Hello Journey Friends and Family,
Last Sunday Pastor John kicked off our new series that I am really excited about, called “The Prodigals.” In his introduction he asked a funny question. He said, “What do you think of when you think of Happy Hour?” I’m not sure what came to mind when you first heard that question, but he confessed that probably nobody was thinking about church as an answer to his question, ha!
All week long I have been pondering on that thought. Yelp has the Top 10 places in the area for Happy Hour. And to my amazement, Journey Christian Church was not listed as one of Top 10. Maybe we came in 11th?
Just out of my own curiosity, I started researching the internet with the words “church” and “happy hour” and got some very interesting results. One church took it to heart and combined the two words. They have church at a bar during Happy Hour. That’s not my jam but very interesting.
The Psalmist tells us, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalms 84:10 I love this verse and the heart behind it.
As we dive into week 2 of our series this Sunday, we will look at a pair of brothers found in Luke 15. The older brother and the younger brother. The younger brother is the prodigal that runs away from home and the older brother is the one who stays home physically but seems to have left spiritually. Why? What powerful force is it that persuades us to flee from the greatest love our world has ever known? One of the top answers is simply, a lack of contentment.
The younger brother wasn’t content with what he had or where he was, so he took off to get something else from somewhere else and he came up emptier than ever. The older brother wasn’t content with the lack of attention he was getting, and the amount of attention is brother was getting. His discontentment grew into anger, jealously, and pride.
Elisabeth Elliot shares, “The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. “If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,” Jesus said, “he will find his true self.”This is why I Timothy 6:6 is so good. It says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
I’m not sure about you, but too often the temptation to either run away or drift away from God’s plan for my life can seem so strong. Yet, every time I’m in the presence of the Lord, it’s so clear and obvious, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. Because of that I can echo the Psalmist when he said,
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalms 84:10
I’m loving the Happy Hour Journey,
Pastor Dustin Aagaard
Associate Lead Pastor