Church Life

Prayer And The Believer


Over the last 3 weeks at Spring Valley, we have been focusing on the spiritual discipline of personal Bible study and personal worship.  Many times in church world we call this “quiet time” or “devotions”.  It really doesn’t matter what we call it; it matters that each believer in Jesus Christ spends time each and every day reading and studying the Word of God and praying to Him. Continue reading “Prayer And The Believer”

On Racism and the Church

For the past week, I have been reflecting on the evilness of racism.  I have been reading a lot of blogs and reflecting on my time at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.  I have a different story than most, as my family is a multi-ethnic family.  If you look at this picture of us without any knowledge of my family, you would probably make wrong guesses as to who the siblings are, and who married in.  For the record, there are 8 of us kids: 4 guys and 4 girls.

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The Importance of Life!

Beth & Bri



Like many things these days, life itself is up for debate.  Whether it’s the right to end life or allow life to continue, it seems as though life is in the news constantly.  On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade that legalized a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.  Since that landmark case, over 58 million unborn children have been killed.

I want to share with you about 2 who were not counted in that 58 million.  The two girls in the picture above are my sisters.   Continue reading “The Importance of Life!”

In Response To Recent Violence In The United States

In response to the recent violence in our nation in places like Minnesota, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, the following was shared at Spring Valley Baptist Church on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  A time of prayer followed, in which the majority of the congregation joined in prayer on their knees.

Our nation is in crisis.  In the last few days, there have been far too many lives taken through acts of violence.  Our nation is hurting.  Our people are hurting.  This is not a political problem.  This is not a racial problem.  This is a sinful human problem.  All the way back to Cain murdering Able, mankind has constantly struggled with anger, hatred, and murder.  We do not like what is not exactly like us, and we lash out.  We segregate in our neighborhoods, our churches, and our social interactions simply based on the color of our skin, our ethnicity, or our social status.

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Finding The “Elusive” Will of God

One of the more frequent questions that I get asked is, “How do I know what God’s will is?”  Usually what people are asking is, “What am I supposed to do?”  This usually comes from a heart of someone who is trying be sensitive to the voice of God, and obedient to God.

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