Building Instructions

House on rockHow have you been building? In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus tells the parable of two people who were building houses. Both had heard the words of Jesus, but only one was being obedient to those words. Jesus said that one was building on sand and the other on solid rock! I think you can guess which was which.

Jesus makes clear here that hearing and obeying is the equivalent of building on rock that can’t be washed away when the rains and floods come crashing in. So it is in our life circumstances. When we press in to Jesus and listen for his voice, his word can be trusted to hold us firm and secure in the midst of the storms of life , and it is up to us to take action on those words.

Worshiping together in the context of a larger body provides benefits and protections to us that would otherwise be missing in difficult times. Sometimes we need the help of others to hear God’s voice clearly for our lives. There is safety in a multitude of counselors. There is Spirit-led wisdom residing in the hearts of our caring brothers and sisters. Bottom line; we need each other!

I would like to invite you to come worship with us if you have no other church home. I think you will find TVCF to be a caring and encouraging place to navigate the challenges of this life. We are on an exciting journey of discovery together, pursuing the purposes and plans of God for our lives. We would love to have you join us!

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Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ…Philippians 1:1

Jesus_surrenderThere is a word that has fallen out of use in the church of Jesus Christ over the past few decades. That word is, “surrender.” It has been replaced by another word:  “Commitment.

Words are important. They have meaning. They reflect the thinking of a culture during a particular season of time. The word commitment is an arbitrary word. The emphasis is on the choice of the person doing the committing. We commit to one task or another. We divide and commit portions of our time and energy according to our own wishes.

Surrender is another breed of cat altogether. In our culture, we have little experience of what it means to be under a sovereign. In a democratic republic, the people are the sovereign. Surrender means to turn over the right of self-determination to another. Several times, the Apostle Paul refers to himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. A bondservant was a person who, even though he was granted his freedom, chose to stay with his master in loving service.

Are you just committed to the idea of believing in Jesus, or are you all in as a bondservant, surrendered to him in all things? There is a difference between having Jesus as Savior and having him as Lord!


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Prayer Matters

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

It can be amazing how we take things for granted. For example; does God always get his way? According to this scripture…apparently not. It is inferred here, as Jesus was teaching his disciples how to pray, that it is imperative we join in with the spiritual dynamic of prayer in order to see his will accomplished in the earth.

Your prayers really matter. It has been said that too often prayer is the activity most talked about and least practiced in the church. If my experience is any judge of this, I would have to agree. We can get way more people to attend a potluck than a prayer meeting!

In John 4, Jesus told his disciples, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” He was referring to doing the Father’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. This grew out of his considerable, relational prayer life with his Father. Is it any different for us? Do our spirits languish while our bellies are full?


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It’s Time to Awake!

Alarm ClockFor this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.                    ~ 1 John 3:8b (NKJV)

As this scripture indicates, the greater purpose of the Son of God was to come to earth to conquer the plans and schemes of the evil one. He accomplished this by preaching the good news (for us) that the Kingdom is here, as well as going about healing all those who were sick and oppressed.

There is a war going on in the heavenlies, and all those who are in Christ have been enlisted in the army of the Lord. We are called to action, not just study and dialogue, as important as those things are. We are called to join in with the works of Jesus…and even greater works, because he has returned to his Father and has given authority to his followers.

What is your place in the Lord’s army? How has Holy Spirit called and gifted you to join the ranks of the victorious? An army that marches on its knees replaces fear with faith. It’s time to awaken and arise!!


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