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Your Origin Story

Feb 28, 2022

 We live in a crazy world–one that’s full of distractions pulling us away from the truth of God’s word. Living in a fallen world, how do we raise families, strengthen marriages, and build friendships in a way that pleases and honors the Lord? Over the course of the last month, we as a church have navigated through the Intentional Family series where we’ve focused on ways to build strong families, the importance of intentionality, and how to be a reflection of God. 

As we dive into the 4th and final message of our February series, Eric Jones brings an encouraging word that highlights our place in the family of God in his message Your Origin Story. We discover what it truly means to be a child of God and see the depth of God’s love for us as He’s adopted us into his family by the blood of Jesus Christ. We see God’s plan for His family in two foundational verses: 

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord...

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How To Be A Reflection Of God

Feb 21, 2022

How to Be a Reflection of God 

In part 3 of our Intentional Family series, the mom and dad of our house, Pastors Beth and Jeff Jones, share an instructional word guiding us in how to be a reflection of God, especially as a spouse and as a parent. 

Pastor Beth comes to us via video while guest speaking at a church in Idaho and shares her core values as a mother with 10 intentional things for us to do with our kids. In house, Pastor Jeff dives into how to be a reflection of God to our families and shares 2 foundational passages that have shaped his life as a husband and a father. He also details 7 key principles for us to exemplify as we shine the light of Jesus into our homes and our community. 

Both Pastor Beth and Pastor Jeff remind us of the #1 goal for intentional families: Live a life pleasing to the Lord. That’s it! And we’re learning exactly how to do just that in How to Be a Reflection of God

10 Intentional Values to Implement with Your Kids

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God Pays Attention to our Intentionality

Feb 14, 2022

 We’re in the midst of our February series at Valley Family Church: Intentional Family. Pastor Tim Gilligan joins us from Ocala, Florida and shares an encouraging word detailing 2 principles for us to live by in order to build and maintain intentional families. If we live by circumstances, we’ll be tossed all over the place. But if we live by principles, we’re established, settled, and unwavering. In God Pays Attention to Our Intentionality, we discover God-approved principles for us to live by that will strengthen, heal, and nurture our families today and for generations to come. 

Principle 1 - God pays attention to our intentionality. 

In order to have intentional marriage, intentional families, intentional relationships, we have to actually be intentional in our efforts. When our hearts are in it, when we really mean to do it, when we make an active effort toward God…this is when God responds. When we’re intentional in our efforts,...

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4 Ways to Build Solid Families

Feb 08, 2022

 As we enter a brand new month of 2022, we’re kicking off a brand new series: Intentional Family. In a culture where the importance of family is fading, we must remember that family is the core of the heart of God–both the nuclear family and the church family. Whether you’re married, engaged, dating, or single, this series is for you. We’re diving into God’s word and discovering 4 ways to build solid families in an over sexualized, over individualized culture. 

Why are families so important?

What is it about family that makes it so important that VFC would intentionally use “family” as part of the name of our church? To put it simply…Family is important to us because family is important to God. Families are the foundation on which society is built upon; the values of a family are ultimately reflected in society at large. 

The family is considered the core of society because it’s the place where its members are...

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Heartbeat Weekend -- Can You Hear The Beat?

Feb 01, 2022

3 Heartbeats of VFC

The Heart Ablaze series has come to an end and we’re wrapping up the month of January 2022 with a special message: Can You Hear the Beat? That’s right, Church…Heartbeat Weekend has arrived! This is a special time for our church family, for our community. We’re coming together to reunify, regather, and resurrender to the heartbeat of Jesus in both our personal lives and in our church as a whole. 

PS – if you missed any of the 4 messages from our Heart Ablaze series, you can watch all the replays on the VFC YouTube channel or listen on VFC’s Apple Podcast. This is a series you won’t want to miss! We discover how to keep our hearts on fire for God in an age of apathy as we seek to passionately and intentionally pursue Him this year.   

Where We’ve Been 

30 years ago, founding senior pastors Jeff and Beth Jones moved to Kalamazoo with a vision in their hearts and a sense of calling and purpose...

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Heart Ablaze: Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs

Jan 24, 2022

How to Worship in Spirit and in Truth

Pastor Beth Jones brought the final message in the Heart Ablaze series where she shared the secret to staying on fire for the Lord. If you’ve missed any of the messages in this series, catch up on the VFC YouTube Channel! You’ll find part 1 with Eric Jones, part 2 with Pastor April Wedel, and part 3 with Pastor Jeff Jones, all of which precede this weekend's word with Pastor Beth Jones: Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs

We discover how to break the chains of apathy and stay fresh in our relationship with the Lord as Pastor Beth shares details on the life-changing and life-giving act of honoring God through singing. Some things in our Christian life are best caught, not taught. Instead of just teaching us about singing, Pastor Beth demonstrates the real meaning of praise and worship in Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs and shows us how praising the Lord through song connects us to Him in a way that prevents our fire,...

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Heart Ablaze: 5 Ways to Remain in the Word

Jan 17, 2022

How do we stay connected to God and hear from heaven? The answer is simple: We remain in the word. In week 3 of Heart Ablaze, Pastor Jeff Jones brought an empowering message instructing us on the 5 ways to get the word into our heart. He encouraged us to grow in our personal expectation when we spend time with the Lord–reading the Bible, coming to church, taking time to pray, participating in worship–that we would experience a real and active connection with our Heavenly Father. 

As believers, we have the amazing opportunity to experience exponential growth as we elevate our relationship with the one true God and let Him direct our lives. When we connect with God, He gives us guidance–not audible voices–but He gives us a knowing that we’re on the right path or if the decision we’re making is aligned with His plan. That truth gives us bold confidence as we walk through life in faith! In his message, Remain in the Word, Pastor Jeff shares key...

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Heart Ablaze: How To Spend Time With God

Jan 11, 2022

How do you keep your heart ablaze for God in the age of apathy? In our world today, there’s an indifference–a lack of enthusiasm–towards the Lord. There’s a coldness and disrespect for God all around us and now, more than ever, it’s time for us as Christians to reflect and assess our hearts, ask ourselves hard-hitting questions, and discover how to pursue Jesus like never before. 

It’s one thing for the world to be apathetic towards God; the Bible even tells us that the world will get darker and darker. However, as believers, we cannot allow a spirit of apathy to penetrate the church! That’s why we’re embarking in the new year with a new series: Heart Ablaze–How to Pursue God in the Age of Apathy.  

In Part 1 of the series, Eric Jones shared a powerful word detailing 3 Ways to Grow Your Relationship with God. If you missed his message, listen to it here and be blessed and encouraged as we continue to receive...

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Heart Ablaze: Set a Fire

Jan 04, 2022

As we welcome the new year, Eric Jones brings us a new series at VFC: Heart Ablaze. In the first message of the series, Eric challenges us with 3 ways to grow our relationship with God. We journey through two stories in the Bible, each of which highlight our need to passionately pursue Jesus as we develop and strengthen our union with Him. 

In Set a Fire, we first look at a story from the Gospel of Luke, following Jesus’s crucifixion, about two men whose hearts were ablaze in the presence of Jesus. Eric Jones sets the stage for the story, fills us in on the circumstances surrounding the scene, and highlights Luke 24:30-32

(30) Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. (31) Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sights. (32) And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the...

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The Next 30 Years: The Exchange Zone

Dec 21, 2021

We are in the Exchange Zone? 

On September 5, 2021, Valley Family Church celebrated its 30th Anniversary and on that day, Pastors Jeff and Beth recognized that VFC crossed the first line in The Exchange Zone! 

What is the exchange zone? In track and field, an exchange zone is designated for exchanging the baton during relay races. This is a 20-meter span in which incoming relay runner hands the baton to the next runner on the team. 

In a relay race, as the incoming runner heads to the exchange zone, the second relay runner is building their acceleration, watching the incoming runner approach. Once both runners hit the mark in the exchange zone, the incoming runner slows down as the outgoing runner accelerates. When executed as planned, the rate the baton is traveling never slows. 

What does that have to do with Valley Family Church? Fear not, dear friends! We’re sharing the details and getting you up to speed on what the next leg of...

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