Posted by: Ed | October 6, 2009

ELIJAH, “EVEN THE BEST FALL DOWN…” and the Weekend that Was

What a weekend! In the services the message centered around that great part of the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 19 in which E split for Sinai. Just so you know, Journey is a great place to preach. People are responsive & into it. There’s a lot of freedom. But this week it seemed like we hit a cord. We rolled around in with Elijah through his despondency. It was easy to feel the connection people were making with the story.
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We ended the message with this thought: inviting Jesus into our lives means inviting him into our dark places. The response to the invitation to come to Christ was about 2x what it usually is.
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Leading into the message our team put together something special. The Band did the song by Lifehouse, “Broken”. Dan Stevers put an astounding video together. It seemed like the grace of God was all over it. Several times I felt a surge of emotion in me as the song / video went on! Wow!
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Saturday Linda & Bethany & I drove up to the OC to see my mom. We had a great time. When we were at lunch my mom decided to tell the young waiter guy, that she thought he was a “good looking young man.” Of course Bethany was turning multiple shades of red. Awesome.

For me, this week features some solitude time & then on Thursday I head to Ames, Iowa to speak at a college retreat for a great College ministry called Salt Company (Click here). They are having a tremendous impact on Iowa State University. I’ll keep you posted.



  1. Ed – if you have down time in the airport, could you post that passage from “Invitation to a Journey” that was on one of the slides?” If you don’t have time, don’t sweat it but it was a great passage and now I don’t even remember its content.

  2. It was a beautiful and meaningful service… And for me very powerful. God is alive and well and working through you and the ministries at Journey. Praise God!

    Thank-you again…

    Blessings to you and yours…


  3. Hi Ed,

    I just wanted to thank you for Sunday’s sermon. I’ve been blessed with several opportunities to pass it on to people suffering or struggling with situations in their lives, and have been able to see their burdens lightened immediately. Seeing how people receive God’s word is sometimes like seeing a giant sigh of relief-or release. Sometimes we struggle and hang on so intently, we forget to open ourselves to God. I see that every time I pass on your sermons-even in the doorknockers carrying their bibles :o) Thank you!

  4. ummm to clarify, i was not red because i thought he was cute or wanted to know if he is single ( that was all grandma hitting on the poor waitor!)

    i was red because any normal young guy wouldnt assume a grandma is hitting on him, its probably her granddaughter sitting next to her that made a comment to her.

    Therefore he probably thought i liked him, thus i was red!

    There it is :) love u dad

  5. Bethany – you are too funny.

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