xclose menu

Posts by Paul Urban

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Blogposts
  • All Blogposts

VERVE CHURCH - One of our Strategic Partners

GodfortheRest_Main

A glimpse inside the Verve Church...

Keep Reading

A letter from Paul

On Sunday we shared at The Journey about a visioning and assessment time that I am currently on. Our Lead Team decided to give me a time away from regular duties to prepare for the next phase at The Journey. Matt had a time like this earlier this year.The Journey launched almost 14 years ago. In preparation for the launch of the church the Lewis and Urban families (as well...

Keep Reading

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from The Journey

This past Sunday we made a major announcement regarding our All In Vision. As many of you know, and some of you may not – this past November we began our All In Vision campaign to expand our influence and impact in our community and around the world through our facilities, our Network teams and our Strategic Partners. To date we have given away $35,000 from that pr...

Keep Reading

21 DAY FAST: Day 22

YOU DID IT!  The 21 Day Fast is over & we hope this has been helpful for you as you looked to defeat habits, hang-ups and addictions & as you looked to draw closer to God in your relationship with Him.  Now that you've went this far, keep going!  Keep taking steps with Jesus, keep seeking Him to defeat your habits, keep reading His Words & even m...

Keep Reading

21 DAY FAST: I'M HUNGRY

REAL HUNGER Fasting is a struggle against the flesh and is emotionally and physically demanding; in this we discover what we really hunger. Today is Day 9 of the fast. We are praying for spiritual breakthroughs in your lives & with your habits....

Keep Reading

21 DAY FAST: A KEY TO SUCCESS

It's day 4 of our 21 Day Spiritual Fast. Remember, it's all about connecting more deeply with Jesus, not just "giving up something". But, for many of us, there are things that we know we need to course correct, and that can be almost impossible on our own. WHERE WE'VE BEEN: So far, you've developed a plan, you've had the opportunity to resource yourself, maybe even starti...

Keep Reading

21 DAY FAST: Power of Prayer

To get the most out of our 21 Day Fast we need to spend time in prayer. It's all about connecting with Jesus and seeking Him during this time. Here's some things you can be praying during this time . . . ...

Keep Reading

21 DAY FAST: Develop a Plan

Today is the beginning of The Journey's 21 day fast as we look for a spiritual break-through in our lives. Today, we start our 21 days with developing a plan. Remember this is a process. A series of small steps will move us towards freedom and victory in our lives....

Keep Reading

HOPE CHRISTMAS SPRING UPDATE: PART 2

Hey Journeyers, as we get ready to head into summer we wanted to thank you for your generosity last Christmas through our Hope Christmas Project. We wanted to update you on the ways that your generosity is making a difference all around the world and helping people experience "relationships, not religion" far beyond our reach along the lakeshore....

Keep Reading

HOPE PROJECT SPRING UPDATE: PART 1

Here's an update from The Journey's financial gifts given to our strategic partners at Christmas!...

Keep Reading

PARTNERSHIP

At The Journey, we’re all about relationships, not religion and what we’ve found is that being intentional about those steps makes all the difference. Periodically doing personal evaluation, making commitments, and joining others in that process helps us grow as individuals and as a spiritual family....

Keep Reading

YEAR END GIVING & MATCHING CHALLENGE

A generous donor has agreed to match any money that comes into The Journey in December, above and beyond our average monthly giving. ...

Keep Reading

So, my credit card number got stolen again

So, my credit card number got stolen again. It's the third time in the last year. I don't know if you've had someone try and steal your identity. I was talking with someone recently and they were sharing about all the things they needed to cancel and change and re-do because . . . ...

Keep Reading

Virginia Beach, lifeguards, and a rescue

A couple summer's ago, we went with Jen's family to Virginia Beach for a few days. They had trained life guards on their tall white lifeguard stations every 100 yards or so. The beach was packed and the waves were strong. We were all hanging out on the beach when we heard the whistles blow. We watched the lifeguards jump off their station perch and go running toward th...

Keep Reading

You gotta see it to believe it

When Jennifer and I were first married we lived in Washington state between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. It was AMAZINGLY beautiful . . . when it was sunny. We had an apartment that looked out over the Olympic mountain range. When the sun would set in the west behind the mountains they would seem to rise up majestically. We loved waking up and seeing new fa...

Keep Reading

Are you ready for some football?

I played football in school, well . . . I tried out . . . in 8th grade. I was 4'10" and weighed approximately the amount of a really big pumpkin. I had my sights set on wide receiver. Out away from all the big linemen, catching the ball and running away from people with my speed. That was the plan, until my coach informed me that our team didn't have wide receivers so...

Keep Reading

The Revealed key to a blessed life & the Astounding Promise Jesus made

2000 years ago Jesus REVEALED a KEY to a blessed life and followed it up with an ASTOUNDING promise. Do you want a blessed life? Your best life? It won't happen unless you understand this key that Jesus revealed and embrace the astounding promise He made about it....

Keep Reading

I said goodbye this week

Stepping into adulthood should be a step into personal responsibility. The same is true in our relationship with God. We need to own it. We're responsible for the steps we take or don't take. ...

Keep Reading

Impossible is nothing

We all face situations and circumstances that seem impossible. What do we do when we feel stuck and there is no way forward? What do we do when my idea of the solution falls flat? ...

Keep Reading

And . . . Action!!

I will never forget the first time I was in a full length movie.  It was the late 1980's and I was a teenager.  I was walking in Chicago when we came up on a movie set.  It was starring Burt Reynolds and Liza Minelli & I think it went straight to video tape (remember, it was the 80's)!   Our part in the film was to cross the street as a car came zo...

Keep Reading

Summer Lovin'

Any relationship needs time and communication. Summer changes the pace for us in some great ways. That change of pace can be really beneficial in our relationship with God as well, if we're willing to take the time....

Keep Reading

The older I get the more dependent I realize I am. Is that bad???

The older, I mean, more mature I get, the more dependent I realize I am. That seems backwards doesn’t it? We think we’re dependent when we’re a kid but then we grow into independence and become my own person. That’s all true, but what I’ve also realized is. . ....

Keep Reading

You Can't Do It and You'll Never Be Able To!

You can't do it and you'll never be able to! Aren't you glad you stopped by? We live in a world where we're told that if we just try harder, work more, are more committed, we can accomplish anything. We tell our kids that. It's part of the DNA of being an American. It's at the heart of the American dream. And . . . ...

Keep Reading

Good Intentions aren't Enough

Your direction determines your destination.  It's not about good intentions.  Most of us have those, but they often haven't gotten us very far. If it's true that your direction determines your destination, then what direction are you going in?  Even more importantly, what destination are you aiming for? One of the things I've found in my life of trying to...

Keep Reading

What the heck is baptism & can I go to Heaven if I don't do it?

What the heck is baptism?  Do I have to do it?  If I don't am I going to Hell?   We're having baptism meetings at The Journey this Sunday (and on May 31) at both of our locations for 10 minutes after the service.  Breathe easy though - no matter who you are, you won't go to hell because you didn't get baptized!  Phew, right?  Your eternal des...

Keep Reading

5 WAYS TO SEE THE MASTERPIECE IN OTHERS

Are we more like a Pharisee or more like Jesus? Do we judge or extend grace? Here are 5 ways we can begin to see the masterpiece in others and extend God's grace to those around us . . . ...

Keep Reading

3 Keys to Not Letting Your Mess Mess You Up

Is your life messy? You're not alone. We all have messes in our lives. Today, we highlight 3 keys to not letting your mess, mess you up & they all center around what God thinks of us....

Keep Reading

Hi, I'm Paul and I'm a . . .

This Sunday we began a new series at The Journey called "Mess of Me". Some messes others cause, some are our own fault, and some we just seem to "step in". But what does God think of our mess? How does He see us?...

Keep Reading

DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY?

Did they or didn't they? One of my favorite things about Easter Sunday is watching as people . . . ...

Keep Reading

Matt's Monday Motivation (Hi-jacked)

The Bible is filled with stories and accounts that are at times uncomfortable, and don't always seem to make sense to us, but they are a part of a bigger story about a big God and his big love for us. Which should at least make us ask the question "What if?"...

Keep Reading

That's a cute story . . . or is it?

In our series "The Shadow" we're talking about how the shadow of Jesus is cast all throughout human history & even into our world today. To see the shadow we're looking back at some of the biggest stories of the Old Testament of the Bible. But are they more than just stories? Are they more than cute (or not so cute) fairy tales? ...

Keep Reading

4 Habits that you can begin TODAY to help you trust God more

Trusting God is hard. It's hard to trust someone that you can't see and to trust Him with things that seem so counter-cultural. But, trusting God is one of the main pathways to our "best life". ...

Keep Reading

Three Reasons why it's good news that "more is caught than taught"

More is caught than taught. That doesn't always feel like it's good news. But what if it could be? Here's three reasons why it can be good news that more is caught than taught....

Keep Reading

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Some Assembly Required. I hate those 3 words. But here's 3 ways to make the process less painful....

Keep Reading

5 Ways to Pray for your children's (or grand-children's) future

If you want to build your dream home, here's 5 Ways to pray for your children's or grand-children's future. ...

Keep Reading

3 Keys that Can Help You Live Longer

You've started to eat more healthy foods, maybe even started working out. Maybe you've quit that bad habit. But what if I told you that there is something else you can do that can have just as much effect on your long term health as quitting smoking (though you should DEFINITELY quit that too!)?SEE THE 3 KEYS BELOW TO LIVING LONGER! You can have friends but still feel iso...

Keep Reading

One BIG idea to not flop in 2015

You ready for it? One BIG idea to keep you from having a flop of a year in 2015...

Keep Reading

5 SECRETS TO MAKING BETTER DECISIONS

5 Secrets to making better decisions! Your daily decisions determine your destination, and these 5 secrets can help you win when you have "no will-power"....

Keep Reading

LAST CHANCE FOR 2014

Hey Journeyers: As 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is about to begin, we stand between the past and the future. We're so grateful for the things God has done this past year in and through the people who are a part of The Journey. Our community is a better place because of the impact of people at The Journey. Families are being restored, financial distress is being reli...

Keep Reading

GIVING TUESDAY

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and if you haven't heard, this is ‪Giving Tuesday‬...

Keep Reading

EXPLORE MORE ABOUT HEAVEN

Here's a few more resources to keep exploring more about heaven and the afterlife...

Keep Reading

EXPLORING MORE: Why does God allow pain & suffering?

This past Sunday at the Pontaluna Exit Site, we talked about a big question: Why does God allow pain & suffering? ...

Keep Reading

I Want to Invite Someone, but . . .

Inviting to church can be hard. We want everyone to experience their best life and find hope and healing in their life but what will they think if I invite? These cues can help you see who is seeking and give you an "in" on inviting....

Keep Reading

CAN'T DO EVERYTHING

Too often, we see a need and the vast scope of the need causes us to not do anything. The task is too large, the need too massive, the problem too universal....

Keep Reading

In Case You Missed It - Summer Baptisms 2014

In case you missed it, here's a video montage of our summer baptisms!...

Keep Reading

BIRTHDAY WORDS

My birthday was two days ago. Which means that all of facebook knew it was my special day. I got well wishes from all over the United States and from all different seasons of my life. I was grateful for each one. In Proverbs 18:21 it says that "the tongue (our words) has the power of life or death". If...

Keep Reading

You helped make this happen in Vegas

Each year The Journey gives to Verve Church in Vegas and their work along the Vegas Strip. Last year part of our gift went to making a mailer happen to let people know about Verve. Innocent enough. But here's part of what happened next . . . ...

Keep Reading

It's Time for a Detox

Have you ever went on a detox diet? Strip away everything, clean out your system, start over. What if we did that in our lives, not just with our diet? If you're like me ...

Keep Reading

Strategic Partnership: Vegas & beyond

On Mother's Day, Vince Antonucci from Verve Church in Vegas was at The Journey. Vince & Verve have been a strategic partner of ours since their beginning 4 years ago . . . Now it's going to whole new level....

Keep Reading

DO OR BECOME?

Often times when people think about their relationship with God, they think about what they need to "do" so they can "be" the person God wants them to be. But too often it's about the next program, it's about following a set of spiritual disciplines that becomes more legalistic gymnastics than anything....

Keep Reading

EASTER THANKS AND FOLLOW UP

We had a GREAT day at The Journey yesterday for Easter! Did you know over one thousand people joined us for services?...

Keep Reading

VINCE AT VERVE IN VEGAS

One of our Strategic Partners - Verve Church in Vegas had an article about them in the Las Vegas Review....

Keep Reading

10th ANNIVERSARY

So, let me take you back to the beginning. The Journey was birthed in our hearts as a dream to create a space where people could come and connect and take steps with Jesus no matter what their spiritual background was...

Keep Reading

When God confounds Doctors

When U of M doctors can't explain it, you know God is at work....

Keep Reading

Meet our Staff: Paul

Matt Lewis and I (and our families and a small group of other Jesus-followers) started The Journey almost 10 years ago....

Keep Reading

Meet Our Staff: Julie

Julie and Adam started attending The Journey a number of years ago and they both worked as teachers in our public schools. Julie has her Master's Degree, and took a big pay cut to come join The Journey staff (kind of a theme around here). ...

Keep Reading

Meet our Staff: Selena

Selena first came to The Journey because their son was asking questions about God and she and her husband, Greg, weren't really sure how to answer! I love that she has a very unique perspective on children's ministry......

Keep Reading

Meet the Staff: Aaron

Aaron is our youngest staff member. I don't know if he has an official title, but lets just call him our Worship Pastor. You might not know but Aaron used to tour in a band called Second Hand......

Keep Reading

Meet Our Staff: Shanna

Shanna Retzlaff, our Office Administrator extraordinaire. Before I get to what Shanna does at The Journey, let me give you a little backstory. Because Shanna is the exact reason we launched The Journey......

Keep Reading

Meet Our Staff: Matt

Matt & Stephani & Jennifer & I launched The Journey (a long with a small group of crazy Jesus-followers) 10 years ago. Matt left a very successful youth ministry. We both had a dream to create a church that was about relationships, not religion and where people who were disconnected with Jesus would experience life connected to Him.... ...

Keep Reading

Meet our Staff: Mark

This post is copied from Paul's blog. For more information, check it out at http://paulurban.blogs.com/paul_urban/ Mark Rhodes is our Pastor of Connections at The Journey. Mark & I have known each other since college and I love his heart for people that don't know Jesus, his passion for his family, and the character with which he lives his life. He's from a farm ...

Keep Reading
Subscribe