This week, the praise band performed the song, “You Are More” by Tenth Avenue North. Then Dan’s sermon revolved around the message of its lyrics. The song basically says that your past mistakes don’t define who you are and that God loves you no matter what you’ve done. You may feel like you’re worthless or unloved, but God accepts you just the way you are and wants to help bring you out of your tough situations. God doesn’t judge you by your failures or mistakes, He just wants your open heart.
Here’s “You Are More” by the Journey Praise Band:
And here are Dan’s sermon notes:
This week, Dan looked at the song, “Forgiveness” by Matthew West. While last week, we talked about God’s forgiveness, now we looked at our own forgiveness of others. Maybe you’ve been struggling against forgiving someone in your life. It may be hard to let go of that bitterness and anger in your heart, but the power of forgiveness can conquer all of that. Forgiveness is freeing, it breaks the chains that have been keeping you from happiness and reconciliation. Here are Dan’s sermon notes.
We had the gender-reveal of Stephen and Amie Ebling’s baby this Wednesday! They’re having a little girl! Welcome Baby Amariah! This week, Dan looked at the song, “Forgiveness” by TobyMac and Lecrae. He talked about how God still loves us and will forgive us, despite all of the mistakes we make. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, you’re not too far from God’s forgiveness. All you have to do is ask Him, and He will give you a clean slate. Dan also flipped this around by saying that since we’ve been forgiven, Christ now calls us to forgive others. Here’s the link to Dan’s sermon notes this week.
This week, Dan talked about the song, “Happy Day”. The praise band did a wonderful version of it during worship time, then Dan broke down the lyrics for us and related them to the Easter story. The drama team put on the “Everything” skit and moved many people to tears. The Teen Challenge guys hung out all night and gave us some inspiring words to hold on to. The best news is, at the end of his sermon, Dan gave the kids an opportunity to accept Christ into their hearts. Over eight kids chose to give their lives to Jesus this week. Praise God!
We mixed it up a little this week and just had a fun-filled game night. The “Dollar Tree Olympics” came back with a bunch of new and crazy games. The middle-school boys’ won the grand prize (surprisingly!), but everyone had lots of fun! The Teen Challenge guys came back and joined our groups for the night, we were all blessed by their testimonies and positive attitudes!
This week Dan talked about all the different ways that the Devil tries to deceive us. He used the illustration of chocolate-covered dog poop. It looks good on the outside, but has a nasty inside. It’s the same way with temptations. Satan makes sin look really good, but in reality, it only brings destruction. Don’t let yourself be fooled! Look to God for guidance and He will lead you on the right path. We made buttons with the “No dog poop” symbols on them to remind us not to fall for the Devil’s tricks. Here are Dan’s sermon notes if you want to learn more:
This week’s word was “blind”. We started off with a fun blind-fold drawing game, then we had a skit that talked about seeing other people’s faults, but ignoring your own. The praise band sang their new song, “Freedom” again and got everyone in the spirit of worship. Dan continued his “Catch Phrase” sermon series with a message on blindness. Sometimes, there are areas of our lives that we are “blind” to. Maybe we’re blind to other people in our lives who need help, maybe we’re blind to our own faults and shortcomings, or maybe we’re even blind to God’s will for our lives. Jesus came to restore sight to the blind, literally and figuratively. Are there any areas of your life that you’ve been blind to? Jesus wants to open your eyes!
Here’s Dan’s sermon notes if you want to learn more:
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This week, Dan kicked off a new sermon series, “Catch Phrase”, where he takes commonly-used phrases and relates them to his sermons. This week he used phrases that all contained the word “new” to tell the Gospel message. It was very engaging and creative. The praise band played a new song, “Freedom” and totally nailed it. And the skit team performed a piece about Jesus’ gift of salvation. It was an impactful night for a lot of people, what a great way to start off the new year!
Special thanks to all who came to the Rockin’ Lock-In! We stayed up late, ate lots of junk food, and just had a ton of fun! Happy New Year to all who come to the Journey: all the kids, the volunteers, the Rock-Us leaders, and everyone else! We hope 2018 is just as good, if not better than this past year!