on gratitude, I can truly say that I am grateful. Because despite having left God behind in the chaos and the frenzy, He never once left me. Which boggles my mind! But that is the faithfulness of our God.

These past several years, I was in a season of drought. A season of waning trust, seldom prayer, and opaque spiritual identity. Not all of the time, because God was never too far; but when the moments of coming together with fellow Heartlanders or even my friends and their families presented themselves, I just didn’t feel thankful. I was depleted. All I wanted to do was sleep, and be by myself. I later came to learn that I was experiencing high-functioning depression and anxiety. It was definitely something I started to normalize. But this year is different. I have been delivered from that season of drought. And I am definitely in a season of celebration. Of deep gratitude.

Today, I got to take Communion. For the first time in who knows how long, with my beautiful sister, Michele. I got to remember and be reminded — of the things that I’d forgotten during that painful and draining season. I got to stand with my sister, who has loved me through it all. Today, I got to worship with one of the very first mentors I ever had at HCC; singing loudly in gratitude for having claimed sweet victory over my long and painful battle. I got to hug on and be tackled by some of my favorite kiddos who I’ve had the pleasure of singing and dancing with and watching grow over the past several years. These were all timely reminders of His faithfulness. Of His promise to me and for me.

So, in this season, I get to learn all over again — what it feels like to truly celebrate during the holidays, what it feels like to have authentic community to celebrate with, what it feels like to not have to rush out of church on Sunday to go to work for the next 6-8 hours. I’ve experienced several years of God’s faithfulness, even during the hardest of times. But now, having come out on the other side of it — my celebration has finally begun. This has definitely been a threshold moment — MY threshold moment of 2019. And I am so excited to experience this season in a whole new and blessed way.

{sunday 11.24.19}

Read Psalm 118

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How has God shown His faithfulness to you? What has God done in your life to prompt a new wave of gratitude? If you’re in a season of drought, what has God done to help you remember, to remind you of His faithfulness and love?

CLICK HERE to listen to the 11.24.19 message, Threshold: Celebrations. Due to technical difficulties we were unable to video record the service. Apologies for the inconvenience.

 

{advent bible reading plan: making space}

By Marnie Vasquez

This week your daily Journey readings begin our reflections on advent. In this series, we will focus on verses that draw us to make space for Jesus in our lives.

Our Journey writers are working on daily mini-reflections and questions to help us process this week and throughout December as we make space together.

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.

During this season, Seth Davidson’s Vlog, The Journey Online, will be offline, making space for what is coming in 2020! We offer these daily reflections in that space.

 

{monday 11.25.19}

Read Luke 1:11-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Stop. Have you ever seen an angel? Can you imagine what that experience would be like? It’d freak me out yet rock my world. In this case, Zechariah, a very old man who had never seen an angel in his lifetime – now sees one. Then, this angel says some incredible things. “Look, I know you’ve been praying for what seems like for-ever to have a kid. Well, God has been listening, and you’re getting one, even though you and your wife are like a kajillion years old.” Zechariah’s world must have been rocked. The angel goes on to give Zechariah a ‘parenting how-to” manual, and tells Zechariah, “This kid of yours has a super important role to play. He’ll help introduce people to the coming Christ.” Wow, imagine that.

Today’s passage makes me pause. Is Jesus listening and answering prayers today? Yes, He is. Jesus is listening. To every thought we have. Every spoken word. Every countless plea and cry. He will come through in what is best for us. While this may not happen via an angel, do pay attention to all those little, small nudges that happen ALL day long. Pay attention. He’s listening, answering your prayers.

{tuesday 11.26.19}

Read Luke 3:3-6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: John The Baptist is like a modern day marketer. He tries to get as many people as possible to make a positive change to improve their lives. In today’s world, John might post on Facebook, make a commercial, be interviewed on Ellen, make YouTube videos, do whatever he could to help people change their ways for their own good. What John has going for him that today’s modern marketer doesn’t is 1) he was sent by God. 2) The product he’s selling is Jesus: the ultimate benefit and life changing product. 3) The Old Testament said John was coming, so his ‘marketing messages’ could be viewed and believed as honorable.

I am a marketer. I’m in awe of John’s conviction, passion, resilience and uncompromising ways to sell the ultimate product. He inspires me to talk about Jesus. I know I can’t do it in the manner John does, but he pushes me to get out of my comfort zone to share my experiences. As you look at your day, thank Jesus for always being with you. Look for ways – even small ones – to bring Jesus up in conversations.

{wednesday 11.27.19}

Read Matthew 6:31-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I believe in Jesus. Yet I worry. Get anxious. Sick to my stomach. Bury myself in bed. Binge watch Netflix. I get overwhelmed. And then, somewhere in the midst of that, these small voices say, “Hey, Jesus has your back.” “Hey, let Jesus carry this for you, He’ll make this come out in His favor.” “Hey, just let this go, and stop getting tangled up in the world.” These small voices help me face the day, the situation. I’m always amazed that everything does turn out better. Maybe not in the short term, but in the long term it does. I have learned over time these worrisome times become easier. I’m learning and trusting Jesus way more than I ever have. It takes practice. Lots.

Please, consider this. When you start to worry, immediately start talking to Jesus – even if just in your mind: “Help me, Jesus. Help me through this. Help me give you this concern. I know you’re loving ways will handle this. Let me let you do your thing. Thank you, Jesus.”

{thursday 11.28.19}

Read Luke 1:35-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you have a favorite movie? One you can watch over and over? I have many. I watch repeatedly to understand how the movie makers weave together their movie from plot line, actors’ cadence, pace, music choices, camera angles, fashion ensembles and more. They use every aspect to wonderfully piece it together. I love uncovering their methods. I often remind myself these movie makers are made in the image of God who is the ultimate movie maker. God’s movie (our lives) stitches together things far more beautiful and complex than we can even fathom. I’m constantly trying to uncover God’s methods.

Every time I read the Bible, I feel it’s this huge movie being made… that I’m actually a character in. And I want to read it again and again so I don’t miss all those pieces of God’s ways. Today’s scripture, for me, is like watching part of God’s movie trailer. It’s got awe, tension, disbelief, possibility, adventure, and it makes me want to watch this movie immediately. Why? This is the story of our life. This passage is an incredible actual scene. I get shivers every time I read it.

{friday 11.29.19}

Read Titus 3:3-7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read today’s scripture, slowly. Let. Every. Word. Sink. In. And when you’re done, bow your head, and simply say, “Thank you. Thank you for loving me, Jesus.”

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 17, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/11/17/november-17-2019/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 23:13:44 +0000 https://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=7020 Heartland Community Church November 17 – 22, 2019   Threshold: Trust By Joe Davis Trust. Such a small word, but one that carries so much weight to it. It is something that is very difficult to earn and does not take much effort to lose. And, if lost, is sometimes very difficult to get back. I know this all […]

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Heartland Community Church


November 17 – 22, 2019

 

Threshold: Trust

By Joe Davis

Trust. Such a small word, but one that carries so much weight to it. It is something that is very difficult to earn and does not take much effort to lose. And, if lost, is sometimes very difficult to get back. I know this all too well because of the marital issues my wife and I have experienced. It is no easy task to build trust back up after it has been shaken to it’s core. As I look back on those experiences, I realize how much they influenced my ability to trust God. 

For me, trusting in God is a much harder task than I care to admit to. Several years ago I did a spiritual gifts class and my number one gift was knowledge. This means that I have a love and yearning for more information and knowledge . . . and I know a lot of stuff. But the flip side to that coin are the pitfalls. One of those is arrogance. It is something that I struggled with way too much when I was younger, and almost cost my relationship with one of my brothers.  

My pursuit of knowledge has created in me an ability to fix things. Which in and of itself is not bad, but it also means that I know better, and know how, to fix the things and issues that I am in. Except, when I do not know better.

It has created huge distrust with God. I often have jobs where I have to fix problems. I have become self-reliant, to the point where I do not look to God first for my answers and guidance. I go to God last when I have exhausted everything I can think of. And usually I am in a desperate place and at my wits end with an enormous amount of stress pressing into me. I still do this. It is hard to break the habit of trying to fix everything instead of relinquishing control to God. 

This all boils down to control. I want to control things because then I won’t feel out of sorts. I will "know" that everything is good and will run properly. But, it does not. I have disillusioned myself to believe that I am in control when, in actuality, it is my arrogance believing that I know better.

Letting go of control and moving into trust is a very difficult process. I remember in boot camp when we had to climb the rope portion of the obstacle course. We were given instruction on the proper way to climb the rope that allows for the whole body to work together so that you can get to the top. There were times when I was in such a hurry to get to the top that I did not climb properly and as a result I had to use my hands more to grip that rope. This is what moving from control to trust is. It is gripping the rope so tightly with your hands that it becomes painful. And you know that you have to let go of the rope, that control, in order to move up and into trust. 

When you let go of the rope it is painful to open your hand up because you have been gripping it so tightly for so long it now hurts to open your hands. This is how I see my trust with God. I have been hanging on so tightly to the rope, my own control issues, that when I try to move into trusting God and start to let go of the rope it hurts . . . so I immediately go back to gripping the rope again. It hurts to hold the rope, but it hurts to let go. So, I go back to the hurt I’m more familiar with. What a horrible, endless cycle.  

Jesus lived in perfect trust with the Father. He knew that his faith would be perfected when he allowed God to have his whole heart. My head knows this to be true, but my heart is stuck in it’s old ways and struggles to let God fully take control. We all struggle with this in some way or another. But how much more rich and full would our lives be if we lived in more trust with God? How much more peace would we have if we just trusted God that much more? 

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.17.19 message, Threshold: Trust.

 

{sunday 11.17.19}

Read Philippians 4:6-7, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalms 37:5-7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How much or how little do I trust God? When things in life become difficult, where do I go first for resolution? What areas am I strong in trusting God, and what areas am I weak in trusting God? Who do I know that could help me shore up those weak areas of trust?

 

{personal reflection/bible reading plan: gratitude}

By Rhonda Stock

This week your daily Journey readings are focused on the theme of gratitude and giving thanks. Our Journey writers are working on daily mini-reflections and questions to help you process this week and throughout December in our Advent series.

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 for access to Seth Davidson’s vlog, The Journey Online, on the gratitude verses below.)

 

{monday 11.18.19}

Read Psalm 86

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Ever feel like the whole world is against you? David was familiar with that feeling. For years, he lived on the run, trying to evade King Saul, the man who wanted him dead. Despite his anguish, David confidently proclaimed, “I will call to you whenever I am in trouble, and you will answer me…You alone are God. [emphasis added]” David also vowed, “With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever… [emphasis added]”

What are you facing today? Determine in your heart to praise God no matter what. Don’t wait for God to make things right; praise Him now, when it is hardest. Then watch what He will do.

{tuesday 11.19.19}

Read Phillippians 4:4-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These six verses come near the end of a letter Paul wrote to the church in Philippi in the first century A.D., a time when Christians were being arrested, imprisoned, flogged, and tortured because they dared to proclaim Jesus as Messiah. And yet, Paul tells these persecuted new believers to be full of joy, to not worry about anything but to pray about everything, and to thank God for all He has done.

How about you? Are you full of joy, or do you complain all the time? Do you remember to be thankful to God, or do you take for granted His mercies and goodness? Make it a point today to find something in your life to rejoice over and to thank God for.

{wednesday 11.20.19}

Read Zephaniah 3:14-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been around a new grandparent? They are enchanted with every single thing about that precious new baby, from the downy soft hair on his head to the little baby poopoos in his diaper. (You think I’m joking. Trust me. As a grandmother of 7, I know whereof I speak.) Grandparents take absolute delight in their grandchildren. Did you know that God takes that same delight in you? Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God “will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” I don’t know about you, but I get all fluttery inside when I think about how God, the Creator of the universe, delights in me. Me! Rejoice today in the boundless, unreserved love God has for you, His precious child.

{thursday 11.21.19}

Read Colossians 1:3-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses give us at least seven different things we can be thankful for. One, for the “confident hope of what God has reserved for [us] in heaven.” Two, that the Good News “is going out all over the world…bearing fruit everywhere…”. Three, for “faithful servants” who work on our behalf. Four, for those who pray for us, especially those we don’t even know are praying for us. Five, that “He has enabled [us] to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people…” Six, for rescuing “us from the kingdom of darkness” and transferring “us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” It’s easy for us to forget how much God has done for us. Let us remember to be thankful to Him every day, and not just during a single season of the year.

{friday 11.22.19}

Read 2 Chronicles 7:1-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses tell the story of when King Solomon and the people of Israel dedicated the new Temple to God. They celebrated for at least two weeks, singing and praying and rejoicing. When the people finally went home, “They were all joyful and glad because the Lord had been so good…”

Has God been good to you? Have you ever told Him, “Thanks”? Sometimes it’s easier to thank Him for the big, dramatic answers to prayer than it is for the simple, everyday blessings we take for granted. Thank God now for the little joys in your life—clean cotton socks on a cold day, a cup of coffee in the morning, the friendly cashier when you stop for a bagel, whatever it is that makes your life a little easier to cope with.

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 10, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/11/10/november-10-2019/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 21:21:21 +0000 https://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=7014 Heartland Community Church November 10 – 15, 2019   Threshold: Friendship By Rhonda Stock I like to talk. I also like people. I like getting to know them, learning what things we have in common and what we don’t. I can chat with someone in the line at the grocery store, and by the time […]

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Heartland Community Church


November 10 – 15, 2019

 

Threshold: Friendship

By Rhonda Stock

I like to talk.

I also like people.

I like getting to know them, learning what things we have in common and what we don’t. I can chat with someone in the line at the grocery store, and by the time we have checked out, I might know how many children the other shopper has, what allergies each child has, and whether the children were bottle- or breast-fed. I like to make friends wherever I go.

My husband is different. He hates small talk, but he can do it if the situation requires. At social gatherings, he’d rather sit in the corner with one interesting person than gad about the room engaging lots of different people, which is what I tend to do. His closest friends are family members—siblings, cousins, our own now-grown children.

These outside relationships are important. My husband and I consider ourselves best friends, but we can’t be all things to each other. He goes cross-eyed at the thought of spending an entire day scouring thrift shops and flea markets for things we don’t need (which is one of my favorite things to do), so I have a cherished friend that goes with me (she has an uncanny sense of direction and knows where more flea markets are in the KC area than anyone else I know). And if he wants to discuss computer programming or investment opportunities ad nauseum, he knows he’ll have better luck inviting our daughter or one of our sons over.

The point is, friendships are important. Human beings are communal creatures. God created Eve for Adam because, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” We are designed to fellowship with other humans.

Maybe you are an extrovert who gathers friends like flowers in May. Maybe you are an introvert who cultivates a few deep, meaningful relationships over time. Maybe you are somewhere in between. Whatever your personality, it’s okay. There is no one right way to make friends.

If you need help finding a community where you can meet new people and make friends, Heartland is here for you. We offer many opportunities to connect with others and develop those relationships that are so important to us as human beings, and as believers. Join us! You are welcome here!

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.10.19 message, Threshold: Friendship.

 

{sunday 11.10.19}

Read John 15:9-17 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you think it was easier to make friends when you were a kid? You were thrust into a new classroom each school year, with a new configuration of students, so you were almost forced to create new friendships each year. Maybe it was easier to bond over Pokémon cards and Lisa Frank pencils than it is to connect with someone at the company water cooler as an adult. As adults, we sometimes must push ourselves out of our comfort zone to make new friends. Maybe that means eating lunch in the break room instead of in your cubicle, or inviting a neighbor over for coffee. Maybe it means signing up for an activity at Heartland. Be bold this week. Take a step. You’ll be surprised at what just might happen.

Do you think you are a good friend to have? Why? Think of what you look for in a friend, and ask yourself if you have those qualities. Be honest. It’s okay to think, “I’m pretty loyal to my friends, and I think that’s a really good quality.” Is there an area you can improve in? Could you be a better friend to others? This coming week, focus on being the kind of friend you would like to have.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 11.11.19}

Read Mark 15:33-41

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 11.12.19}

Read Mark 15:42-47

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 11.13.19}

Read Mark 16:1-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 11.14.19}

Read Mark 16:9-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 11.15.19}

YOU CHOOSE! (Pick a chapter or a few verses and read them using the questions below. Share your choice, and your reflections with us on Facebook!)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 3, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/11/03/november-11-2019/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 20:51:46 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6995 Heartland Community Church November 3 – 8, 2019   Threshold: Difference Maker By Rhonda Stock When I was a girl, my dad’s parents lived in a small, rural town in northern Missouri, in a tiny house heated by a gas stove in the living room. Until I was about six years old, they had running […]

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Heartland Community Church


November 3 – 8, 2019

 

Threshold: Difference Maker

By Rhonda Stock

When I was a girl, my dad’s parents lived in a small, rural town in northern Missouri, in a tiny house heated by a gas stove in the living room. Until I was about six years old, they had running water but no other indoor plumbing; you haven’t lived until you’ve had to visit an outhouse during a northern Missouri winter. That was also about the time they added a second bedroom to the house. They had raised four boys in a one-bedroom house with no bathroom and a coal-burning stove (the gas stove was an upgrade added in the 1960s).

It was a humble dwelling, with simple furnishings and few amenities. But one thing you could count on when you crossed the threshold into their home: no matter what time you arrived, day or night, you knew that Grandma would have something good to eat.           

Grandma had been raised in southern Missouri, and her cooking was heavily influenced by southern tradition. Cornbread and beans, fried chicken, sweet tea, and the best homemade “light” bread this side of the Mississippi. And the desserts! Cobbler and pie and cakes, with fudge and divinity at Christmas time. No one left Grandma’s house hungry, that’s for sure.

In today’s message, Jay Cull drew an apt parallel between crossing the threshold into his own grandparents’ home and entering a time of prayer. When he stepped into his grandparents’ house, he was in a world far removed from his mundane life in Boston. It was the same for me when I stepped into Grandma’s kitchen. A grandparents’ home is a magical place where needs are met before we ask, and wishes are freely granted.

When we cross the threshold into prayer, Jesus is waiting to meet with us. In fact, He is longing to meet with us. He has the table set, just waiting for us to pull up a chair and connect with him. Prayer doesn’t have to be a duty or a responsibility. Prayer is a time to communicate with our loving Father, to share with Him our fears and worries, and to receive from Him wisdom and comfort and direction. He invites us in, welcoming us into His presence, urging us to cross that threshold.

Today’s message closed with a challenge to prayer, but not just at the end of the service. We are challenged to cross that threshold and meet with Him at home, in our cars, wherever we are. He is waiting for you. Won’t you crross that threshold and have a seat with Him?

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.3.19 message, Threshold: Difference Maker.

 

{sunday 11.3.19}

Read Luke 11:1-13 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When do you pray? Before meals? In an emergency? When all else fails, and you are desperate? It’s easy to treat prayer as an empty ritual or a last resort. How sad is that! Prayer is simply communing with God. It’s talking to Him and enjoying His divine presence. Imagine if we communicated with our spouse or our best friend only when we needed something. The relationship wouldn’t suffer, wouldn’t it? Challenge yourself this week to spend just 5 consecutive minutes in prayer one time. Speak to God and let Him speak to you. What’s the worst that could happen?

Often when we pray, we think we must talk fancy and use lots of words like “thee” and “thou.” If you’re comfortable with that—great. But that’s just not “you,” that’s okay too. God already knows you as you are; you aren’t fooling Him. So just relax. Talk to Him as you would talk to a friend. And relax. Enjoy being in His presence, because He loves being with you!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 11.4.19}

Read Mark 14:43-52

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 11.5.19}

Read Mark 14:53-65

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 11.6.19}

Read Mark 14:66-72

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 11.7.19}

Read Mark 15:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 11.8.19}

Read Mark 15:21-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{October 27, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/10/27/october-27-2019/ Sun, 27 Oct 2019 18:57:46 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6977 Heartland Community Church October 27 – November 1, 2019   I AM: Celebrations By Brooke Hodnefield “Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious […]

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Heartland Community Church


October 27 – November 1, 2019

 

I AM: Celebrations

By Brooke Hodnefield

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (The Message)

Have you felt like a nobody? Or tried to be a somebody? There are times when we oscillate between these two very different statures. The definition of stature is just that, a simple definition…a person’s height. Some days we are feeling solid-seeing clearly our path ahead and confident, even. Maybe we feel surrounded by our people and even content with the life we find ourselves in. Our stature feels strong and tall. Then there are those days…and maybe weeks, or seasons, where we are small. We are insecure, lost, disoriented, and seemingly alone. Our path is unclear and if we are honest with ourselves, we aren’t even sure who we are. Our stature feels frail, weak and small. 

The shepherd boy, David experienced this. He was alone, on a hill, tending sheep. Certainly not in any sort of spotlight. He was but a speck and insignificant in comparison to his squadron of brothers, Jesse’s sons. He fell last in line. The runt. But God saw this shepherd boy, music-maker and child after His own heart. God saw KING David. And he was surely a nobody that God saw as a sombody. God called David to become King. Not right now, but to become, one day, KING. So what did David do in those days…shepherd boy with the prospect of King on the horizon? He did what he did in his ‘nobody’ days, but put one foot in front of the other and trusted that God would lead him, guide him, teach him to be the King that God saw in this nobody. 

My dad has always said,  even from my younger days, ‘don’t create your own sense of urgency.’ When he said it, it made me frustrated, impatient and annoyed. I wanted to grow into somebody and I had grand plans for just what that might look like. I’ve done a lot of striving, trying to pave my own way.  I’ve done a lot of moving in what I thought was the right direction, but not stopping to question if this is how God has created me and where He wants me to go. I love the simplicity of David, though. Wow, I could have used his quiet, humble presence when I felt larger than life. 

But if you and I were to look back…over the bumps (and maybe hurdles) on our path, nothing was in vain. We’ve all had our fair-share of wrestling with God & self, feeling unsettled, anxious & doubtful. The waiting, the quiet stagnant times, the hurts-those things that we still can’t quite understand. But they all point to a higher calling. Just as a compass pulls North, God pulls us towards Him. 

Here’s what you need to hear. YOU, and only YOU have been created as God’s glorious somebody. Simply by being who you are, you are crowned a child of God. And somebody needs YOU. Despite how ill-equipped or insecure you might feel, you have an intentional calling that God has placed within you. It’s already there! And you are good. You are good enough. You are ALWAYS good enough. There is never a time that you fall so far from grace that God doesn’t need all of us nobodies. 

So, are you ready? Let’s be honest. We are never ready. We aren’t equipped, knowledgeable skilled, financially ready. We aren’t at that pie-in-the-sky imaginary spot that we’d like to be to make that move, jump or offer ourselves imperfectly perfect to someone or something. 

We don’t have to. God has gone before. Lean into Him, His goodness and that which He can do through you. It’s not about you. And it never was. He will take our nobody stature to a somebody stature, and it will be ALL for His glory. 

It is always a lie from the pit that tells you that your gifts aren’t good enough to be given. 

Ann Voskamp

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.27.19 message, I AM: Celebrations.

 

{sunday 10.27.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What insecurities and comparisons do you need to confess today? What is the nagging desire that you’ve tried to push back down? Possibly a dream or something that feels unattainable? Where do you need God to speak into your understanding of the "somebody" he created you to be?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 10.28.19}

Read Mark 13:14-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.29.19}

Read Mark 13:28-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.30.19}

Read Mark 14:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.31.19}

Read Mark 14:12-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 11.1.19}

Read Mark 14:32-42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{October 20, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/10/20/october-20-2019/ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:05:01 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6972 Heartland Community Church October 20 – 25, 2019   I AM: Your Goal By Joe Davis What am I looking forward to? That question almost feels like a question that was made to sabotage you. As a father of 4 children, what I look forward to seems to be something that I put on the […]

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Heartland Community Church


October 20 – 25, 2019

 

I AM: Your Goal

By Joe Davis

What am I looking forward to? That question almost feels like a question that was made to sabotage you. As a father of 4 children, what I look forward to seems to be something that I put on the back burner all the time. And quite frankly, the answer to that question right now is, "I don’t know."

Most days I feel as if the day is already planned out for the schedule of our family, and having a goal never even enters my mind. But, I do dream. I dream all the time. It’s one of the ways that I decompress. And who wouldn’t want their dreams to come true? My big struggle is that I feel as if I do not deserve those dreams.

It is difficult to see myself as God’s workmanship, created for good works. The truth is that Ephesians 2: 10 is a proclamation of who we are in Christ. My heart quickly forgets that God made me to be good and do good things. I allow myself to get caught up in the day to day and not spend the time with God that I need to in order to know who I fully am.

On top of that I need to be teaching my children these lessons about who God is and what he can do in their lives. If I had to narrow down a life goal that I have that is very important to me among the many, it would be that all my children come to know Christ and have an active relationship with God. That seems very cliché and the right "Christian" answer to give, but it is true. It’s the most important decision that they will ever make, so how can I not want that for them.

As I reflect on my past goals, my previous jobs come to mind. At every job I have had, my boss has always asked about my goals for work and how I am going to get there. And then at review time, we see what progress I have made towards those goals.

Why do I not do that with my faith life? Why do I not do that with my dreams? Why do those things get pushed aside, but work goals are brought up to the front row to get attention first?

The reality is that life is difficult and challenging and fills our days quickly. I believe that this comes down to priorities. Having 4 children who are all active makes our family very busy and leaves little time for other things. But I have come to realize that there is a huge difference between time and priorities.

I would venture to say that we all have time, but do we prioritize our time with God? Do we prioritize our dreams and goals by placing them at the Lord’s feet, asking him to direct them, be a part of them, bless them? I know that I do not. I have struggled deeply with trusting God with my dreams and goals. But I know he is willing and waiting for me to invite him into those things, ready to bless them and me with this love, grace and presence.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.20.19 message, I AM: Your Calling.

 

{sunday 10.20.19}

Read Psalm 139:14, 1 Thessalonians 1:4, Hebrews 3:1a

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What changes do I need to make to prioritize time with God? Do I have someone who can help keep me accountable and encourage me? How do I work towards trusting God with my dreams and goals?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 10.21.19}

Read Mark 11:27-12:12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.22.19}

Read Mark 12:13-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.23.19}

Read Mark 12:18-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.24.19}

Read Mark 12:35-44

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.25.19}

Read Mark 13:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

© 2019 Heartland Community Church

12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{October 13, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/10/14/october-13-2019/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 00:39:39 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6960 Heartland Community Church October 13 – 18, 2019   I AM: Your Calling By Marnie Vasquez Crap, crap, crap. Jump out of bed, run down the hall. “Everybody up, everybody up NOW.” I run back to our room. “Come on, honey, you need to get going too.” I jump into the shower. My husband yells […]

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Heartland Community Church


October 13 – 18, 2019

 

I AM: Your Calling

By Marnie Vasquez

Crap, crap, crap. Jump out of bed, run down the hall. “Everybody up, everybody up NOW.” I run back to our room. “Come on, honey, you need to get going too.” I jump into the shower. My husband yells irritated, “Why did you wake us all up 30 minutes late?” Ugh, I know, all the ‘you suck as a mom’ voices start screaming in my head. Somehow, I mutter in the hot water, “Thank you for this day, Jesus. Sorry, I suck. Please help me, and please be with my family.”

The kids are verbally going at it when I come downstairs. “Come on guys, let’s be good to each other. We’ve got to help each other out.” Wrong move. “Yeah, Mom, well don’t get us up late. We’re going to be late for school. I’m going to get a bad grade on today’s test because I couldn’t study.” “Yeah Mom, way to go.” My husband comes down and chimes in. Ugh. “Okay, okay, everyone, sorry. Let’s just get in the car and get going.”

Of course, school traffic is bad. I nearly get hit twice. The kids are yelling to hurry so they don’t get a tardy. As they get out, I tell them I love them, and God loves them too. “Yeah, yeah, Mom, we gotta go.”

Drive off. Deep breath. Ready myself for work and the meeting with my boss. Ask Jesus to please be with me, please guide my steps, and please be with my family.

Work is jam packed with meetings. There’s too much work and not enough staff. As I walk up the stairs to meet with my boss, I quickly mutter, “Please be with me, Jesus, please make me strong, please give me patience and remind me that I am and always will be in your hands.”

Well, that meeting didn’t go well. He denied me to hire staff, despite the fact I had done all he asked of me. He also said he wasn’t going to promote me until maybe sometime next year. I remind him we’ve been discussing this since last fall. I remind him in March he said I deserved it. I remind him just last month he told me it would happen this year.

I leave work defeated. I cry hard on the drive home. I argue with Jesus. I’m trying, I really am.

I get home. One of the kids did have a tardy and now has a before-school detention. Fantastic.

I go sit on our back patio and drink in the cool night. I’m hurt. Tired. I sit. I reflect. I listen. I breathe. And for whatever reason, I start feeling good. Really, really good.

Why? Because I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Had I not had those 15 chapters of life before today, I don’t even want to imagine what a wreck my life could’ve been. What a wreck my kids’ life could’ve been. Right now, my role, my “I am” story is to be a light to my family and work. Despite it feeling hard, not fun, and not-at-all sexy. I need to bring the “I am” in small ways even though I don’t think I’m getting through. I know I’m in His hands, and He will take care of us.

I also sit and think I may be in the midst of another 15 chapters – training and molding me for where and how God wants to use me next.

I end the day in peace. It’s going to be all right. Thank you, Jesus, thank you for not giving up on me. And as I head for bed, I set two wake-up alarms.

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.13.19 message, I AM: Your Calling.

 

{sunday 10.13.19}

Read Psalm 131:1-3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Find a moment or two each day this week, just a moment. Often for me these moments are found when I’m in my closet, the shower, in my pantry or walking around the yard. Just stand there, quiet your mind, and breathe. In and out. Pray this slowly, taking a breath after each sentence…

“God, you created me.
You know me better than anyone else.
Father, I know I am your beloved child. 
I know that I am a temple of yours, Holy Spirit. 
Lord Jesus, I am your disciple.”

You might stop right there reminding yourself of who you are. And once or twice this week, continue the prayer and listen for a moment before you continue your day…

“God, who do You say that I am? 
What is my unique calling?
What is your original design for me?”

Then read Psalm 131:1-3 again.

 

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 10.14.19}

Read Mark 10:13-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.15.19}

Read Mark 10:32-45

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.16.19}

Read Mark 10:46-52

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.17.19}

Read Mark 11:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.18.19}

Read Mark 11:12-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{October 6, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/10/06/october-6-2019/ Sun, 06 Oct 2019 22:09:13 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6948 Heartland Community Church October 6 – 11, 2019   I AM: Your Passion By Christina Marie Mitchell I will be the first to admit that I always thought passion was something God created to remind us that life doesn’t suck when it can feel like it does. I always assumed that passion was about me […]

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Heartland Community Church


October 6 – 11, 2019

 

I AM: Your Passion

By Christina Marie Mitchell

I will be the first to admit that I always thought passion was something God created to remind us that life doesn’t suck when it can feel like it does. I always assumed that passion was about me — what I loved to do, what I was interested in. My passion was the one thing that made me different from those around me. And while those things are true, today’s teaching really fleshed out a lot of what I was missing.

Today, we were presented with a few thought provoking questions: What drives you? What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night? I found myself silently answering: my job, my job, and my job. And that’s because, for me, I thought that my passion was rooted in what I was good at. I am great at my job, so of course, it makes sense. But when I’m actually honest with myself, I knew it couldn’t have been my job — I’ve only had it for 8 months. I’ve clearly been fired up about something consistently for the majority of my life, as I know God is intentional.

I’ve always been interested in people — in our stories, in our experiences. I love to people watch. I think about how God made me an introvert who is called to be amongst people. Consistently. On purpose. I think about how God blessed with the love language of quality time. I think about how hard it was for me to set boundaries for myself once my heart for serving people was truly awakened. I think about how God made my first day at Heartland in 2010, a day of service — where I stood at the front of the atrium greeting people, hoping that they didn’t ask me where anything was, because I had no idea. I was just there to smile and greet. My passion was how God brought me back to the church. My whole life has been centered on community & connection. And service.

What drives me? Serving people. What wakes me up in the morning? The hope that I’m going to make someone’s life better. What keeps me up at night? Anticipating how God is going to use me for the goodness of someone else. Either at work, or on the streets, or amongst my friends. The posture of “how can I help?” never leaves my mind.

Today’s teaching offered a powerful notion of ‘passion, at its core, being a form of pain that demands to be quenched’. I had to reflect & still am reflecting and processing that thought, because I’ve always led with the assumption of passion being about me. When in fact, the use of my passion is an expression of my faith in motion. It’s my living testimony of my love for God and my love for people. God gave me a heart for others so that I would use it for His purpose. This isn’t anything new to me, because I’ve been on my walk with God for years, I know that people are my thing. But today, God delivered even more clarity and conviction — yes, I have a heart for people; but my passion precisely lies in service. Serving Him & serving others.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.6.19 message, I AM: Your Passion.

 

{sunday 10.6.19}

Read 1 John 3:18

Passion: A conviction that becomes contagious because it withstands the test of pain.

Questions:

  1. Interested In:  What do I enjoy?  What are my hobbies?  Where do I spend my free time?

  2. Excited About:  What gives me energy?  What do I look forward to doing?

  3. Driven By:  What must I do?  What gets me up in the morning?  Where do I feel most alive?

  4. Burdened For:  What keeps me up at night?  What pain in the world do I sense God wants me to step into?

Action:  Write down 3-5 words from these questions that best describe your Passion.

________  _________  ___________  ___________  _________

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 10.7.19}

Read Mark 9:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.8.19}

Read Mark 9:11-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.9.19}

Read Mark 9:30-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.10.19}

Read Mark 9:38-50

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.11.19}

Read Mark 10:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{September 29, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/29/september-29-2019/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 23:21:11 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6941 Heartland Community Church September 29 – October 4, 2019   I AM: Your Gifting By Sheree Lutz Why am I here? I know that I ask this very question while eating a chicken mcnugget meal at McDonalds, going for a walk outside and uphill in 90-degree weather, or sitting through a three-hour beginner violin recital. […]

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Heartland Community Church


September 29 – October 4, 2019

 

I AM: Your Gifting

By Sheree Lutz

Why am I here? I know that I ask this very question while eating a chicken mcnugget meal at McDonalds, going for a walk outside and uphill in 90-degree weather, or sitting through a three-hour beginner violin recital. But in all seriousness, is this question not something we all ask ourselves at some point?

It seems that humans have an innate desire for purpose in our lives. To feel the security of knowing we are part of a larger narrative. Longing to see that we somehow make a difference in the world. Thankfully, as believers in Jesus and at a macro level, scripture tells us why we are on this earth. Romans 8:29 states, “For He knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son.” (TPT) Ultimately, we are here to share with others the likeness of Jesus himself. We are to be his messengers, reflections of his glory as the Son of God. This is no small gifting! 

But we also so often yearn for specifics about why we are individually here. What is our personal gifting within the body of Christ? Which aspect of his character is our strength? As Jay said, we are designed for our own unique calling. Like David with Goliath, he was destined for that time and place. His courage and heart were aligned with the story God laid out for him. But doesn’t it always seem more simple in hindsight? Or looking at someone else’s life?

For me, this is something I have been wrestling with the last few years. A persistently felt nudge called me to a season of anonymity, which sometimes feels at odds with my gifting (Shepherd and Teacher). It has been a time in my life where endeavoring to reflect Jesus’ likeness comes with little notoriety or acknowledgment. But, I am learning that it comes with its own purpose! In fact, Jesus himself lived an essentially anonymous life from the age of two to thirty. God the Father asked him to wait in patient obedience. The right moment to play out the reason for his becoming a human on earth had not yet come. Similarly, David was an unknown shepherd boy until his battle with Goliath. So we can see that their waiting years were not fruitless!

Perhaps, in the waiting, we are being prepared for our, “Why Am I Here?” In fact, if we truly want to “be like Jesus,” like we so often say, we must accept that it includes seasons of hiddenness just like his. According to author Alicia Britt Chole, “ [In] anonymous seasons we must hold tightly to the truth that…Father God is neither care-less nor cause-less with how he spends our lives. When he calls a soul simultaneously to greatness and obscurity, the fruit—if we wait for it—can change the world.”

Perhaps our souls are being molded after Christ’s likeness during these times. We are being asked to deepen ourselves in obedience, patience, humility, and many more things.

Perhaps, you know your exact gifting and how to use it already, and this is wonderful! God has prepared you for this moment! Let him call you to further his kingdom and share Jesus’s likeness in your own unique way. But, if you are like me, still unsure of what exactly that may look like, I encourage you to join me in the anticipating. Let us not lose sight that in the waiting; we are being prepared for the moment when God the Father calls us to step up to the plate.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 9.29.19 message, I AM: Your Gifting.

 

{sunday 9.29.19}

Read Romans 8:29, 2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 4:11-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you know your spiritual strengths? If so, how do they characterize Jesus’ likeness in you? Have you ever felt hidden? How did your faith grow in that period of life? If we are all masterpieces created by God, how can we help share this with others? What is one practical thing you can do in the next week to dig into your unique gifting?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 9.30.19}

Read Mark 7:9-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.1.19}

Read Mark 7:24-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.2.19}

Read Mark 8:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.3.19}

Read Mark 8:14-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.4.19}

Read Mark 8:22-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

© 2019 Heartland Community Church

12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{September 22, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/22/september-22-2019/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 23:05:47 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6933 Heartland Community Church September 22 – 27, 2019   I AM: Your Story By Grant Houske I accepted a college football scholarship to University of Sioux Falls, a small NAIA school. I thought I would go in and dominate. I had a preconceived mindset that I single handedly had the ability to make a huge […]

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Heartland Community Church


September 22 – 27, 2019

 

I AM: Your Story

By Grant Houske

I accepted a college football scholarship to University of Sioux Falls, a small NAIA school. I thought I would go in and dominate. I had a preconceived mindset that I single handedly had the ability to make a huge impact on the team. I would “wow” the coaching staff and show this team what they had. Anyway, that is what I thought. 

In reality, I was a little scared and nervous. This wasn’t high school football anymore. These weren’t my teammates that I had played football with since the 2nd grade. This was something new. I loved football. I dedicated myself to the game. It wasn’t everything to me, but I felt like it sure came close. My biggest fears began to happen as something just felt off. I started to feel lost, like I was simply going through the motions. I began to grow sad and confused because this was a very good and undefeated team, one of the best teams I had been apart of. This was a great college where my parents met. Why was I feeling this way? I was living out a sort of “active lostness”. 

During the middle of the season I broke down. After practice one evening, I was with some of my teammates and they could tell that something was wrong with me. The upperclassman on the team rallied around me and supported me. They showed me I had value no matter if I was there on this team or somewhere else.

Ironically, they helped me figure out that maybe there was something more for me somewhere else. After the first semester, I decided to give up football and transfer to the University of Iowa. The moment I made that decision, and started a new journey without playing football, I felt a sense of peace and some clarity. I let go of something I held on so tightly to before. It felt strange, but looking back, it was the right decision.

I sincerely appreciated the authenticity Tom Brawner provided today and how he tied together the story of David with a story about his life. He was able to use a negative event for good later, just like David. He spoke truth about an issue that hurt him, yet also helped guide and shape his life. Despite David’s humble beginnings and huge mistakes later in his life, David fulfilled his destiny and his story. It started with what he felt in his heart and knew from his past life experiences . . . that he mattered to God, no matter how difficult his circumstances were. 

The same can be said for you, too. No matter your situation, no matter what you have done or not done in your life, you matter to God. You are unlike anyone else who has ever lived. Your uniqueness is God’s gift to you. It is also your responsibility to accept, even if you do not fully understand. This gift is made possible to anyone. Whether you have been faithfully following God for many years or you are new and beginning your journey or you are feeling stuck in your  active “active lostness”, the undisputed and capital T, Truth, is that God knows you and knows your heart and his plan for you remains constant. 

Tom asked us today to think about our own reflective stories. That we should live reflectively and pause regularly to begin or to continue to find clarity.  God is active and God is very, very patient and most importantly, we matter to Him.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the September 22 message, I AM: Your Story.

 

{sunday 9.22.19}

Read Ephesians 2:10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you ever feel like you’re actively lost? Do you believe God has made plan specifically design for you? Have you paused and reflected on your life to see if your past has impacted and shaped your future?

 

I AM Course Info

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Why are you here on this earth? What is your purpose—or do you even have one? You are not alone with questions like these. We have this idea of God’s will as something unknowable and mysterious, when it’s really spelled out clearly in His Word. A good starting point is to sign up for the I AM Course on Tuesdays here at Heartland. Find out Who God is, so that you can know who you are in Him.

CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 9.23.19}

Read Mark 6:7-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 9.24.19}

Read Mark 6:14-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 9.25.19}

Read Mark 6:30-44

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 9.26.19}

Read Mark 6:45-56

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 9.27.19}

Read Mark 7:1-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Life In Abundance (LIA) https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/19/life-in-abundance-lia/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:27:30 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6923 We empower local churches to break the cycle of poverty, creating sustainable transformation in their communities. Our model empowers the local church to sustainability meet the needs of the community. Economic Empowerment: Earning capacity and savings are the basis for alleviating poverty. When someone can provide for their family, dignity and self-worth are renewed. Social […]

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We empower local churches to break the cycle of poverty, creating sustainable transformation in their communities.
Our model empowers the local church to sustainability meet the needs of the community.

Economic Empowerment: Earning capacity and savings are the basis for alleviating poverty. When someone can provide for their family, dignity and self-worth are renewed.

Social Engagement: Addressing social injustice is essential for change. We equip community leaders to promote justice and restoration in their communities.

Community Health: Health is the basis for life. Disease prevention and health education are necessary to holistically restore community health.

Education: Education is the foundation for development. All development initiatives include community-wide seminars and targeted educational interventions.

CLICK HERE to visit the Life In Abundance website.

To learn more about LIA, contact Derek Seitz.

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A Bright Future For Kids https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/19/a-bright-future-for-kids/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:43:02 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6916 A Bright Future for Kids is passionate about preserving vulnerable families in Ethiopia & Kenya, providing holistic support and helping launch them into healthy, self-sufficient, hopeful futures. You can be a part of the effective and impactful work that God is doing through ABF4K. CLICK HERE to visit the Bright Future For Kids website. To […]

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A Bright Future for Kids is passionate about preserving vulnerable families in Ethiopia & Kenya, providing holistic support and helping launch them into healthy, self-sufficient, hopeful futures. You can be a part of the effective and impactful work that God is doing through ABF4K.

CLICK HERE to visit the Bright Future For Kids website.

To learn more about ABF4K, contact Lori Roy or Jade Van Slyke.

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{September 15, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/16/september-15-2019/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:53:23 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6893 Heartland Community Church September 15 – 20, 2019   I AM: God’s Story By Debbie Kirk The book was a gift from my mom and it sat in the top drawer of my dresser for years until I finally picked it up, opened the cover and began to read its first chapter. “The Secret Garden” […]

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Heartland Community Church


September 15 – 20, 2019

 

I AM: God’s Story

By Debbie Kirk

The book was a gift from my mom and it sat in the top drawer of my dresser for years until I finally picked it up, opened the cover and began to read its first chapter. “The Secret Garden” by Francis Hodgson Burnett.

My mother’s intention was that if I would just read this book that she had read and loved, I would love it too. I wasn’t interested, until the day it called to me and for some reason I listened. It had sat gathering dust, kept from being the key that would unlock my love for reading. Since then I have read more books than I can remember and fallen in love with storytelling. 

Life is full of stories to read and stories to tell. Whether it’s the New York Best sellers or the newest block buster movies, we all gravitate and live our lives in and through story. But, there are two stories we might be missing out on. They might be sitting in the top drawer of our dresser or in a deep place of the heart, waiting to be read, valued and understood. God’s story and our own story. These two intertwine like a good mystery. As you begin to unravel them, the mystery is revealed in God’s love for us in every single chapter.

I’ve had the opportunity to do some inner work over the past few years by looking deeply into God’s story and the one he has dreamed for me, in a course similar to the I AM class. He has shown me that he doesn’t throw out the bad parts and keep only the good. He takes the whole messy, beautiful manuscript and weaves his purpose into it.

Craig was spot on in today’s message when he said it takes courage to know and experience to grow. I’ve spent most of my life devouring every word of a good story, while unintentionally neglecting my own. I thought I knew myself pretty well, but until I hit pause long enough to dig a little deeper into these two stories, I didn’t realize how much I had to learn. Some was hard but most of it has been truly amazing and lifegiving. God wants us to know him and he wants us to know ourselves from his perspective. This intersection is where the mystery becomes the masterpiece.

If you have ever thought about digging a little deeper and finding clarity and purpose in your story, would you consider jumping in on Tuesday nights for the I AM class? God has given us a story he knows we will love, and if we will have the courage to open the cover and begin, he will meet us there.

 

{sunday 9.15.19}

Read Jeremiah 33:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you wonder what your purpose is, why you are here and where you are going? Does it excite you or scare you to consider digging a bit deeper into your story? Would you pray and ask God if you should consider taking the I AM course? Jesus, give us courage and a plan as we seek to understand the beautiful way you have made each of us and how our story intertwines with yours. Amen.

 

I AM Course Info

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Why are you here on this earth? What is your purpose—or do you even have one? You are not alone with questions like these. We have this idea of God’s will as something unknowable and mysterious, when it’s really spelled out clearly in His Word. A good starting point is to sign up for the I AM Course on Tuesdays here at Heartland. Find out Who God is, so that you can know who you are in Him.

CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 9.16.19}

Read Mark 4:21-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 9.17.19}

Read Mark 4:30-41

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 9.18.19}

Read Mark 5:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 9.19.19}

Read Mark 5:21-43

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 9.20.19}

Read Mark 6:1-6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{September 8, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/08/september-8-2019/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 22:36:03 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6878 Heartland Community Church September 8 – 13, 2019   I AM: A Journey Through The Intersection of God’s Story & Our Own By Rhonda Stock It’s an axe. You throw it. How hard can it be? Pretty hard, I learned recently. I went to one of those trendy axe-throwing places with my co-workers last month. […]

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Heartland Community Church


September 8 – 13, 2019

 

I AM: A Journey Through The Intersection of God’s Story & Our Own

By Rhonda Stock

It’s an axe. You throw it. How hard can it be?

Pretty hard, I learned recently. I went to one of those trendy axe-throwing places with my co-workers last month. Before your first throw, workers carefully teach you how to stand, how to hold the axe, how and when to release it in its arc. I was surprised at how much finesse it takes to get the blade to embed itself in the target. It’s a lot more than just throwing the thing at a bullseye, that’s for sure.

Some of the bigger dudes in our group tried using brute force. They’d throw the axe as hard as they possibly could. Sure, they’d hit the target, but often with the side of the axe, not the blade. The target (and sometimes the walls) would shake, but the axe would just slide to the floor. Impressive, but no points for you.

Some of us would come close to the bullseye, but our stance or our grip would have the axe at just a slight angle, so that the blade would just glance off the target. Again, no points awarded.

By some miracle, on my third try, I made a bullseye. No joke. This 4’11½” grandmother of seven, with arthritic knees and an achy back, made a bullseye. (I have pictures to prove it.) That blade embedded itself in that red center and I was queen of the world. I have no idea how I did it. I decided to quit while I was ahead (and because I could already feel the pull in my shoulder muscles).

I’d say most of us at Heartland sincerely want to serve God to the best of our abilities. We want to find His will for our lives and allow Him to use us for His glory. But we often feel confused and uncertain.

Maybe we’re like the guys who throw their axes with all the power in their 6’5” frames, only to see the axes slide down the wall and into the sawdust. We throw ourselves into this activity and that activity, seeing how this feels or how that works out. We give it everything we’ve got, only to see our efforts end up in the dust.

Maybe we aim for the target, but we don’t quite hit it because our stance is just a wee bit off. Our intentions are good, but we don’t see the results we were hoping for.

Maybe, like me, you stumble into something by sheer dumb luck and God blesses your efforts so that you see real results. But you have no idea how it happened, or how to repeat it. And so your enthusiasm peters out, and you quit.

It doesn’t have to be that way. God does have a purpose and a plan for your life, and He wants to share it with you. He can show you exactly what you’re aiming for, and how to hit that target. The great I Am, the God of Moses and Elijah and David, wants to give your life meaning and purpose. Join us at Heartland for the next few months as we explore the great mysteries of Who God is and how we can use our gifts to serve Him on Sundays.

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Why are you here on this earth? What is your purpose—or do you even have one? You are not alone with questions like these. We have this idea of God’s will as something unknowable and mysterious, when it’s really spelled out clearly in His Word. A good starting point is to sign up for the I AM Course on Tuesdays here at Heartland. Find out Who God is, so that you can know who you are in Him.

CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{sunday 9.8.19}

Read Pslams 18, 22 and 23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you know about David in the Bible? Do you remember the little shepherd boy who brought down a giant? Or maybe you think of David as the writer of most of the Psalms. David was all this and more. As we begin to study the life of David each Sunday at Heartland, begin to read the Psalms (we’ve linked you to 18, 22 and 23 above) and ask God to open your heart and mind to receive new truths about David, truths which you can apply to your own walk with Jesus.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 9.9.19}

Read Mark 2:13-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 9.10.19}

Read Mark 3:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 9.11.19}

Read Mark 3:13-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 9.12.19}

Read Mark 3:20-35

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 9.13.19}

Read Mark 4:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{September 1, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/09/01/september-1-2019/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 19:26:14 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6861 Heartland Community Church September 1 – 6, 2019   SUIT UP: Ty The Mailman By Rhonda Stock Many years ago (many, many years ago), I attended a youth camp where one of the teachers used Bible characters to illustrate the Four Personality Types—Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric. I don’t remember much about the lesson (like […]

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Heartland Community Church


September 1 – 6, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Ty The Mailman

By Rhonda Stock

Many years ago (many, many years ago), I attended a youth camp where one of the teachers used Bible characters to illustrate the Four Personality Types—Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric.

I don’t remember much about the lesson (like I said, it was many years ago), but I do remember that she said Paul was a perfect example of a Choleric temperament. Paul was passionate and authoritative, an ambitious leader in the Jewish community before his conversion and a dynamic leader in the Christian community after.

He was practical (Acts 18:1-3), goal-oriented (Acts 19:21), and a pretty handy guy to have around in case of snake bite (Acts 28:1-6). He could also be bossy (Galatians 2:11-21) and intolerant (Acts 15:36-41). As you read through the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles, one thing becomes clear: everyone who met Paul, sooner or later wanted to kill him.

Despite his flaws, Paul was used by God in extraordinary ways. Paul wrote most of the books in the New Testament, many of them after he was placed on house arrest in Rome. He was publicly flogged five times (39 lashes each time), beaten with rods three times, stoned at least once, and shipwrecked three times (2 Corinthians 11:24-25). Paul traveled thousands of miles in the most dangerous conditions to bring the Gospel to those who had not yet heard the Good News. He spoke in homes, synagogues, and palaces. He preached to sailors and Pharisees and potentates.

But God doesn’t just use mighty men like Paul. He also uses lesser known people like you and me and Tychicus. As Pastor Seth pointed out in this morning’s teaching, Tychicus’ role in spreading the Gospel may seem minor. But if people like Tychicus didn’t carry Paul’s letters across the ancient world, how would the Gospel have become known?

Maybe you’re a Paul. Maybe you’re a Tychicus. Whoever you are, play your part in God’s plan today.

 

Looking for a spot to get connected this Fall at Heartland? Join us on Sundays for the I AM series, then jump in on Tuesday nights for the I AM Course, where we will explore the life of David, God’s story, and where our stories intersect with God! CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{sunday 9.1.19}

Read Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7, Galatians 6:9, Ephesians 6:22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you ever feel like you’re too unimportant to be used by God? You can’t preach or sing or do anything else the people “onstage” can do. So, what’s your purpose in God’s Kingdom? God doesn’t use only the folks onstage to share the Gospel. God uses ordinary people doing ordinary things, as Pastor Seth said. Look for ordinary things you can do this week to share God’s love. Return your shopping cart to the corral to make it easier on the employees at HyVee. Allow someone to go ahead of you in line. Smile kindly at the frazzled mom herding her children into a building. Such ordinary things, yet they can have extraordinary impact.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 9.2.19}

Read Mark 1:1-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 9.3.19}

Read Mark 1:9-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 9.4.19}

Read Mark 1:21-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 9.5.19}

Read Mark 1:35-45

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 9.6.19}

Read Mark 2:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{August 25, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/08/25/august-25-2019/ Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:36:08 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6855 Heartland Community Church August 25 – 31, 2019   SUIT UP:Prayer By Debbie Kirk Have you ever been listening to a voice and following directions, only to discover they are not from God, our heavenly Father? Has fear ever had you so immobilized and discouraged that you wonder if it’s all worth it? This is […]

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Heartland Community Church


August 25 – 31, 2019

 

SUIT UP:Prayer

By Debbie Kirk

Have you ever been listening to a voice and following directions, only to discover they are not from God, our heavenly Father? Has fear ever had you so immobilized and discouraged that you wonder if it’s all worth it? This is right where the father of lies wants you and me to settle in and get comfortable. But, being in the middle of a battlefield is anything but comfortable and that’s why God warns us to be sober, be alert and to think twice before we head onto the field unprotected.

If you’re like me, thoughts can take you captive. Unless you have a way out, they can hold you hostage for quite some time. By God’s grace, I am much better at battling against those lies than I was years ago. When my dear husband first met me, I was a mess. I dealt with jealousy, insecurity and anger largely in part to some childhood wounds and unhealthy (or absent) emotional intelligence training (dealing with our feelings.)

A bible verse I claimed long ago is Ecclesiastes 7:8: The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning, and patience is better than pride. This verse meant so much because it gave me hope. Hope that tomorrow could be better and just because things started off rough didn’t mean they couldn’t be redeemed. It challenged me to evaluate how I was fighting the battles in my life. Do you feel like life is hard? Like you just can’t seem to catch a break?

God has truly given us an arsenal of protection and weaponry against the lies and hardships of this world. To value them, hold them and actually put them on, takes intention. First, we might need to acknowledge we are actually in a real battle. We also might need to believe these weapons, this armor of God, has power! The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

I remember my progress was slow and steady as I learned to buckle on the belt of truth to reveal the lies, position the breastplate of righteousness to control my anger, place each foot into a ready stance to live from a place of peace. I had to be willing to take up the shield of faith to protect against lying voices and wrong directions. I eventually became accustomed to wearing the helmet of salvation and holding the sword of the Spirit by committing God’s word to memory. I am presently learning more of what it means to pray in the Spirit on all occasions and easily recognize which father is speaking to me, although I have my days.

Be encouraged, God is patient, powerful and present and is our help in time of need. Remember friend, if today’s battle was fought without the right weapons, tomorrow you can try on the full armor and step onto the field unafraid!

 

{sunday 8.25.19}

Read Ecclesiastes 7:8; Ephesians 6:10-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Can you easily distinguish between lies and truth? Do you need help fighting against harmful habits, cycles and discouragement that comes from your inner critic? What would it look like for you to try on at least one part of God’s armor? Pick one bible verse that speaks truth into an area you are struggling with and commit to memorizing that verse everyday for one week.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 8.26.19}

Read 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 8.27.19}

Read 1 Timothy 6:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 8.28.19}

Read 1 Timothy 6:17-2 Timothy 1:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 8.29.19}

Read 2 Timothy 1:8-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 8.30.19}

Read 2 Timothy 2:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 8.31.19}

Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{August 18, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/08/18/august-18-2019/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:47:28 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6846 Heartland Community Church August 18 – 24, 2019   SUIT UP: Sword of the Spirit By Sheree Lutz Have you ever reached a point in life where personal transformation is inevitable, whether you wanted it or not? Whether you were ready for it or not? If we’re honest, we all have. My personal story is […]

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Heartland Community Church


August 18 – 24, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Sword of the Spirit

By Sheree Lutz

Have you ever reached a point in life where personal transformation is inevitable, whether you wanted it or not? Whether you were ready for it or not? If we’re honest, we all have. My personal story is far too lengthy to detail in these few words. (Come find me and I would be happy to share.) But I reached a moment when everything in which I had staked my identity was no longer secure. I faced the threat of simultaneously losing all of the things and people I cherished most, including, but not limited to, a beloved career and my baby daughter.

In light of this identity crisis and heartbrokenness, my tenuous faith was all that remained—only then did the Sword of the Spirit (Bible) shift from a book I took for granted to a powerful lifeline. Certain passages became mantras I spoke audibly when it seemed the “evil one” or a sin-cursed humanity was seemingly winning my family’s battles. 

For example, I had to make daily life-altering decisions for my medically fragile infant, some of which involved hospitalizations, procedures searching for diagnoses, and a rigorous newborn-like feeding schedule that was necessary for over a year. During this time of intense physical and emotional exhaustion, Psalm 32:8 took on wielding power. “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel.” While I felt as though I stumbled and grasped in the dark, the sword of the Holy Spirit promised to give counsel. I revisited that verse continually, and it provided enough courage to keep moving forward one day—really one hour—and one choice at a time. In hindsight I can see the wisdom God provided at the time—even when it didn’t feel like it.

An anonymous source states, “The Holy Spirit uses the power of the Word to save souls and then to give them spiritual strength to be mature soldiers for the Lord in fighting this corrupt and evil world we live in.” Often as Christians, we want to be poster-children for well-ordered lives. If we behave like x, the result should be y. If we lead “good lives,” then our paths should be tranquil. But that, friends, is false prosperity gospel. Christ never promises ease. We must seek spiritual strength from the Gospel so that we may be ready for what is to come. (Qualification—this will look different for everyone! Comparison is not helpful or constructive.)

I wish I had been better prepared to put on the armor of God and employ my spiritual sword. I wish I had memorized more scripture, not to “look good,” or “do the right Christian thing,” but to be battle ready, with my playbook already internalized. Not that it would have made life less painful, but maybe I would have been less susceptible to the enemy’s lies about my identity.

If Christ already has eternal and ultimate victory, and Scripture is from God, we should want it as a weapon at our fingertips to wield as we wait for him. As Natalie Grant sings in her song More Than Anything, can we be brave enough to desire “the Healer more than the healing, the Savior more than the saving…Jesus more than anything?”

{sunday 8.18.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-18, Psalm 32:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Who are the people in your huddle? Who can help encourage you in your spiritual journey? Is there a passage of scripture or verse that you frequently use in “battle?” How has the Sword of the Spirit helped bring you healing?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 8.19.19}

Read 1 Timothy 1:12-2:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 8.20.19}

Read 1 Timothy 2:8-3:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 8.21.19}

Read 1 Timothy 3:8-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 8.22.19}

Read 1 Timothy 4:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 8.23.19}

Read 1 Timothy 4:11-5:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 8.24.19}

Read 1 Timothy 5:9-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{August 11, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/08/11/august-11-2019/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:19:29 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6837 Heartland Community Church August 11 – 17, 2019   SUIT UP: Helmet of Salvation By Marnie Vasquez Salvation. Do you take it for granted? I do. Jesus chose me and saves me again and again. He gives me skills, tools and people to help my way on Earth. My choice in the matter is to […]

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Heartland Community Church


August 11 – 17, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Helmet of Salvation

By Marnie Vasquez

Salvation.

Do you take it for granted?

I do.

Jesus chose me and saves me again and again. He gives me skills, tools and people to help my way on Earth.

My choice in the matter is to believe and say, yes, Jesus, you are the son of God, our savior. And then leverage the resources he’s given me.

Yet, I take this for granted. More than I care to admit.

And, it’s quite silly, actually. Jesus says, “Look, your life is going to be hard, it just is. There will be ups and downs, with many struggles. I will be here with you every day and every moment. I won’t leave you. I will constantly love you and constantly nudge you in a good direction. But, down here on Earth, it’s going to be tough. The devil is running rampant, persistently trying to sway and make you turn from me. Ultimately, I won’t let that happen. So, not only will I be by your side, I’m giving you many, many tools, weapons and people to fight against him. This will help to make your way easier, help you not get sidetracked, and prevent you from being in places and situations that aren’t good for you. Just put them on.”

These are huge advantages! Anyone playing a sport, competing in business, wooing another, nurturing a sick person, will take every advantage they can get.

Are you? Am I? It’s ridiculous and pathetic to think I wouldn’t or shouldn’t.

Don’t follow in my footsteps. And if you are, please, then be like me, and together let’s suit back up. Let’s take every advantage we can daily to live and fight in this war we are in.

Thank you, Jesus. Let’s go.

{sunday 8.11.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This week, challenge yourself to this…when you wake up in the morning, mentally and physically put on your armor as you read through Ephesians 6:10-18. Then as you fall asleep at night, reflect on how Jesus and the armor were with you throughout your day.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 8.12.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 8.13.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 1

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 8.14.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 8.15.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 8.16.19}

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 8.17.19}

Read 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{August 4, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/08/04/august-4-2019/ Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:19:25 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6808 Heartland Community Church August 4 – 10, 2019   SUIT UP: Lock Your Shields By Joe Davis I learned about the armor of God as a child in Sunday school and vacation Bible school. At the time, I assumed that putting on our armor was done on an individual basis. Now, as an adult, I […]

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Heartland Community Church


August 4 – 10, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Lock Your Shields

By Joe Davis

I learned about the armor of God as a child in Sunday school and vacation Bible school. At the time, I assumed that putting on our armor was done on an individual basis. Now, as an adult, I still default to doing this by myself, and not in community. When I signed up to write in this sermon series I thought my military experience would offer a lot of illustrations between the armor of God and what I have experienced. Interestingly, as I learn more about the armor God has for us, the more I realize how little I actually know . . . and how far I have yet to go.

I do not have vast amounts of knowledge about the God’s armor, so I will speak from what I know of myself and how Satan attacks me. Satan is always very subtle in his attacks. I believe he does this because if he were to come in a full blown head on attack, it would be very obvious and we would be ready to resist what he is trying to do. Alas, he is extremely intelligent and knows exactly how to get to each one of us. For myself, Satan attacks my self worth in my ability to provide for my family. This not only demoralizes me but, because I am a man, it cuts right to my soul. "How much of a man could you possibly be if you cannot do something as simple as provide for your family," is what he asks me. Even writing those words I am filled with anguish and shame and embarrassment. He knows exactly how to cut meinto pieces with these horrible attacks on my character, my self worth, or even my ability to look myself in the mirror.

My biggest struggle is my heart. My head knows the truth easily. I am very much in tune with what the Bible says. I believe everything that Jesus says to me, and the instructions that Paul gives. But my heart is way less trusting. This is probably true for most of us who struggle with trusting God.

I can read the word of God and understand what it is telling me, but somewhere in the reading my heart is hesitant to fully embrace. I have been thinking about this struggle long before this sermon series. My question for myself has been, "What is it that keeps my heart from fully trusting God?" What I have come to realize is that I believe it is me trying to maintain control because my heart believes that if I let go of that control and let God take over, then I will be out of control and not know which way is up. But my head says to my heart, "Dude! Seriously, you have read the Bible! How can you not believe after all this time?" What can I say, I am a work in progress. And I do way better when I am spending time with others in faith who can help build me up while I am struggling.

 

{sunday 8.4.19}

Read James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8, Psalm 36:5, Psalm 37:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do I trust God? What does God say about who I am? Am I surrounding myself with others in faith as part of the armor of God?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 8.5.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:5-2:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 8.6.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:10-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 8.7.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 8.8.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 8.9.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 8.10.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:4-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{July 28, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/07/27/july-28-2019/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 19:27:38 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6800 Heartland Community Church July 28 – August 3, 2019   SUIT UP: Footwear of Peace By Grant Houske HIs “battle shoes” were cowboy boots; that is how the pastor was known. A man whose adult life and ministry can be characterized by the service he provided for others. He fought with words and deeds everywhere […]

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Heartland Community Church


July 28 – August 3, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Footwear of Peace

By Grant Houske

HIs “battle shoes” were cowboy boots; that is how the pastor was known. A man whose adult life and ministry can be characterized by the service he provided for others. He fought with words and deeds everywhere he went, in the name of Jesus’ victory over the cross and death for our salvation. His main mission was simply to bring people to Jesus. 

Around the age of 25, while working in a meat packing plant, he had an encounter with God that was so drastic you could consider his life to be like a modern day Paul. His heart and his spirit told him that he created to take God’s message of grace and peace to people.

Over the course of his 48-year ministry, Jesus called him to revitalize struggling churches and congregations across the Midwest, in towns such as: Sioux Falls, White, Brookings, Deadwood, South Dakota; Clear Lake and Hawarden, Iowa; Lewistown, Montana, and Antioch, Illinois. He used his talents and abilities to energize congregations and help rebuild the church. He introduced many to a relationship with Jesus through his compassionate ability to connect, his thoughtful and comforting words, and his relentless pursuit to serve them. When asked about why he’s so persistent in his pursuit of others, his simple response was, “. . . it’s like Heaven on the way to Heaven.” It takes incredible discipline and fortitude to be a messenger of God’s word. He could not have done the work he did if, first, he did not find peace with God himself.

As we hear in this weeks message, we need to invite God into our hearts . . . and into all the spaces we may be holding back from him . . . to find his peace. How do we bring the “good news” everywhere we go? We all have the ability and capacity to do this. The question may come down to our willingness to follow through. 

That might seem daunting, especially if Jesus is new to you or you just do not know where to begin.  Your calling may not be to become a “modern day Paul” . . . but we all can engage in the spiritual battle through our words, deeds, and actions. The evil one seeks out our inaction and our complacency. He focuses on our laziness to not advance God’s message of peace and grace. But, God delights in anything we do, big or small, that brings grace and peace to others. 

Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." The beautiful thing to remember is that the war has already been won! When we find our peace, we unlock the potential to advance God’s Kingdom forward and to serve others. That sounds like a great way to “fight with your feet” and advance the good news of Jesus. 

If it all seems scary and new to you, know that God is patient and truly cares about you. Don’t be discouraged, but rather encouraged that God has a plan . . . and you are a part of it!

The pastor that I just described touched lives and inspired many people in his lifetime. Who was he? He was known to his churches as Reverend Edrie A. Regier. Some called him Pastor Edrie, the great Baptist preacher. I just called him, Grandpa! 

A ship in a harbor is safe; but that is not what ships are built for.

–John A. Shedd

 

{sunday 7.28.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What area in your life do you feel needs peace? How can you invite God fully into that space? If you know God’s peace, how can you invite others to experience it, too? Ask God to bring someone to mind who you might be uniquely positioned to share grace and peace with.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 7.29.19}

Read Colossians 1:28-2:10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.30.19}

Read Colossians 2:11-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.31.19}

Read Colossians 3:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 8.1.19}

Read Colossians 3:12-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 8.2.19}

Read Colossians 4:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 8.3.19}

Read Colossians 4:10-1 Thessalonians 1:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{July 21, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/07/21/july-21-2019/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 20:57:09 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6723 Heartland Community Church July 21 – 27, 2019   SUIT UP: Breastplate of Righteousness By Bill McMurtrey The battle is every day. The struggle is real. For real. How many times in your life have you felt attacked? And how many of those times felt like they were by the enemy? For me I know […]

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Heartland Community Church


July 21 – 27, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Breastplate of Righteousness

By Bill McMurtrey

The battle is every day. The struggle is real. For real. How many times in your life have you felt attacked? And how many of those times felt like they were by the enemy? For me I know it’s been countless.

Do you ever feel that no matter what you do, how you prepare, or even how well thought out your plans are . . . that they don’t come to fruition because the enemy was trying to stop you? 

A few months back I was in a really rough spot in my life. No matter what I did I wound up a step behind. One bad thing after another piled on, and that led to a deep discouragement, and lots of negative thoughts.

I knew . . . without a shadow of a doubt . . . in my heart, my mind and my soul that it was the enemy telling me that all of these bad things kept happening because I deserved it. He was also telling me that I wasn’t worthy of achieving the goals that I was working towards. That my efforts were in vain; a waste of time and energy. It was a rough time for a month or two.

During that span I was having fun stuff happen . . . like a surprise audit from the IRS. A tree falling and taking out the power to my street . . . on the first hot day of the year, no less. They finally got the power back on the next day. I was almost forced to stop my annual Mother’s Day flower box give away. Nearly every day, for a period of 6 weeks or so, I had something of that magnitude happen.

I knew it was the enemy the whole time. Because all of these things kept coming and coming and coming and I felt that they might not ever end. During this time I was trying to prepare for a contest for my job. If I was selected I would be compensated to attend and speak at a conference on the west coast. Between all of the stuff that kept happening, piled on with everyday life, I had this little voice in the back of my head saying, "You won’t win. There are so many other guys nationwide trying to get that spot. They have more years of experience than you. They are more polished than you. You’ll look like a fool, don’t even try." I hated that voice, I still hate it. That voice was the enemy. 

Eventually things began to settle down. Things got back to normal and on track if you will. What got me through it all without pulling my hair out was my faith. I put on my armour. I put on my breastplate. I invited God to drown out that voice, and worked hard to listen to His voice alone. Some folks call this "giving it to God." It simply means allowing God into those spaces where I know I am being side tracked, or attacked, and inviting Him to speak truth to me.

When I was a young man I was in the Army. I went some places, I saw some stuff. And the mindset I learned helped prepare me for difficult and challenging times. But giving it to God is what got me through those times back then. And giving it to God is what got me through the rough patch I recently hit.

God tells us in Mark 9:23 "All things are possible if you believe". Do you believe that? Do I believe that? Wholeheartedly, every day?

My battle with the IRS was thankfully very short lived, and that work competition that I was in? I won! They’re flying me out to the coast to speak. I wanted it. I worked for it. I made it happen. But it truly wasn’t until I gave it to God that it did happen.

 

{sunday 7.21.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-14, Mark 9:21-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do we continually turn toward right relationship with God and others? How do we increase our faithfulness, so we don’t get caught in "unbelief"? What do we see happening in these verses that can guide us in right relationship and move us closer to Jesus?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 7.22.19}

Read Philippians 3:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.23.19}

Read Philippians 3:12-4:1

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.24.19}

Read Philippians 4:2-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.25.19}

Read Philippians 4:14-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.26.19}

Read Colossians 1:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.27.19}

Read Colossians 1:15-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


July 14 – 20, 2019

 

SUIT UP: The Belt of Truth

By Meghan Hemenway

I have a friend whose house I find by feel. Multiple times I have directed my husband to her house by saying, “I feel that this is the right place to turn,” or “this doesn’t feel right.” My husband, a rational, analytical attorney finds this illogical and baffling. Following directions is a well grounded and factual practice–not one where feelings and emotions are a lot of use–but I always find my way, perhaps giving me some false evidence that there are multiple ways to get to the truth.

In our society it is hard to get to the truth. We have countless news sources offering an endless stream of information about the world. We have developed a distrust of media and a stronger reliance on our understanding. As a mom of young kids I would often hear the message of, “as a parent you know what is best for your child” at the same time I was hearing a message of, “If you are not doing x, y, or z for your child, you’re doing it all wrong!” Just as with all media, there is a deluge of information about raising children. I was encouraged to do what felt right and what I thought was best.

But our own intuition and understanding only goes so far. What Seth talked about today is that when it comes to core truths, we look not to ourselves, but to God. I found comfort in these words. While it is helpful to have confidence in your decisions, I found it much more helpful to know and believe that I did not have to have all the answers. That I, as a follower of Jesus, did not in fact have to decide what was true nor did I have to rely on my own interpretation of the world. It is hard to stand firm in your beliefs when there are so many beliefs out there.

The challenges of our current time are not unique. Paul encouraged the Ephesians to suit up for battle, to put on the full armor of God. He wanted them to practice getting their strength from God and to stand firm on the foundation of God’s truth. Future challenges would come and it is hard to stand your ground on a shaky foundation. All of this rests on the belt of God’s truth.

 

{sunday 7.14.19}

Read John 8:31-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply:  Jesus isn’t asking us to have all the answers. Jesus says that through following him we will know the truth. In what areas are you wrestling with figuring out the truth of something on your own? Can you instead look to Jesus for understanding?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 7.15.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.16.19}

Read Philippians 1:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.17.19}

Read Philippians 1:12-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.18.19}

Read Philippians 1:23-2:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.19.19}

Read Philippians 2:5-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.20.19}

Read Philippians 2:19-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

© 2019 Heartland Community Church

12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{July 7, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/07/07/july-7-2019/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 13:05:39 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6683 Heartland Community Church July 7 – 13, 2019   SUIT UP By Brooke Hodnefield Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men (excerpts taken) I don’t like walking around this old and empty house So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear The stairs creak as I sleep, It’s keeping me awake It’s the […]

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Heartland Community Church


July 7 – 13, 2019

 

SUIT UP

By Brooke Hodnefield

Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men (excerpts taken)

I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear
The stairs creak as I sleep,
It’s keeping me awake
It’s the house telling you to close your eyes

And some days I can’t even trust myself
It’s killing me to see you this way
‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

There’s an old voice in my head
That’s holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will all be over, and buried with our past

We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love
Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right.
Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear

Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around
I’ll see you when I fall asleep

Regardless if you are a fan of the Icelandic indie folk/pop band, Of Monsters and Men, you’ll likely remember one of their number one hits, Little Talks, that frequented all genre-radio airwaves in 2011. This song was written almost conversation-like, with a statement, then a response. Hearing this song, as well as listening closely to the lyrics, it spoke deeply to an experience that I connected with. There was a hopelessness and almost desperate vein that ran throughout the song, both with the person struggling and the one who was caring for her.

I resonated with this, as I too, had experienced my own personal struggle that felt closely tied to the lyrics of that song. The light with which I once knew became dark. I wasn’t even sure if I remembered what light looked like. There was a gray haze that covered everything. It was almost as if someone had handed me a pair of glasses that transformed my vision to see everything through a dreary gray. No one chooses heartache of any kind, however we each have our own battle scars and struggles, and at one point in my life, mine happened to be anxiety-turned depression.

The cause is less important, but what I can see now through clear eyes, is that there was a true struggle between good and evil, a battle of light and dark. In the thick of it, I certainly couldn’t see this and I certainly couldn’t will my way out, despite all my attempts to do so. It was one of the first times in my life where I felt as though I had no control. I feared sleep, because it caused me to sit quietly with the person I didn’t know any longer . . . myself. I tried to pray and talk to God, as my relationship with Jesus was not a new one, but it felt hollow. My dear boyfriend (now husband) did everything in his powers to pull me out, or be what was needed to support me. I just didn’t know myself what was needed. It was then that I realized that I absolutely was caught in the cross lines of a battle. I knew I was in the dark, but wasn’t sure if I could recognize light.

What I couldn’t see then, but do now, is that God never once stopped fighting for me. Not once did He allow the dark to win. He continued to show me light over and over and over, even if it was the faintest flicker, and I couldn’t even recognize it. What I also know is that I didn’t ignore the dark, I didn’t act as though it didn’t exist. Oh I knew I was in a battle. Ignoring it would have done me no good. Why do we need a Lord and Savior to fight our battles if we don’t acknowledge that there is in fact good and bad. That there is a battle for light, taking place in the thick of the dark. Despite my own failed attempts, God lead me through those dark times. He removed the smothering gray glasses to reveal and reorient me back into the light.

So back to the lyrics of Little Talks, I now see them in a different way. It’s been reframed for me as a conversation between light and dark. Me, the dark, and Jesus, the light. If you feel you are in the dark, alone and isolated, remember that God continues to fight our battles. He is showing up in ways we can’t see, casting light and dropping tiny fire-fly like flickers along your path. They might be unrecognizable right now, but He is relentless in His pursuit for you and for me. God can light our footsteps, as He is the one true light. Reach out to Him, trust Him & His hand.

“I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear . . .”

– Of Monsters & Men

 

{sunday 7.7.19}

Read John 16:31-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When you think of light and dark, what comes to mind? Images? Words? Do you believe there is a battle taking place, between the light and dark? Why or why not? Consider one way you might encourage more light in your life, through a small change that you know could lead away from darkness.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 7.8.19}

Read Ephesians 4:7-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.9.19}

Read Ephesians 4:17-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.10.19}

Read Ephesians 4:29-5:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.11.19}

Read Ephesians 5:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.12.19}

Read Ephesians 5:21-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.13.19}

Read Ephesians 6:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

© 2019 Heartland Community Church

12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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{June 30, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/07/01/june-30-2019/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:39:31 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6654 Heartland Community Church June 30 – July 1, 2019   LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Baptism By Marnie Vasquez Apple just released their new iWatch. Nike just came out with a new shoe. Carrie Underwood just released her fall fashion workout line. BMW’s latest cars have been upgraded with the newest technology, surpassing others. A new subdivision is […]

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Heartland Community Church


June 30 – July 1, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Baptism

By Marnie Vasquez

Apple just released their new iWatch. Nike just came out with a new shoe. Carrie Underwood just released her fall fashion workout line. BMW’s latest cars have been upgraded with the newest technology, surpassing others. A new subdivision is being built using only custom builders with homes priced higher than subdivisions around them. Starbucks opened the first sign-language store.

These are just a few of some cool brands. Brands that many enjoy wearing, sporting, holding in our hands. These brands are part of our culture, livelihoods and world. I laugh when I see myself and others with these brands. What are we really doing with these brands? What is this really saying about us?

If I were to be honest, these brands act as symbols to tell others of who we are, what we value, and where we’re at. Brands can represent “I’ve arrived”, “I’ve deserved these things”, “I’m better than someone else”.  These brands can say, “I’m with THIS group and not THAT group.” And when I really dig deep, these brands demonstrate my placement, my lot, in this world. Ugh and ick. But, yet, I see us all rationalize as we use these brands because the coffee really is better, the car really is better, the new iWatch really does make my life easier. Lol.

We’ve baptized ourselves to these brands and what they represent. And I shudder in disappointment because this isn’t what I really want. And then I ask, what should I really baptize myself to?

Baptism, as I’ve come to understand it, is a choice. It’s a declaration to yourself and to others of who you are, what you believe in, and where you stand.

A choice to make Jesus the priority. A choice to surrender to Him, and just let all his love come pouring down on you. A choice to try and stop doing all the crap you’ve done, even though you know it’s going to be tough. A choice that this is your path forward.

Baptism, in my humble opinion, is a brand too. The ultimate brand. The only brand that matters. The only brand that will change your life for the better.

It’s a tough baptism to choose. Because it will create conflict with the world. There will be tough choices to make and situations to navigate through. Friends could be lost, new enemies could be made. You may not be seen as good, in the world’s view.

However, what’s cool about being baptized with the ULTIMATE Jesus brand is you’ve got this incredible force and spirit around you that–when these things happen–it’s protecting you, it’s helping you, even when you stumble and fall. The Holy Spirt never leaves you. You have ultimate value and worth. You are always loved, no matter what you do or don’t do. You have a future and a forever home. You are a known and loved son or daughter.

One question I ask myself continually is what brand am I really baptized to? And scared I might head in the wrong direction, I chase the Jesus brand with all that I’ve got. 

 

{sunday 6.30.19}

Read Acts 2:38-39

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you’re not baptized yet, ask yourself what is preventing you? What are the major roadblocks in your way? For those who are baptized, as you walk thru this week, ask yourself what can I do to help others and myself be lights for Jesus in a dark world?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 7.1.19}

Read Ephesians 1:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.2.19}

Read Ephesians 1:11-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.3.19}

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.4.19}

Read Ephesians 2:11-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.5.19}

Read Ephesians 3:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.6.19}

Read Ephesians 3:14-4:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{June 23, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/06/23/june-23-2019/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:17:48 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6631 Heartland Community Church June 23 – 29, 2019   LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Break Every Chain By Brooke Hodnefield I was an awkward 7th grade middle school girl, who had taken a 14 hour, oh-so-slow bus ride from Oklahoma to Granby, CO. After moving to Oklahoma from Seattle in those uncomfortable middle school years, I had found […]

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Heartland Community Church


June 23 – 29, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Break Every Chain

By Brooke Hodnefield

I was an awkward 7th grade middle school girl, who had taken a 14 hour, oh-so-slow bus ride from Oklahoma to Granby, CO. After moving to Oklahoma from Seattle in those uncomfortable middle school years, I had found athlete-friends and community through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). This awesome weekly program took place at school, which ultimately led me to that oh-so-slow bus ride that took me to a week-long FCA camp. We stayed on the grounds of the YMCA in Grandby and I can picture the building with it’s rusty dark brown lodge-like look and the creeks that rambled nearby. I remember this place as if the image was captured as a photo, a lasting-impression on my brain I won’t forget. It was the location in which all the stirrings, unsettled feelings, wrestling and inner-whispers became crystal clear.

I’d grown up a church kid, my family nearly always attended. However, we moved quite frequently (like 30 times total) so our church might not be the same each time. It was easy to attend, fill a pew for that hour, and not get too attached. Why would we? We would just move again. Once we left Seattle and landed in Oklahoma, we had a longer stint there. I had a friend introduce me to her youth group on Wednesday nights and it became something I very much looked forward too. That was when the stirring began to get more common, more often, and louder. I sensed that the control and desire I had to lead my life wasn’t all that there was. That maybe my thoughts and prayers were in fact making it somewhere besides my own head. Then came weekly involvement with FCA, and the unsettledness deep down seemed to grow stronger. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it and I certainly wasn’t sure how to process it, but I knew I wanted to continue being with the people who seemed to be grounded and had a lightness that I couldn’t put my finger on.

Fast forward to Granby, CO at FCA camp. Each night we had chapel, where a speaker would talk and we would take notes in our Five Star notebook. I wanted SO badly to authentically feel and experience that which around me seemed to be happening. Friends and other fellow campers were embracing Jesus and giving their lives to Him. I wasn’t sure how to manifest that for myself but I knew I wanted it. That joy, peace and lightness that I saw in others. The night Neil Jeffrey spoke was unlike any other. His words struck me directly and I knew that Neil wasn’t the one speaking, it was Jesus speaking through Neil. I found myself in tears (the ones I always tried to control or fight back), without shoes, walking to the front as though Jesus were there in flesh. That night I prayed the prayer to give my life to Jesus. I’ve never felt so emotionally drained and filled to overflow. I still have the 5 Star Notebook and it is a treasured symbol of faith.

Funny how God works…10 years later I was in Dallas, Texas in my friend’s wedding. Who officiated that ceremony? None other than Neil. I had the opportunity to look at that man and verbalize (while fighting back tears) that he had changed my life. He pointed me to Jesus in a way that my restless soul could understand. But I certainly couldn’t understand what to do with it at the time. What a gift to share that with him that day.

My baptism story is one of a teeny baby in a long white lacy dress, marked with water at an Episcopal church in Denver, CO. My parents ensured I was baptized and I’m so very grateful they did. But the story above is also my baptism story. The one in which I embraced the deep longing inside to be cherished, beloved and live in the light and freedom only Jesus can give. I didn’t know how to move from a desperate unsettling to saying yes to following Jesus. But He knew. And it’s a gift that every single one of us is offered. Equally, even as we are imperfectly receiving it.

 

{sunday 6.23.19}

Read Acts 8:29-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you have a baptism story? If you don’t have one, have you ever senseed something at work that has caused you to consider baptism? If so, what has stopped you from making the decision to follow through?

For more information about Heartland’s June 30 baptism and what baptism means, CLICK HERE.

To sign up to be baptized on June 30 at the lake, CLICK HERE.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 6.24.19}

Read Galatians 4:1-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 6.25.19}

Read Galatians 4:17-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 6.26.19}

Read Galatians 4:28-5:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 6.27.19}

Read Galatians 5:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 6.28.19}

Read Galatians 5:19-6:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 6.29.19}

Read Galatians 6:6-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{June 16, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/06/23/june-16-2019/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:15:19 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6629 Heartland Community Church June 16 – 22, 2019   LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Fathers By Bill McMurtrey Today’s big question in the service was, "How does your life effect others?" That question got more wheels inside of me turning than I could count. And I’m a numbers guy . . . I can count fast. What examples […]

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Heartland Community Church


June 16 – 22, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Fathers

By Bill McMurtrey

Today’s big question in the service was, "How does your life effect others?" That question got more wheels inside of me turning than I could count. And I’m a numbers guy . . . I can count fast.

What examples do I set for others as I follow Jesus? How am I preparing my children for their future? These are questions for all Dads . . . and Moms, and people! I like to say that moms are the brains and beauty of any operation, sometimes the brawn as well, but the brawn is typically where we dads come through. We as dads, as men, need to be more than that. We need to lead, not just fix. Fixing means something is broken. That means it got to a certain point in order to break. 

How do we possibly avoid that pitfall, or right ourselves if we stumble? Ephesians 6:4 is a great example. It tells us, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord."

During my children’s lives I have always told them that regardless of where they were, what was going on, that I wanted them to know and never forget these 3 things:

  • God will never forsake them
  • I, regardless of anything that may ever transpire, will always love them, and will always have their back
  • Life is only 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react

My whole life I have told people that I am the son of many men. I had my dad, then my step dad, then all of my uncles, grandpas, but I also had the dads on my street. Those dads were active in our lives as kids. They coached the little league, took us on float trips in the summer. And not only organized but participated in everything from our annual block party to our annual grape stomp for wine making. They were "hands on" dads. They were there to help prepare us for the future. I still have the same set of friends from when I was 5 years old. A few since the days we were born… I’m 54 now. 

I took those examples and applied them to what I do now. I invest. I hopefully invest in the future properly not only with my own kids but in the lives of any kids I’m ever able to help. How is your life effecting others today? How might you invest more in the lives of the people around you?

{sunday 6.16.19}

Read Ephesians 6:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take time this week to do one thing that invests in your relationship with your kids . . . or kids you get to connect with.

 

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 6.17.19}

Read Galatians 1:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 6.18.19}

Read Galatians 1:13-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 6.19.19}

Read Galatians 2:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 6.20.19}

Read Galatians 2:15-3:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 6.21.19}

Read Galatians 3:6-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 6.22.19}

Read Galatians 3:19-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{June 9, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/06/09/june-9-2019/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:26:51 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6607 Heartland Community Church June 9 – 15, 2019   LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Slaves By Christina Marie Mitchell Before this sermon was even fully drafted, Dan asked me to sing a song for this particular Sunday. I knew what the topic was about, and I knew what emotional burden I was being asked to bear. And I […]

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Heartland Community Church


June 9 – 15, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Slaves

By Christina Marie Mitchell

Before this sermon was even fully drafted, Dan asked me to sing a song for this particular Sunday. I knew what the topic was about, and I knew what emotional burden I was being asked to bear. And I gave an enthusiastic “yes!”. Because this wasn’t an ask from Dan, it was an ask from God. It was a nudge to leap and not fear that I wouldn’t be caught. God was asking me to trust that He has done the work that needed to be done. To trust that He has put all of the pieces in place for Dan to teach in the manner that God has equipped him to. To trust that His will was already done, and my reward for being faithful was simply just to witness His work in action.

And I witnessed it. In all of its Glory. 

I will say that, while I was excited for this sermon, I was extremely anxious as well. I just wasn’t sure how much of this I could bear listening to, because I’m usually able to predict how these conversations will go. They’ve gone south for me before. They’ve gone south within these Heartland walls for me before. And I simply wasn’t sure that I was brave enough to risk the hurt again. But God is great, and He’s proven that time & time again. He knows me better than I could ever know myself. He knew that, despite the history of my people being displayed before me, there was still something that I needed to hear. That I needed to wrestle with. And as always, He’s right. 

I confessed just yesterday, the reason understanding slavery was such a struggle for me is that while I didn’t experience it directly, there were parts of me that did, indirectly. And I was terrified to wrestle with that. I needed to sit with how afraid I was of what the Bible was going to say about slavery, what this sermon was going to say about it. That it was “supposed to be this way” or that slavery was “justified because it’s in the Bible”. I needed to sit with the fact that my ancestors, my family and myself have wrestled with the aftermath of this tragedy. Of generational sin, of societal sin, of corporate sin. 

At the essence of it all, there is still a deep yearning to be seen as fully & wholly human, regardless of how strong, confident and worthy I seem to feel on most days. There is a visceral reaction when I’m forced to examine our history, because I don’t ever just ‘examine’ it, I feel it, I experience it. Deeply. And navigating those emotions takes so much time, energy, mental & spiritual capacity. And each time I wonder if God is going to bring me back to myself. But he always does.

“We are not 3/5ths human, please recognize our full and whole humanity, as people made in the image of God.” 

Black Lives Matter. Kaepernick Taking A Knee. Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

This has just always been my life. I never put it into the perspective of residual trauma or the aftermath of the sin of a people. I feel like that should make me unbearably angry, at white people, at churches, at the government. But at this time, all I’m feeling is grateful. Grateful to know that God has a bigger plan, a plan that is BEYOND me, but a plan that is FOR me. For US. Grateful to know that there is redemption to this history through the blood & body of Jesus. Grateful to finally understand why God kept telling me to stay, and that he kept putting people in my path that He knew would find me if I got lost. God knows my need to simply understand, and He meets that need, every now & then. And this is one of those times. He’s given me the vision that I need to cling to. The Kingdom is the ultimate vision. We, as a people, can and will be redeemed. 

{sunday 6.9.19}

Read Luke 4:18-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What am I doing to recognize and address the generational, communal, corporate sins of slavery? Why is God calling me to identify slavery as a communal sin versus a personal sin? What is God saying by asking me to “break these chains”?

 

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

{monday 6.10.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 6.11.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 6.12.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 6.13.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 6.14.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 6.15.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 13:5-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

© 2019 Heartland Community Church

12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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Heartland Community Church


June 2 – 8, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Boss and Employee

By Joe Davis

Everyone has probably had a job where it was just painful to go and it ended up being just a J-O-B. Nobody starts off hoping that’s how the job ends up, we tend to just find ourselves there after our expectations for the job stop being met.

I had this really good job for a company that wasn’t too large, but it definitely wasn’t small. I really enjoyed the job and company, except for the pay. While I was there, my boss asked me to do some things that were not in my job scope, but more his job duties. I was frustrated that I was being asked to do things that were essentially his duties, for what felt like little regard for my own tasks that needed to be done. In my frustration I went to a mentor that I had at the company. It just happened that she was the CFO, so her perspective on things was way different than my field of view. Because we were friends I made the assumption that she would be understanding and give me some good advice on how to have the conversation with my boss. That is not what I received at all.  Instead she told me that when I signed on with the company, that I would do all the things asked of me as long as they were not illegal or immoral.  She looked at me as a mentor does and said that I needed to do what was asked of me because my boss told me to do it. I respected her opinion and took to heart what she said and did as my boss asked of me.  Much to my surprise, I gained a wealth of knowledge in the tasks that I was given and was given credit for it.  

I didn’t realize it at the time, but that moment turned out to be a huge moment where I realized that my submission to the things being asked of me actually helped me grow, gave me experience I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise, and taught me that there are hidden blessings yet to be discovered. 

Nobody wants to have a bad job–or good job–that is painful to go to because of the environment. But there is something to be said about doing your job with a good attitude. My time in the military gave a first hand look at leadership, good and bad.  In time I was a part of the senior leadership. There were so many times that I was worried about whether I was doing a good job or not, preparing my troops the right way or not, or even being a leader at all. I was told that I that I was doing great, but it did not feel like it. Then two things happened (at different times). First, other troops that were not my responsibility started coming to me because they couldn’t rely on their boss. It was kind of a pain because of the extra work that it created for me, but it felt good that they would come to me because they could trust that I would give them what they needed. The other thing that happened was my last review from my supervisor. I didn’t pay close attention to everything on it until after I was discharged from the military.  It turns out my boss thought I was doing great.

Work is not always what we want or what we expect. And often times the struggles we feel are for good reason. My experiences shaped me and taught me what people need from their boss. And my biggest blessings came when I was submitting, even when I didn’t want to. God has a plan for shaping us, and I would venture to say that it’s not comfortable most of the time. So whether the job is good or bad or the environment is great or less than desirable, our attitudes play a huge part in how we grow inside the work place.  

{sunday 6.2.19}

Read Colossians 3:23, Psalm 90:17, John 10:25b

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Digging deep, what is my attitude towards my job and work? Am I doing this job for me, or am I trying to serve the Lord? Are there things in my attitude or work that need to change? And if so, what are they?

 

{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.

 

{monday 6.3.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 7:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What is your image of what a successful Christian ought to look like? How does the image we sometimes have in our head match up to these verses? When you care deeply about someone or something, and are continually disappointed, how do you handle it? How does Paul here? What does faith look like in a season of trial and challenge?

{tuesday 6.4.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 7:13-8:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When have you received good news that was deeply comforting? What does faith look like when the good news is a long time coming? Where have you seen generosity spring up in life? What has to happen in your heart or mine for us to live generously?

{wednesday 6.5.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:10-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you see happening in these verses? As these men traveled to villages spreading the good news of Jesus, they had to raise support and find housing. What might that have been like? How would you process their invitation and challenge if you lived in that era?

{thursday 6.6.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 8:22-9:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you choose to express your generosity? How would you prepare for the arrival of honored guests?  

{friday 6.7.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-10:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Grace, generosity and gratitude are the center of following Jesus. How have you given grace, lived generously and expressed gratitude this week?

{saturday 6.8.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 10:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean, to "boast in the Lord"? Discuss this thought with your group or a trusted friend.

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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May 26 – June 1, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Wives

By Rhonda Stock

I love the Bible. I truly believe it has the answers to every problem in the world if we would only study it and apply it to our lives. I especially love to dig into a verse and study the etymology of each word, to compare different translations and examine a Scripture to see if it really says what we’ve been told it says. Sometimes I discover that the traditional view of a verse is not quite accurate, that the true meaning of the verse has been lost over the centuries due to poor interpretations, cultural expectations, or other factors.

Ephesians 5:22 is not one of those verses. 

Ephesians 5:22 says what it says.

Ephesians 5:22 says what it says. In. Every. Single. Translation.

No matter how I look at it, no matter how I slice it, dice it, and serve it up, that verse says the same thing: wives are to submit to their husbands.

Why is that word so distasteful to me? I’m not what you would call a militant feminist. I have lived a traditional lifestyle, choosing to stay home with our four children for 20 years while my husband worked. I went back to teaching when our youngest started school, but even then, my priority was my home and family. 

I have no problem following the leadership of my principals at work. I gladly submit to the authority of my pastor at church. Why is it so hard to submit to the person I love most in the world, the person whom I chose to spend my life with almost 40 years ago?

I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because submission to one’s husband is submission on a very personal level. I can follow the direction of my boss at work because that is a requirement of the job, it is not necessarily a reflection of me as a person. But submitting to my husband goes to the very essence of who I am. If I surrender my autonomy at home, in my personal life, then who am I? And if the husband is the head of the home, which puts me somewhere below the head, doesn’t that put me in an inferior position? Doesn’t that mean he is more than I am—more important, more valuable, more worthy?

What a lot of baggage goes along with a little two-syllable word.

And that’s where the problem lies. We think our value is relative to our husband’s position as the head of the home. It’s not. Our value is relative to who we are in Christ. Nowhere in Scripture does it say, “Wives, submit to your husbands because you don’t deserve to be the head of the family. You are not worthy of leadership, or of prominence. The husband is the one who counts.” No! The Scripture merely says, “Submit to your husbands.”

“Submission” does not mean “inferior.” It means that the wife has a different role in the family, one that is just as important and just as necessary as the husband’s role. It is not a lesser role. It is just . . . different. I like the note the Amplified Bible offers for Ephesians 5:22:

The wife [submits] to her husband, not to men in general; not as inferior to him, nor in violation of her Christian ethics, but honoring her husband as protector and head of the home, respecting the responsibility of his position and his accountability to God.

I may never be fully comfortable with this verse. I may not understand God’s purpose until I get to Heaven and can ask him face-to-face (I have a list of questions for that day). But I can accept that this is God’s design for the family. The husband and the wife have different but equally important roles in the family. As they each submit to Christ, they each seek what is best for the other. And maybe in another 40 years with my husband, I’ll finally have it all figured out.

{sunday 5.26.19}

Read Ephesians 5:1-21; Ephesians 5:22-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply:

(If you are not currently married, apply these questions to your current or future relationship. If you are a man, ponder these questions as they apply to your close relationship/marriage.)

What does it look like for a wife to submit to her husband? Specifically, what does it look like for you to submit to your husband? Do you struggle with the idea of submission? Read Ephesians 5:1-21, the passage before Paul instructs wives to submit to their husbands. How can these verses help you to view godly submission in a more positive light? And if you are a husband, how can these verses make you a better husband and leader?

A husband and wife who submit themselves to Christ’s leadership will always want the best for each other. What is one thing you can do for your husband this week that will make him feel that you genuinely respect and admire him? What is something you can do for your wife that will make her feel cherished?

Are you single? Do you hope to be married someday? Read Ephesians 5:22-33. What can you do now to prepare yourself to be a godly spouse when the time comes? What does Ephesians 5 say to you as a Christian in general, and not just as a hopeful bride or groom?

 

{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.

 

{monday 5.27.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses talk about our role, along with that of the apostles in their day, to spread the "good news" about Jesus and the opportunity for eternal life through faith in him. How do you personally engage that role as a believer? What is one way you could engage it more directly?

{tuesday 5.28.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As you read these verses, would you describe yourself as seeing "through a veil"? Or do you feel you see the way of Jesus clearly? How can you be more intentional about being light in the darkness where you live, work, study or play?

{wednesday 5.29.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses describe how much is at stake in our world related to following (or not following) Jesus. As you stretch and reach out in faith to share your experiences with Jesus with others, where do you feel God’s presence? Where do you need to invite him in more clearly? Where are you struggling to share your faith right now?

{thursday 5.30.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you find it easy, or hard, to look forward to eternal life with Jesus? Do you find it confusing, or overwhelmingly comforting? How, on this side of heaven, can we be ambassadors for Jesus, and give those we love the opportunity to receive eternal life? 

{friday 5.31.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you have chosen to follow Jesus in this life, how did you experience "becoming a new person" when you made that choice? How are you being made new still today? If you are still considering this decision to put your faith in Jesus, what are your questions, ideas, or doubts? Share your thoughts with a trusted friend and pray for one another.

{saturday 6.1.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 6:3-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these verses we read of Paul’s hardships. What tough times have you experienced in following Jesus (or as you consider following him)? This week we will be praying for the hard times and the questions and doubts we each face. Join us in praying for our whole community.

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


May 19 – 25, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Husbands

By Joe Davis

It is absolutely fascinating how much God is at work in everything around us. It seems inevitable that whenever I do not write for The Journey, I find the sermons good–but they don’t always create conviction within me. When I do write, I will always feel the Holy Spirit stirring my soul, creating a conviction within me to push deeper into what I just heard. This is one of those times.

Having grown up in church I thought I had a decent understanding of what being a husband was and what being the head of the house should look like. For the last two years, the Holy Spirit has been engaging me in this and slowly challenging what I thought I knew. Upon hearing Dan’s sermon, I know with complete certainty that I have been wrong and have a much different job than I thought. And I feel the huge conviction of the Holy Spirit telling me to look at my relationship with God and my wife in a different way.

As of late, I’ve been struggling with how I’ve been dealing with my family when I speak to them and try to bring authority. I have not had good responses from them, and have definitely not gotten the response that I hoped for. I have felt completely disregarded and blown off, which has left me feeling angry, bitter, powerless, useless and forgotten. Being angry and bitter are things that no one wants to feel, but feeling powerless, useless and forgotten strike very deep in a man’s soul.

It’s a hard thing when I have no power when I was created to lead and influence my family and to be useful and produce. And it’s painful to think that I’ll be ignored because I didn’t contribute enough to this life. I thought that I would have power because I’m the husband, because I’m the dad. And when I speak there would be this authority that I would bring because of that head of family title. Sometimes I do, but I am finding that most of the time that is not the case.

I can’t help but wonder that God is purposefully using these feelings when my family isn’t listening to me to bring about changes in my life–and for me to view my role in a different manner. What if I am supposed to bring a different kind of authority, based on what my gifts are, not solely on a title? What if I’m supposed to engage my wife and children differently, in a manner that uses my gifts and shows how fearfully, wonderfully and uniquely I am made in the image of God?

Admittedly (and sadly), I have not been doing that. As I write this, I confess that I have not been the husband I have been called to be. I have work in me to be done and I need to choose to make those changes and allow the Holy Spirit to continue to develop me. I pray I can see that what I offer my wife and family is not solely based on a title, but who I am as a beloved son of God, called to be a representation of God’s love towards them.

{sunday 5.19.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply:

(If you are not currently married, apply these questions to your current or future relationship. If you are a female, ponder these questions as they apply to your close relationship/marriage.)

Am I using my gifts in my marriage to love my wife? Am I the first one to submit and take the lead in showing God’s love? Am I loving my wife as Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a?

 

{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.

 

{monday 5.20.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 15:42-58

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Describe the differences between physical and spiritual bodies mentioned here in your own words. What hope do these verses inspire in you? What questions?

{tuesday 5.21.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Imagine being Paul in this era…you live life on the road (walking, riding on horseback or in a chariot). You move from town to town, staying wtih others and spreading the news about Jesus, and the promises available to those who believe. Would you have chosen that life if you were alive then? What hardships do you think he encountered? What would have been encouraging about that life?

{wednesday 5.22.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 16:12-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you see the news of Jesus and the news of other believers and believing communities being spread? How does this method of spreading news compare with today?

{thursday 5.23.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What kinds of comfort and protection are described here? What comfort or protection do you need from God? Take some time and pray specifically for that need. 

{friday 5.24.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 1:12-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Where do you stand firm in life? Where do you waver? How do you practice making your yes a yes, and your no a no? 

{saturday 5.25.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How are we instructed here to relate to those who harm us or sin against us? Do you find this easy? Or difficult?

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


May 12 – 18, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Kids

By Meghan Hemenway

I have kids. Happy Mother’s Day to me! Being a parent right now for me looks like constantly telling my kids to quiet down while simultaneously fighting back tears at that thought of how fast they are growing and how quickly my house will be too quiet. These are competing and connected thoughts and totally normal, I’m sure.
 
Today on Mother’s Day, Brooke reminded us that while we are not all mothers, we are all children. The Ephesians verse we looked at makes the connection between obeying and honoring our parents with having a long and full life. Like wanting a quiet house and wanting the boisterousness to never end, the idea of obeying leading to happiness maybe doesn’t feel like a natural connection. But when we obey we are making space to listen and tune into our father, God. When we honor God we are discerning what he values and what we value. Without this space for reflection we can feel overwhelmed and depleted.

As a mother of two high-energy, intense, exuberant boys I have found that I attract a lot of attention in public. People either see us coming and make way or gravitate toward us as if drawn by an invisible force. Like a compass aligning itself to the Earth’s magnetic field, like-minded kids find themselves drawn almost instantly to my sons. The result can often be like several human hurricanes moving as one through their current location.

I have spent many years trying to avoid, separate, or manage these potentially destructive forces. What I am realizing is that this just makes me very tired and overwhelmed. It isn’t my job nor is it even in my power to control or change a magnet’s polarity. God made these small powerful humans and its in his control. Resting and tuning into God helps me remember this and at the very least gives me space to enjoy the chaos.

The other thing it has done lately is to open my eyes to the other mothers attached to these magnetically charged kids. What I want is to comfort and encourage these mothers with my strength and parenting wisdom, but what I am learning is that unlike my sons’ powerful energies, it is my weakness that attracts and comforts others. My honesty about the mess it often is to live with human hurricanes seems to give others that rest or momentary solace they have been looking for. It isn’t my wisdom people are seeking, it’s God’s, so maybe obeying for me looks like learning to offer calm and peace to those drawn into our storm.

 

{sunday 5.12.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul talks about how his weakness makes space for God’s strength. Are you fighting any powerful forces on your own? Is there a place for you to step back and allow God to step forward? In what ways are obeying and honoring God the same as being honest about your weaknesses?

 

{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.

 

{monday 5.13.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 14:6-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been misunderstood? Or struggled to understand what someone else is saying? What is one key takeaway you have from these verses? One question? One idea to put into practice?

{tuesday 5.14.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 14:20-35

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Make a list of what you feel these verses tell us about how we gather (whether in our communities, groups, or at church). What, if anything, would you do differently based on this instruction? What questions do the verses raise for you?

{wednesday 5.15.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 14:36-15:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you believe, deep in your bones, about Jesus, and his teachings revealed in the Bible? What do you struggle with? Join as as we pray in gratitude for our relationship with Jesus, and as we bring him our doubts and questions, allowing him to lead us into understanding. 

{thursday 5.16.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses talk about the witnesses of the resurrection, and yet the challenge people had in believing that resurrection is real. How do you resolve your belief, and your questions, about Jesus’ resurrection? Discuss your thoughts with a trusted group or friend.  

{friday 5.17.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 15:17-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you put your trust in the truth of the resurrection? What does Jesus claiming authority over death, and God having ultimate authority mean for you and I today? 

{saturday 5.18.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 15:29-41

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How would you explain the verses on the resurrection and the resurrection body to a friend?

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


May 5 – 11, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Submit To One Another

By Grant Houske

I recently was a part of a trial team on an important case. During opening statements, the attorney I work with gave an analogy that the ongoing litigation we were dealing with was a result of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole; that the issues at hand were in constant contrast with one another and, as a result, nothing could be resolved. For me, that same analogy of a square peg and a round hole is the first thing that came to my mind as Dan spoke about submitting to one another. The square peg is to submit to one another, and the round hole is my human tendency to say NO! 

Frequently, I think about life and take inventory of my “Christian" roles and responsibilities. As I go through the checklist, I’m reassured with what I have done and continue to do. I’m confident that I can say I have checked the Christian boxes! However, when I get to the “submit” checkbox, if I’m honest, I do not seem to be able to exhibit the same amount of confidence as the other boxes. That square peg/round hole analogy comes roaring back, and I’m stuck! My human tendency kicks in full gear and the relationship equation of 1 > < 1 tends to dominate my thoughts and behavior.

You see, in building relationships, I tend to do things in reverse order. My ability to submit to others, is usually towards the back. I tend to do the “easy” aspects of relationships, but postpone the difficult parts for later. However, am I really doing any good with this when I’ve been commissioned by Christ to do exactly the opposite? My human tendency blocks me again.

Thankfully, through the power of Jesus, we have the ability and strength to obliterate that round hole and fully submit because he submitted himself to us and for us! It is good to hear and be reminded of this message, not out of guilt or shame in our actions, but as a reminder of the power it brings. 

Today Dan asked when we submit, who goes first? The answer is you! I know at some point I will revert to my human tendencies and struggle to submit to others. I know it will happen. But, I also know how and why I can change. All I need to do is remind myself about a man on a cross, bleeding and dying for me. A man who submitted to me long before I ever existed. 

Think of the power and potential we hold in our hands, if we would truly submit to others. To submit, not out of fear or inferiority, but rather out of humility and confidence. Imagine how that would radically change our relationships with others.Imagine how that would begin to resolve a conflict or end a feud. Imagine how we could advance God’s kingdom. The potential is endless. 

Let’s start at the beginning, let’s truly try and follow Jesus’ example. Let’s strive to remember that we can have no power from Jesus unless we live in a posture that we have none of our own.

{sunday 5.5.19}

Read Phillippians 2:3-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Think of one person you can submit to and what is your first reaction to that?  What can you do for that person to serve him or her?  Imagine the power you can bring to build this relationship, how would it be?

 

{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.

 

{monday 5.6.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you best engage in worship? What is your gut level response to these verses? How might this speak to the culture that was receiving this letter at the time? At Heartland we practice and believe that everyone is made in the image of God and everyone receives specific giftings to be shared in community. For more on these verses, listen to Seth’s Journey vlog HERE.)

{tuesday 5.7.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you meditate on before taking communion? What do you remember as you take communion? Have you had an impactful communion experience? If so, share it with a trusted friend.     

{wednesday 5.8.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:31-12:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What gifts do you belive God gave to you? What is the difference between a gift given by God and your personal abiligy?   

{thursday 5.9.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If God intentionally builds the body (His church) togehter, what role do your gifts play at Heartland? 

{friday 5.10.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The author nudges us to try our gifts in balance or harmon with the other gifts represented. How do you do that? Try rewriting the ‘love’ verses in your own words.  

{saturday 5.11.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 13:8-14:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How will faith, hope and love last forever? How would you describe that to a close friend.

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


April 28 – May 4, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Trinity Math

By Sheree Lutz

I sweated through my fair share of math courses. Nothing like you would while studying Aeronautical Engineering, but quite a few! What do many people like about math? It generally is concrete, factual, and objective. In the beginning, 2 apples + 3 apples = an uncontested 5 apples. At the next stage, the area of a right triangle is the area of a square divided by 2. No sweat. But then math gets theoretical. In the second semester of collegiate calculus, somehow a long string of numbers added and subtracted together = “a number infinitely approaching 0.” HOW IS THIS AN ANSWER?! Where did the predictability go?

But isn’t this is why math is a seamless parallel to our understanding of relationships? Early in my life, social connections seemed so simple. My parents and siblings did their best to take care of your physical and emotional needs. It felt so natural. Then my understanding expanded to include my “best friend” who was chosen based on our shared love for Jayhawk basketball (relational glue there!). Eventually, I realized personal interactions are far more complicated. I had romantic interests, family, colleagues, friends, children, etc. all who brought their own view of the world to the table. In other words, living in community got theoretical! Relationships required additional study, emotion, time, and if I am honest, selflessness. Mine brought me immense joy and/or deep sorrow. Again, the predictability seemed to disappear

Thankfully, we have the triune God as the perfect example of how to live communally! Dan’s sermon unpacked how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit co-exist in perfect harmony. Somehow, 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, each member needs the other. Each serves the other and plays a vitally important role. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG) says “The amazing grace of the Master Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” Author Paul is praying that the strength of each person of God would dwell in us!

“Amazing grace, Extravagant love, Intimate friendship”—can you imagine what kind of world it would be if we as the church could love others in this fashion? We could help eliminate loneliness, anxiety, unforgiveness and so much more. In my personal walk with Christ, he is leading me to view others and circumstances with more give-and-take. To embrace unpredictability and and be in tune to the needs of others! Like watching Rachel paint amidst today’s worship, each brushstroke in response to the musicality of others. 

 

{sunday 4.28.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Are you naturally more of a “mathematical person” or an “intuitive person?” What do you find are the strengths of each? Which part of the trinity are you most comfortable relating to? Which part do you want to increase your understanding and experience with?

 

{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.

 

{monday 4.29.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In our current culture we don’t see food sacrifices for idols. That doesn’t mean this scripture is no longer relevant to us. If Paul were writing to our church today, what example do you think he would use?  

{tuesday 4.30.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Because we are followers of Jesus does not mean we can’t enjoy the rewards of our hard work. How do you know the difference between enjoying the rewards of your work and greed?    

{wednesday 5.1.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:13-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says he announces the gospel not out of pride, but compulsion. Share an example of the difference between pride and compulsion in your life with a trusted group or friend.    

{thursday 5.2.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Don’t make the same mistakes again” is one of the chapter titles in this verse (in the version I’m reading). We should strive to grow from the mistakes made before us. What mistakes made in generations before us are you working at to not repeat?    

{friday 5.3.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:11-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.” This type of scripture has been repeated in several different ways and in different areas. Essentially, we can’t serve two masters. We all struggle with something that threatens to pull us away from God. What is it that pulls at you the strongest?  

{saturday 5.4.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “But if someone says, “This was offered in sacrifice,” then don’t eat it—because of the person who told you about it, and because of conscience, by which I don’t mean your own conscience, but your neighbor’s. For why should my freedom be condemned by someone else’s conscience?” This hits right at the heart of being kind and considerate of others. I imagine going to dinner with a recovering alcoholic and choosing not to have a drink while I’m there. I’m ok with having a drink for myself because this is not an issue I have. I could have a drink, but I know (and Paul is telling us) to be aware of the other person and their conscience. Pray to be more aware of these situations in your own life.  

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


April 21 – 27, 2019

 

Sightings: God Was There And I Did Not Know It

By Brooke Hodnefield

God looked at the world and considered it worth loving. He looked on the world and declared it worth redeeming. Even it if meant sending his Son from the glories of heaven to sacrifice for it.

– All That’s Good, Hannah Anderson

I imagine that God often looks at our hustling world and sees us scrambling like madmen and women in all our oh-so-important things to be about, shakes his head and deeply sighs. We do a great job of framing our busyness…“I have a pretty full plate right now,” “just a lot of balls to juggle,” “oh you know how it is…busy, busy, busy!" "There’s always something!” When I consider the capacity with which we can handle all the things, it causes to me question, is this how I should be spending the capacity God has granted me? I’m reminded of a seemingly blunt reality found in Ecclesiastes 2:11:

‘Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.’

I had a preschooler and a half-day kindergartener, my husband traveled often, and I worked as an HR Director at church. My role there continued to grow, however I loved my job and was quite certain it was in my sweet spot…so I adjusted to make room in my life for this important role I had. I had belief in myself and my own abilities to multitask and crush it both at work and in my own world. I could logistically manage our family’s schedule to get the right kid to the right place on the right day and be what I was needed at work. Instead of adjusting or letting go of things to make room for the roles I occupied, I just pushed harder, strived more and told myself ‘you’ve got this.’ Until I didn’t.

I was in a meeting when my phone rang and the First Student school bus was on the other end. Somehow in my perfected scheduling system, I had a missing link. Grandma wasn’t there to meet Tyson, my half-day kindergartener, off the bus. No one was there to get Tyson off the bus. So they had instructions to keep on driving. Tyson received his own chauffeur service back to school (from where he had just come) – but that is unsettling stuff for a 5 year old! They dropped him off and he found himself sitting in the school’s front office until someone could claim him. I was a solid 30 minutes away and it was not the end of my work day, nor should I be abandoning the group I was meeting with mid-meeting, but I lost it. I burst into tears and rambled something sufficient enough for my boss to understand and took off. I prided myself on being pulled together and having my ducks in a row…but my ducks were scattered and I felt completely out of control.

I pulled into Woodland Elementary’s parking lot like a mad woman and ran up to the school. Through the glass I could see the outline of a little boy slumped over in a chair, backpack still on his back, with his feet dangling. He belonged to me. Again, I tried to pull it together as I entered the school, but tears were streaming. Tyson saw me and his tears started streaming. I scooped him up, bag and all and carried him out. I hugged him fiercely. I felt incredibly small, shameful and dejected as I continued to squeeze him tightly and just kept repeating, “I’m so sorry.”

This story is probably not unlike something you’ve experienced, and might seem like a small thing. But it was a God sighting. God was there and I didn’t know. He showed me, tangibly, what it means to be stripped away of all we want to appear to be, all we aspire to do and who we think we are. In all our futile attempts to strive and manifest control over our story. But stripped of all of that was God’s raw love. Seen not just through my love for Tyson, but through God’s love for me. His love is so fierce that he wouldn’t settle for the capacity with which I settled for. I couldn’t see it then, but upon later reflection this was when something drastically changed for me.

He reminded me of the futility and meaninglessness that CAN come when we chase after the wind. He provided me a real-time moment in which he still chose to love me and still chose to redeem me, despite my pride. My balls had all dropped from the air and lay on the ground, flat and small. But I didn’t see them. I saw Tyson and I felt God choosing me and reminding me of what is worth chasing after.

I still settle into my old ways of hustling and striving, often times get in the way of myself, and do my darndest to control my path. However, I think back to the day I scooped up Tyson, tears streaming and I can feel it. Still. I’m humbled and I’m reminded that God was faithfully there. To be present amidst my crumbling. I certainly didn’t know it at the time, but that day changed my chasing and the ache I felt within to measure up to some unattainable threshold I had for myself. I can look back and see how Jesus scooped me up, tear-streaked and defeated and held me tightly.

We may not be able to put it into words, but we know this experience. We know what it feels like to be drawn outside of ourselves to the eternal, the majestic, the sacred, and the glorious. We know how beauty can stop us in our tracks, interrupt our fixation with the mundane, and reminding us that there is a world beyond the one in front of us.

– All That’s Good, Hannah Anderson

 

{sunday 4.21.19}

Read Eccelsiastes 2:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you seen God’s redeeming work in your life? Or an unexplainable moment that you could potentially connect with God? Can you relate to Ecclesiastes 2:11? What are you chasing that you might need to reconsider?

 

{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.

{monday 4.22.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 4:16-5:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We are getting a peak into the the real lives of the people living in Corinth during the 1st century. We have prideful people and scandal going on. Feels like the plot to a modern show. Rephrase in your own words what’s going on here and what Paul tells them.   

{tuesday 4.23.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Actually, to have lawsuits with one another at all represents a major setback for you. Why not rather let yourselves be wronged? Why not rather put up with loss? But you yourselves are wronging and defrauding people, and fellow Christians at that!” Have you ever been wronged? What was your instinctual response?   

{wednesday 4.24.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is very specific here. He is addressing a specific crowd dealing with specific issues. If Paul were writing a letter to you, what would he specifically address in your life?   

{thursday 4.25.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The church was in its infancy, no wonder the people of Corinth had so many questions for Paul to address. Paul is having to sit down and write answers to all the problems they were facing and confused about. Sit down and write a letter to Paul with all the questions you have that you want answers to. Pray about these questions in earnest to seek God’s guidance.   

{friday 4.26.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is a lot more complicated to understand when we compare it to the scriptures talking about being reborn and becoming new. We change when coming to faith in Jesus yet we are still the same people God made us. We are always striving to become the people who God designed us to be. It’s difficult to know where something should change and where it should not. Talk about this with a trusted friend or group. 

{saturday 4.27.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I appreciate that Paul clarifies what he writes here is his opinion and not necessarily from God. That seems pretty honest. He had a lot of power and was telling the people of Corinth all kinds of things and how to act. He could have easily included his opinion in what God was saying. It’s difficult to separate what we feel from what God is telling us. How do you distinguish between what you feel and what you hear God saying? Can you distinguish between the two?   

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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April 14 – 20, 2019

 

Sightings:What Is This Strange Sight?

By Adam Pontier

I pride myself on being a rational person. I am not the kind of person who sees something strange and attributes it to the supernatural. This made coming to faith a two step process for me. 

When I originally decided to follow Christ, I did without thinking too critically in regards to science. I knew what I experienced was real and it had made real changes in who I was. However, being a rational person, I struggled with all the supernatural things the Bible claims. 

My logic filter kicks in first as I process everything. There was a large gap between what I felt (Jesus) and what I understood (science). So I set out to discover what these gaps were, and what that meant. 

I came accross a book called, The Language of God by Francis Collins. I then came across Mere Christianity by CS Lewis because of reading Francis Collins’ book. Outside of the Bible, these two books have been the most influential books I’ve read in my life. I was processing serious questions and some doubt. I would need to write an entire book to unpack all of the areas where I had questions and doubt.  

Something I’ve concluded through my reading and studying is while science explains “how” things were made, the Bible explains “why” things were made. I’m sure there are many people who, with rational thought and logic, could pick that apart to where it means nothing (that can be done with any statement). But for me, being able to separate “how” something was made from “why” it was made helped me digest much of what I struggled with in my faith.

Can the Bible be trusted if it asks us to believe things that break the laws of physics? Is God the ultimate creator if he can’t break the laws of physics God made? You can go down all kinds of rabbit trails with questions. Go for it. I believe in seeking to find answers to our questions and our doubt, we are seeking to find God.  

As you explore your questions and doubts, make sure your sources are credible, use your own independent logic based on your own experience. And pray for God to reveal himself in his way to you. 

Pursue your answers, and wrestle your doubts in faithfulness, with curiosity and courage. Then, be willing to step out, take a risk, and follow God’s lead.

 

{sunday 4.14.19}

Read Exodus 3:1-6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever experienced a strange, unexplainable sight? Have you ever moved toward an unexplainable moment? Have you ever had opportunity to "look at God"? Share your thoughts and experiences related to these verses with a friend or small group.

 

{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.

{monday 4.15.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Reflect on your faith community. What about it are you thankful for? How can a diverse group of people, from all walks of life, and at all stages of faith come to a place of unity? Join us in praying for that spirit of unity at Heartland, and give thanks with us for the things that make this place home.  

{tuesday 4.16.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:21-2:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to you, to be united in Jesus? What might that look like in someone’s life in practical ways?   

{wednesday 4.17.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 2:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What causes you to trust in God’s wisdom over human experience or wisdom?  

{thursday 4.18.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After reading these verses, describe our role vs God’s role in helping someone come to terms with faith.  

{friday 4.19.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 3:12-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In your own words, describe what you believe the writer means when he says, "Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God."

{saturday 4.20.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Identify who the characters are in these verses. Then go back and identify what they are each told, and what is asked of them. Be sure to include God in your character study.  

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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April 7 – 13, 2019

 

Sightings: I Could Not See God,

But He Could See Me

By Allison Antrim

My husband and I have been married for about seven months and enjoying newlywed bliss, but we’re currently walking through our first trial in our marriage. Last month my husband had to leave the company where he had worked for thirteen years. We have been looking for signs that God is up to something, but the way is not as clear as we would like it to be. Fear and doubt seem to hover on the edge of our perception, waiting to strike. Today’s sermon was exactly what we needed to hear. Like Hagar, my husband and I find ourselves in a difficult situation, but just as Hagar gave God the name “El Roi,” we can call Him by the same name: the God who sees.

I first read Hagar’s story when I was a teenager. I was moved by the plight of this woman, a stranger among strangers, cast out from her home because of the jealousy of her mistress. I came to love these verses in Hagar’s story: “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’ That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.” (Gensis 16:13-14 NIV).

Knowing that God sees me has been a port of peace in the midst of the storms in my life. As I’ve waited for him to act on my behalf, the anxiety of waiting has been softened by the knowledge that I am seen by the One who made heaven and earth, who came in human form and bore all of my sin on the cross, then rose on that glorious Easter morning. Because I know God has seen me in the past, I have every reason to believe that He sees me and my husband now.

I find it interesting that the well Hagar sat by became a tangible witness to God’s presence in the life of a lowly Egyptian slave; many years later when the book of Genesis was being written, the well was still there and known by the name Hagar gave to God. While my husband and I don’t own an actual well to sit by and speak one on one with the angel of the LORD, I can’t help but think that this season of searching for a new job will, like the well in Hagar’s story, bear witness in our memories as a lasting testimony to His presence. So we will continue to wait on God to point the way, knowing that His loving gaze is on us as we move forward in faith.

 

{sunday 4.7.19}

Read Genesis 16:13-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever felt unseen during a difficult situation in your life? How might your upcoming week be impacted by the knowledge that God is El Roi, “the God who sees me?”

 

{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.

{monday 4.8.19}

Read Romans 14:13-15:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “If you want to exercise your judgement, do so on this question: how to avoid placing obstacles stumbling blocks in front of a fellow family member.” Reflect on your life and where you are currently placing stumbling blocks for others. What are they? How can you avoid doing this?   

{tuesday 4.9.19}

Read Romans 15:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In verse 5 God is referred to as the God of patience and encouragement. We are made in God’s image and we too should be of patience and encouragement. Name one person you know personally that you need to have more patience with. How will you encourage them (without patronizing them)?    

{wednesday 4.10.19}

Read Romans 15:17-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How can you provide help for those who paved the way for you to meet Jesus? Is it assisting them with practical, everyday kind of help? Is it working alongside them in caring for others? The list is endless and will be unique to everyone. Pray for guidance and clarity from God. 

{thursday 4.11.19}

Read Romans 15:30-16:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is running through a list of people who should be greeted by the Romans and names a little bit about what they’ve done. Who do you know that should meet someone else you know? Can you introduce them to each other? How will you introduce them? What “thing” have they done that you want the other person to know upfront about them?  

{friday 4.12.19}

Read Romans 16:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “But I want you to be wise when it comes to good, and innocent when it comes to evil.” In your own words define what you think Paul means by this statement. 

{saturday 4.13.19}

Read Romans 16:21-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Throughout Romans Paul has mentioned the prophetic writings about Jesus. Have you ever studied the prophetic verses Paul is referring to? If you haven’t, do you know someone who can read them with you and explain them? I encourage you to do so, it can be very eye opening.  

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Heartland Community Church


March 3 – April 6, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Purpose

By Marnie K. Vasquez

I used to write UFO on sticky notes and put them places to remind me how much of a loser I was. Ugly. Fat. Old. Ugly on the outside and way uglier on the inside. Fat. I couldn’t stand living in my growing, fat body. Old. I loathed the Botox, long-eyelash, plastic-surgery world my pocketbook wouldn’t buy. 

My purpose? Being a UFO. 

Everyone was gone, finally. I slammed the garage door and started yelling. “This sucks. Everything is horrible. Every. Thing.” My anger boiled at God. “Why? Really? Where’s your love, huh? Look at this crappy life. This crappy soul. You want this UFO? Yeah, uh-huh. Where are you? What’re you doing? Nothing.” 

My anger turned into sobs. All I could feel was the sting of lies and empty promises my boss told me, my imperfect marriage, the friends I didn’t have, my bad mothering, those things that happened to me as a little girl that shouldn’t have. On and on it went. I crumbled to the floor. 

Ashamed, spent, I muttered, “I don’t know what to do. I’ve no other place to turn. I’ve looked. Tried. The only thing left here is you, Jesus. Only thing left to pick. You get this mess by sheer default.” How pathetic. 

I laid there awhile. Grumpily went about the next days, weeks. Little by little, I opened my Bible app, attended a service here and there, prayed. Surprisingly, these things made me feel good. So, a little more I did. 

But then, panic and terror gripped me. “If you’re not it, if you’re not the way forward, if you’re just a bunch of baloney…I’m really screwed. Screwed, do you understand? You better be the real deal, God, you better. If not, just end me now.”

Scared and not knowing what to do, I began running. Hard. Desperately. I had to survive this world. God had to be it. I had to know. I ran and didn’t look back. 

And now, as I look back on this, I see how it unraveled.

That anger and crumbling to the floor? That was my absolute and final surrender to Jesus. I am His, and His only. Thankfully. Mercifully.

That panic, terrified demand to God with scared running? That’s when Jesus showed me my real purpose. 

My purpose? Lol. Chasing Jesus. Constantly. Unapologetically. 

This chase continues to reveal His incredible ways. It’s astonishing. Awe-inspiring. Humbling. I desperately want others to experience how He’s moving in our lives and how He pours out His unending love for us.

I can say this. Jesus has a purpose for you, too. Open the door. Let Him in. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. 

 

{sunday 3.31.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After you read the above passage, take a moment, right now, maybe a loooooong moment, and pray these words with every ounce of meaning within you. “Jesus, I invite you into my life. Meet me here today. Fill me with your Spirit. Guide me. Empower me. In all moments and situations that unfold today, please help me to set aside my own reactions and instead ask ‘How are you leading here? What would delight you in this moment, and not grieve or hold back your power and love? In what direction are you moving?’ Thank you for loving me.”

Tomorrow when you wake up, do the same. Then the next day, do the same. Then keep going. And see what starts to happen in your life. Remember, Jesus’ purpose in your life will propel you forward with strength, encouragement, comfort, and love, no matter what you’re facing.

 

{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.

{monday 4.1.19}

Read Romans 11:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever felt "broken off" from God? Have you realized that we ALL have access to be grafted into God’s family? Whether Jew or gentile, far from God, or very near, we need only accept his invitation, call on Him (pray), and learn to listen and respond. Where is the state of your relationship with God right now? What is one thing you can do this week to make it stronger?

{tuesday 4.2.19}

Read Romans 11:19-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply: God makes room for us. He is both kind and severe. He is merciful. Take some time today to reflect and note how God has made room for you, where you have experienced his kindness, mercy, and his challenge.   

{wednesday 4.3.19}

Read Romans 11:33-12:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you practice the art of "right sizing" yourself? Of seeing yourself and your world in light of who God is? Take a moment to "right size" today.     

{thursday 4.4.19}

Read Romans 12:9-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you love others…really love them? Even when it’s hard, when they are hard, when everything in your nature doesn’t want to? Take time today to ask God for his eyes in a situation or relationship where you find loving hard.  

{friday 4.5.19}

Read Romans 13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to you, to belong more to the day than the night? How can you practice aligning yourself with Jesus today? 

{saturday 4.6.19}

Read Romans 14:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What is one way you can practice accepting someone who is different from you today? Someone who believes something different, or does things differently, or has a different perspective from yours.

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Mission

Love KC exists to connect and mobilize Jesus followers in Kansas City in mission and prayer to adopt every neighborhood in the greater KC metro area.

Our Prayer

Our prayer is that everyone who wakes up in Kansas City has a Jesus follower in their own neighborhood that is praying for them by name, caring as Jesus cares, and sharing their life plus the Good News of Jesus.

Goals

Adopt every “neighborhood” with pray-care-share in the greater KC Metro area.

A “neighborhood” is defined as the geographic boundaries of the local elementary school. Pray-care-share is a neighboring strategy explained below.

Connect 100,000+ praying “kingdom” prayers, for Kansas City.

CLICK HERE to visit the Love KC website.

To learn more about LoveKC, contact Lori Roy or Jade Van Slyke.

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March 24 – 31, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Greed

By Grant Houske

We can all agree greed is bad. But, why can it feel good? Have you ever juxtaposed the extreme contrast between greed and biblical truth? The bible is unequivocally precise about the negative consequences it carries (see Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, Proverbs 15:27). Yet, greed can be so: powerful, mesmerizing, blinding, exhilarating, intoxicating, attractive, fun, and alluring. How do we explain the dichotomy of giving into greed yet knowing the truth? Well, as we heard today it is because we are all broken sinners and ruthless self-seekers. I’m not immune and have a story to share.

I will humbly admit that a part of my greed came in the form of plastic.  You know, the kind that resides contently in your wallet, just waiting to pounce! Yeah, that kind of plastic. For a long time, I had no discipline or responsibility when it came to controlling my spending habits. It’s not like I was running some elaborate Ponzi scheme or defrauding people out of their life savings; I was naïve and careless and quietly became captured by the allure of acquiring new things while turning a blind eye to the implications of debt. This pattern slowly began to catch up with me and I started to feel the pinch of the mounting credit card debt. That pinch really hurt and the allure came crashing down like a house of cards!  All those adjectives I used to describe greed became so UNTRUE.  Instead, I felt hopeless and ashamed about how easily I became so engulfed in debt. I quickly learned that I needed some help. 

It was 2009 and during worship at church, the band played, Jesus paid it all. In that moment, I realized I couldn’t get through this predicament without Jesus. It truly was a “watershed” moment where I felt free. First, I needed to surrender and understand it would take a lot of work to get out of this. I enrolled in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to learn strategies to eliminate debt. I fought with “gazelle intensity”, got out the scissors and practiced some “plastic surgery”! 

Eventually, I was able to pay off all those credit cards!! However, the reality is that I’m not, nor will I ever be free from greed. It will be back in some form. But, thankfully, I know I will not allow myself to fall into that trap again. In that instance, I believe that my greed was predicated on God’s constant pursuit for me and I can draw on that experience to know what it truly means to live generously with open hands instead of closed fists.

I still have one of those cards, not the 10 or 11 as before. Sure, I use it occasionally, but that card does not hold the power over me that it once did. When I reminisce on those days, I clearly see how greed used me and my susceptibility. With money, I have chosen to walk in a different way, on a path that leads to generosity and freedom.

 

{sunday 3.24.19}

Read Hebrews 12:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How does greed show itself in your life? Where  has greed affected your relationship with your family and others? How can you use the transformational power of Jesus to turn your greed into generosity?

 

NOTE OF CLARIFICATION: Last week we handled a sensitive topic in exploring what the Bible says about sexual brokenness, and healthy sexuality. In our Journey reflection, we want to clarify that we did not intend to imply that any injury or damage inflicted by someone on a person is OK. The intent of the reflection was to say the following:

"God sees our pain. He does not blame us for the behaviors of others. He sees us without blame or shame, even if we don’t see ourselves yet in this light. He wants only to love and heal us."

 

For anyone interested in processing or going deeper into the sexual brokenness/healthy sexuality message from Sunday, March 17, we are offering a follow up gathering. This is a topic that impacts us all, whether it’s an area we want to grow in awareness and training, or something we are walking out with someone we love.

Join us on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the garage. We’ll hear one couple’s story of addiction/recovery and explore these issues further in a panel discussion with experts in this field. A time of Q&A will be offered s well.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for childcare.

 

{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.

{monday 3.25.19}

Read Romans 8:20-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When hoping for what we don’t see we wait eagerly but should be patient too. It’s easy to get distracted and forget what we are waiting for. How can you keep this in the front of your mind but still patient?    

{tuesday 3.26.19}

Read Romans 8:34-9:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says that if it was left to him he would be inclined to pray to cut himself off from the messiah. Explain what you think Paul is saying in your own words to a trusted group or friend.   

{wednesday 3.27.19}

Read Romans 9:8-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “it doesn’t depend on human willing, or on human effort; it depends on God who shows mercy.” Pray for a reminder this week for God to remind you that it’s his mercy, not your effort that saves you.     

{thursday 3.28.19}

Read Romans 9:22-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Our salvation is a covenant membership based on faith. Write down in your own words what this means.  

{friday 3.29.19}

Read Romans 10:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “The Messiah, you see, is the goal of the law…”  Summarize in your own words what the law is. Talk about this with a trusted group or friend. 

{saturday 3.30.19}

Read Romans 10:14-11:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “I was found by those who were not looking for me; I became visible to those who were not asking for me.” How did God reveal himself to you? 

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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March 17 – 23, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Sexual Brokenness

By Rhonda Stock

Sex. Every generation thinks it is the first to ever discover the mysteries and delights of this great gift from God. Oh sure, these young whippersnappers know that, technically, every preceding generation must have engaged in the act of sexual intercourse enough to keep the human race from dying out. But the old geezers couldn’t possibly have known the wonder, the passion of physical intimacy.

To this I say, “Ha ha ha! That’s what you think!” Sex goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the Bible tells us “Adam knew Eve, his wife” (Genesis 4:1). And because we live in a fallen world, it wasn’t long before humanity began abusing this precious gift. The Bible is full of tragic accounts of rape, incest and other horrific examples of sexual abuse.

Sex is as old as humanity. Pornography is almost that old. Archaeologists have found pornographic graffiti perfectly preserved in the ruins of Pompeii, a city which was buried in volcanic ash in 79 A.D. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 says, “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us.”

Sex isn’t new. Pornography isn’t new. Sexual abuse and misuse aren’t new. And the scars left by humanity’s exploitation of sex are not new either. Maybe you carry scars yourself. Maybe you feel guilt because you did not “save yourself” for marriage. Maybe you feel shame because you contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Maybe you were systematically abused as a child. Maybe you were raped. Maybe you carry scars so deep inside your heart that you scarcely acknowledge they exist.

That’s okay.

You are loved.

If you sinned, you can be forgiven.

If you were sinned against, you can find healing.

No one is here to judge you or condemn you.

In John 8, pious religious leaders dragged a woman in front of Jesus. In verse 4 they insisted that they had caught her “in adultery, in the very act.” (Interesting that they didn’t bring the man she was caught with, just her.) Jesus sent them on their way and turned to the woman. There she was, broken and condemned, with not one person to stand up for her. But Jesus said He did not condemn her. In verse 11 He told her to “go and sin no more.”

Most people stop the story at verse 11. But in verse 12 Jesus proclaims that He is “the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

You’ve been in the darkness long enough. Come into the light. Jesus is waiting for you.

{sunday 3.17.19}

Read John 8:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read the story of the woman caught in adultery. What do you think her life was like before she encountered Jesus? What was it like after? Do you have something in your life you would like to bring before Jesus? A sin you would like to confess, a habit you would like to break, a secret shame that haunts you? After reading John 8:11, what do you think Jesus would say to you if you brought it to Him right now?

If you would like to talk with someone, please leave a confidential message on our Care Line and a member of the Care Team will respond within 48 hours. That number is (913)341.5820 ext 330. If this is an emergency, please dial 911.

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the Garage

For anyone interested in processing or going deeper into the sexual brokenness/healthy sexuality message from Sunday, March 17, we are offering a follow up gathering. This is a topic that impacts us all, whether it’s an area we want to grow in awareness and training, or something we are walking out with someone we love.

Join us on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the garage. We’ll hear one couple’s story of addiction/recovery and explore these issues further in a panel discussion with experts in this field. A time of Q&A will be offered as well.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for childcare.

 

{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.

{monday 3.18.19}

Read Romans 5:12-6:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How would you define sin? Why does it separate us from God? Discuss this with a trusted friend or group.   

{tuesday 3.19.19}

Read Romans 6:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to be dead to sin but alive in Jesus?  

{wednesday 3.20.19}

Read Romans 6:17-7:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been a slave to sin? How did that feel? How did it feel to be freed from that sin?   

{thursday 3.21.19}

Read Romans 7:7-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says he would not have known sin if the law did not point it out. How do you know what sin is?   

{friday 3.22.19}

Read Romans 7:21-8:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever had that feeling that you want to do was is right but evil is close at hand? How do you handle this struggle? Who helps you through this struggle?  

{saturday 3.23.19}

Read Romans 8:9-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This ties in closely to what Dan’s sermon was this week. Our bodies themselves are not bad, but if we follow our desires only then we will be in sin. Jesus gives us spiritual desire that leads to freedom. Pray for clarity on what you need freedom from.  

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{March 10, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/03/10/march-10-2019/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 21:41:17 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6363 Heartland Community Church March 10 – 16, 2019   Walk This Way: Alcohol Anonymous December 30, 2018, I was drinking with some friends. A lot. I was getting goofy, dancing, singing, letting my hair down, just, well, sloppy fun. The next morning, I had a hangover. A terrible one. The kind where you only feel […]

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Heartland Community Church


March 10 – 16, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Alcohol

Anonymous

December 30, 2018, I was drinking with some friends. A lot. I was getting goofy, dancing, singing, letting my hair down, just, well, sloppy fun.

The next morning, I had a hangover. A terrible one. The kind where you only feel better if you throw up. Which I did.

That day, I kept thinking I didn’t want to be a 40-something wife and mom who behaved like this. Not just from the night before. But recognizing I was having a drink every day. Sometimes many. This had been happening for quite some time.

I realized my kids likely would look back on their childhood remembering mom was always drinking. That realization hurt. Stung. To add insult to injury, I realized this was another barricade I put up to keep me from the Holy Spirit.

I decided in that hung-over day-after realization agony, I was going to refrain from drinking during January. Kind of a New Year’s resolution.

A month time frame made me sad. When was the last time I’d gone that long without? Pathetically, I couldn’t remember when. How many hours had I committed myself to? 744, that’s a lot. I knew there’d be times just getting through the hour would be tough. Thus, I kept track and marked hours off as achievements.

The first week was tough. I was working through all the conditioned moments that sparked me to drink like driving into the garage after 5 pm, finishing household chores, tense times with others; plus traveling for work where we all stopped for a bite and a drink after flights or client meetings.

Amazingly, I made it through January. I did it!

But here’s what really helped me through it. I desperately want a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. During this time, I read my Bible every day. I prayed every day. And not just when I woke up, but when I was walking into a tough meeting, just before having a rough conversation, driving into my garage, finishing the household chores. I prayed frequently, like a mad woman.

Recently I’ve started experiencing the Holy Spirit, and I want waaaay more. A few incredible things I’ve experienced. The Holy Spirit…:

  • Constantly makes me feel loved, wanted, valued.
  • Talks to me. Through people, words, music, nudges.
  • Gives me a role in this world.
  • Reminds me God is with me. Always.

I believe the Holy Spirit is a drug: a new, different and better type of experience. And yes, even costly. I don’t know why more people aren’t searching for it, and why it’s taken me so long. He’s an experience that leads to incredible highs. Incredible. And unexplainable, out-of-this world experiences. Once you get a taste of it, you’ll want more. And want to move whatever in your life that’s in the way so you can experience more of the Holy Spirit.

Those things you’re moving in your life… those small things at a time… keep moving them out of the way. Keep searching for the Holy Spirit. He’s right there beside you. Just waiting for you.

{sunday 3.10.19}

Read Romans 8:15-17, Romans 5:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Remember, you are a pursued, wanted, valued child of God. What holds you back from accepting this? What small steps can you take now, later today, and tomorrow to step closer to this love? When will you finally let yourself surrender to God’s amazing love and grace?

 

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

 

{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.

{monday 3.11.19}

Read Romans 2:17-3:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses talk about the difference between knowing the law, and following it. In our day, this is similar to knowing what is right, vs doing it. Or knowing what God is asking of you, vs taking the action and following his nudge. What do you struggle more with…the knowing, or the doing? What is one thing you know God wants from you that you could act on this week?  

{tuesday 3.12.19}

Read Romans 3:3-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read and re-read these verses and take note of what you hear, and how you feel. Is there a particular verse that makes your blood pressure rise? Or brings a feeling of embarrassment with it? If so, take a moment and ask God to speak into that feeling, those words. Invite him to reveal what is happening in you, and what he wants you to do about it. 

{wednesday 3.13.19}

Read Romans 3:19-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This passage sets up the profound offer Jesus makes to us–for us–by drawing us near to him and to God. "We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are " What does that claim look like in your life, right now, today? Is it time to renew your response to Jesus’ invitation? Or, to consider making a response to Jesus? How does this invitation to be made right feel?  

{thursday 3.14.19}

Read Romans 4:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Which feels easier for you…to accept the gift of forgiveness from Jesus on it’s merit…as a gift…or to work to try and earn that gift of forgiveness?  

{friday 3.15.19}

Read Romans 4:13-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever wavered in your belief in God? If so, share with a close friend and talk about what causes you to waver. Perhaps take a moment to pray for one another, that God would meet you in those wavering places.  

{saturday 3.16.19}

Read Romans 5:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you are a follower of Jesus, how would you describe your "undeserved privelege" as noted in this passage? Where in your life is God meeting you, and bringing you joy? If you are not a Jesus follower, share with someone what is holding you back. Consider asking God to meet you in that holding back place 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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{March 3, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/03/03/3-3-19/ Sun, 03 Mar 2019 22:33:25 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6343 Heartland Community Church March 3 – 9, 2019   Walk This Way Special Edition: Weather By Grant Houske Winter is still here!  Is anyone else ready for the cold and snow to be over and for spring to arrive? Have you ever had a weather event ruin something for you?  I have had a few […]

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Heartland Community Church


March 3 – 9, 2019

 

Walk This Way Special Edition: Weather

By Grant Houske

Winter is still here!  Is anyone else ready for the cold and snow to be over and for spring to arrive?

Have you ever had a weather event ruin something for you?  I have had a few and they mostly deal with boating on a lake. I have many childhood memories of growing up around a lake. Almost every summer and other times of the year, my family and I would go to Lake Okoboji. It’s a wonderful place with three pristine lakes intertwined together located in northwest Iowa. I learned to water ski on the lake, attended many summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible camp, had weekend trips in high school and college just enjoying my time in the boat on a lake.

Summers in Iowa are not normally tricky. It’s very similar to the Kansas City area. It is hot and humid, some rain in June and dry in July and August.  About 15 years ago, my family decided to renew our Okoboji summer trip. My brother and sisters were all living in different cities, my parents were empty nesters and we had not done the “Boji trip”, as we called it, in a long time. We planned it all out, got a boat reserved, had everything ready to go. We were all so excited to be doing this again. We arrived on that July day to a high temperature of about 56 degrees with the wind blowing about 40 mph, cloudy with some rain. We were beyond disappointed. You can imagine what we did. Yep, we got the boat anyway and took it out on the lake! We thought we would have a blast. But, it was just cold and miserable. Luckily, one of my sisters, who came prepared, brought a bunch of extra sweatshirts and towels. My brother and I each were wearing one of her college sweatshirts. It was quite a spectacle! Plus, we were all covered from head to toe in towels. Our much anticipated trip turned into a weather disaster. 

Well, at the time that is what we thought. We were upset and disappointed because we didn’t get to do all the fun things that we had done before. We didn’t realize it, but it turned out to be fun. That weather drew us closer together. We still talk about that time, make jokes, and laugh about it. We will always have those memories.

God works through weather too. Have you ever considered God’s glory in bad weather? In some quirky ways, He is able to turn our disappointments into joy. He knows us so well that He can take something like bad weather and make it fun.  When we are disappointed about not having control, let’s remember who ultimately is in control and give Him the glory for that. Only good can result in His Work! Next Sunday will be here soon. Let’s enjoy this day for what it is–God’s Glory.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NIV)

{sunday 3.3.19}

Read Isaiah 55:8-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How might God be asking you to release control? Why can that be hard to do? Ultimately, we are called to raise our thoughts towards Gods thoughts, our ways of processing disappointment and changed plans to consider His way…and what He might have in store for us. What do you need to think about, or consider, in light of God’s invitation to raise your thoughts and methods?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 3.4.19}

Read Acts 28:7-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s interesting learning about the travel plans and who Paul met and when. It reads more like a diary than inspirational quotes or good advice. When I first started reading the Bible I was surprised to find this kind of writing. Why do you think these details were included in the scripture?  

{tuesday 3.5.19}

Read Acts 28:17-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to listen but not hear or look but not see? When have you listened to something but been unable to hear? What prevented you from hearing? 

{wednesday 3.6.19}

Read Romans 1:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The beginning of this scripture reads a bit like a resume and follows with how Paul misses and longs to see them. Imagine someone who has helped you along your path following Jesus. What would you say to them if you had been absent a long time?   

{thursday 3.7.19}

Read Romans 1:13-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “They declared themselves to be wise, but in fact they became foolish.” There have been times where I thought I had everything figured out but then learned I was foolish and had no idea. Has this ever happened to you? Share your experience with a trusted group or friend.  

{friday 3.8.19}

Read Romans 1:26-2:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Judging others is a slippery slope. I know I’m guilty of it more often than I realize. How do you combat the instinct to judge other people? 

{saturday 3.9.19}

Read Romans 2:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Share with trusted group or friend your understanding of God’s impartial judgement. 

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{February 24, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/25/2-24-19/ Mon, 25 Feb 2019 01:14:24 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6311 Heartland Community Church February 24 – March 2, 2019   Walk This Way: Anger By Meghan Hemenway I’m a peacemaker. I’m an enneagram 9, a harmonizer, a blue INFJ, a don’t-rock-the-boater. What ever personality test you like, I will always come out as the cross-legged yogi in front of a tranquil waterfall. Got the image? […]

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February 24 – March 2, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Anger

By Meghan Hemenway

I’m a peacemaker. I’m an enneagram 9, a harmonizer, a blue INFJ, a don’t-rock-the-boater. What ever personality test you like, I will always come out as the cross-legged yogi in front of a tranquil waterfall. Got the image? But have you ever done a Google image search for “peacemaker?” Some of you surely know where I am going here…it’s a gun. A bunch a stock photos of handguns. How can a weapon be the top image of peace? Where is my gently flowing waterfall?! But that is the irony. Being someone who seeks outward peace at all costs has led to some dark inner turmoil that unfortunately comes out only with those I love and trust the most. And the emotion this peacemaker relates best to? Anger. I have trouble expressing how I feel unless we are talking fiery anger and then I’m like a broken fire hydrant spewing a geyser of emotions.
 
Today Shibu shared about his experience facing his anger. It isn’t an easy part of your personality to reveal. As Shibu said, anger usually is a secondary emotion wrapped around a deeper emotion like shame. So admitting you are angry and that your anger isn’t the productive kind, but the destructive kind is hard. For me anger has wrapped itself around shame, fear, anxiety, and sadness. Anger is like a security blanket for me against feeling those deeper feelings.

Part of my journey in dealing with anger was discovering two things. One, I don’t need to feel ashamed about being angry. Anger can be a motivator for change and that can be good. The second discovery is that hiding who I really am and what I want and feel doesn’t let God or others into my life. It is just a way to try to wrestle with God over control of my life. Creating a wall of peace to protect my ball of anger isn’t what God wants for me. He didn’t design me this way so that I would sacrifice myself for others’ happiness. I am an imperfect person with an imperfect idea of peace. The peace God has to offer is so much fuller and complete.

We prayed a prayer today with our hands turned up to form a bowl for our anger. We offered up that anger to God and asked him to trade it for his peace. Knowing others deal with anger and knowing we have a God who is big enough to take all that from us makes me feel released from the burden of hiding and controlling. God wants more for us.

{sunday 2.24.19}

Read Ephesians 4:25-32, Psalm 30:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: God doesn’t ask us to avoid anger, but asks us to not sin. Be angry, but don’t sin. How can you do this? What examples has God given us of how to live and how to treat others? How is God’s anger different from our own?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 2.25.19}

Read Acts 26:2-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We find Paul is before the king and is given a chance to speak for himself. Paul does not plead for his life but instead tells his journey to meeting and following Jesus. What would you say in regards to your story if you were in Paul’s position.  

{tuesday 2.26.19}

Read Acts 26:15-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Festus speaks up and essentially calls Paul crazy. Thinking about it from his point of view I can imagine how crazy it would sound. What stories in the Bible have you read that stand out as strange or different? 

{wednesday 2.27.19}

Read Acts 26:28-27:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The king thinks Paul is trying to make him a follower of Jesus. What is Paul’s response? How can you apply Paul’s response to your life and those you come accross that are not followers of Jesus?  

{thursday 2.28.19}

Read Acts 27:9-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been traveling on the highway or in a plane when a big storm hit? How did you feel? What did you put your hope in? 

{friday 3.1.19}

Read Acts 27:21-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul could have stood up and said “I told you so! This what you get for not listening to me.” Instead he presses forward with God has reveleaved to him. It’s easy to receive a gift from God and to credit ourselves with that gift. What gifts from God have you received? 

{saturday 3.2.19}

Read Acts 27:39-28:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Shipwrecked and then bitten by a viper! Instead of comforting you the locals start saying you’re a murderer. That’s a bad day! Paul doesn’t seem shaken by this incredible bad day. Where is Paul’s focus? How does that help him keep perspective? Can you relate? 

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{February 17, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/17/february-17-2019/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:34:30 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6290 Heartland Community Church February 17 – 23, 2019   Walk This Way: Imitate By Christina Marie Mitchell Imitation. Mime. These are words that I tend to flinch at because I usually associate them with being unoriginal or inauthentic to myself. If I imitate someone, am I really showing who I truly am? As God made […]

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Heartland Community Church


February 17 – 23, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Imitate

By Christina Marie Mitchell

Imitation. Mime.

These are words that I tend to flinch at because I usually associate them with being unoriginal or inauthentic to myself. If I imitate someone, am I really showing who I truly am? As God made me to be? Am I truly using my unique talents if I’m imitating those that I am influenced by?

These have been questions that I’ve struggled with because I always want to be able to say that something is my own. That I made it myself. But today, after leading worship and then sitting in the service, I realized that there is NO way that I could be the person that I am today without imitating something or someone. I’ve imitated my mother, which helped me find the confidence to be myself. I’ve imitated my best friend, which allowed me to REALLY love Calculus and appreciate analytical processes. I’ve imitated my uncle, which allowed me to discover my love for singing and worship.

As it was said today, human beings are made to imitate. Imitate something or someone. But how did I decide what/who I wanted to imitate?

“We imitate whomever or whatever we give ourselves to.”

That makes sense. It’s almost like I imitate those around me to survive. To adapt. To grow. As I learned how to become an independent woman, my mother was my go to. As I learned how to think for myself and make decisions, I had friends and family that I admired. There has always been someone that has shown me how to do something.

Knowing that I’m imitating so many people, all of whom clearly add some sort of value and enrichment in my life — it begs the question of: How am I imitating Jesus? Am I even imitating Jesus?

Ephesians 5: 2 says to walk in the way of love as Jesus did for us. That sounds like such a tall order because, it’s sometimes hard for me to engage with people consistently on most days. Walking in love . . . from afar . . . has always been my thing.

Dan challenged us to read the Gospel of Mark and really see how practical Jesus was in his everyday life. In dealing with friends, enemies, anger, etc. I never really thought to look at Jesus as someone who is able to be imitated. Because . . . it’s Jesus, the son of God. I am not Jesus. But Ephesians 5:1, as Dan pointed out, states that we are to imitate God because we are His sons/daughters.

That hit me. Because I’d never processed my relationship with God that deeply as to give myself permission to imitate Him. The freedom that came with that revelation was almost overwhelming. It nudges me to truly reflect on ways that I’ve been imitating Jesus and didn’t even realize it.

Imitation isn’t copying. It isn’t even insulting to do. Because it is written. Walk in love, by imitation. Of God. Of Jesus. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That amazes me. And comforts me at the same time.

{sunday 2.17.19}

Read Ephesians 5:1-2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does “walking in the way of love” mean to you? As you think about walking His way through imitation, do you see any ways in which you already imitate Jesus? How does that make you feel?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 2.18.19}

Read Acts 23:12-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul’s life was in grave danger. There was essentially a band of self-serving executioners trying to trick others so that they could kill him. Had his nephew not alerted Paul, who had him alert the Commander, Paul would certainly have met an untimely death. Though maybe not in a life or death situation, have you ever been shielded by Jesus’ love? Have you ever shielded others for the love of Jesus? 

{tuesday 2.19.19}

Read Acts 23:25-24:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: First, note what you observe happening in these verses. Who is involved? What social norms, or laws, are being applied? In light of the previous verses, what do you think Is happening here? Is it just?

{wednesday 2.20.19}

Read Acts 24:4-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When Paul was taken before the Governor he spoke with confidence. He knew that he had been falsely accused and that the Jews had no proof of anything that they were accusing him of. Where in your life have you placed all faith that the truth will set you free? Do you believe that what is done in the dark will come out in the light, and that the truth always prevails? 

{thursday 2.21.19}

Read Acts 24:17-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul’s confidence begins to be shown to others when he asks the courts where all of his previous accusers are and why they are not there. He did no wrong during his imprisonment either and was granted some privileges in hopes that he would falter. Have you ever been set up? Have you ever found yourself in a position to defend yourself while someone tried to set a trap for you? How did you go about handling that?  

{friday 2.22.19}

Read Acts 25:1-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul could not get a fair trial. He had to keep defending himself just to defend himself. Have you ever been up against what must of been seen as a great conspiracy. Constant non stop barrage of injustices. What did you do to handle that?

{saturday 2.23.19}

Read Acts 25:16-26:1

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The Jews were absolutely bent on having Paul killed, one way or another, they wanted him dead. They had no qualms about the method, they tried setting up an ambush, bribery, offering favors, and anything else they could think of. But Paul remained steadfast in his innocence that Christ was alive even after he had died. How do you maintain that Christ is alive to those that mock or need physical proof?  Have you ever found yourself in ano win situation but kept moving forward anyway?

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{February 10, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/10/february-10-2019/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 23:18:57 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6280 Heartland Community Church February 10 – 16, 2019   Walk This Way: Holy Spirit By Bill McMurtrey Have you ever asked yourself what your life could be like if things were different for you? Have you ever wanted things in your life to be different? If so, have you ever made any changes to bring […]

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Heartland Community Church


February 10 – 16, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Holy Spirit

By Bill McMurtrey

Have you ever asked yourself what your life could be like if things were different for you? Have you ever wanted things in your life to be different? If so, have you ever made any changes to bring about that difference? What did you do? Did you do it on your own, your way? Or, did you ask God to help you, and give it to Him in the process?

I’ve been going to Heartland for a long time–about 23 or 24 years now–but I wasn’t always involved. That started for me around 12 years ago. Mine was a long slow process, from sitting and listening to Sunday services to growing in understanding of my faith to the involvement I enjoy and love today. I attended Sunday services for several years before beginning weekly classes on Wednesday nights (wish I had started them sooner). Then I started attending a weekly men’s group and the events that would come along with that community.

At the same time I also had my non-church friends that I’d been hanging with for a few years. Over time I would invite some of those guys to come to Heartland with me for a men’s bible study. But one night during a conversation with a large group of my non-church friends something happened. As I was sharing with a group of men and women, I was asked if I knew someone at Heartland. I knew who the lady was but I didn’t know her personally and shared that. A few of the folks began mocking and making fun of that woman. I stopped speaking. I wasn’t scared, but I remembered that in Matthew 7:6 Jesus tells us, "Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you." Now, these folks were friends, but I was taking note of a deeper truth.

At that moment I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, in my heart, my mind and my soul, I knew. It was time to make a change. To begin to live a fuller, richer life without anxiety or fears. That was the Holy Spirit talking to me, and even bringing Jesus’ teacing to mind.

I separated myself from those "friends" and made a beeline straight to the church. Back in those days we used to have a thing called New Community on Tuesday night. I was truly blessed that night…because it was a Tuesday. I left a group of what was then friends to embed myself directly into the church. It was what God wanted for me. He gave me the sign. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, and my heart remained calm. I was anxious for nothing. And I have not looked back one day since. 

Remember the Don McClean song, American Pie, where it says, "…the three men I admire the most, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost?"  How can you not love that trio? God rules all, Jesus takes us to him, and the Holy Spirit embodies us when we allow God into our hearts. I once heard a very wise man say, "The Holy Spirit needs a body." It is a proverbial saying, to allow us to be used for the Holy Spirit, for God’s will, for the good of man. How will you let him in?

‘I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn’t be doing this by my own power.’

Francis Chan

{sunday 2.10.19}

Read Romans 8:14-15, Ephesians 4:30 (NLT)

Read Romans 8:14-15, Ephesians 4:30 (MSG)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you allow the Holy Spirit to empower and guide you throughout your day? How do you take note of the Spirit’s presence or nudge in your life? Let’s take this week to become more aware of when we are being guided, and what we are being asked to take note of. We can’t wait to hear what you learn!

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 2.11.19}

Read Acts 21:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul knew what he was facing and it wasn’t going to be good. He could have walked away, but like many people following Jesus he faced his own death with bravery. In our current world many followers of Jesus in other parts of the world know what this is like but here in JOCO it’s not our reality. Even though we aren’t facing execution, we still need to follow Jesus with the same faith and bravery. Where in your life is it the most difficult to follow Jesus? Share this with a trusted group or friend. 

{tuesday 2.12.19}

Read Acts 21:17-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul brings in some Greeks (outsiders to the Jewish faith) and the culture he was raised in turns against him. I know the friends I had grown up with were shocked when I came to faith. There was some resistance from them as well. I wasn’t facing death, but I either had to walk away from following Jesus to make everything normal again or keep following Jesus and risk losing friends. Have you ever felt challenged by friends or family because of your faith? Share your story with a trusted group or friend.  

{wednesday 2.13.19}

Read Acts 21:31-22:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As things start to heat up and the situation is turning for the worse, Paul declares who he is and shares with the crowd that he is a Jew so they will listen to him. Paul meets them where they are at and relates by sharing what he has in common. Even though we follow Jesus and others don’t doesn’t mean we can’t relate to each other and share common experiences with people who don’t follow Jesus. How do you relate to other people even if your faith is different? 

{thursday 2.14.19}

Read Acts 22:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul shares his story. He is honest and shares exactly what happened to him so others could identify with his experience and story. Have you ever shared your story? How do you feel about sharing your story? Are you ok and comfortable with this?  

{friday 2.15.19}

Read Acts 22:17-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul didn’t share his story to save his life, but because it’s what happened and what needed to be said. The crowd wasn’t moved by Paul’s story either. What we are asked to do by God doesn’t always have a happy and fun ending. Have you ever followed God and the situation didn’t turn out good for you? Share your story with a trusted group or friend.   

{saturday 2.16.19}

Read Acts 22:30-23:11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This part of Paul’s story ends with Jesus coming to him saying he’s done a good job sharing his story but that he will need to do it again in Rome. The work continues for Paul and things aren’t going to get easier. Perseverance is what comes to my mind when I read this story. What word comes to your mind? Describe to a trusted group or friend why you chose this word.

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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Guatemala: Colegio Mark https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/04/guatemala-colegio-mark/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:36:08 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6265 Heartland has partnered with Colonial Presbyterian Church in their longstanding relationship with Colegio Mark, a Christian school in the village of Cantel, in the mountains of western Guatemala. Since 1985, Colonial has sent mission teams that include Bible lessons, English lessons, crafts and music, sewing classes as well as dental and medical clinics. The theme […]

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Heartland has partnered with Colonial Presbyterian Church in their longstanding relationship with Colegio Mark, a Christian school in the village of Cantel, in the mountains of western Guatemala. Since 1985, Colonial has sent mission teams that include Bible lessons, English lessons, crafts and music, sewing classes as well as dental and medical clinics. The theme of these trips is to offer hope and and grow in faith. This is a great on-ramp to missions for all ages.

The next trip is July 7-16, 2019. Informational and planning meetings are happening now, so please contact us for details if interested.

 

CLICK HERE to contact Jade Van Slyke for more information.

CLICK HERE to watch a video from the trip in 2015.

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Rodrock Foundation https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/04/rodrock-foundation/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:25:37 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6262 Mission: To develop the full potential of youth aging out of foster care in a compassionate and positive learning community for a lifetime of meaningful relationships, work and service.   Vision: To create a transformative living environment that serves as an enduring foundation for youth aging out of foster care to help them reach their […]

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Mission: To develop the full potential of youth aging out of foster care in a compassionate and positive learning community for a lifetime of meaningful relationships, work and service.

 

Vision: To create a transformative living environment that serves as an enduring foundation for youth aging out of foster care to help them reach their full life potential and be committed to inspiring the next generation to do the same.

CLICK HERE for more information about the foundations work with foster kids.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Darol Rodrock’s personal story of faith, healing and impact coming out of the foster care system.

CLICK HERE to contact Lori Roy.

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{February 3, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/02/03/february-3-2019/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 19:32:49 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6251 Heartland Community Church February 3 – 9, 2019   Walk This Way: Words By Joe Davis Subconsciously, I believe we all know that words have power. Very rarely do we think about what that means. Words not only have power, but that power impacts others in a ripple effect. Just as a rock is dropped […]

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Heartland Community Church


February 3 – 9, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Words

By Joe Davis

Subconsciously, I believe we all know that words have power. Very rarely do we think about what that means. Words not only have power, but that power impacts others in a ripple effect. Just as a rock is dropped into a pond and the ripples move out and away from the splash of the rock, our words go out and move further away from being spoken to cause both positive and negative disruption around us.

When I was a kid there was one day that my mom was working the PM shift as a nurse. My dad was home with me and my two brothers. We were having a late dinner and my brothers and I were asked to set the
table. Being young and boys, we of course were joking and horsing around. I don’t remember all the circumstances going on, but my dad was very tired and frustrated, and my brothers and I were not making it easy on him. As we were goofing off while setting the table, my dad reached his limit with us and literally shouted at the top of his lungs, “Just shut up!”. It instantly changed the mood. He walked back to his bedroom and my brothers and I finished setting the table in complete silence. You could have heard a pin drop. Afterwards I remember going to my room and laying on my bed. I didn’t cry, but I remember feeling very somber and not wanting to make matters worse.

A few minutes later my dad came in and sat down on the bed next to me. He had tears streaming down his face and was sobbing. He felt horrible about what he had done and apologized and asked me for my forgiveness and admitted that he didn’t know why he had done that. Because my dad came to me and said he was sorry and asked for forgiveness, I really believe the ripple effect of that moment didn’t define me in a negative way. It remains a moment in time that I have never forgotten.

Now that I’m a husband and father, I completely understand what my dad must have been going through feeling tired and exasperated. And I too have said things that I can never take back. Like bullets through a gun, my words were shot out causing damage as they made contact with my wife and four children. I’ve said things that I am utterly ashamed of, and remembering those words brings tears to my eyes.

We’ve been given a great responsibility with being able to speak into others. Because of my past mistakes, there have been times that I just didn’t want to talk any more because I was afraid I would make things worse by opening my mouth. But God is good, and He wants me to speak and use my words to build others up. I feel as if I’m still learning how to do this, and sometimes fear that I’m doing a poor job at it. I know in my head that God wants me to be the best me I can be, but my heart is slow on the uptake. It’s easier to destroy than it is to create. It’s easier to hate than to love. I am grateful that we have a loving and forgiving God who gives me second chances with my words. And I pray that I would be humble enough to ask God to make me think before I speak.

{sunday 2.3.19}

Read Matthew 12:36-37, Job 34:3, John 4:39-42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do I think about the words I use, or am I just allowing them to come out? Am I taking the time to listen to others, or am I just waiting for my turn to speak? What kind of legacy do I want my words to have with those who come in contact with me?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 2.4.19}

Read Acts 19:6-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Proclaiming the name of Jesus can be a powerful thing and get very strong reactions, both in the 1st century and today. When do you proclaim the name of Jesus and what kind of reactions have you seen and experienced?

{tuesday 2.5.19}

Read Acts 19:21-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The act of proclaiming Jesus disrupted not only peoples lives but the economic system as well. Jesus should not be an ancillary thing we add to our lives that happens to match our world views, but something that disrupts and challenges us all. Has Jesus disrupted your life and challenged you in significant ways? Share your experience with a trusted group or friend.  

{wednesday 2.6.19}

Read Acts 19:31-20:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Crowd reactions can and do influence our own thoughts and perspectives. People have strong reactions and opinions on topics they haven’t dealt with themselves, but instead lock arms with those they feel share their values. What topics have you locked arms with others because you feel they share your values? Why have you joined that particular fight? Pray for God’s clarity on why you have chosen to do this and for his guidance going forward. 

{thursday 2.7.19}

Read Acts 20:4-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Here we see Paul acting very similar to Jesus in situations of fear and tragedy. I know if I saw someone fall out of the third story window I wouldn’t be too calm. In your relationship with Jesus, have you seen yourself growing and reacting more like him? 

{friday 2.8.19}

Read Acts 20:17-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is very bold in saying that he does not value his life so long as he can finish what God wants him to. It’s not that he doesn’t care for the life God gave him–he instead cares more about what God wants him to do. What is God calling you to do?   

{saturday 2.9.19}

Read Acts 20:32-21:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul’s friends were saddened when they realized they would never see him again but they still supported him on his journey. It would be natural as a friend to try and persuade your friend to avoid danger, but they understood God had a plan Paul must follow. How can you as a friend support those on a specific and dangerous journey given to them by God?

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{January 27, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/01/27/january-27-2019/ Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:36:05 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6224 Heartland Community Church January 27 – February 2, 2019   Walk This Way: Work By Joe Davis Why do we work? As I thought about this question, the first thing that came to mind was: because I have bills. But the more I reflected on it, there is so much more to this question for […]

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Heartland Community Church


January 27 – February 2, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Work

By Joe Davis

Why do we work? As I thought about this question, the first thing that came to mind was: because I have bills. But the more I reflected on it, there is so much more to this question for me than just my first gut
reaction. I truly enjoy the sense of accomplishment from a good days work. There’s something about it that makes me proud to have done the work. But there is more to it than that.

I truly enjoy service oriented jobs. My mother realized this in me when I was young and told me so. Of course, at the time I didn’t believe it and blew it off as crazy mom talk. Her observation was correct. I do enjoy it. It is what helped compel me to join the military. It is what compels me now to be a volunteer at church. And because Genesis tells us that we are made in God’s image, I know that it was put in me by God as part of my design.

For so long I felt that my job was supposed to be more. I was constantly comparing myself and my job to others. I found myself becoming jealous of what others had and became very discontent with my own situation. So much so, that I was never satisfied or content with what I was given. It came down to having a bad attitude. And it hasn’t been until recently that the Holy Spirit pressed upon me to take another attitude about my job. I had to make the conscious decision to do my work, my job, as if I was doing it for Jesus himself. I was so focused on finding my “dream job” that I was totally missing the point and purpose for work. What I needed was not what I thought I needed. And now I can truly say that I don’t need the dream job. What I need is a job I can work hard at, progress in and that provides for my family.

My wife said to me several years ago that she wanted to be able to give some of our money away to others who are in need. We’ve never been able to do that financially, but her dream has become a part of mine. She’s always had a good biblical perspective on her own work. And her desire to give herself away in her work, while at times frustrating for me, is what God asks of us. If I desire to be an obedient servant of God,
then I need to be doing all the work that I do as if it is for the him directly. There will be a greater sense of my own value and purpose if I place my trust with work in God’s hands. And if I’m honest with myself, what I truly want is to know I have value and that my work does mean something. God can do that for me, and will do that for me. So if I truly trust him, then I just need to show up to work and do my best.

{sunday 1.27.19}

Read Romans 15:14-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What about my attitude is causing me to not do my job as if I’m working for God? How can I serve God and others in my job this week? How can I be and bring good news to others through my work?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 1.28.19}

Read Acts 16:30-17:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How does the work of each person or group of people come into play in the stories here? Identify who was working with God, and who missed the opportunity to work with God. Who do you see sharing or being good news in these passages? How might you be good news at work this week?

{tuesday 1.29.19}

Read Acts 17:4-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In a similar fashion, take time to identify who in these verses in engaged in work. What is their role, and how are they incorporating what they believe about God into their lives. How are they impacted by this? What risks do we run when living out or sharing what we believe at work? What risks are worth taking? 

{wednesday 1.30.19}

Read Acts 17:16-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As Paul taught in Athens, he intrigued people because his beliefs were so different from theirs. How might we as Jesus followers today be more intriguing to those around us, so that they ask for more conversation? Paul’s ability to bridge their culture (from the alter to the unknown God) to the beliefs he proclaims about God is powerful. How can we be bridge builders in culture today? What might that look like in your daily life?

{thursday 1.31.19}

Read Acts 17:29-18:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Once again, take note of each persons work role, and how they interact with one another, with God or with culture. Consider your daily interactions, and ask God to give you a vision of where he is working in these same places. Are you willing to join him as he reveals things?

{friday 2.1.19}

Read Acts 18:8-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In this passage, we see believers debating and getting tripped up over interpretation and understanding. What kinds of things do we allow to divide us in our faith communities today? Join us in praying for fresh eyes to see what God sees as important, and for spirits that are willing to flex and flow with the things God allows in the background.  

{saturday 2.2.19}

Read Acts 18:22-19:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Who do you receive teaching and clarification of the Bible from? If you have chosen to follow Jesus, how would you describe baptism to someone? If you have been baptized in Jesus’ name, committing to follow him with your life, how is that going? (If you’ve not been baptized in the name of Jesus, CLICK HERE to learn about what that means and future opportunities at Heartland.)

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{January 20, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/01/20/january-20-2019/ Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:16:01 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6175 Heartland Community Church January 20 – 26, 2019   Walk This Way: Power By Adam Pontier Until Dan’s message I really had not thought much about power in terms of my faith. Power is not something that I consciously seek. I’m not trying to rise to the top of a corporate ladder. Thinking deeper about […]

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Heartland Community Church


January 20 – 26, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Power

By Adam Pontier

Until Dan’s message I really had not thought much about power in terms of my faith. Power is not something that I consciously seek. I’m not trying to rise to the top of a corporate ladder. Thinking deeper about it in terms of my faith and day to day life, power does make a larger impact in my life than I would think.

About 3 years ago I was in my 3rd year of running a business with two partners. Those partners were family and we had a client from California that was the bulk of our business. Initially it all seemed to be going well. Like any business there were going to be conflicts . . . and where there are conflicts, you can bet there is a power struggle. 

Every way I turned I had a vendor, client, partner or employee edging for more power. This is not something I enjoy and frankly it made the job miserable. I was miserable for the majority of time I was involved. Even thinking about the business makes me annoyed. 

The power struggle ruined relationships and definitely hurt some feelings. Fortunately my partners (family) and I were able to come out of the back side with stronger and better relationships. 

I look back now and wonder what drove me to fight so much for power I wasn’t sure I even wanted. Something about me just wanted to be right and win. I could have walked away and avoided all the stress. I did walk away for about 5 months at one point because the stress became too much. I eventually went back and picked up right were I left off. 

This power struggle consumed me. It consumed my thoughts and feelings. My family could feel it at home. I felt trapped in all of it until eventually we fired the client and shut the entire business down. Initially it was a bit nerve wracking to walk away from a business that provided a large portion of my income. Three years later I can tell you it was the best decision we made that entire time. 

I was fighting for a power that I never wanted or needed. It did not better my life and honestly did not serve Jesus in any way. I look back on this experience as something to grow from and mistakes that I can learn from. It’s a place I never want to end up again. 

Where does power show up in your life? Is it something you fight for? Is power something you don’t have, or is it something that you need to reclaim? 

{sunday 1.20.19}

Read Ephesians 4:31-5:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Where does bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and slander show up in your life? Share this with a trusted friend and discuss a plan on how to eliminate it from your life.

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 1.21.19}

Read Acts 14:21-15:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do you see Paul and Barnabas using their power and influence in these passages? Part of their usage involved encouraging believers, and sharing the news of Jesus with gentiles (non Jewish people), inviting them to follow him. How can we use our power and influence in similar ways this week? How can we make sure we are both encouraging those who believe and inviting along those who don’t yet?

{tuesday 1.22.19}

Read Acts 15:6-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these passages several of the apostles speak with the elders of the church, explaining the new way of life Jesus introduced, where all who believe in and follow him will enter the kingdom of heaven. How are they speaking in power? How do you think this comes across to those in power? How can we, in our daily lives, speak and act in the power of Jesus . . . even to the point of introducing new thoughts (or challenging) those in power? 

{wednesday 1.23.19}

Read Acts 15:19-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God." How can we seek to not make it difficult for those who don’t believe (but are curious and considering God) in our time?

{thursday 1.24.19}

Read Acts 15:32-16:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you observe in these passages? Why do you think they saw it important to revisit the new believers in each town? How can we make this kind of spiritual investment a priority in our time?

{friday 1.25.19}

Read Acts 16:4-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take a moment to observe and consider the methods of travel the apostles had to use in their time. And yet, they remained dedicated to sharing the good news in all the places they were called to serve. How can we, in our time, seek to live with the same level of dedication to sharing what Jesus is doing in our lives?  

{saturday 1.26.19}

Read Acts 16:16-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Retell this story in your own words, as if you were present. What do you see happening? What can we take from this story for our lives 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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{January 13, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/01/13/january-13-2019/ Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:08:32 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6144 Heartland Community Church January 13 – 19, 2019   Walk This Way: Honesty By Adam Pontier I had suspicion that everybody lies to an extent before the sermon, but now that has been confirmed. I trust nobody now! Just kidding… Personally, I’m a compartmentalizer. I’m much more aggressive in business than what you would see […]

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Heartland Community Church


January 13 – 19, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Honesty

By Adam Pontier

I had suspicion that everybody lies to an extent before the sermon, but now that has been confirmed. I trust nobody now! Just kidding…

Personally, I’m a compartmentalizer. I’m much more aggressive in business than what you would see at Heartland. I don’t act the same around non church friends as I do church friends. I don’t hide that I’m a “church person” from non church friends, but my conversations and thoughts about Jesus are not really represented to them either. I always thought of myself as a chameleon socially. I’m not pretending to be someone else but I felt it advantageous to relate to others. A piece of who I really am does get left behind though. I’ve been working on this and writing for the Journey helps with that. 

Now let me give you a real example of what I mean…

I was working one day and the topic of church came up with someone I see professionally and personally on occasion. They were really negative about the church community in our neighborhood and school. They felt SUPER comfortable about the situation and let it fly. I mentioned that I’m a “church guy”. They said, “Yeah, but that’s because your wife makes you go.”

I was shocked, and tempted to let it go. I thought this person really knew me. I wasn’t offended, so I explained that this was not accurate. I may have made a few jokes about how my wife is the real heathen in our relationship and I make her go to church. It’s possible I did that. Nope… I’m being honest, I really did do that!

In case you’re wondering, my wife hates it when I do that! (I would normally tell her I’m sorry and I won’t do it anymore, but for the sake of honesty, I know it will happen again at some point.)

Back to the story. I explained to them the personal passion I have for Jesus in the best way I could without making it too weird. I definitely did not use the words “passion for Jesus” in this scenario. That can come off as really WEIRD!  

It dawned on me afterward that in the attempt to be a chameleon, I had perpetuated a belief about me that was not true. I was dishonest. I can’t be a bridge between this divide in our community if people don’t take my faith seriously. 

The shock some people would have if they knew I wrote questions for the Journey daily scriptures or for reflections such as this might send them to the hospital. In all seriousness, it would shock them and they would question what they really do know about me and if they could trust me as a friend. I need to be honest. 

{sunday 1.13.19}

Read Ephesians 4:25 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Reflecting on this teaching and the scripture reading, where do you find yourself not being honest?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 1.14.19}

Read Acts 12:20-13:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We have two scenes today. In the first, the King receives the adoration of a crowd and is struck ill and dies because he didn’t point them to God, who actually provided for their needs. When do you find yourself forgetting to include God in the credit for the things you do? In the second scene, Paul and others are sent out to teach God’s word to people. There were many false teachers rising up and we can see they had their work cut out for them. If you are a follower of Jesus, how do you handle situations where someone is speaking or teaching falsely about Jesus? Where do you go to deepen your understanding of God’s word?

{tuesday 1.15.19}

Read Acts 13:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As you read these verses, what are your observations? Who is involved in this passage? If you were present, what would you think, feel, and ultimately believe?  

{wednesday 1.16.19}

Read Acts 13:20-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What are your thoughts about this retelling of the good news that was Jesus? If you were present, what would you think, feel, and ultimately believe?

{thursday 1.17.19}

Read Acts 13:34-47

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul and Barnabas taught with clarity and authority, yet the Jewish leaders became jealous of them…and the following that was growing. Paul turning his attention on the gentiles–people not born into the Jewish faith–is how the truth about Jesus made it’s way to us today. Have you considered the impact this word of mouth teaching had as it spread to the ends of the earth, for all people, for all time? Take some time to ponder that today, and to form a prayer of gratitude for Jesus’ life and resurrection, and his followers teaching of this good news

{friday 1.18.19}

Read Acts 13:48-14:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How confident are you in your own faith to share it with others, regardless of their response? Would you continue in persistence sharing what you had sene and experienced of Jesus as these men did? How can we develop a confidence in our own stories to share them with grace and boldness today?  

{saturday 1.19.19}

Read Acts 14:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Can you even imagine witnessing these events? Miraculous signs and wonders were being performed by ordinary men. What would you believe had you been present? What would you question? How would you sort it out? What is one area of your faith today that you want to wrestle with, and deepen your understanding and commitment in? Join us as we pray for all of us to pursue such a deep, rooted faith in the coming 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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{January 6, 2019} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2019/01/06/january-6-2019/ Sun, 06 Jan 2019 22:15:42 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6132 Heartland Community Church January 6 – 12, 2019   Walk This Way: With God By Grant Houske Power walking is real; it is very hard and I can personally attest to its degree of difficulty. Reading that sentence probably raises more questions than answers, so I’ll need to back up and unpack that. About 19 […]

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Heartland Community Church


January 6 – 12, 2019

 

Walk This Way: With God

By Grant Houske

Power walking is real; it is very hard and I can personally attest to its degree of difficulty. Reading that sentence probably raises more questions than answers, so I’ll need to back up and unpack that. About 19 years ago, I, a recent college graduate, worked in the downtown KC area. After being on the job a few months or so, I noticed a group of women from my department who would go on “power walks” over the lunch hour. I, being in my early 20’s, naïve, a little aloof, arrogant, and kind of going about life in my own way would tend to heckle them and make some snide comments like “more waddling today, ladies”. I was eventually challenged to participate. Given the way I set the stage to describe this event, I can imagine that you already know how it ended. It ended miserably. I was destroyed by a group of women twice my age “waddling” around 12th and Baltimore! Needless to say, I learned a valuable life lesson and got a taste of the real world.

As I was listening to the message today, I was reminded of the power walking challenge. I can see that there are a lot of similarities between power walking and life. They both are very hard, they seem uncomfortable at times, and you will inevitably break the rules because there are so many of them. I lost before I even started.  

When we try to win on our own, we tend to lose sight of what it takes to truly WIN with God and tend to end up breaking the rules that enable us to win. Luckily, we have a golden nugget to help us walk and make a new path, which is Jesus. Jesus is that comfortable pair of shoes for our feet. He is the level and paved path for us to follow. He is the cool breeze that keeps us from boiling over. Life can make it easy to allow ourselves to be stripped of these protections, making it easy to fail.

But, what if we didn’t. What if we did things differently? Let’s start a new path. This year, let’s start to walk with “power” as we walk in humility, as we walk in forgiveness, as we walk towards peace, as we make a new self through Jesus.

As we walk down this path together, Jesus asks a few things of us. Do what is right, love kindness and mercy, and live humbly and trust in him, wherever he leads us.

 

{sunday 1.6.19}

Read Micah 6:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How can I serve others in love? What is one area in my life that I do not fully believe God is at work? What challenges will I face when I commit to a new path of walking out of God’s love?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{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.

{monday 1.7.19}

Read Acts 10:23b-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When Cornelius first meets Peter he drops to his knees and begins to worship him. I find it easy to think Cornelius is silly for doing this. However, when I think about today’s culture I realize we worship people all the time. Church people aren’t any different. Sometimes pastors seem to get more praise than Jesus. Have you ever met a celebrity or someone you admire? Share with a trusted group or friend what that experience was like for you?

{tuesday 1.8.19}

Read Acts 10:34-43

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “It’s become clear to me,” he said, “that God really does show no favoritism.” Sometimes it is lost on us the societal and political atmosphere which Peter was living in at this time in history. Peter was Jewish and he was speaking to gentiles. At this point in history there was a strong separation between the two cultures. What cultures have you experienced where there seems to be big separation today? If Peter were here today what do you think Peter would say?  

{wednesday 1.9.19}

Read Acts 10:44-11:10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Peter has to explain himself to his peers, because by baptizing Gentiles he had crossed some societal norms. They had not seen his vision and heard what God was telling him. Peter had been challenged by God to do something that butted heads with his culture. Have you ever felt convicted by God to butt heads with our culture? Share with a trusted group or friend your experience. 

{thursday 1.10.19}

Read Acts 11:11-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: By sharing his experience that God put him in Peter was able to make a change in his culture that is still seen today. I am a gentile that worships Jesus because of Peter’s actions. Has God ever called you to act on something? What was it? Did you do it? What changes have occurred in yourself or other people because of it?  

{friday 1.11.19}

Read Acts 11:25-12:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Each of the disciples determined, according to their ability, to send what they could to help the brothers and sisters living in Judea.” I like that what they gave was according to their ability not some sort of flat fee that blanketed the entire group. It gave them each a more personal connection to helping someone else. God gave to us personally through Jesus. God models this personal connection over and over again. Pray for an opportunity to touch someone else’s life in a personal way that is unique to who God made you.  

{saturday 1.12.19}

Read Acts 12:6-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Herod had James killed and had Peter locked up. God sends an angel and Peter is freed. One man dies a painful death while another man sees a miracle. We see this kind of story today still. What appears to be God showing favoritism on one person over another can be difficult to understand let alone explain. However, we are told that God is a just God and we read earlier this week he does not show favoritism. Share with a trusted group or friend your thoughts about this. Is death unjust?  

 

{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}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{December 30, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/12/30/december-30-2018/ Sun, 30 Dec 2018 21:50:06 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6096 Heartland Community Church   December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019   Preparing the Table for Others By Bill McMurtrey God wants more than to just simply give us physical food. He wants us to be hungry for a relationship with him and a connection that allows us to hear his words so we can […]

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Heartland Community Church


 

December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

 

Preparing the Table for Others

By Bill McMurtrey

God wants more than to just simply give us physical food. He wants us to be hungry for a relationship with him and a connection that allows us to hear his words so we can grow in righteousness, light and truth. In turn, he also wants us to share what we have with our neighbors in need.

I’ve been doing volunteer work most of my life. In my mid 20s I created my own food gathering and distribution network, gathering bread and other food items through donations. Then I would take the bread and other donated items out to what grew to be 13 different homeless shelters, family safety shelters, and outreach programs in the KC area to include The Salvation Army, Restart Program, City Union Mission and others. My efforts morphed to where I eventually removed both the passenger seat and backseat out of my 1984 Ford Tempo to get food gathered straight from what was then the Hostess factory at 17th and Troost. That grew to be so big that I was encouraged, and rightfully did, turn over my entire set up with contacts and all straight to Harvesters. I was young, maybe 25, but I took Psalm 146:7 seriously when it said to go out and feed the people. It says, “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.”

Looking back now at age 53 that seems like an entire lifetime ago. These days I am now still out there in the world helping others and serving here at church. In my own neighborhood I go out on walkabouts. I know many of my neighbors. I’ve gotten to know who is already Jesus follower and who I can invite in.

One of the ways I invite others in is setting the table. I have cookouts in the summer. Dinner parties periodically. But my passion is giving food away to those in need. I did this last Saturday. I went and knocked on doors delivering donated fresh produce. Some of the folks I already knew, some I did not……But I do now. I do this in the spirit of Psalm 23: 1-7, where it says, "Lord is my shepherd… refreshing my soul…and preparing a table…"

I share these stories not to brag, but to show that there are many ways we can join Jesus in what he is doing or wants to do in our world. It can be as simple as noticing the people around us and inviting them in. It can be as profound as opening our eyes and noticing the need near us, and preparing a table for others. How can we each be more in tune with these opportunities in 2019?

{sunday 12.30.18}

Read Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How has God surprised you with his provision for your needs? How can you connect more intentionally in your relationship with him, so that you might "hear from him" more? And in Psalm 23, how might you take what you have been given and prepare a table, or invite others in to share life with you? Let’s pray together about what that life might look like in 2019.

 

{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.

{monday 12.31.18}

Read Acts 8:26-40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How would you explain Jesus’ life, and the "good news" that he came to reconnect us to God, offering complete forgivenss of our sins? Have you had the opportunity to understand this truth for yourself? Or the privilege of explaining it to another? Take a moment to consider how you would tell your Jesus story to another person. Give it a go this week if you can!

{tuesday 1.1.19}

Read Acts 9:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you are a Jesus follower, how did you experience your own "conversion"? There is power in our personal experiences with Jesus…find an opportunity to share with one other person how your life is different because of him.  

{wednesday 1.2.19}

Read Acts 9:10-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: People were stunned when they heard that Saul was now a follower of Jesus. He had killed and persecuted his followers up to this point. Who in your life might be stunned at your faith story? Have you considered the idea that you may have been brought out of your past experiences to reach those who would be the most stunned with your faith journey? 

{thursday 1.3.19}

Read Acts 9:23-35

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After reading the verses today, spend time throughout the day considering where God has uniquely placed you, and who he might be uniquely preparing you to impact. Ask God to bring clarity to the difference you can make in your world where you live, work, study or play in 2019. We will join you!  

{friday 1.4.19}

Read Acts 9:36-10:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Note who appears in this story, and what is happening. If you were present at that time, what would you think? What questions would you have? If this happened today, in Kansas City, what would you think or do? 

{saturday 1.5.19}

Read Acts 10:9-23a

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever had a dream or an idea that you couldn’t explain? That you were uncertain of it’s meaning, or where it came from? Pay attention to what Peter saw and heard, and keep it in mind as we move on in the story next 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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{December 23, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/12/24/december-23-2018/ Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:58:44 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6083 Heartland Community Church   December 23 – 29, 2018   What Is Happening? By Brooke Hodnefield "Dear God, thank you for Christmas and I hope you have a great birthday!" My 8 year old, Noah, prayed this short prayer enthusiastically at bedtime. As I left his room it got me pondering the concept of an […]

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December 23 – 29, 2018

 

What Is Happening?

By Brooke Hodnefield

"Dear God, thank you for Christmas and I hope you have a great birthday!" My 8 year old, Noah, prayed this short prayer enthusiastically at bedtime. As I left his room it got me pondering the concept of an ominous and powerful Lord and Savior floating in the Heavenly realms being an itty bitty squishy newborn lying in a lowly bed of hay, surrounded by farm animals & humble folks at his very first birthday party.

We all know the story…Christian and non-Christian alike, but have you actually thought about the ludicracy of this? This is the sort of mystery we see interwoven throughout the Bible, in our world and all around us. It can evoke a sense of awe…if we stop long enough to acknowledge it’s divine presence. The definition of awe, as stated in the trusty Merriam-Webster:

noun 1 : an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime; transitive verb: to inspire

Stop for a moment and consider…have you experienced a type of emotion that inspires you, evokes wonder in such a deep way that you know that you are on holy ground…the sacred is swirling and at play in a very distinct way. You have found yourself breathless witnessing something majestic, yet possibly even unfathomable.

Noah has a very severe peanut allergy. Epi-pen carrying, anaphylactic-reaction type of allergy. However, he eats 8 peanuts a day. Over the course of 6 months he would eat the teeniest amount of peanut protein daily, incrementally increasing to a whopping 12 peanuts to ensure his body adjusted. He is still allergic, but his body is now immune. The mystery of the how, inherent risk, and God’s protection all swirl for me when I consider the journey we took. And I’m in AWE!

Back to Noah’s birthday prayer. Mary is a key player in an unfolding mystery. She is the conduit for with which God will bring his only son into the world. She experiences awe in a way that is telling of how we might consider experiencing those moments that capture our breath. But the shepherds also demonstrate a different perspective…

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
Luke 2:19 – Message

I see Mary in adoration and wonder. She embraces the emotion she experiences at her deepest core and she won’t be the same. What she has witnessed will change her forever. And she ponders this and allows it to sink in. The shepherds, however, relish this experience in a way that they are overflowing so much so that they can’t keep the excitement to themselves. They have witnessed something so awe-inspiring that they must share!

We can learn from both Mary and the shepherds. One, they didn’t pass this by. They experienced the fullness of the moment in ways that were obedient to God’s agenda and not their own. How many times have we missed something God has to show us, a moment of awe, simply because we are too consumed by our own stuff. Secondly, they not only kept the holy moment for themselves but they also turned around and shared. We are filled to overflow…from ourselves on to another. Consider, is your awe meant to be shared?

I’m prayerfully hoping this year we can offer Jesus a birthday party worthy of the love he has shown us. May we not pass by the awe-filled moments laid out for us along our paths.

 

{sunday 12.23.18}

Read Luke 2:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Describe a moment of ‘awe’ for you? If you aren’t sure you’ve had one, what would you envision it might feel like? Would your default be Mary’s (pondering deeply) or the shepherds (sharing the excitement)? What is your biggest obstacle to being aware to the awe along your own path?

 

{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.

{monday 12.24.18}

Read Acts 7:4-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Stephen tells the story Abraham to a group of people that already knew it well. Why would Stephen do this? Is it helpful to you to be reminded of stories you already know?  

{tuesday 12.25.18}

Read Acts 7:17-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Again we find Stephen telling another story very familiar to the people he was speaking to. Stephen is telling them the story of Moses. As someone who follows Jesus I have to admit that I know more about the New Testament and Jesus than the Old Testament scriptures. However, we should fully understand them ourselves. That is the basis of our faith and without them we are left wondering and confused. Share with a trusted friend or group the areas of the Old Testament that you know the least about. Make a plan to study that area and allow the trusted friend or group to hold you accountable. 

{wednesday 12.26.18}

Read Acts 7:30-43

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We don’t carve out golden statues of calves today and worship them, but our culture worships idols all the same. An idol is simply anything that we put above God. What idols have or do capture your attention? What kind of power does this idol have over your life? Confess to yourself and God what these idols are and what they do. Ask God for his help to overcome them. 

{thursday 12.27.18}

Read Acts 7:44-60

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You always resist the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did before you!” This was a true statement before, during and after Jesus’ life. How do we go from resisting the Holy Spirit to accepting the Holy Spirit? What does that look like in your life?  

{friday 12.28.18}

Read Acts 8:1-8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Stephen is stoned to death for talking about Jesus. The other followers of Jesus did not flee and hide. I look at this in two parts. First, wow those people were brave! Second, is there really a need to be brave if you truly believe what they are saying. They really just don’t have any fear of death because they know that their is a God that loves them and that same God has called them to go find others who will accept his love too. Have you ever felt a lack of fear because of God? Share this experience with a trusted group or friend. 

{saturday 12.29.18}

Read Acts 8:9-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: God cannot be bought. That seems like something we know, but I’m pretty sure most people have tried to at least bargain with God once in their life. For example, “Please God, will you…" "and in return I will….” God doesn’t need anything we can offer. God wants us to love him, not for his sake, but our own. Have you ever bargained with God? Is there a different way to pray when we are asking God for something rather than trying to make a bargain? 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{December 16, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/12/17/december-16-2018/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 01:53:29 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6076 Heartland Community Church   December 16 – 22, 2018   He Prepares A Table By Kori Carew Psalm 23:5 — You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. I learned from my mother to use hospitality and cooking to create a safe […]

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December 16 – 22, 2018

 

He Prepares A Table

By Kori Carew

Psalm 23:5 — You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

I learned from my mother to use hospitality and cooking to create a safe space of nurturing and community. I recall every time we expected guests and the time and care that went into making the best from what we had. Two years ago my friend Brandi suggested that I give a TED talk on how to throw a six-hour brunch. We both laughed. Here is the back story: I host brunches at my home for amazing women who I want to share the raw, good and difficult things with. I insist on cooking because I love to and I want to. Service is one of my love languages. I feed the people I love and want to love. And I put a lot of care into the menu and making it special. I have no compunction planning an extravagant, over-the-top meal. Why? I love making fabulous things for people.

As it gets closer to guest arrival time, I climb up my step-stool (because homes are not built for short people like me) and take down the china my Grandma Pfaltzgraff gave me. It is an incomplete set. The plates don’t go into the dishwasher or microwave. For many, many years I never used them because I didn’t want them to break, and they had to be hand washed. Each time I pick up one of those plates I remember how much love washed over me when grandma gave them to me, and how I remember that day every time I use that china. What use would they have in the cupboard instead of serving great food? I realize as an adult that I give what I desire — to be cherished, to be provided for, to sit and be waited on, to have the best brought to me so I can rest and be affirmed. That is what I try to do during those brunches or other times I bring people together to fellowship and feed them extravagantly.

As I write these words the worship song “O, Come to the Altar” plays. What a great reminder of His goodness! As Craig reminded us today God desires to set a table for us that provides everything we need. He is extravagant in His love for us. When Pastor Craig said today that the Passover meal was a reminder to the people of God of all the times in the past He had been faithful to them as a people my spirit jumped. What a wonderful reminder that He meets us time and time again. When we sit at the table He has prepared for us we can surrender and rest in the promises and the times He showed up for us. Stop. Sit. Partake of the meal. Our God takes out the best china for us. He puts in love into everything He provides us at that table for our own good. He draws us closer to Him as we sit in His presence and enjoy what He has prepared even in the midst of attacks.

It is easier to say the Lord is my protector than it is to immediately turn to Him when I am faced with attacks. In my growth and maturity as a Christian, I have gotten better at recognizing attacks and turning them over to Jesus. And then boom — like a boomerang — I find a stronghold I tried to conquer on my own that needs to be surrendered. This past year I have faced an unusually hard season that opened up areas in my life where perfectionism ruled. But He doesn’t need me to perform, be perfect, do it all on my own but He does desire to provide what I need. He is FOR me and YOU.

My prayer for you is that you respond to the nudges of what you need God to serve up for you and that you will stop, sit and eat. 

“O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ.”

O’ Come to the Altar, Elevation Worship

{sunday 12.16.18}

Read Psalm 23:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How has Jesus prepared a place for you? Take some extra time this week to make a list of all the things you are thankful for.

 

{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.

{monday 12.17.18}

Read Acts 4:23-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The Apostles gathered together and prayed. Note they were specific in the challenges that faced them and they asked God for his help. What are specifically for help with from God? Have you put it into prayer? 

{tuesday 12.18.18}

Read Acts 5:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s easy to lie to people and out on a show for them. However, I think we are aware that this doesn’t fool God. Why do you think people do this? Have you ever done this? 

{wednesday 12.19.18}

Read Acts 5:12-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: A shadow in itself, even Peter’s, has no power to heal. It was the faith of those needing healed and God answering their prayers. Where have you seen faith heal in your life or other people’s lives? 

{thursday 12.20.18}

Read Acts 5:17-40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “We must obey God, not human beings!” That’s a very bold and freeing statement made by the Apostles. Share your thoughts with a trusted friend or group how this applies in our lives today.  

{friday 12.21.18}

Read Acts 5:41-6:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Choosing the right people to be in your life or help is always important whether it’s a friend or an employee. The apostles did this themselves when they were in the beginning stages of the early church. Can you name the people who you’ve chosen to be apart of your life and your relationship with Jesus? 

{saturday 12.22.18}

Read Acts 6:8-7:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Stephen was one of the people the Apostles trusted to share what Jesus has done. He was bold and did not fear for his life. Not all people are called to do what Stephen did, but what can we learn from him? What have you learned about God from reading about Stephen? 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{December 9, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/12/10/december-9-2018/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:43:08 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6068 Heartland Community Church   December 9- 15, 2018   Right Relationships By Adam Pontier When you hear a variety of stories like today it really makes you rethink what the word righteous means. Being made right with . . . sounds a lot different than what I have in mind when the word righteous is […]

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December 9- 15, 2018

 

Right Relationships

By Adam Pontier

When you hear a variety of stories like today it really makes you rethink what the word righteous means. Being made right with . . . sounds a lot different than what I have in mind when the word righteous is mentioned.

Righteous is one of those good words that have gone bad. It’s original meaning is not what comes to our mind as a culture. Think for a moment: would you have considered yourself a righteous person before hearing it so clearly explained? Now that you have a better and clearer definition, I hope you do. (And let’s not have our takeaway from this teaching be that we should become the grammar police and go around correcting those who use the word righteous wrong.)

My takeaway is that I have been made right with God. It may look very similar . . . or very different . . . to your situation. It doesn’t matter what my story looks like in the grand scheme of things, what really matters is that I was made right with God. In all the infinite degrees possible, God is making people righteous through him, with him.

Of course your next questions might be, "What does it mean to be made right with God? Why do I need to be made right with God? How does God make me righteous? If God makes me righteous, what do I have to do? Is this a one time thing I accept and then walk away from? What does a person do next after becoming righteous?"

Righteousness and growth in our relationship with Jesus are not synonymous. We are righteous by accepting Jesus as our savior and acknowledging he paid the price for us to be made right with God. We then have the privelege of dedicating our lives to the quest of growing in our faith as we follow Jesus and live as he teaches us to.

Many people throughout history have spent their lives dedicated to the quest of growing in Jesus. I hope you do, too.

We have explored some good questions today, and you probably have several more of your own. If you haven’t asked them, it’s not a bad idea to do so. Find a trusted group or friend and ask these questions.

{sunday 12.9.18}

Read Psalm 23:1-3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Break this passage down, reflecting on your own experiences. How has God been a shepherd in your life? How has he provided, guided or renewed your life? How has he brought you to right paths in relationship? How has he used your life to bring honor to his name? If you haven’t experienced these transformational moments with God yet, where do you need to experience them? Take an opportunity to pray and invite God into those places. Also, find someone you trust to share your thoughts with. We are praying in unison with you this week!

 

{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.

{monday 12.10.18}

Read Acts 2:14-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: There is a lot going on in these verses! Describe the events, the players and the action in your own words. What is your main takeaway? Can you declare verse 28 as a prayer this week?

{tuesday 12.11.18}

Read Acts 2:29-47

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These believers were hearing from eyewitnesses about Jesus’ resurrection and the fact that he is seated on the throne, and has sent his spirit to those who believe. We don’t have the benefit of live eyewitnesses today . . . how do you resolve the truths you read in the Bible with your own faith, and doubts and questions? This section wraps up with a description of this group forming a community. How and where do you experience community today? How can you make your community life more intentional?

{wednesday 12.12.18}

Read Acts 3:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What would you make of this event if you were present at the time? Have you experienced anything like a healing, or an unexplainable provision? Peter says he has know money to offer the man . . . but will give him what he has. That faith is what leads to the mans healing. Anyone who believes and is following Jesus has the opportunity to offer people "what I have". What does that mean to you?

{thursday 12.13.18}

Read Acts 3:11-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In verse 25 we read, "You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, ‘Through your descendants all the families on earth will be blessed.’" How do you (and how do I) live as children included in God’s covenant? How do we miss the mark? How can we raise the bar? 

{friday 12.14.18}

Read Acts 4:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Peter speaks powerfully in this passage. What does it mean to you to be "saved"? How would you describe it to someone else? What questions or ponderings do you have about faith in Jesus saving mankind?

{saturday 12.15.18}

Read Acts 4:13-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” If threatened by the authorities, would you and I say the same? That we cannot stop telling others about what we have seen and heard? Have you ever mapped out your faith story? What have you seen and heard that points to Jesus’ work in your life? How can become "all in" tellers of what Jesus has done for us?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{December 2, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/12/03/december-2-2018/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 01:11:27 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6052 Heartland Community Church   December 2- 8, 2018   Quiet My Soul By Joe Davis There are many of us who are all too familiar with having a restless soul. I’m no different. And having been restless for probably most of my life, I can say that it builds up over time. Part of my […]

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December 2- 8, 2018

 

Quiet My Soul

By Joe Davis

There are many of us who are all too familiar with having a restless soul. I’m no different. And having been restless for probably most of my life, I can say that it builds up over time. Part of my restlessness came from wondering if God was even listening to me.

In 2010, I volunteered for a mission to Japan with the military. At the time I didn’t know a whole lot about the military installations and training grounds in Japan, so I just assumed that we would be in Okinawa. I thought that my time there would be great! I’d get some jungle warfare training, get a day off, go to the beach, enjoy Japan and make it a great trip. I couldn’t have been further from the truth in my assumption.

We ended up being about 1100 miles north on the northern most Japanese island of Hokkaido. And we were on the northern most part of that island, not quite as far north as Siberia, but pretty close. We left October 30, so the weather was not blue skies and sunshine. It was less than 40 degrees, warmer than 32, and rained the entire time. Being in the infantry, we were in the field. Needless to say I was a very disgruntled employee. There’s nothing quit like being outside when it’s cold and wet with no place to go. I was angry, restless, whiny, and definitely not thankful for any of it.

But, our God is sovereign and He heard me. We had some down time and we were standing around in the rain, my thoughts creating a bad attitude within me. As I stood there with the rain, I just stared into the distance and into the gray that was creating my disdain and misery. Then the rain just stopped, the clouds parted, and I could see the setting sun. The sky was on fire with red and orange colors as the sun hung in the low sky. It was framed in on either side by black volcanic mountains that created an even greater brilliance. I was taken completely aback and just melted in the presence of God revealing a piece of Himself to me. My anger dissipated, my heart calmed and I felt a peace sweep over my soul. I nodded my head and said, “Ok. Ok, God.” As soon as I said that and acknowledged God’s handiwork and gift, the clouds filled the sky, covered the sunset once more and the rain continued. I didn’t complain again for the rest of the time there. To this day, it is the single most beautiful sunset that I’ve ever seen.

God hears our cries and they are not lost on Him. In that moment with the sunset, I felt God’s presence creating a peace within me and telling me to be still. There is so much in our lives that distracts us from God. I struggle with this all the time. But as I remember that sunset and the effect it had on me in the moment that I most needed it, I am reminded of how much I need to take time to spend with the Lord. Only He is able to fill our lives with a peace that will calm our hearts the way we need it and truly desire.

{sunday 12.2.18}

Read Psalm 46:10, Philippians 4:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What in life is creating the restlessness and noise that keeps us from being at peace? Are we allowing time in our days to just be with God?

 

{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.

{monday 12.3.18}

Read John 20:24-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus appeared to the disciples, but Thomas was not present. If your friends had witnessed the resurrected Jesus in front of them and told you about it, what would you think? Feel? Jesus eventually appeared to Thomas, and invited him to touch the wounds from his crucifixion, that he too might believe. What would that moment be like, if it were you? Where do you struggle to believe the stories and miracles in the Bible? How about in modern times? Join us as we pray for eyes that see, ears that hear, and souls that believe Jesus is with us even today.

{tuesday 12.4.18}

Read John 21:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Again Jesus appears to the disciples! He tells them how to pull in a huge catch of fish, and cooks them breakfast. They saw him, engaged with him, touched him, experienced him. What thoughts do you have about their experience? What questions? Have you ever experienced something you could not explain? If so, describe it to a friend.

{wednesday 12.5.18}

Read John 21:15-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. (Interesting, because Peter denied even knowing Jesus three times, too.) As Peter answers, "Yes Lord…" Jesus gives him three different but connected commands. Feed my lambs. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. What do you think this symbolism and these commands meant to Peter? He also challenges Peter to not concern himself with what may happen to the others. He asks him clearly to follow me. We are asked to do the same. How do you follow Jesus? Where might you be able to improve as a follower of Jesus?

{thursday 12.6.18}

Read Acts 1:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In the book of Acts we move into the era of the apostle’s ministry and the spread of christianity. As you read these verses, consider what they meant to the believers in that day. What learnings can we take from these stories today? 

{friday 12.7.18}

Read Acts 1:15-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you see happening in this story? Who are the players involved? What do you think about the way the chose the next apostle to join them?

{saturday 12.8.18}

Read Acts 2:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Retell this story in your own words. What do you think of the story? Have you experienced God’s Holy Spirit yourself? What questions do you have about the Spirit? Grab 1-2 trusted friends and share with one another what you understand, what you question, and what you have experienced. 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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November 25 – December 1, 2018

 

You Have A Shepherd

By Meghan Hemenway

Today as we mentally flip from one holiday to the next, the falling snow covering the remaining autumn leaves is like a rapid set change that could trigger thoughts of the few weeks we have left to prepare for the next big celebration. But just like the mighty, strong, and forceful shepherd Dan described this morning, this post-Thanksgiving blizzard is demanding we slow down, take a breath, and find safety first.

In my home I have both a pair of noisy boys and noise-canceling headphones. I have found that the constant sounds of wrestling, piano-playing, arguing, jubilation, and general buzz of life in my house makes it difficult for me to focus on any other sounds or voices. The headphones don’t erase the sound of boisterous boys, they just take the edge off and make space for me to breathe and listen. Advent season can be like a houseful of noisy kids. The list of chorse to complete, presents to buy, and travel plans to make, is an overwhelming background noise that starts to take center stage. Advent is intended to be a time of waiting, a time of rest, reflection, and peace, but the worries and responsibilities of this world often fill that space with agitation.

Even though I know I desperately need time each day to quiet my mind and make space for God’s voice I don’t always put on those noise-canceling headphones. I am tempted to give in to the hustle of every day life and the demands that are shouted out much louder than my shepherd’s voice. Like a stubborn sheep I forget that my shepherd wants to lead me to rest and safety and I run around listening to all the other influences in my day. This season I am going to put on those headphones and make space inside to be quiet and listen for my shepherd’s voice.

{sunday 11.25.18}

Read Romans 5:1-5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus is our one true shepherd. Just like any flock of sheep we stray, we follow our own leading, we become fearful and flee from the safety of our shepherd. How does it feel to read that Jesus is the good shepherd, the shepherd who would put himself in front of any danger for you?

 

{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.

{monday 11.26.18}

Read John 18:25-40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When Jesus says, “My kingdom is not of this world,” what do you think he meant? He also said that he was born “to testify truth.” Do you see his words as truth? If not fully so, why not? What questions would you like to discuss with Jesus?

{tuesday 11.27.18}

Read John 19:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Pilate said to Jesus, “Don’t you realize that I have the power either to free you or to crucify you?”  Jesus’ response was, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” Have you ever been judged wrongly? How did you respond?

{wednesday 11.28.18}

Read John 19:12-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Pilate eventually gave in to the demands of the Jewish leaders in fear they would rebel against him. That meant turning Jesus over to the soldiers, which meant he would be crucified. How do you respond and make choices under pressure? Are you able to hold steady to your beliefs when threatened?

{thursday 11.29.18}

Read John 19:25-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Jesus died for us. His final words on the cross were, “It is finished.” If you are a believer in Jesus, what do those words mean to you personally? To what level are you willing to go for God? What are you willing to sacrifice for him? 

{friday 11.30.18}

Read John 19:38-20:9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Joseph was one the disciples that went to the tomb of Jesus to wrap his body in linens and myrrh. He was fearful of the Jewish leaders and a “closet follower” of Jesus. Do you hide your faith or beliefs? If so, why?

{saturday 12.1.18}

Read John 20:10-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After Jesus rose from the tomb he met Mary Magdalene, and then his disciples. His words to them were, “Receive the holy spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven.” Christ wanted us to love one another, through the power of his holy spirit. And part of that means being able to forgive others. How do you practice forgiveness? How do you avoid holding grudges? How does holding a grudge typically work out for us? 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 18, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/11/19/november-18-2018/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:49 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=6012 Heartland Community Church   November 18 – 24, 2018   Surrender to the Sea By Allison Branch This summer, my sister and 3 best friends went to Charleston, South Carolina for my destination bachelorette party. We spent a LOT of time on a beach not far from there. I’ve been to the ocean before, but […]

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November 18 – 24, 2018

 

Surrender to the Sea

By Allison Branch

This summer, my sister and 3 best friends went to Charleston, South Carolina for my destination bachelorette party. We spent a LOT of time on a beach not far from there. I’ve been to the ocean before, but it always amazes me how constant its motion is. The water tumbled and crashed onto the shore, over and over again, where it was slowly transforming hard rocks into soft sand. When we walked on the beach, we were experiencing the transformative work of the ocean with each step.

But change isn’t always slow and steady like seawater on sand. There are times when change hits like a tidal wave. When Dan talked about Priscilla and Aquila being forced to flee Rome and settle in Ephesus, it was something I had never really noticed before. That was an abrupt and likely painful change for them, to leave behind everyone and everything they knew for a large and spiritually corrupt city. Yet because they experienced this change, they were present that day in church when an intelligent and gifted young man named Apollos stood up to talk about Jesus. And because they responded to the Holy Spirit’s nudging, they met Apollos, took him into their home, and showed him who Jesus really was.

Once we say “yes” to God, like Apollos did, the Holy Spirit promises to change us from the inside out. The baptisms we witnessed today are an outward sign of an inward reality, one of the greatest changes a person can experience. Like  it says in Romans 5:5, “This endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!” So God accepts us as we are, pouring His love into every part of us, and then helps us change to become like Him – at times slowly and steadily, and sometimes like a tidal wave.

{sunday 11.18.18}

Read Romans 5:1-5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How would you put these verses in your own words? How have you experienced suffering, perseverance, character and hope? How have you experienced the love of God being poured out in your life?

 

{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.

{monday 11.19.18}

Read John 16:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus tells his followers that if he goes away the helper (Holy Spirit) will come. The Holy Spirit is how God makes his presence in the world today. Have you experienced the Holy Spirit? Share with a trusted group or friend your experience. 

{tuesday 11.20.18}

Read John 16:17-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I like the analogy about the pain a woman endures while giving birth and then how it all goes away afterward because of the joy about the child born. What have you endured that was painful that later was overrun with joy?  

{wednesday 11.21.18}

Read John 17:1-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “And on their account I set myself apart for you, so that they, too, may be set apart for you in the truth.” Set apart is used several times in this scripture. What does set apart mean in your own words? What in your life do you set apart? Is it something special? Share your thoughts with a trusted group or friend. 

{thursday 11.22.18}

Read John 17:20-26

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus repeats himself several times about becoming one. It sounds like some sort of idealistic thought about how the world should get along. That’s not a bad thing but it means much more than that to Jesus. Discuss among a trusted group or friend what it is Jesus means by this.   

{friday 11.23.18}

Read John 18:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Do you imagine I’m not going to drink the cup my father has given me?” This is Jesus’ response to Peter after cutting off the ear of the soldier. Jesus didn’t need his life saved. This was not God’s plan. Jesus faces pain and death, but he goes forward anyway. Have you ever experienced pain that was a part of God’s plan? Does something painful (or even death) make God’s plan bad? Explain to a trusted group or friend in your own words what you think about pain and death being part of God’s plan.   

{saturday 11.24.18}

Read John 18:12-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus is drug off and questioned while Peter denies Jesus for the first time. The situation is getting very serious and Peter is starting to worry while Jesus stays calm. Personally I’ve faced times of great stress and dealt with it like it was just any other day because I was relying on Jesus. Other times I’ve completely overreacted and lost my mind over nothing. Those are the moments when I’ve been farthest from Jesus. When do you feel most comfortable with stress? What can you do to stay reliant on Jesus and not your own strength? 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 11, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/11/11/november-11-2018/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 21:58:15 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=5996 Heartland Community Church   November 11 – 17, 2018   Learning To Swim By Joe Davis My wife and I have four children that are involved with extra-curricular activities, so we are no strangers to ever changing waters. And having been in the military, I had to always be ready for changing environments, orders, training, […]

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November 11 – 17, 2018

 

Learning To Swim

By Joe Davis

My wife and I have four children that are involved with extra-curricular activities, so we are no strangers to ever changing waters. And having been in the military, I had to always be ready for changing environments, orders, training, etc. It would seem very natural to accept changes that God, through his spirit, is trying to walk me through.

The reality is that I am not very good at listening to the Holy Spirit. It has only been in recent months that I’ve felt the conviction to start listening more eagerly to what God is trying to say to me through his spirit. I don’t consider myself to be anything other than a normal person. I have felt like a distracted soul for a very long time. I’ve always wanted God to be more profound in his communication with me, making it obvious that it was him trying to tell me something. In a sense, I was being lazy.

I’ve come to believe that God is constantly trying to get our attention and speak to us, but we just aren’t attuned to what is happening, or how to hear. In the movie “The Prestige”, Christian Bale’s character is a magician and will ask his audience, “Are you watching closely?” I think God asks the same thing to us. God is not passive, he is constantly at work around us. And he wants us to join him in the work that he is doing. We need to be active in our listening to the Holy Spirit and where we are being called or nudged.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, says this about being passive with God, “…we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.”

God has so much in store for us . . . it would blow us away if we knew just how much he wants to lavish upon us. It’s difficult to see this in the day to day moments. We live in a world that is so distracting; beating down doors for our attention. I know I need work in this area. I know that what God has in store for me is far better than anything this world could ever offer.

 

{sunday 11.11.18}

Read Psalm 51:11, Romans 15:13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Are we praying and reading the Bible consistently? Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us and be a part of our day to day? How do you actively listen for God’s spirit to speak? How can we help each other be more attuned to seeing and hearing God?

 

{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.

{monday 11.12.18}

Read John 13:31-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Christ knew he was about to be betrayed. He knew it was to be the fulfillment of the scriptures. Though he knew that he would be going home to the father, he wanted all to treat each other with love. He told the disciples that people will know they follow him if they loved one another. Have you ever been done wrong by someone, yet loved them as Jesus would? How do you continue to love others in a Jesus-like manner knowing that they may be after their own needs and not those of the kingdom?

{tuesday 11.13.18}

Read John 14:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Throughout Jesus’ travels people wanted him to perform miracles for them to believe. I cannot imagine how tired he was of being challenged by his own followers for more. He told them, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and Father is in me.". It sounds like Jesus was in a constant battle to be believed. At what point do you believe in the teachings of Jesus? What in your life holds you back from accepting his word as truth?  

{wednesday 11.14.18}

Read John 14:15-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you remember that old Don McClean song, “American Pie?” In it he said, “The 3 men I admire the most, the Father , Son and the Holy Ghost…” I think of that song when I think of the Holy Spirit. We cannot see it, we have to believe it. Jesus also told us that whoever loved him would obey his teachings. Do you trust the Spirit? Are you an individual that does the right thing when no one is looking? If not, what would it take for you to go all in with faith?

{thursday 11.15.18}

Read John 14:25-15:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “I don’t give gifts in the way the world does." This is a line that’s easy to pass over. Give it some thought. Write down a list of gifts that Jesus gives you and a list the world gives you.  

{friday 11.16.18}

Read John 15:9-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You didn’t choose me. I chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” Why do you think Jesus chose you? What fruit are you to bear that will last?   

{saturday 11.17.18}

Read John 15:18-16:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “But the world hates you for this reason: that you’re not from the world. No: I chose you out of the world.” Does this statement from Jesus encourage you? Do you feel “chosen” by Jesus? 

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{November 4, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/11/04/november-4-2018/ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 22:56:35 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=5982 Heartland Community Church   November 4 – 10, 2018   Who Stirs The Sea? By Grant Houske If I’m honest, a couple of my favorite concepts are: complacency, structure and routine. I tend to draw comfort in these words. Needless to say, I am a creature of habit. I think the idea of control has […]

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November 4 – 10, 2018

 

Who Stirs The Sea?

By Grant Houske

If I’m honest, a couple of my favorite concepts are: complacency, structure and routine. I tend to draw comfort in these words. Needless to say, I am a creature of habit. I think the idea of control has a lot to do with that. For some reason, I seem to thrive and do well when I know the circumstances of my surroundings and when I can predict or know how things will turn out. I can remember growing up when my family would go to church on Sunday mornings. We seemed to always park in the same spot, my brother and I would line up and get a doughnut in the church cafeteria, then we would head to the sanctuary and sit in the same pew, and the same seat! If anything ever deviated from these structured events, I felt off! I can imagine after describing that scenario, there are a few people saying that’s SPOT ON . . . and there are a lot of people thinking to themselves, “what is wrong with that guy?” 

Dan described a scene in which Paul traveled to Ephesus and met with 12 disciples and discovered that they had been caught up in their own complacency. Can you imagine how differently things could have have been if Paul did not pursue them and challenge them? As I think about it, I find myself ever grateful that the Holy Spirit pursues us and fuels us to go after more and to leave our routines and complacency.

Below is a picture I took of the sea in Manzanita, Oregon, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. When I first saw this scene, I was struck by its beauty. As I stood there a little while, I noticed the quietness of the place and the relentlessness of the waves crashing into the shore. 

The Holy Spirit functions the same way the sea does. In its own quiet way, it constantly and relentlessly pursues us and is always moving towards us. When it does break through, I believe, we are overcome by joy and happiness and we find a sense of peace and a hunger for more.

Despite my tendency to cling to routines, control, and sameness, I’m also inspired by opportunity, challenge, and adventure. I am thankful that God and the Holy Spirit are in constant pursuit of us, and working out a profound transformation despite our unwillingness to change. 

“It is not blindly pushing your own agenda that will enrich the world. It’s is your ability and willingness to understand, appreciate, anticipate, address, serve and support the lives of others that will.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

{sunday 11.4.18}

Read Ephesians 3:16-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you find yourself in the same place I do, what is one thing you can use to overcome needing to control? Where do you need God’s Holy Spirit to increase your inner strength, to give you deep roots? What might it look like for you to move beyond complacency and routine to serving the lives of others? Think about the vastness of the sea. If God can make that, imagine how he can work in you.

{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.

{monday 11.5.18}

Read John 12:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Christians are very good at judging others and how they serve God. I believe we’ve all done this at some point. I know I have. Just like Judas in this scripture, I’ve looked at others giving something to God and had some opinions on the “right way” to do it. What are your hang ups with other believers? What steps are you going to take to be less like Judas?

{tuesday 11.6.18}

Read John 12:12-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The crowds are cheering and the Pharisees are angry. This is the calm before the storm. Soon the crowds will turn and the Pharisees will conspire. Have you ever felt loved one day and hated the next by the same people? How did that feel?  

{wednesday 11.7.18}

Read John 12:20-36

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you think it means to “hate your life in this world, you’ll keep it for the life of the coming age.” Discuss the meaning of this with a trusted group or friend. (Be careful not to confuse this with meaning life now has no meaning.)  

{thursday 11.8.18}

Read John 12:37-50

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “They loved the praise of people more than the praise of God.” Unfortunately, I’ve found myself in that position a few times. It’s so easy to see this mistake in others and not ourselves. When have you sought the praise of people over the praise of God. Can you confess this to God? Have you forgiven yourself for this? 

{friday 11.9.18}

Read John 13:1-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Our natural reaction is to serve those who lead and not to let those who lead serve us. Most of the time I hear this scripture, it’s in context to how you can lead others by serving them. That’s a good thing. However, my challenge to you is… How are you going to let those who lead you, serve you? If they aren’t serving you as a leader, should you follow them?  

{saturday 11.10.18}

Read John 13:18-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus knew who was going to betray him and how it would happen, yet he didn’t stop it. He could have pleaded with Judas and changed his mind, but he didn’t. Jesus allows us to make our choices, too. Why do you think Jesus allows us so much free will? How do you invest your freedom of choice?

 

{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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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{October 28, 2018} https://www.heartlandchurch.org/2018/10/28/october-28-2018/ Sun, 28 Oct 2018 22:26:00 +0000 http://www.heartlandchurch.org/?p=5973 Heartland Community Church   October 28 – November 3, 2018   Embodied Truth By Meghan Hemenway This sermon series has been a challenging one for everyone involved, whether they are  sharing and teaching from the stage, struggling with their own anxiety or depression, or trying to figure out how to best love and support people […]

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Heartland Community Church


 

October 28 – November 3, 2018

 

Embodied Truth

By Meghan Hemenway

This sermon series has been a challenging one for everyone involved, whether they are  sharing and teaching from the stage, struggling with their own anxiety or depression, or trying to figure out how to best love and support people who are suffering. The survey we filled out earlier this month showed us just how many in our community are affected by mental health issues — and it’s a significant group within our community. Our community.

Seth talked today about the role community plays in Truth. Truth is found in Jesus and Truth is formed in community. He talked about how we are taught what we know about Jesus and how this happens in community. For some, this looks like a line of caring individuals — parents, coaches, mentors, youth group leaders — pouring truth into our lives. These are people who invested in others because, out of love, they wanted to give them a foundation built on truth. My story is a little different.

One way that mental illness affected me was that people close to me who might have filled that role were suffering themselves. Truth is hard to teach through the veil of mental illness. For me and my husband this was a sermon series that hit home on all counts.  We’re walking through some tough, lifelong issues with loved ones and the darkness can be a little too real sometimes. But this morning, sitting among our community, I was struck by how our church chose to talk about these tough situations — in LOVE. As a love story! How beautiful is that?

Mental illness is isolating for those with it and for those who support the ones in it. Truth is hard to hear, difficult to comprehend, and yet we all long for it. My good news today was that Heartland, in love, has brought us through a difficult journey together. This wasn’t a series for part of the church. It was for everyone in the church because we are in it together. As a community we are now better prepared to support each other where we are. 

We can all take part in this love story. Maybe it’s reaching out to the Heartland Community Care Team and seeking help. Maybe it’s becoming part of that help, or using what we’ve learned these last few weeks to better support our community. We can all continue on this journey together, as a church community who helps each other find and understand Truth. 

{sunday 10.28.18}

Read Acts 17:22-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul spoke to the Athenians about their search for truth. He got to know them and their culture and then was able to tell them that God was the truth they were searching for. Do you know people who are searching for truth? Who have a longing for an answer they don’t yet understand?

 

CLICK HERE to access our Care page on the web, and all of the resources related to this series.

CLICK HERE for a digital version of the card we shared in this series. It lists the 32 things that Paul declares we are in the book of Ephesians. As you read the focus verses above, and this list, which name or names is God inviting you to embrace? To live into? Or to speak into someone in your life who might need encouragement? Join us this week as we pray in our community for God to unlock identity and truth in each of us.

 

{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.

{monday 10.29.18}

Read John 10:22-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is a clear case of vigilantism at its worst. Vigilantism occurs when people perceive those in charge as weak and not capable of delivering punishment for crimes. When the Jews said to Jesus that they were not stoning him for any good work, but for blasphemy, they were taking the law of God into their own hands. They had in essence made themselves judge, jury and executioners. But Jesus told them that he and the Father were one. Are there areas in life where you judge others? Have you yourself been wrongly accused or judged? If so, what do you do during those times to seek God’s help?

{tuesday 10.30.18}

Read John 10:34-42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: All throughout Jesus’ days people wanted to see miracles. Many, if not most, needed to see God’s work and not just hear it. Where do you struggle to see or hear God’? How can you trust more, without having to see miracles? 

{wednesday 10.31.18}

Read John 11:1-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Christ was a man, he was the son of God, but he was man. He felt emotions, love, kindness and affection. This is proven by how he loved Martha, her sister and Lazarus. Christ was also willing to risk his own safety and life to raise his friend Lazarus by returning to Bethany where the Jews wanted to stone him. Have you ever helped a friend that in doing so you were in danger? Did you do so out of love for God? 

{thursday 11.1.18}

Read John 11:17-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In comforting Matha over the loss of her brother Lazarus, Christ said that he is the resurrection and the life. He also stated that whoever believes in him will live, even though they die. How do you give your life fully to Jesus? How do you show your faith, not just profess it? 

{friday 11.2.18}

Read John 11:31-44

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When I read this I think that there are haters everywhere in life, and that it is not new. It wasn’t good enough for the ones who came to watch Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, they criticized him for not stopping Lazarus’s death in the first place. Jesus had to allow Lazurs to die in order to perform the miracle to show the people that he was the son of God. Jesus told them ” Did I not tell you that if you believe , you will see the glory of God?” do you criticize others for not acting the way you want them too? Or have you been criticized for your good deeds but did them anyway for the greater good? 

{saturday 11.3.18}

Read John 11:45-57

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus’ life was in danger not only for what he was doing but for what he had not done. He did not go with the status quo. He spoke truth. The Pharisees (the religious rulers of time) lived in fear that his words would put them out of jobs. When confronted with doing the right thing, or going with the status quo, which do you choose? Jesus had to go into hiding for his own safety. What length would you go to in following Jesus closely? 

 

{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 takea