Q&A about adding a second worship service

1. Why do we need two services? The biggest reason we need to go to two services is because we want to reach more people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. In our culture and community, when you add options, you add participants. We are nearing our capacity in our Worship Center. Most Sundays, if a family of 4 arrives late they will not be able to sit together. 2. Won’t two services divide Valley and make us two churches? Going to two services at Valley is...
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Reaction to the NO vote on weed.

Now that the vote in our town to approve recreational marijuana sales has failed I feel free to speak and write publicly on the matter. As a pastor, I am to be a man of influence, but when things get a little political it is rarely appropriate for a pastor to weigh in publicly. So now that I cannot influence the outcome of the vote, I wanted to share some thoughts. It will not come as a surprise to you that I was very much against legalizing recreational pot sales in our...
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Loss is loss, but this is a little different

The following is a letter I sent out to our Faith Family here at Valley Fellowship Church. It has brought a lot of comfort to many, so I thought I’d share it with you. You should know, this is not a letter I could have written a week ago. Until last Thursday I had no healthy framework to process suicide. I had never known anyone personally who had died of suicide, so all my thoughts were of people miles and miles away. But when it happens up close your mind is open...
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Ring Owner or Ring Bearer

On Christmas break my family watches an unholy amount of movies. It is a bit of a perfect storm of movie watching. It gets dark super early. Where I live it is very cold, like negative… pick a number (once you get into negatives it doesn’t really matter anymore). Those two things make you want to put your PJ’s on at 4:30 and grab a blanket. No school, so we can stay up a little later. During school break we’ve got a couple days before Christmas to get in all the classic...
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