From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for June 30

I am blessed to serve a congregation whose leadership understands the value of the gift to a pastor of sabbatical. Sabbatical is common in the seventh year of practice in positions of leadership, most commonly in the fields of Ministry, Education, Law, and Medical...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for June 23

I continue with a discussion of prayer and some of the questions I have received lately. This one is somewhat common: I can’t pray out loud or in public. My first response is praying out loud or in public is not as difficult as you think if you consider it is simply...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for Jun 16

I have been focusing on hinderances to prayer and today I include another question I was asked: Why do I struggle so much to stay focused when I pray? Let’s face it! Many of us struggle to stay focused when we pray. Our culture is busy and there are so many things...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for Jun 9

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, celebrating the coming of Holy Spirit. One of Holy Spirit’s ministries is to help make us holy. We ought to be more holy today than we were yesterday, and Holy Spirit helps us in this growing process. First, the work of Holy Spirit is to...

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From the Lead Pastor’s Desk for Jun 2

I was asked a couple of Sundays ago: What should I do when I don’t feel like praying? There are days, seasons, or events in all of our lives that sometimes seem to paralyze our hearts and leave no words available to us for prayer. When this happens, the first thing to...

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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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