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Made to Worship: Scratch the Itch

Jun 27, 2022

We’re wrapping up our June series at VFC: Made to Worship! Alexa Jones shared part 1 of the series with her message Spirit + Truth and Pastor Eric Jones brought the word in part 2 with At All Times. Pastor Beth Jones delivers the final message in our series as we close out the month with a better understanding and appreciation for who we worship, why we worship, and how we worship. 

Pastor Beth’s message, Scratch the Itch, may seem a bit funny at first, but how relatable this concept is to all of us! You know how it is, when you get a tickle in your nose or a spontaneous itch in between your shoulder blades…you just gotta scratch that itch! We all experience physical itches from time to time, but we also all experience a spiritual itch within our souls. Unlike the tickly itch on our backs, the way to scratch a spiritual itch is worship

We’re diving into the 103rd chapter of Psalms for our foundational passage and discovering now only what a...

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Father's Day: My Life Mandate + The Look of a Father

Jun 20, 2022

On Father’s Day we came together to honor all the dads in the house and we were blessed by messages from both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Eric! In their joint-effort Father’s Day message, both pastors highlight the unconditional, overwhelming, abundant love of our Heavenly Father and the magnitude of His grace and mercy toward us as His children. God is the perfect Father whose example is one for all of us to follow as we raise up families in accordance with His will. Amen!

8 Life Mandates

Pastor Jeff shared a word of encouragement in My Life Mandate that portrayed a simple roadmap on how to live life in the way that follows the path God intended for us. He highlighted how dads should carry themselves and lead their families on the path of righteousness and in the pursuit of Jesus. 

In his message, Pastor Jeff encourages us to develop our own mandates after asking ourselves, “How do I want to manage my household, my marriage, my life, and all the other elements of...

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Made to Worship: At All Times

Jun 13, 2022

We’re moving right along through our June series: Made to Worship! In part 1 of the series, Alexa Jones highlighted the importance of worshiping in spirit and in truth. If you missed her message, click here to watch the replay! She reminded us of what it really means to be made to worship. 

In part 2 of the series, Pastor Eric Jones teaches us how, as followers of Jesus, we can (and should!) worship God At All Times. He kicks off his message with two personal stories that illuminate the fascination and awe we have the joy of experiencing when we witness and behold wonders of the world we haven’t yet seen before.

Isn’t it funny how beautiful, miraculous, awe-inspiring sights and experiences become commonplace to us after time? A child flying in a plane for the first time sees the world in ways we forget to appreciate. A friend awestruck at the sight of Lake Michigan really puts into perspective for us how much we lose appreciation for wonders we have the...

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Made to Worship: Spirit + Truth

Jun 06, 2022

We’re jumping into a new series here at VFC for the entire month of June: Made to Worship. Throughout this summer series, we’re covering why we worship, how we worship, and who we worship as we discover fundamental truths about this aspect of our life-long commitment to and relationship with God. We were made to worship, friends!

This week, Alexa Jones shared an insightful word that highlights what it really means to worship God as we were designed to do. In her message Spirit + Truth, we learn how God wants to be worshiped as He reveals His desires to us through His Word.

Worship is when we gather together in church and we sing to worship God on Sunday mornings. But worship is also so much more than that!! And that’s exactly what we’re covering today in Spirit + Truth

Discovering God’s Desires

Alexa kicks off her message by highlighting the details of Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages and shares a must-hear personal story from...

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Heart of a Warrior: Legacy & Lineage

May 31, 2022

We’re wrapping up the Heart of a Warrior with the third and final part of our series! We’ve been diving into the life of King David and working through a character study in which we look at David’s life and actually put ourselves into his story. This allows God’s word and the life of David’s character to speak to us and help transform our own lives and relationships with God. 

In part 1 of our series, Calling & Character, we went through David’s early life and his time as a shepherd as God anointed David to become king. In part 2, Successes & Setbacks, we covered the middle chunk of David’s life and his time as king where we evaluated his wins and also uncovered and learned from the areas where David fell short. 

In part 3, Legacy & Lineage, Eric Jones highlights the end of David’s life with the legacy he left behind. We know that David was described in the Bible as “a man after God’s own heart,”...

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Heart of a Warrior: Success & Setbacks

May 23, 2022

In Part 2 of The Heart of a Warrior, our 3-part series covering the life of David, we continue learning how to become people after God’s own heart. If you haven’t seen Part 1 of the series, Calling & Character, be sure to check it out and prepare your heart for the next chapter in our character study! 

As we continue putting ourselves into David’s story to discover more about life and faith, Eric Jones both encourages and strengthens us throughout his message, Success & Setbacks. In Part 1 of our series, we juxtaposed David’s kingship with his predecessor’s, King Saul. 

Saul’s selfish way of living and unwillingness to change his ways and realign himself with the Lord ultimately led to his demise and destruction. In God’s perfect timing, David takes his place as King of Israel, as we see below in 2 Samuel, continuing through David’s story. 

2 Samuel 5:3-4 (NLT) 3So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant...

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Heart of a Warrior: Calling & Character

May 16, 2022

We’re kicking off a brand new series, The Heart of a Warrior, where we’re learning about the life of David and discovering for ourselves how to be people after God’s own heart. Throughout this character study, we are diving into the Word and putting ourselves in David’s story as a way to learn from his experiences in life as we grow and develop in our relationship with God. In Part 1 of this series, we’re covering 3 characteristics of David that allowed him to be described as a person after God’s own heart, as Eric Jones brings an encouraging word that both uplifts and inspires us to pursue God passionately, as David did. 

Who is David?

In his message, Calling & Character, Eric starts off by sharing some background information about David, who, by the end of his life, became one of the most famous  men in all of Scripture. Did you know…David is in the Bible more than 1,000 times…that’s more than Abraham, Moses, or...

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9 Things My Mother Taught Me

May 09, 2022

In honor of Mother’s Day, we celebrate all the moms–future moms, spiritual moms, grandmas–and all the women and men at VFC! Pastor Beth shares an encouraging word for all of us as we strive to delight ourselves in the Lord and abide by His will for us as parents, caregivers, mentors, and beyond. 

Throughout the message 9 Things My Mother Taught Me, we are strengthened and encouraged to be the Christians God has called us to be. As we strive to live a life that honors Him, we’re planting good seeds that produce healthy, prosperous fruits in generations to come!

Even through difficulties and challenges, we can make a point to intentionally love life and laugh often. There’s power and peace in being joyful throughout each season of our lives! God knows our hearts; He loves us and His hand is upon us. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart. Amen!

As we dive into Pastor Beth’s 9 Things My Mother Taught Me,...

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The Secret to Fullness of Joy

May 02, 2022

Have you ever been through a season of life where you had to fight to keep your joy? We’ve all been there! In part 2 of our For the Joy mini series, we’re discovering 3 tips for experiencing the joy of the Lord to the fullest, even through the challenging circumstances we’ll inevitably face in our lives! 

In The Secret to Fullness of Joy, Pastor Aaron Johnson shares an encouraging word filled with relatability and understanding as we discover the need to “Abide and Not Hide,” We all experience seasons of life where it’s challenging to keep our joy–God understands and is here to help!

At timestamp 2:26 in his message, Pastor Aaron shares a personal reflection of a time in his life when keeping his joy alive felt nearly impossible, and it’s safe to say we’ve all been there before! Whether in the past or even the present tense here and now, we have and will face temptations for our joy to be stolen from our lives. 

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For the Joy

Apr 25, 2022

With all the craziness filling our world right now–culturally, socially, politically–we need to be injected with a fresh dose of spiritual joy! We’re discovering how to receive the joy of the Lord throughout our new mini-series: For the Joy. Our demarcation mark as Christ followers is our joy!

1 Peter 1:8-9 (NLT) 8You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

In her message, For the Joy, Pastor Beth Jones shares an encouraging word filled with 4 Bible-backed ways to spark joy in our lives and in the lives of others. God’s not done–He has a bright and abundant future in store for us! Let’s check out a few foundational scriptures as we dive into living in joy and gladness, just like Jesus did. 

Proverbs 15:13-15 (NLT) 13A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the...

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