Posted by: Ed | March 9, 2011

STUFF SHIFT and the Weekend that Was


Here’s a bit of vulnerability for you: Not all weekends are equally comfortable for me. Sometimes you aren’t sure how things are going to go. Frankly sometimes you are nervous about a subject matter. I get this way when it’s time to talk about MONEY. I know, I know, I KNOW! We need to do it! Jesus did it. The Bible isn’t shy about it. I don’t like that this is so hard for me but for now at least, it is.

All that being said, this weekend was that weekend. This was a HUGE deal for Jesus! I just read yesterday that the average Christian gives under 3% of their income. So it’s obviously a huge deal for us.

If there’s ever a weekend where you need to really worship it’s one in which you are going to try and dethrone a false God – MAMMON!

We talked about 3 reasons we at Journey need to make this SHIFT
• ME reason – bottom line we need to give for the sake of our own soul
• US reason – we won’t be able to do the stuff that God is inviting and calling us to do if we don’t make this shift.
• GOD reason – it honors Him when we give sacrificially, when we demonstrate that He indeed really is our God

JOURNEY’S FINANCIAL SITUATION – I mentioned in the message that we are off budget. When talking about the “US” reason it seemed to fit and I had a number of people encouraging me that “people want to know what’s going on, they would want to know this.” Here are the basic facts:
Budget – it’s very conservative and is based on last year’s actual receipts. Year to Date the budget is $470,996.
Actual – So far we’ve given $419,021.
We’ve cut some spending and there are some really important projects (our website for example) that we are holding off on. So it’s not like we are not paying our bills. But we need those of us that are a part of Journey to MAKE THE SHIFTS that we talked about
N to 1st – Begin regular consistent giving to God and His work
1st to 2nd – TITHE – many of us need to make this life changing shift
2nd to 3rd – Passionate SEEKING 1ST THE KINGDOM – this is where it begins to get fun
3rd to High Gear – SURRENDER – Yes, this is worship. Candidly, God will not stop till we get here.

So if you haven’t made a shift… SHIFT!

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Responses

  1. I think the website should be a top priority! Here is my story: I was looking for a church and someone mentioned Journey. So, I do a search for Journey on Google and when I got the site, was very turned off. However, when i actually decided to come check it out, I was blown away at how powerful and solid the church is. I think that first impression to those searching for a church is a Kingdom priority!

  2. I am encouraged to pump up our giving and have an expectation of being a blessing financially to others and getting blessed financially in return.
    I think Jesus was really trying to encourage generosity with the reward of giving when He said “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together…..” He could have said just ” Give ” but He chose to include the blessing.
    Fran and I have really proven this out over many years.

  3. The ONLY thing from last weekend for me that could be considered a negatve was the the music was too loud. Did someone turn the sound levels up? For me this was a very negative thing. All else was positive!

  4. If It’s any comfort I feel Journey is turning a corner into a greater release of the Holy Spirit. It’s never an easy thing when our Lord is moving us,wanting us to recieve all He has to offer. Remember Ed He made you our leader for such a time as this.You are in the center of Gods love because you are where He wants you to be.Also the message last week was very clear and practical. I have heard thirty years worth of messages on giving and that was very good, not painful at all.


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