Thankfulness: Saying and Showing
Series: Thanksgiving
Simon the Pharisee, a religious leader, has invited Jesus to dine in his home (only Luke has Jesus being invited specifically to the home of a Pharisee). Suddenly, an uninvited, unnamed woman appears who is described simply as a “sinner in the city.” Without speaking, she weeps, wets Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints them with perfumed oil (verse 38). Today we are welcoming Pastor OJ Mozon as guest speaker. Pastor OJ will be exploring on what the Bible is speaking to us through this story.
  • 2021-11-21Thankfulness: Saying and Showing
    Thankfulness: Saying and Showing
    Series: Thanksgiving
    Simon the Pharisee, a religious leader, has invited Jesus to dine in his home (only Luke has Jesus being invited specifically to the home of a Pharisee). Suddenly, an uninvited, unnamed woman appears who is described simply as a “sinner in the city.” Without speaking, she weeps, wets Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints them with perfumed oil (verse 38). Today we are welcoming Pastor OJ Mozon as guest speaker. Pastor OJ will be exploring on what the Bible is speaking to us through this story.
  • 2021-11-14How to Talk To and Treat Others Like Jesus
    How to Talk To and Treat Others Like Jesus
    In the Old Testament law it was clearly wrong to make false vows. We have seen in the cross-references that there are many warnings about making vows and then not fulfilling them. These warnings are true. We should not make vows/oaths/promises that we cannot or may not keep. Jesus is not disagreeing with this fact, but He raises the bar even higher. Make no oath at all – In the time of Jesus making oaths had become more popular. What was originally a wow to make a solemn covenant before the Lord as seen in Psalm 76:11 had developed into a widespread problem of making oaths. In people’s routine everyday communication with each other they would make oaths to convince each other of the truth and sincerity of their words.  We Christians are called not to oath-taking but to truth-telling. Not just on solemn occasions but every day, in every situation, so that we might reflect Jesus' truthfulness and his love for everyone around us.
  • 2021-11-07What Did Jesus Say About Divorce?
    What Did Jesus Say About Divorce?
    Jesus’ refers to Genesis 2:21-25. His answer takes people back to creation when God made one man and one woman and put them together. The two became one flesh. By quoting Genesis, Jesus shows that this is not a cultural principle. It is not a principle which changes for different times or different places. It is a universal principal rooted in creation itself where God revealed His perfect plan for marriage. This clearly refutes many of the modern world’s excuses for allowing divorce of which there are many.
  • 2021-10-31The Deadly Lure of Lust
    The Deadly Lure of Lust
    Jesus is dealing with the subject of adultery or sex outside of the marital union. He states that we can commit adultery in the mind as well as by the literal act. Then He talks about our right eye or right hand causing us to stumble. It's obvious that He's referring to the sin of adultery. He's not referring to you literally plucking your eye out, or cutting your hand off. He's using these two parts of our body symbolically. I believe the eye is referring to what we allow ourselves to see. The hand is referring to our actions. If there is something in our lives that continually causes us to fall into the sin of adultery (or any sin), then we need to cut that out of our lives. This is just as painful as plucking out our eyes or cutting off our hands. We need to focus on the rewards as Jesus soothes our pain.
  • 2021-10-24Right Worship Starts with a Right Heart
    Right Worship Starts with a Right Heart
    Pastor Kevin continues in his series, "The Sermon on the Mount". Today Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Book of Matthew, chapter 5:21-26. In this section, Jesus deals with the commandment “Do not murder” which is one of the ten commandments given to Moses. Jesus is leading His listeners to see that true righteousness is far more than legal or external obedience. Righteousness is not about just getting your part done. It is not looking to see how much you can get away with and still be considered “righteous.” Righteousness is right relationships, relationships that spring out of a right heart, mind, and soul that always bring about blessing and life. God's righteousness is connected with His shalom, which is well-being and harmony. This is the righteousness, the Torah of God, that Jesus came to fulfill. Jesus has completed the Torah of God. He is completely in right, peaceful, life-giving relationship with God, us, and all of creation.
  • 2021-10-17What Jesus Believed About the Bible
    What Jesus Believed About the Bible
    Jesus is the Word of God. He is the Spirit of Prophecy. He is God in the flesh, so if we’re looking for some guidance on how to relate to Holy Scripture, we ought to look no further than him. Jesus believed that the Scripture, in its entirety, is God-breathed. When confronted with the temptation of the devil He said the following: It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4 ESV) Jesus believed in the full authority of Scripture.
  • 2021-10-10Blueprints for Building: True Christianity: Nehemiah 9
    Blueprints for Building: True Christianity: Nehemiah 9
    Today we are welcoming back Dave Metzger as guest speaker. Pastor Dave is continuing his series from the Book of Nehemiah. Today Pastor Dave will cover Nehemiah, chapter 9.  After the wall was completed, after the wall was working, after the people had heard and obeyed God’s Word, after the Holy Spirit was doing a significant work in the lives of people – now there is a scene of dramatic, humble repentance. Pastor Dave will be discussing what true spirituality involves and the one measure of true Christianity.
  • 2021-10-03A Christian’s Witness to the World: Being Salt and Light
    A Christian’s Witness to the World: Being Salt and Light
    Matthew is recording Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The prior passage recorded the Beatitudes, and now Christ turns to a series of short teachings on various topics. First, He addresses the need for disciples of Jesus to live according to the virtues described in the Beatitudes. These are needed in order to be "salt" and "light" in the world (Matthew 5:14). Jesus says to His disciples, "You are the salt of the earth." Then, as now, salt served a variety of functions. Before the days of refrigeration, salt was used widely as a preservative by rubbing it into meat. In some cases, it could be used as a kind of fertilizer. Also, of course, it was used to bring flavor to food. Jesus' call for followers to be "salt of the earth" carries those uses, symbolically, into our spiritual lives.
  • 2021-09-26The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 2)
    The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 2)
    Today Pastor Kevin continues with the second part of his teaching on the "be-atitudes" from Matthew 5:7-12. Although the primary purpose of the beatitudes is to declare the blessings given by God’s kingdom, most scholars also regard them as painting a picture of the character of that kingdom. As we step into God’s kingdom, we hope to become more like those named as blessed—more meek, more merciful, more hungry for righteousness, more apt to make peace, and so on. This gives the beatitudes a moral imperative. Later, when Jesus says, “Make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), the beatitudes describe the character these disciples are meant to take on.
  • 2021-09-19The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 1)
    The “Be” Attitudes (Pt 1)
    The Sermon on the Mount is by far Jesus' longest explanation of what it looks like to live as His follower and to serve as a member of God's Kingdom. In many ways, Jesus' teachings during the Sermon on the Mount represent the major ideals of the Christian life. This week, Pastor Kevin is examining the first four beatitudes. The beatitudes open the great sermon given on the mountain in Matthew 5. The word "beatitudes" comes from the Latin word beatus which means "blessed." Some have made a play on the word to call them the "be-atitudes." The beatitudes show to us the blessings and responsibilities of being a disciple of Jesus. The Greek term means happy or fortunate. We will be looking at the remaining five beatitudes next week.
  • 2021-09-12“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”
    “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”
    Today we are welcoming Chase Feindel as guest speaker. Pastor Feindel is the lead pastor of Anthem Church located in Vista. This is his first time speaking at Valley. Pastor Feindel will be discussing the first beatitude in the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:3–12 contains what have come to be known as the Beatitudes.  Each of the Beatitudes begins with a reference to those who are blessed, in connection to some behavior or attitude. The idea of being "blessed" in Jesus' sermon does not mean feeling happy, necessarily. Rather it means recognizing what is truly good in a person's life and why. It refers to those on the right track, who are following a godly pattern of thoughts and actions. Jesus begins by saying that the poor in spirit are blessed. This is not a reference to money or finances. To be "poor in spirit" is the opposite of being self-confident or self-reliant, especially in any spiritual sense. The poor in spirit recognize they are incapable of providing for themselves by their own strength, goodness, or righteousness. They know themselves to be spiritually bankrupt of true goodness. They cannot hope to bargain or earn their way into the kingdom of heaven.
  • 2021-09-05Inside Out
    Inside Out
    Today Pastor Kevin is starting a new series on "The Sermon on the Mount". The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in chapters 5-7 in the Book of Matthew. Jesus delivered this message near the beginning of His ministry and it is the longest of Jesus' sermons recorded in the New Testament. Keep in mind that Jesus wasn't a pastor of a church, so this "sermon" was different than the kind of religious messages we hear today. Jesus attracted a large group of followers even early in His ministry -- sometimes numbering several thousand people. He also had a smaller group of dedicated disciples who remained with Him all the time and were committed to learning and applying His teaching.
  • 2021-08-29The One Thing that is Necessary
    The One Thing that is Necessary
    In today's message, Jesus visits two sisters who hosted Him for dinner. How many of you have tried to get into God’s Word and spend time with the Lord in prayer, but you lost your motivation. Maybe you jumped into Genesis with gusto, you hung on through Exodus, but you got lost and died somewhere in Leviticus. Maybe you didn’t get much out of it and so you quit. But whatever happened to kill your motivation, the fact that Jesus calls Mary’s action of sitting at His feet and listening to His word “the necessary thing” ought to be sufficient reason to commit yourself to it. But let's hear Pastor Kevin give four lessons that we can learn from this story in Luke chapter 10, verses 38-42.
  • 2021-08-22One Person Can Make All the Difference!
    One Person Can Make All the Difference!
    Evangelism often begins with those whom we know best—even those within our own family.  While Andrew will not achieve great stature among the apostles, he brings people to Jesus on three occasions, this being the first. “You can accomplish anything if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Andrew bears evidence of the truth of that old saying. He never achieves prominence in the Gospels, but he uses his unique gift of inviting to great effect. From the very beginning, Jesus gathered around him the most ordinary people. People like Andrew, ordinary people who possess only ordinary gifts, still do most of Christ’s work today. If only highly talented people responded to Christ’s call, the church would be stunted and crippled.
  • 2021-08-15Forgiveness: Getting it, Giving it
    Forgiveness: Getting it, Giving it
    Religious leaders in Jesus’ day formed societies where men (and it was always men) sat in the evenings, ate meals and debated theology. There were also many Jewish people who lived on the margins, not living by the law, and rejected by these religious leaders as “sinners.” In the parable of the Two Debtors, Simon, a Pharisee, has invited Jesus to a dinner at Simon’s house. Like all cultures, there are certain “rules” when someone comes to your house. In Jesus’ day, three rituals were common: a kiss of greeting, washing of feet and anointing with oil. Suddenly a woman appears at the dinner table. This was possible in those days because the dinners would be held in a courtyard, with the gate open so that the rest of the town could look in on the festivities. The woman is described by Luke as a ‘sinner.’ After this event unfolds, Jesus tells a parable.
  • 2021-08-08A Story of Hell
    A Story of Hell
    Jesus directed the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the Pharisees, who thought that they would get into heaven because they were good men.  They studied the Law and the Prophets and could quote lengthy sections of it. They participated in all of the annual feasts and holy days of the Jewish faith. They gave ten percent or more of their income to the temple. But their religion was outward. They did what they did to impress others. But God was not impressed because their hearts were full of pride and hypocrisy (16:15). They would have protested that they kept the Law, but they were not concerned about inner, heart righteousness before God. Like the rich man in the parable, they were living the good life, assuming that they would go to heaven. But their love of money had blinded them to God’s perspective. They were in for a rude awakening if they did not repent and take heed to the true message of the Bible before they died.
  • 2021-08-01Identifying As One
    Identifying As One
    Today Pastor Kevin will be discussing the importance of baptism. At Valley Bible Church, we baptize people who have made a conscious decision to believe in Christ and trust Him alone for their salvation.  Baptism is a demonstration of someone’s union with Christ symbolizing His death and resurrection.  It signifies that your former way of life has been put to death and depicts a freedom from slavery to sin (Romans 6:1-6).  We get the honor of celebrating lives that have been changed by Jesus with Baptism!  If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and haven’t been baptized or would like more information on what it is or why you should do it, you can email Pastor Kevin at Kevin@valleybible.com.
  • 2021-07-25The Importance of One
    The Importance of One
    Today Pastor Ruben Moreno is filling in for Pastor Kevin who is on vacation. Pastor Ruben heads up our Spanish ministry here at Valley. Pastor Ruben will be discussing the importance of sharing our faith. Maybe you’re afraid to share your faith because you don’t know what to say. Or maybe you’re sharing the Gospel but nothing is happening; people aren’t committing their lives to Christ. Are you doing something wrong? Remember that God does not call the equipped; He equips the called—and as Christians, we are all called to share what Christ has done. Some of Christ’s last words on earth were, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Sharing our faith isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a command. And God is with us when we obey Him.
  • 2021-07-18Jesus Heals the Paralytic
    Jesus Heals the Paralytic
    Having returned to Capernaum, a number of people now knew that Jesus was able to heal the sick. Four men had a friend who was paralyzed, whom they wanted to bring to Jesus for healing. It seems to have taken considerable time and effort to get the paralyzed man from where he was staying to the house where Jesus was teaching. By the time they arrived, the house was filled and a large crowd apparently had gathered outside. Perhaps the Lord could see the commotion going on outside, caused by the four who were determined to get the paralytic to Jesus.  Undaunted by the difficulties, the men elected to "go up on the roof and lower him on his mat (a.k.a. pallet)." The scene, as viewed from below, must have been amazing. This leads me to the theme I see in this passage: My faith is important, not just for the benefit of my own relationship with God, but for the benefit of those I spend time with as well. For faith to be effective, it must inspire the one who has it to act in a way that shows it is present. The faith of these men showed, and because of it, their friend was healed.
  • 2021-07-11Follow Me
    Follow Me
    Who's your one? Imagine if every believer could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom seeking to share the gospel. That’s the intention behind Who’s Your One. We believe God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism—what they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ. Over the coming weeks, our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel.  At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom.