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Monday Memo - October 21

I saw in the Johnson City Press this morning that this week is PEAK SEASON for the leaves to change. Very beautiful! Enjoy!

I then asked myself this question, "Tom, is it peak season for change in your life these days?"

Fresh on my mind is the Ultimate Journey - My life being changed by Christ and used by Christ. While we all struggle and are prone to wander as we sang yesterday, peak season for change and growth in our lives is always NOW. Yes, even today.

Paul calls the process "being transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2) The renewing of our mind is what fuels change in our lives. We cannot afford the luxury of "unevaluated" thinking. So, if today is a day for change in my life, how is my thinking?

What if we could challenge one stream of our thinking each day? In other words, what are we saying to ourselves each day about...

  • Ourselves?
  • God?
  • Money?
  • Those closest to us?
  • Our church?
  • Our opponents?
  • Our suffering? 
  • Our work? 
  • Sexuality?

Let's pay attention to our thoughts today. Catch yourself, interrupt your thinking and evaluate it.

  •     Is it true in terms of reality on the ground? (How do you know if your assumptions are accurate?)
  •     Is it guided by grace?
  •     Is it reflecting biblical realities?
  •     Is it moving you forward in the Ultimate Journey?

It is always peak season for change. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind!

Thanks for engaging this Journey. Yesterday was about being ALL IN. May it be more so each day.

See you Sunday as we take a look at our NEXT STEPS!

PS - I would love to hear from you regarding how you are personalizing the Ultimate Journey in your life!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"The Ultimate Journey: ALL IN"    Romans 12:1-2  

Well? Well? There are powerful truths in these benchmark verses for every believer. They defy being taken for granted or nodded at in superficial agreement. The Ultimate Journey is on display here for all to see. Choices and opportunities abound! What will you do with them? Well?


Everyone is born an original, but dies a copy.


To walk with God we must run to God.

        ~George Gritter

It is a faith worth having. Christ is a Savior worth loving, and it is a life worth living when you trust Him here and now.

        ~Norman Herbert

The reproduction of Jesus Christ on the canvas of everyday life is the finest of the fine arts.

        ~R.T. Williams


1.    How does Romans 12:1-2 help your understanding and engagement of the Ultimate Journey? 

2.    Are you compelled to be ALL IN when it comes to the Ultimate Journey? Why or why not?

3.    Begin to ponder what your next steps in the Journey might look for you as we approach next Sunday’s final message in this series.

Looking Ahead

"The Ultimate Journey: Your Next Steps"    Colossians 2:6-7     

It is frequently acknowledged that most important step in any journey is the next one. The Ultimate Journey is made up of a series of steps. In fact, Paul says,

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.                       ~Colossians 2:6-7

It is time for us to decide our next steps. Let’s start with a little riddle. Five frogs are sitting on a log. Five decide to jump. How many are now on the log? Answer? Five. Deciding to jump and jumping are two different things.


1.    What did Paul see in the believers in Colossae that encouraged him? 2:5

2.    What is his primary concern going forward? (2:6)  What does the way we began our journey (as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord), have in common with the way we continue in the journey?

3.    Why do you think Paul likens the journey of Christian maturity as a walk?

4.    According to v. 7, how does our past “history” as a believer connect with our current reality?

5.    Where does the “overflowing with gratitude” fit in?

6.    As you consider where you are in the Ultimate Journey, and where you want to be, what next steps will help you get there? 


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