2021-01-17
The Three Marks of a Disciple
What does it mean to be a disciple maker? Today we are welcoming back Bruce DeSoto as guest speaker. Pastor Bruce will be examining from the Word of God, some principles about discipleship.  A disciple maker is a Christian who enters into relationships with people to help them trust and follow Jesus. This definition is based upon Jesus’ example of love (John 13:34-35) and his final command in Matthew 28:19-20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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  • 2021-01-17The Three Marks of a Disciple
    2021-01-17
    The Three Marks of a Disciple
    What does it mean to be a disciple maker? Today we are welcoming back Bruce DeSoto as guest speaker. Pastor Bruce will be examining from the Word of God, some principles about discipleship.  A disciple maker is a Christian who enters into relationships with people to help them trust and follow Jesus. This definition is based upon Jesus’ example of love (John 13:34-35) and his final command in Matthew 28:19-20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • 2021-01-10Why Are You in the S.H.A.P.E. You’re In?
    2021-01-10
    Why Are You in the S.H.A.P.E. You’re In?
    Today Pastor Kevin will begin a new series titled, "Getting into Spiritual "S.H.A.P.E.".  Now the word SHAPE in this instance is an acrostic that Pastor Kevin will explain in this lesson. God made us for a purpose. Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV) says, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well".  And your SHAPE reveals God's purpose for you.
  • 2021-01-03RESET: A New Year, A New Start!
    2021-01-03
    RESET: A New Year, A New Start!
    Series: Reset
    Happy New Year! Many people make some sort of resolution at the start of the year—whether it’s to lose weight, eliminate debt, or read through the Bible. Today Pastor Kevin will explain Reset, a new start. a new season in our church. In the busyness of life, it can be easy to forget that we are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27). Embrace this spirit and remind people of the most important resolution of all: to make Jesus first in their life.
  • 2020-12-27I’m Finished…Now What?
    2020-12-27
    I’m Finished…Now What?
    Today we are welcoming back Dave Metzger as guest speaker. Pastor Dave has spoken at Valley several times previously. Pastor Dave will be picking up where he left off since his last visit in the Book of Nehemiah. Pastor Dave will be covering Chapters 6 and 7, addressing the question, "I have accomplished my goal, now what?".
  • 2020-12-24Christmas Eve
    2020-12-24
    Christmas Eve
    Series: Advent
    This Christmas Eve, we will gather for a special service for the whole family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior together. On Christmas Day, we celebrate the incarnation, God coming to earth in human form through the person of Jesus of Nazareth. In this teaching, Pastor Ruben reflects on some the unique aspects of Jesus' birth.
  • 2020-12-20Advent Week 4 – Peace
    2020-12-20
    Advent Week 4 – Peace
    Series: Advent
    One of the hallmarks of the Christmas story is when the angels appear to the shepherds and proclaim, “Peace on earth” in Luke 2:14. Today we wonder as we listen to the evening news, is peace possible? We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, but we also need peace with others. God addresses both. He tells us what to do to find that peace. Not surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say about peace, as it attributes peace to Jesus himself: The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Inner peace begins with a relationship with Jesus, and it continues as we focus on His strength and allow Him to fill us. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Peace with others begins as we understand that God has called us to be peacemakers in our world. Is there somewhere in your own world where you can be a peacemaker this Christmas?
  • 2020-12-13Advent Week 3 – Joy
    2020-12-13
    Advent Week 3 – Joy
    Series: Advent
    Today we are welcoming Bruce DeSoto as guest speaker. For this week, we’ll cover the third candle known as the candle of joy. During this third week of advent, this Sunday celebrates the passage in Philippians 4:4-5, its verses extolling readers to “rejoice” for “indeed the Lord is near.” In other words, this week celebrates the joy of Christ’s coming to earth. Believers want to highlight the importance of joy in advent season. During a time where depression is at an all-time high and people seem to be in the most despair, this candle offers a bright light during a dark time.
  • 2020-12-06Advent Week 2 – Love
    2020-12-06
    Advent Week 2 – Love
    Series: Advent
    Today we are welcoming back Ollis "OJ" Mozon as guest speaker. Chaplain Mozon is stepping in for Pastor Kevin this week. Welcome to the second week of Advent – the week of love. This country needs more love towards one another and to realize how much God love us. It is because of His love for us that we have hope and that we can "be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2). So, let us rely on God’s love to help us love others in this advent season. It just may make the waiting to celebrate Christmas more bearable.
  • 2020-11-29A Season of Expectation: Our Hope is God
    2020-11-29
    A Season of Expectation: Our Hope is God
    Series: Advent
    Today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent. The word advent itself comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “arrival.” We prepare for the arrival of Christ. Most churches will have an advent wreath, holding four candles on the outside, and a candle in the center. Churches will light a new candle each week, leading up to Christmas, and on Christmas or Christmas Eve, light the center candle. This Sunday we will light the candle of Hope. Also known as the “prophecy candle,” the candle of hope for Advent assures us we can have hope that God will fulfill the prophecies declared in the Old Testament about Jesus. Hope doesn’t disappoint us (Romans 5:5).
  • 2020-11-22Why Thanksgiving and Generosity Go Together
    2020-11-22
    Why Thanksgiving and Generosity Go Together
    Series: Thanksgiving
    Giving thanks is an attitude that shows maturity in our walk with the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” (Psalm 9:1a) We can choose to grumble or we can choose to give thanks for what we have, be it a little or a lot.  As Paul said, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b) Paul is an extremely reliable person on this topic.  He was in prison much of his life and also ridiculed by many men of his day for his faith in God.  Paul said, “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17b) Being persecuted as he was, he always found time to give thanks. (Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:3, etc.) So, what does the Bible say about giving thanks?  Let’s hear what God says about it!
  • 2020-11-15Heaven Songs Part 2
    2020-11-15
    Heaven Songs Part 2
    Series: The End
    As we mentioned two weeks ago, chapters four and five form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Two weeks back  we covered chapter four, today we continue the scene in Heaven with chapter 5.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  In chapter five, this seven-seal book is a book of revelation.  Thus, it’s a book of revelation within a book of revelation, because it reveals the events of the world from the time of the Apostle John to the return of Christ. The seven seals lead to the seven trumpets and the trumpets lead to the seven bowls of wrath or plagues. It’s a revelation of the defeat of Christ’s enemies, as well as the persecution and suffering of Christ’s followers.
  • 2020-11-08Jesus’ Wedding Parallels
    2020-11-08
    Jesus’ Wedding Parallels
    Series: The End
    The Jewish wedding is one of the cornerstones of scripture. During the first century, the Jewish wedding customs were long recognized as a pattern for the redemption. of mankind.  This is rather hard to miss, particularly when John referred specifically to the marriage supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:9).  Because we live in the modern western world, we do not fully catch the significance of the ancient Jewish marriage customs and how Paul used them in parallel to the marriage of the first century church.  Jesus and Paul paid meticulous attention to detail as they use the Jewish marriage customs in scripture.  Every Christian should have a good book on ancient Jewish customs due to how often they are used in the Bible.  Today, with our guest speaker Johnnie Achord, we will examine those marriage customs and how they provide a picture to the teachings of Christ and His bride the church.
  • 2020-11-02Heaven Songs Part 1
    2020-11-02
    Heaven Songs Part 1
    Series: The End
    Chapters four and five of the Book of Revelation form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Pastor Kevin will cover chapter four today and then chapter five next week.  The actual events of Revelation begin in chapter six.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  Persecution and suffering are themes of the seven churches that Jesus addressed in chapters two and three, and this vision of Heaven serves to comfort and encourage Christians in the midst of it.  We’re to live with eternity in view, and this vision of Heaven and of God’s glory, helps us to keep our focus where it needs to be as we go through the difficulties of this life.
  • 2020-10-25Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    2020-10-25
    Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    Series: The End
    The seventh and final letter to the churches of ancient Asia Minor is to the church in the city of Laodicea.  This last message is found in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was a wealthy, industrious city in the province of Phrygia in the Lycos Valley.  The message is from the Lord Jesus Christ via an angel or messenger (likely a reference to the church’s pastor): “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write . . .” (Revelation 3:14).  This was not simply John’s message to those in Laodicea; it was a message from the Lord. Jesus identifies Himself thus: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.”  These titles emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness, sovereignty, and power to bring all things to their proper completion (the “Amen”).
  • 2020-10-18Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    2020-10-18
    Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    Series: The End
    The ancient city of Philadelphia, which sits near the Cogamus River, is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Sardis and 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Laodicea. It is located in the Kuzucay valley, near the bottom of Mount Bozdad, in modern Turkey's province of Manisa. Behind the city are volcanic cliffs which the locals call 'inkwells.' The church in Philadelphia was the sixth of seven churches who received a spiritual evaluation directly from God through Jesus Christ. Jesus affirms the church’s positive actions: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). The church of Philadelphia was weak in some respects, yet they had remained faithful in the face of trial. Because of this, the Lord promises them an “open door” of blessing.
  • 2020-10-11Sardis: The Dying Church
    2020-10-11
    Sardis: The Dying Church
    Series: The End
    Sardis was about 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of Thyatira. The Christians in the other churches believed that the church in Sardis was doing well. Perhaps the church members at Sardis believed that too. However, Christ knew the truth about that church. It is the Spirit that gives life. That was what the church at Sardis needed. Christ considered it dead, or almost dead. Jesus quickly and clearly condemns the lifeless state of the Sardian church: “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:2). This church may have had a good reputation, but they were spiritually lifeless. In other words, the church was filled with unsaved people going through the motions of religion. Jesus then calls them to repent of their sin: “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you received and heard; obey it, and repent”
  • 2020-10-04Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    2020-10-04
    Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    Series: The End
    As we look at these seven letters in the book of Revelation, it is helpful to remember two things about them: First, they are a picture of seven kinds of churches that you find in any age, in any period of history. Every church in the world today will fall into one or more of these categories of churches. We fit into one of these ourselves. The second thing is the prophetic nature of these letters. They are a preview of the entire age of the church, falling into seven periods, from the first coming of our Lord to his second appearing.  Today we come to the fourth of these churches, the church at Thyatira. Beginning in Verse 18 of Chapter 2, the Lord addresses the angel of the church. Thyatira was located about 35 miles southeast of Pergamum. It was a very small city, but a busy commercial center. It was on a major road of the Roman Empire, and, because of this, many trade unions had settled in this city.
  • 2020-09-20Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    2020-09-20
    Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    Series: The End
    A church like Smyrna, poor in economic terms, but rich in spiritual terms, is being praised by Jesus.  This is the kind of church that can survive the Tribulation.  Their treasure and their hearts were in Heaven.  Can we say the same thing?
  • 2020-09-13Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    2020-09-13
    Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    Series: The End
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin examines the first letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor, beginning with the church at Ephesus. Many of the churches had lost their way in one form or another, and they needed to turn back to Christ.  We will see part of that repentance was turning their focus from their sins back to Jesus and locking their eyes on Him no matter what situation they were in.
  • 2020-09-06Communion at Home
    2020-09-06
    Communion at Home
    Due to the excessive heat (it's supposed to be 100 degrees at 10 AM today in San Marcos), the elders decided to stream today's communion service.  Pastor Kevin will have a pre-recorded communion message that will be available Sunday morning.  Please prepare yourself with some juice & crackers to take the Lord's Supper along with Pastor Kevin.  The message he had planned for today on Revelation 2:1-7 will be given the following Sunday (09/13) as we continue our series called - The End: A Study of Revelation.