5 results for month: 10/2014


Faith Overcomes Shame

Luke 7:36 – 50 “ Now one of the Pharisees was requesting to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort ...

THE JOURNEY AT MARANATHA

For over 20 years, people have gathered at the shores of Lake Michigan to experience the Journey. This unique, all-inclusive setting offers worship, lodging, meals, teachings with Open Heart’s lead team of trainers, a chance to be baptized in Lake Michigan, and an evening of celebration festivities to conclude the time. During downtime, walk the bluff overlooking the lake, feel the spray of water from the waves and explore the little lake towns nearby. This 5-day training (Sunday evening-Thursday evening), is designed for anyone seeking soul-care and growth in leading effective small groups. Come enjoy large group teachings with breakout small ...

LEADER TRAINING WEEKEND

Leader Training Weekends will enhance and further equip you as you work through your story and empower your local participants to find freedom in their lives. These events are designed for those who have a knowledge of the Journey Group process and leader experience or a desire to lead groups locally.  This event provides interactive training sessions, time spent with other leaders in care groups, and refreshing moments of reflection and community that will leave you challenged and inspired.  Training and materials will focus on group processes that are applicable to both The Journey Begins and The Journey Continues.  No matter which curriculum you ...

Break The Silence

This is a true story about a scandal that ruined a town and who knows how many families.  Dinah was a new girl in town.  She had a least 9 brothers, and an important father, Jacob.  Her mother was Leah.  It was a very blended family.  She went to town to meet some of the girls in town.  Dinah was old enough to go to town alone yet not supposed to socialize with the Canaanites who lived there. There is a villain in this story.  He is Shechem, prince in the land, a powerful young man.  He saw her, raped her and brought her hostage into his father’s home. Then he demanded that he marry her and he would pay whatever it cost.  He was a ...

The Journey October 2014

Last week we gathered at Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon, Michigan for The Journey.  We have returned to these grounds on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan for over two decades.  It is a place of healing, freedom, peace, rest and redemption for those who attend. The week was uncharacteristically quiet, the participants making their way to and from the sessions in hushed tones, even the dining hall felt like a space of unusual quiet.  Those of us who have been leading these weeks for years all noticed the change from what has been so familiar.  We watched and listened closely for what God was doing, wondering what this quietness was ...