Life’s Real Journey Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! The chilly November afternoon was about a week before Thanksgiving. I had just arrived at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. While awaiting my ride to pick me up, I pulled a small New Testament from my pocket and began to read in II Timothy, chapter 3:...

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2018 Journey Challenge Is On!

2018 Journey Challenge Is On!

The Journey Challenge is on for January 2018! We are so excited to announce that we are planning to have our annual Journey Challenge in January 2018! We are thrilled to see what God has in store as we dig into a passage of Scripture together and begin to memorize it...

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Hear It From the Guys

Hear It From the Guys

So, we asked some guys to tell their story and how Journey fit into that. Do they think it is worth it - practical and beneficial - for guys to go? They already have so much going on trying to figure out life: work, school, girl to marry, family to start, etc. Here's...

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Guys’ and Girls’ Journey in Florida

Guys’ and Girls’ Journey in Florida

The Youth Journey in Florida was a great sacrifice for the leaders. Being down south in almost perfect weather, on a lake, with a soft breeze usually blowing, as you can imagine, was very difficult. Now, sarcasm aside. We were a little uncertain about taking the...

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Completing the Challenge!!

Completing the Challenge!!

Hey everybody!! 😀 Well, here we are ... the last day of February and in the final hours of the Journey Challenge! For those of you who have been participating in the Challenge, here are the steps to how you can complete it: You will have until March 1st (tomorrow!),...

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Equipped to Win!

Equipped to Win!

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Paul is making a really clear, and seemingly simple statement. Let’s dig in a little just so we can enjoy what is packed into these ten words. Overcome. It’s an important word in this verse. It’s a powerful word....

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A Step Beyond

A Step Beyond

Romans 12:20 “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." In one sense, this is all very basic and straightforward. Simplifying it down to its core...

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A Promise

A Promise

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” – Rom 12:19 Have you ever been wronged or hurt by someone? That is probably a rhetorical question for most of us. It is...

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“Is It Even Possible?!”

“Is It Even Possible?!”

Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Jurisdictions. Control. Transgression. Receiving. These are the 4 words that came to mind as I pondered the question, “Is it even possible to ‘live at peace with all men’?!”...

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The Spotlight

The Spotlight

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” Romans 12:17 Nasty words. Evil motives. Harmful actions. These are only a few reasons we grow up with a distrust toward others. These entered this world way back in the garden when Adam...

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United With Christ

United With Christ

Okay, before I get started with this verse, I want to say I think God’s Word is incredibly amazing! The more I get into it the more I realize it is not only perfect and complete in truth, but also perfect and complete in communicating that Truth! It also just dawned...

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The Gift of Empathy vs. the Cruelty of Envy

The Gift of Empathy vs. the Cruelty of Envy

It was a tough day to be alone on the farm with aching joints and a bad leg. Cold Canadian winds whipped around the corner of the barn as I hobbled along the old boards looking for the horse who didn't come for oats with the rest of the dozen or so in the herd. Then...

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Walk According to the Spirit

Walk According to the Spirit

Romans 12:14 ~ “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” I often think of persecution as only relating to those who are outwardly suffering for their faith. While this is certainly one form of persecution, I have not much experienced it at this level....

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Same Head, Same LIFE

Same Head, Same LIFE

“Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) I believe to truly understand all that is being communicated to us in this verse there are a few important foundational things we need to define. First we need to define a term and then we...

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Continual Communication

Continual Communication

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” -Romans 12:12 "…Patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” This is the line that struck me most as I contemplated this verse. While the word “tribulation” usually puts a word...

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