From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for May 26

Do you ever wonder why your prayers seem to go unanswered? May I share some thoughts from Kim Butts blog with Harvest Prayer Ministries? A most common reason is we have already determined what answer we want to hear or see is before we actually ask God. In other...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for May 19

“Converting our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer moves us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue.” – Henri Nouwen I was taught that everyone should carve out time for Bible study, worship and prayer. Yet, I would always find a drifting...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for May 12

I was reminded I should have clarified last weeks blog on slowing down has its roots in the thought processes I am contemplating as I prepare for a 2-month Sabbatical in July and August as Janet and I begin our 7th year of ministry at VCF. We were created by God with...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for May 5

I have been challenged lately to look through a biblical lens at the principles of work and rest, which causes me to ask the question, “in the end, whose work is it?” Honestly wrestling with this question has defining implications in our lives. Recently, I met with a...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for April 28

I recently read a blog by Nancy Guthrie: What Not to Ask Someone Suffering. www.desiringgod.org I want to share a few of her thoughts: Since we have faced a number of sudden deaths in our VCF family recently, I am often asked what to say and what to do for people who...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for April 21

When I was in 8th grade, my Dad, Jack was killed instantly in a highway accident. While I have many memories of my Dad, the one that stood out the most in my impressionable mind was his true conversion to following Jesus as not only as his Savior but also as Lord of...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for April 14

A week of driving almost 40 hours with kids in the car was a memory jogger for me. I forgot how important it is to have planned activities for kids to participate in to keep fighting, arguing, and interruptions at bay. There is just so long the Alphabet Game, or I Spy...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for April 7

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Chad challenging something I said in a sermon about unity from Romans 15. I made a comment in the talk mentioning people’s righteous works being like filthy rags quoting Isaiah 64:6 in the context that our works don’t...

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In our increasingly results-oriented world, it’s easy to apply the same organizational health measurements to church as we do in business. Some typical questions asked of leadership might be: • Is attendance moving in the right direction? • How does our budget look? •...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for March 24

It’s no secret that America is aging. The number of people 65 years of age and older will double by 2050 (New York Times). Those demographic changes will mean a lot for churches, also in the midst of an aging population. As the country—and its churches age, the...

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