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SPRING JOURNEY 2020

Discounted Pricing & Deposit Options: The standard rate for The Journey is $1200. See below for One-time or Deposit + Payment Plan options. Group Rate & Alumni Rate- text 269.389.9491 for details. One-time Payment Option (use one of the codes to get a reduced cost): Choose one of the full-pay options and use one...

News Flash – 12-session Guides Return

Beginning this Fall, you will be able to choose what length Journey Group you want to hold.  Due to numerous requests, Open Hearts Ministry will have both the 9-session version and the 12-session version of the Journey Guides available.  (That includes Leader and Participant Guides for both Journey Begins and Journey Continues, and the...

The Victorious and Discouraged Prophet Elijah

I Kings 18 – 19 we have a story about the prophet Elijah that depicts how God interacted with his prophet when he was so discouraged he wanted to die. We can learn from this story because like Elijah we sometimes feel alone and discouraged, even after a victorious battle. The Lord has given...

Stay Close to Jesus.  You May Share in a Miracle.

John 11: 38 – 46 “So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has...

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...

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...

Dream Big

Three years ago I attended my first Journey experience.  My body fluctuated between feeling anxious and hopeful throughout the days.  Mid-way through the week I sat across the table from Mark Johnson, Open Hearts Executive Director, at lunch and shared my dream to host a golf fundraiser for the ministry.  What would make this...

Jesus In Community

John 11 is all about the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  Jesus let him die to the glory of God.  He could have been there.  He delayed on purpose to do a bigger more miraculous work.  Waiting for God.  What do you do while you wait for God?  What are you feeling? The...

II Samuel 6

Deeply wounded people often do not experience the presence of the Lord in their life.  There is a sense of feeling distant from Him.  It is sometimes experienced as a desert experience.  One friend said, I just need to forgive myself.  I asked, what does that mean to you?” The cross is about Jesus...

A Wonderful Journey

I had spent considerable time choosing just the right wardrobe to impress.  I was very much chained to a role of performance, masking my true identity.  I didn’t feel I measured up. I was packed and ready for my trip to The Journey.  My heart wasn’t as sure.  I wanted to go, I didn’t...
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