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RED, “Forgive” & the Weekend that Was

by Ed Noble on April 14, 2015 · 0 comments


What a great “Post-Easter” weekend at Journey. Morgan Mitchell (click here) joined our worship team and led us in “Spoken Word” poetry. It was powerful!


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Whenever you speak on “FORGIVENESS” you can sense the spiritual opposition. Jesus left no doubt that Forgiveness, getting it and granting it, is a huge deal in our lives.


Next week’s RED Word: “Blind guides of the blind” – Recovering from Religion.



by Ed Noble on April 6, 2015 · 0 comments

EASTER weekend is always an epic weekend at Journey. This year was one of our best ever! 6 Great services. The two Good Friday services were so powerful! And our 4 Easter services were filled with God’s presence and lots of people!

Let’s just look at some pics and give thanks!












This was an important weekend for Journey. Not only was it Week 5 of LEAP OF FAITH, but we had the OFFICIAL WEEKEND LAUNCH OF I LIVE THE JOURNEY!



I’m so thankful for the volunteers who are leading the way in this huge thing we are attempting.

I’m guessing that you have a question or 10 about I LIVE THE JOURNEY. So know this: there will be lots of communication coming your way.


But first let’s finish LEAP strong!

Then our GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER SERVICES. Let’s get our invite on!



This was one of those epic weekends at Journey. We are in the middle of LEAP OF FAITH. There is something powerful about the synergy of praying the 3 prayers together, reading the same gospel passage, small groups going through the same stuff! It makes the weekends extra fun!





SYRIA… At an area pastors meeting we somehow (Holy Spirit leading?) we ended up talking and praying about what is happening to Christ-followers and really all people in Syria. We agreed that in each of our churches we would pray for Syria. We asked our friend Dan Bender of Tecate Mission who trains people to serve in the middle east. It was a powerful moment.





Here’s a little secret about preaching at a church. Those of us called to do this actually believe that people’s lives could change because of the message we’re bringing THAT VERY WEEKEND. That being said, there are certain series, or messages that you feel in your bones are kind of make or break for people. The series that we’re in at Journey, FORCE OF HABIT, is one of those. I so believe that we must engage in practices, habits, patterns that will make room for God’s grace in our lives. Further, I think the area that we’ve discussed the last 2 weekends are so foundational, that I’m not sure you’ll get very far until you implement some kind of habit in the area of “MONEY” and “SCHEDULE” (or Time).

Let me give you a couple of BONUS REASON, stuff I didn’t get to say or expand on in the brief 48/50 minutes I spoke the last couple of weekends (ummm sorry about that).

1. OUR CAPACITY FOR SELF-DECEPTION IS BOUNDLESS. When it comes to money, greed, how I use my time, my capacity to fool myself is sky high. That’s the problem with greed especially. I never think I’m greedy. I tell myself that I’ve surrendered all I have an am to God. But that’s hard to know. It’s hard to really know our own hearts. When I specially put God first in giving and in my time with the concrete habits of tithing and focus time with God, it has the effect of moving my heart and surfacing the areas of resistance. Even if I give through clinched fists, it moves me to cry out for mercy for God to change my heart!

2. HABITS CREATE FREEDOM. Once we have habits established, we have kind of a baseline of experience. We follow in the footsteps of others who’ve walked a little farther than us, but the goal is that I become a student of my own soul and develop some spiritual practices that work best for me. The best book on this that I’ve read is Invitation to a Journey by Robert Mulholland. I highly recommend it.

3. HABITS FIGHT THE DOWNWARD CURRENT – There is a phenomena that we experience that I have called the “downward current”. It’s a combo of what the apostle Paul calls “the flesh” (sarx in Greek) and the effects of what the apostle John calls “The World” (see 1 John 2:16). Habits have the effect of reorienting me, of pointing me toward Christ, of reminding me to trust Him.

Habits are tangible ways to “present ourselves to God” (2 Tim 2:15). It’s critical that I keep that in as the focus. Practices are all about creating space for Grace. So let’s get busy habituating!

Now more pics from the last couple of weekends!


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Baby Dedication

by Ed Noble on January 26, 2015 · 0 comments

One of the great things about being a part of Church is being a part defining moments. I love seeing people take this step of faith and to see us blessing and praying for people in such a huge area of their lives.




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Meet Our New Pastors

by Journey Community Church on September 19, 2014 · 2 comments

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We are excited to introduce two new pastors who will lead and develop our College and Young Adult Ministry! Erik and Kristy Dees recently relocated from Iowa to join our team and are each bringing unique gifts and leadership experience to Journey. Erik is Pastor to Young Adults / Director of Leadership Development and Volunteer Engagement. Kristy is Pastor to College Students and College Age Adults.

Read more about them in their stories below.

Erik Dees

I was born in Ojai, California but my parents eventually landed in Northern Colorado, where I was raised. I am the youngest of three boys. My mom made a serious commitment to Christ around the time I was born in Ojai. In time, my dad drifted from his faith and into alcohol and tensions grew in our home. My parents divorced when I was 13. The divorce was difficult for me and so I clung to bad friends and a “party lifestyle” to cope with the pain at home.

After high school, I landed a great job at a local Wal-Mart Logistics Facility. Eventually, Wal-Mart opened a new facility outside of Phoenix and I transferred there along with my live-in girlfriend. I did very well in my job and began to receive promotions and moved up into management positions. While this was happening, my personal life was unraveling with my girlfriend, who gave birth to our daughter, Lindsey, in 1994. I ended up moving out shortly after my daughter’s birth. I continued in my party lifestyle but visited my daughter when I could.

One night while sitting in a bar in Phoenix, I had a radical epiphany. I found myself incredibly lonely in the midst of my normal crowd and recognized the shallowness of my life. That night I decided that I would go to a church the next Sunday with my roommate. I attended Phoenix First Assembly and there encountered God for the first time. As soon as the music played, I was overwhelmed with the presence of God. I was severely convicted and could not come to down to the altar fast enough to give my heart to Him. That spring of 1995, I experienced the grace and forgiveness of God. I have never been the same.

As a new Christian, I decided that I needed to become a real father to my now one-year- old daughter. I asked God to let me raise my daughter because her mother was continuing to participate in the drug and party lifestyle. Through a miraculous story (for another time), I ended up with full custody of my daughter, without any legal action needed. God allowed me to raise her and also began to give me opportunities to serve in my local church.

My career eventually landed me at Wal-Mart’s corporate offices in AR in late 2002. I loved my corporate job and expected to continue at Wal-Mart for a 20-year career, followed by establishing my own training/consulting business. I was always very active in the church as a volunteer leader, but never planned to work in the church.

Through yet another miraculous God story, I found my wife in 2007 and we married in 2008. In late 2007, I became increasingly unsettled with my life’s plan and began to pray again about my future direction. Through some God conversations, I began to sense a possible call to ministry. Doors began to open for me and I took on more and more responsibility as a teacher in our local church. I started online classes to pursue a ministry degree and my father-in-law asked me to consider leaving Wal-Mart to serve in full-time ministry alongside him, as he was feeling called back to his previous church in Iowa.

I accepted that call and have been in ministry in Iowa since 2009. I completed my B.A. in Bible and Theology and am currently attending Bethel Seminary for my M.A. in Transformational Leadership, with plans to then complete a D.Min in Christian Leadership practice.

Kristy Dees

I was born in Duluth, MN. I grew up with two brothers and my memories of early childhood are happy and filled with family activities and sports. We lived all over the Midwest, due to my father’s jobs in full-time ministry and education. I gave my heart to Jesus at around six years old and was the “model” church child growing up, complete with Bible quiz trophies and OCD need to please my parents and all my fishbowl watchers. I vividly remember standing on my porch deck in the middle of the night at age 16, asking God if this was it, if this was what it meant to be a Christian, and recognizing that what was real to my parents was only hitting surface level with me, despite my best efforts.

I went to ORU in Tulsa to study psychology, as they offered me the most scholarships and my older brother was also attending there.  At this point, I decided that I was going to be an atheist.  I have always had a high need for authenticity and my faith did not feel authentic so I scrapped it.  I told God that if He was real; He would need to prove it to me. I kept a folder with any evidence or experiences for/against the reality of God.  After it became overwhelmingly apparent to me that there must be a God, I then focused on exploring all sorts of religions and types of gods, not wanting to believe in Jesus because that is the God my parents chose. Out of all the gods I tried to search for, Jesus was the only one who showed up.  At that point, I began to experience the presence of God in a way that changed the deepest parts of me.  I was 100% in.

Ministry from that point on was really all I wanted to do, although I don’t know that I recognized it as my “calling” until much later.  I started going on short term trips all over the world through my school and church: Guyana, Mexico, Australia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Guatemala etc. There I found God placing in my heart His strong compassion for the suffering, vulnerable, and wounded.  I worked as a community outreach coordinator at ORU, recruiting and organizing collegiates to mobilize for city outreach, including leading homeless ministries, tutoring for at-risk students, children’s hospital visitation, retirement home lunch ministry and neighborhood park outreaches.

I then moved to California and began working at a group home for teenage girls who were sexually abused by family members. I started working at Journey and kept both jobs throughout my next couple years in CA. God then opened doors for me to pursue full-time missions through Africa Inland Mission.  I accepted a permanent position in Angola, which would focus on teaching in orphanages recently established after the civil war and youth leadership training. I moved to Brazil to learn Portuguese and then lived in Kuito, Angola for about two years. While in Angola, I taught at both the city and church orphanages, developed leadership camps and events for Angolan youth, started a VBS for street kids in Kuito, and developed and provided training for the teachers at the orphanage to learn and use templates to teach Bible lessons.

This is getting really long (sorry, long life), so I will skip the story of how I was road blocked from returning to Angola after my two year visa expired. I was struggling with depression during this time, both from what seemed like the loss of my calling and the loss of my brother, who was killed in a car accident along with his wife. God brought along my husband and step-daughter about this time and Erik and I were married in 2008. I was working as the community outreach coordinator for Youth Bridge, which was the non-profit who ran all of the youth shelters and behavioral services for NW Arkansas.

Then, we moved to Iowa as Erik accepted the youth pastor position at Faith Assembly.  I worked as a case manager with families experiencing abuse, establishing goals with them and providing supportive services. Most of my 5 years in Iowa I was working for the state of Iowa, including facilitation and creation of their employment readiness classes and a year as a child abuse social worker. Last year, I finished licensing classes through our denomination and am currently credentialed as a minister with the Assemblies of God. I will complete my M.A. in Education/School Counseling through Buena Vista University around Dec. 2015.

And now, I am super excited about a new season of life and ministry at Journey! That’s me!


MOMENTUM, Everywhere and The Weekend that Was

by Ed Noble on August 25, 2014 · 0 comments


This passage has become a living word for us at Journey.

This quote from the great Frank Laubach was so on the money:

“God, I want to give You every minute of this year. I shall try to keep You in mind every moment of my waking hours….I shall try to let You be the speaker and direct every word. I shall try to let You direct my acts. I shall try to learn Your language.”


Communion is always awesome!




I will post the video of Bill Johnson that I showed on Facebook.




MOMENTUM, QUIET TIME & the Weekend that Was

by Ed Noble on August 13, 2014 · 1 comment


This weekend was week 2 of our Series MOMENTUM. Our verse is

Zech. 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.

A huge momentum building “SPIRITUAL PRACTICE” that goes under the title QUIET TIME.

For those of you who are new to this whole discipline here’s super simple 20 MINUTE QUIET TIME PLAN.

SUPER SIMPLE 20 Minute Quiet Time Plan

1 min QUIET – Be silent & open yourself up to God’s Spirit

4 min READ – Read 5-20 Verses of the Bible slowly

4 min REFLECT – Pick on verse, phrase or word that “speaks” to you

5 min PRAY – Speak to God (feel free to take more than 5 minutes)

5 min Journal – write down some of the things that just happened

* Allow time to develop a new habit, learning curve and even pushback from “Evil”

Here are a few pics.






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John Lynch

by Journey Community Church on July 13, 2014 · 2 comments

Quotes and notes from John Lynch’s message on July 11 & 13. Check out his latest book On My Worst Day: Cheesecake, Evil, Sandy Koufax, and Jesus online or in the Twice Treasured Thrift Store.

Listen to the podcast: Message from July 11 & 13

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