Imagine what it could look like in your world if you and other Christians dealt with conflict in healthy, biblical ways as we are all led empowered by God. This section of scripture is not about lawsuits per se, but how to resolve conflicts. There are healthy ways to settle disputes, disagreements conflicts among Christians; filing lawsuits is not one of them. It's "La...Keep Reading
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The REALITY regarding retreat is that we GET to spend personal time alone with God, because of what Jesus has done. We don’t HAVE to spend time with God because of what Jesus has done. We have an INVITATION not an OBLIGATION...
I’m convinced that if Paul were an American citizen in our day, he would use every advantage his American citizenship would give him, because of the sacrifice of so many and the sovereignty of God, to accomplish the things Jesus would have for him in our time, in our country, in our place in redemptive history...
My bet is when most of us think about prayer, we most often think solely about private prayer. Perhaps contrary to popular belief, Jesus may have prayed as much in public as in private ...
Advent season is one of the best times to invite someone to hear the good news of Christmas ...
One of the beautiful realities of marriage that Jesus points to is a “Profound Oneness” between a husband and wife, which points to the oneness that he desires with each of us. Theologians call this Union With Christ. If you have a desire to experience more oneness in your marriage but don’t know where to start, consider these seven means to oneness in marriage...
What comes to mind when you hear the word “meek”? Perhaps it’s something like the scrawny guy from an advertisement who gets sand kicked in his face and takes it for fear of getting pummeled. For most people, meekness sounds more like a character deficiency than a virtue. ...
I get to write the checks! I know that sounds funny, but I really love to be able to write the tithe checks and slip them into the offering boxes at the back of the church. I get a kick out of this very private, 'between us and God' action every other week. I didn't always feel that way though. I came to the Lord when I was 25 with not a dime to my name. I had recently...Keep Reading
What does an authentic Gospel-centered Community look like when it comes to material partnership? Acts 2:44-45 gives us a glimpse of such a community. "And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." Sounds nice, doesn't it? But is that still...Keep Reading
What Do Gospel-Centered Relationships Look Like Between Churches? Friendship Friends care, give, forgive, listen, support, and do life together. What a friend we have in Jesus! Indeed, through the friendship centered on Jesus, I believe pastor Matt Kyser and the leadership at The Village Church have demonstrated such friendship centered on the gospel. I remember meeti...Keep Reading
I first attended The Village Church on a Sunday in September 2012. There are two particular things that happened that morning that are not only specifically memorable but, proved to foreshadow my future experience at The Village Church. I was fifteen minutes early like most people visiting a new church for the first time. While thumbing through my bulletin, Pastor Matt c...Keep Reading
Two years ago, God led our family to visit the Village Church. We knew from that first Sunday that we had found our new church home. The name of Jesus was pretty constantly on peopleâ€™s lips, both in the pulpit and in conversations around the building. And we were overwhelmed by how welcoming people were from the very beginning. Godâ€™s providence in planting...Keep Reading
When Lauren and I first came to The Village two and a half years ago, we had just gotten married and moved across the country. We were excited to start our new life together, but we were sadly leaving a lot behind. Lauren was moving away from her family and we were both leaving churches where we had a lot of strong relationships. We had to start all over building godly f...Keep Reading
On my first Sunday at The Village, Cyndi Weeks said something to the congregation that seemed a little strange to me at the time. In between songs she said something about God's sovereignty. Something about how big and glorious he was and how we weren't those things and how amazing it was that this big, sovereign God saved us. I grew up going to church but had never hear...Keep Reading
A little over a year ago, my husband, Jonathan, and I moved to Orange County. We knew we needed to quickly find a church home. Looking for a new church home was a humbling experience for us since we were a part of our previous church for over eight years. Thankfully, the Lord led us to The Village. After our first visit, it was apparent that the foundation of The Village...Keep Reading
"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with...Keep Reading
We came to the Village last January hoping to find a church that truly valued community. We wanted to feel connected, to find people we could grow alongside, enjoy life with and engage in the gospel with on a day-to-day basis. We had no idea what God had in store for us. It didn't take long for God to take our desire and turn it into our mission. Over the summer we wer...Keep Reading
I never really liked school. I loved the social aspect of spending hours with my friends but the work part of school never excited me. This is mostly because training and discipline have been more obligatory activities for me. I don't consider myself a very disciplined person. Because my dream was to become a stay at home mom, training and equipping didn't seem relevant....Keep Reading