Pastor John

Pastor John

The Right Choice

A famous actor once quipped: “We stand at a crossroads. One path leads to despair, the other leads to destruction. Let’s hope we make the right choice.”

Is that how you felt after watching the first Presidential scrum brawl debate?

If so, you’re not alone. There is almost a national sense of mourning after watching two obviously flawed men representing inherently fallible political parties addressing a deeply fractured country.

But there is good news today my friend: Jesus is raised from the dead and He reigns over a Kingdom that is not of this world but has the power to change the world! After witnessing the debacle of that debate, Jesus has never looked better, His prevailing hope has never been more longed for, and His life-changing gospel has never been more needed, because when it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.  That’s why we believe the local church is the hope of the world–when it’s working right!

We certainly don’t always get things right, but we are in the Kingdom-bringing business and ultimately we know Jesus will make things right. The current or future occupant of the White House in Washington pales in significance to the eternal Occupant of the White Throne in Heaven–who is building an unstoppable, unshakeable kingdom that won’t be built on human promises or innovation, but on divinely revealed grace and truth.

In the meantime, we repent, we pray, (and we certainly pray for President Trump and First Lady Melania to recover fully and quickly from the coronavirus as well as for protection for other national leaders whose work puts them at great risk of infection), we seek the welfare of the cities and nations where we reside, we advocate for just causes, we vote lawfully, we disagree civilly, we speak with humility, we serve compassionately. We mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep, and we always rejoice realizing that weeping lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning. And we make disciples of Jesus who love God, love people and serve the world.

Our mission has never mattered more and therefore, we seek to “become all things to all people so that by all possible means we might save some.”  That means we may change the packaging, but never the product. “Methods are many, principles are few; methods always change, principles never do.”

One very important change in methodology was announced this past week for our onsite worship gatherings. (Click here to see the video announcement.) Here’s a brief summary:

  • Tickets are NO LONGER NEEDED to attend a worship gathering at either of Journey’s physical campuses.
  • Face coverings are still required at our Apopka campus per the Orange County mask mandate.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended but not required at our Lake County campus per the Lake County mask policy.
  • All other safety and hygiene protocols will continue to be practiced at both locations.

This Sunday we continue our Soul Care series. If you didn’t catch Pastor Dustin Aagaard’s excellent message from this past weekend on Seasons of the Soul, I urge you to do so now. It was a very helpful and encouraging teaching about the cyclical nature of spiritual growth and maturity. This Sunday we will talk about the Hole in our Soul. We all have one and there is only one thing that can fill it and I’m looking forward to telling you about it, online or onsite.

Loving the always on mission Journey,

Pastor John