2020-04-05
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus!
Series: Easter Week
Today is Palm Sunday. Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Gospel of Luke chapter 19. You can access the PowerPoint slides here.
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  • 2020-04-05The Triumphal Entry of Jesus!
    2020-04-05
    The Triumphal Entry of Jesus!
    Series: Easter Week
    Today is Palm Sunday. Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Gospel of Luke chapter 19. You can access the PowerPoint slides here.
  • 2020-03-29Defending the Faith
    2020-03-29
    Defending the Faith
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Epistle of Jude. We will see that God calls on us to defend the faith against those who deny Christian morality.  Our doctrine and our practice are fused together; both must be guarded from threats outside and inside the church.  We will also see our need to recognize that false teachers fuel division within the church and how we are to build up ourselves in the faith as we also strengthen others to stand firm in the Gospel together.
  • 2020-03-22A Christ-Centered Hope
    2020-03-22
    A Christ-Centered Hope
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  As we examine a few of the New Testament epistles before reaching the Book of Revelation, we will learn how we are to live today in light of our future.  First up in this session from 1 Thessalonians, we will see the importance of living with Christian hope--a hope that looks forward to the resurrection, Christ's return, and the final judgement.  When Jesus returns, He will raise His people from the dead and judge the wicked.  This future gives us hope to endure whatever comes our way today and also the grounds to encourage one another for faithful living.
  • 2020-03-15Jesus Conquers our Fears
    2020-03-15
    Jesus Conquers our Fears
    Series: (All)
    Today Pastor Kevin is taking a break from our Gospel Project series to speak a special message.  The title of his message is "Jesus Conquers our Fears" He will be teaching from Psalm 46.  With so much uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus around the world, people are afraid. Now is the time for Christians to be strong and courageous, knowing that Almighty God is with us.  As His Word instructs, we are to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
  • 2020-03-08Grace to a Runaway Slave
    2020-03-08
    Grace to a Runaway Slave
    Today we are welcoming Carlos Sales as guest speaker. Valley Bible has an ongoing partnership with Pastor Carlos and his Reaching the Hungry ministry, but this is his first time speaking at Valley.  Pastor Carlos will be teaching from the Book of Philemon.  As we explore the letter of Philemon, don't miss Paul's strategy for establishing Christian unity.  A slave himself, Paul urged Philemon to consider love-not law, duty, or obligation. His instruction to receive Onesimus as a brother, not a slave, challenges us to evaluate our pride and align our perspectives of others with Christ's perspective.  In doing so, Paul will help us reflect on the racial, radical, and redemptive reconciliation Christ offers.
  • 2020-03-01Paul Magnifies Christ in Prison
    2020-03-01
    Paul Magnifies Christ in Prison
    In today's message we explore the letter Paul wrote to the church at Colossae when he learned through Epaphras that heretical teachings were running through the church.  We will see Paul's letter pointed the church to the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The cross of Christ is not merely a theory for theologians to ponder; it's a real-life, real-time reality that heals, restores, and reconciles.  As we read Paul's words in this message, we will aim in three directions-upward, downward, and outward.  For through the cross, Christ reconciled us to the Father, reconciles all things in Himself, and reconciles us to one another.
  • 2020-02-23Paul Expresses Joy in Prison
    2020-02-23
    Paul Expresses Joy in Prison
    As we explore Philippians, remember that Paul wrote these joyful words form prison. We will see the reason Paul could be joyful was because he could look past his circumstances-past any pain and hardship he was experiencing in that moment-and know the Gospel was advancing. Hearing that Jesus Christ was being glorified and knowing other believers were standing firm in their faith filled the apostle with joy. Paul found deep joy in Christ shining in and through his life. We will also see that knowing Christ would shine through his death gave him joy as well.
  • 2020-02-09Paul Before Rulers
    2020-02-09
    Paul Before Rulers
    When the plot to kill Paul was uncovered, he was sneaked out of Jerusalem to Caesarea at night under guard (Acts 23:12-31). Paul was safe, for now, but he was still a prisoner, and he would soon stand trial before three rulers. Through his defense, Paul reveals how our identity as Christians has nothing to do with the size of our bank accounts, our marital status, how many children we have, or where we work. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are not defined by the mistakes of our past, the sins of our youth, or the skeletons in our closets. Our identity is found in Jesus Christ. Only when our lives fall into orbit around His person and His work will everything else find its proper place.
  • 2020-02-02The Plot Against Paul
    2020-02-02
    The Plot Against Paul
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  In today's message, we will trace Paul's experience in Jerusalem, when he was judged for his resurrection hope, strengthened by Christ's presence in prison, and preserved through a surprising plot twist.  We will see that even in prison, God was faithful to provide for Paul and to lead His servant to be used where and how He desired.  We will be encouraged to imitate the apostle's boldness, courage, and conviction as we ask God to give us the same faith and fortitude to surrender our lives to the Christ who surrendered His life for us.  Like Paul, we will see that resurrection hope gives God's people confidence to share the Gospel no matter the consequences.
  • 2020-01-26How Do We Break Bad Habits?
    2020-01-26
    How Do We Break Bad Habits?
    Series: Habits
    Today we are welcoming Sam Brumit as guest speaker.  Pastor Sam is the the senior pastor of the Mission 3:16 fellowship.  This is his first time speaking at Valley.  Pastor Sam will be discussing the how to break bad habits.  This is the final Sunday in the Habits series.
  • 2020-01-12Who Before Do
    2020-01-12
    Who Before Do
    Series: Habits
    Today we begin a 3-week series on HABITS.  In today's message Pastor Kevin talks about how change isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible, either.  Your future self is a result of the decisions you make each day.  Starting a few small good Habits can change how you see yourself today and transform you into the person you want to be tomorrow.
  • 2020-01-05Walk by Faith Into A New Year!
    2020-01-05
    Walk by Faith Into A New Year!
    Series: (All)
  • 2019-12-29How to Build
    2019-12-29
    How to Build
    Series: Nehemiah
    Today we are welcoming back someone who has spoken before here at Valley, Dave Metzger.  Pastor Dave is our guest speaker today.  He will be teaching in Nehemiah Chapter 3.  The book of Nehemiah is a gift dropped from heaven so that we could gain a glimpse of how God graciously worked among His people in the post-exilic era.  The situation was desperate.  The former nation of Israel was shattered into shambles ready to join a host of other nations in the archives of ancient history.  Since the time of Nehemiah, decades had passed since their capital was captured, burnt down and people deported.  The Promised Land was resettled with the poorest Israelites and a mix of immigrants.  Hope for the nation only remained in the copy of the old ancient scriptures.  The Book of Nehemiah speaks about one solitary spark through which the Lord relit a flame of hope for the future of Israel which otherwise would have been snuffed out.  One has to understand when we talk about Nehemiah’s rebuilding a wall, that the wall was least critical in the rebuilding of a nation dedicated to God’s purposes.
  • 2019-12-24The Star: A Journey to Christmas
    2019-12-24
    The Star: A Journey to Christmas
    Series: Advent 2019
    Jesus Christ is the true reason for hope, love, joy, and peace in this season and forever.  As we light the Christ candle, celebrating the end of Advent and the arrival of Christ and Christmas, let us remember how our savior came once as a lowly baby, that the world through him might be saved, and how he will return one day in glory.
  • 2019-12-22The Star: A Journey of Peace
    2019-12-22
    The Star: A Journey of Peace
    Series: Advent 2019
    Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act.  It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness.  As we light this fourth candle of Advent, we continue our journey to Christmas.  The fourth candle of Advent is called the Peace candle; as we anticipate Christmas, let us remember the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Let us remember our need for a Savior to save us from our sins, and give us peace with God.
  • 2019-12-15The Star: A Journey of Joy
    2019-12-15
    The Star: A Journey of Joy
    Series: Advent 2019
    Beginning four Sundays before Christmas, Advent is a time of preparation and expectant waiting for the promised Savior.  Each Sunday of Advent focuses on a particular liturgical theme. In our first sermon, we talked about Advent hope, in our second message, we explored Advent love.  In this third installment, we consider Advent joy. Biblical joy is different than what most people think of as joy.  It is not just a happy emotion that we either feel or don’t feel, it is a state of being that finds its source in God.  The Bible is clear that joy comes from God (Neh. 8:9-10), and our joy is a product of what God has done and continues to do.  It is gladness and contentedness flowing out of the well-spring of God’s faithfulness and mercy, quite independent of our circumstances.  In today's message Pastor Kevin will highlight three key truths about experiencing joy.
  • 2019-12-08The Star: A Journey of Love
    2019-12-08
    The Star: A Journey of Love
    Series: Advent 2019
    Last Sunday we lit the candle of Hope, remembering the hope which comes in Christ. Today we light the second candle of Advent, the candle of Love.  Scripture tells us “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7 (ESV)  If you want to know how to love one another, look at the love that sent Jesus to earth to live a life of love and pay the price for all of our sins.  It's all about love. This isn't a love of fancy words and impossible tasks.  This is a love that says, "I am willing to love you no matter what."
  • 2019-12-01The Star: A Journey to Hope
    2019-12-01
    The Star: A Journey to Hope
    Series: Advent 2019
    More than two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited but still unexpected birth of a Savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy and peace.  His name is Jesus, and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following Him. Today we begin a new series on Advent. The four weeks before Christmas are set aside as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth. The term Advent is a version of the Latin word that means "coming". Just as the Old Testament believers anticipated the first coming of the Messiah, we, the New Testament church, anticipate the second coming.  The beauty of this Advent season is the building anticipation of our coming Hope.  Jesus Christ is our only hope in life and in death.  He is our Savior from the effects of sin, as well as our Redeemer from the wages of it.
  • 2019-11-24Thankful in Praise
    2019-11-24
    Thankful in Praise
    Series: Thanksgiving
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Psalm 111.  He will be reading from the NIV translation.  In this hymn, the psalmist exhorts others and resolves himself to praise the Lord, because of His mighty works.   We have much to be thankful for as Pastor Kevin will point out in today's lesson.
  • 2019-11-17Once Greedy, Now Generous
    2019-11-17
    Once Greedy, Now Generous
    In this session, we will encounter how the grace of God works deeply into us so that it can also work out of us to benefit others. We will see that grace hoarded is grace squandered; in fact, it may be grace misunderstood or even unexperienced.  God's gracious gifts are meant to be held loosely with generosity, not held onto tightly with greed.  We will also see that our motivation for living with generosity comes from God's exceeding generosity to us in giving us the fullness of His Son despite our total spiritual bankruptcy.  Because we have been given the eternal riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, we are compelled to live generously, not reluctantly, and with joy and gratitude.