A number of years ago when I was a salesman, I used to travel quite a bit. I would fly all over the US and drive up and down the state of California. In the beginning, I found the travel exciting. After a short period of time it was no longer exciting but tedious and soul crushing. I would get so tired sometimes that my life was like a twisted science experiment. Like Pavlov’s Dogs, my alarm would sound and I would sit up and then that would set into motion a series of activities that had been conditioned into my brain and body. I would get in the shower, I would get dressed, I would gather my briefcase, I would get in the car, I would drive a specific way to get to a specific place. When I arrived at the office my brain would suddenly reboot and I was left wondering, “How did I get here”?
1 Peter 2:4-10
Focused Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Those of us who have come to a genuine faith in Jesus have shed our old selves. We are no longer under the righteous judgment of God, but have been redeemed and given a new identity. Peter tells us in this passage that we are now, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession…” Yet he does not stop there.
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:22-23
To our detriment, many of us have developed the same mindset about our churches as we have our grocery stores. We often fall into the trap of viewing them as a place we go to “get something” each week. However, this mindset stems from a severely limited understanding of God’s design for the community of the faithful.
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1 Peter 1:13-21
Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:14-19
Too often in our evangelical culture we receive the gospel message without making a clear connection that a certain lifestyle naturally flows from salvation. We accept the benefits of the cross, but don’t necessarily commit to living in a manner consistent with the gospel. For the Apostles, there was to be no separation in belief and practice.
1 Peter 1:1-12
Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9
We live in a world of uncertainty. Circumstances constantly change, sometimes for better and other times for worse. However, as believers, Peter reminds us of God’s past, current, and future work in our lives, all of which provides us with a solid foundation for joyful living.
During the month of July at the Crossing campus, we’ve been studying what the biblical perspective is on money. The teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul on this important subject have been insightful as we seek to follow Christ and the scriptures.
While driving home last Sunday from Valley Bible Church, two songs came to mind, reminding me that anything the world could offer pales in comparison to the value and worth of Jesus. The first song was the old favorite, I’d rather have Jesus, composed by George Beverly Shea in 1932. For those of you who haven’t heard of Shea, he was a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. He was considered ‘the first international singing star of the gospel world’. Due largely to his solos at Billy Graham Crusades as well as in concerts, he held the Guinness Book of World Records for singing in front of the most people ever, a combined audience of 220 million.
In only four short years our son will turn 18; I will be the father of my first adult child. Early parenthood is largely occupied with keeping our kids alive and healthy. We switch gears in the school years, focusing on preparing our children with knowledge, skills and experiences to help ensure future prosperity. Jesus posed a provocative business-minded question: What’s the profit in gaining everything the world offers only to lose your soul? How confident can we be that we are imparting “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” to future generations?
Summer is sneaking into the Bay Area, slowly but surely. Schools are closed, graduations have come and gone, and vacations are in the works! And for many of us here in the VBC family, there is much preparation for some of the most spiritually fruitful events of the year! The crown jewel of the summer for many in the VBC family is our outreach to the Navajo Nation. If our calculations are correct, this will be our 20th sojourn to Four Corners, USA – where Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico converge in one geographic point.
I am going to share something that I think most parents have experienced, or most of us have experienced during our youth. Years ago, I was a bit puffed up as a parent, until one day when we had an incident with one of the kids. I woke up having no idea what would happen and I wish I could tell you it only happened once or only with one of our 6 children. Unfortunately, that would not be true. It did happen again and with most of our kids.