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VFCA UPDATE March 26 2020 Patti Simon

VFCA & LVA MARCH 26, 2020 UPDATE

by Patti Simon (Head of School)

Patti Simon gives a March 26, 2020, update concerning alternative education and the remaining academic year. VFCA Updates are posted at vfchristianacademy.com, but we thought the information might be helpful.

How to Join Zoom Meeting

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

by Jared Johnston

Jared Johnston provides a tutorial for Valley members. Valley has a zoom gathering planned for Sunday morning 11:00 AM on March 29, 2020. Also, the Men’s Study on Wednesday 6:30 PM is using Zoom.

Worship Moment 3-22-20 No Fear

“No Fear” Worship

by Pastors Patti and Greg Simon

No matter what weaknesses and insecurities we face, God is our strength and security! “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.” (Psalms‬ ‭118:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬) We can find rest and refuge in Him when doubts and fears stir within us.

The writer of Hebrews boldly restates the promise, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬) Our shitzu Peyton is a great illustration of peace, not overly worried as long as she is in our presence.

VNMinistry Update March 2020

Update from Hal and Jane Ward currently in Pamplona, Spain

Hal and Jane’s passion for Christ and their love for the Basque people inspires their missions efforts. Please, continue to pray for them as they “shelter-in-place” many miles from their children and extended family who are in the United States.

The vision of VNMinistry.com is to help people establish intimate relationships with Christ in Europe, to know the love of the Father God and the work of His Holy Spirit in them. How do they do that? They sow the gospel among the Basque in Spain and France using their languages and culture in ways that will reach this generation. They plant and strengthen national churches with ministry to all ages developing active communities of believers. They cultivate the growth of new believers and train leaders. And, they send believers to sow the Gospel in their city and other nations.

For more than 20 years, our congregation has partnered with Hal and Jane Ward and their ministry and outreach in northern Spain and southern France. Pictured below is our Valley team on a recent mission outreach with Hal and Jane. Part of time together involved Spain for street evangelism in Basque using a drama/musical that Jane authored.  On the way to Pamplona (the day before this picture was taken) we ate lunch in a Basque village. Our waiter there was very friendly. The next day, he was in Pamplona and saw us performing the Basque drama “Aita” in the main square. God is so amazing… the entire team greeted him. God wanted him to know he loves him and has a plan for his life!

VFC Short-Term Mission team in Pamplona with VNMinistry.com

 

Psalm 46 Retelling

Sometimes the storms don’t miss us.

by Pastor Greg Simon

Storms in our lives don’t mean our loving Heavenly Father has left us. God wants to be with us. We can abide with our Lord who offers to abide with us.

Years ago, R.C. Sproul (Presbyterian pastor who died in 2017) was asked, “What, in your opinion, is the greatest spiritual need in the lives of church people?” Sproul responded, “To discover the true identity of God. If believers really understood the character and the personality and the nature of God, it would revolutionize their lives.” God really loves His people. He really loves you – especially when you feel the stormy winds of trouble, isolation, or delay.

We may be shut-away from lots of people, but physically distance from other humans does not equate to distance from God. God is not confined to one place; He was God of all places. He is a God with a purpose for His people. He is God on the move. He wants to move at your house, right now!

We begin to understand God’s purpose for our lives by discovering what He wants us to do now! When we follow Holy Spirit’s leading, we know we are where God wants we, whether we’re moving or staying in one place. You and I are physically somewhere right now. Instead of praying, “God, what do you want me to do next?” ask, “God, what do you want me to do while I’m right here?

God’s invitation to us in paraphrased in Hebrew 4:16 TPT, “So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”

Why not take a moment and worship God using the the powerful prayer of Psalm 46? “God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble — more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.” (Psalm 46:1-2 TPT)

The ideas behind the 2-min video you can watch below are drawn from the words of Psalm 46.

When Life Gets Difficult

WHEN LIFE GETS DIFFICULT

by Andrew Isley

Andrew Isley of Valley Fellowship Church in Huntsville, Alabama encourages us from 1 Peter 4:12-13. When life gets difficult, remember: God is still in control; difficulties are about making you who you are supposed to be; glory and victory are just around the corner.

Lord, I don’t get it!

Lord, I Don’t Get It!

by Pastor Greg Simon

Do you ever wish you were young enough to be comforted by crawling up in the lap of someone you know that loves you?

Rational minds can have a hard time understanding many things. Because I live in a body and my earthly experience is so grounded in time and space, many concepts are difficult to understand. But . . . I want to understand.

I really want to understand. Sometimes, I just don’t get it! I wish I understood how God knows everything I have done and will ever do. I can’t completely understand eternity or heaven. Creation is a huge subject. God’s speaks – boom! – life is created, but none of us were alive to witness it. I have studied the subject deeply but still wrestle with the tension between God’s sovereignty and my own free choice. Why the cross; why was Roman capital punishment the method preselected for Christ’s death? Why are some people instantly healed and others struggle with seemingly life-long pains? I want God to tell me why some of the most righteous people I have known died much earlier than I would have liked. I think many people at times struggle with that “betrayal barrier” – feeling as if God has somehow not done what we thought He should do. Continue reading “Lord, I don’t get it!”