Community Huddle: Engaging Topics

In the conversation for Sunday, September 17, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice addresses two topics with the VLC community, investing in children’s ministry and living a healthy lifestyle.

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Sacred Reading 00:00-13:45, Conversation 13:45-1:02:27

“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Matthew 6:17-18 (NASB)

Sacred Reading
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“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter —
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”
Isaiah 58:6-9 (NIV)

New Adventures in Prayer: The Prayer of Awareness

In the conversation for Sunday, September 10, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us the nature of temptation and the power of awareness to help us pass the tests we encounter in our daily lives.

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Sacred Reading 00:00-24:45
Conversation 24:45-56:04

“And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:13 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
James 1:13-16 (NKJV)

New Adventures in Prayer: Cultivating a Heart of Forgiveness

In the conversation for Sunday, September 3, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us the power of forgiveness to bring freedom and blessing for us and others.

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Sacred Reading 00:00-16:25
Conversation 16:25-54:17

“And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Matthew 6:12 (NIV)

Sacred Reading
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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:12-15 (NIV)

New Adventures in Prayer: A Return to Dependency

In the conversation for Sunday, August 27, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us our need for dependence on God in all areas of life. When we discover God as our source, we will also discover that our needs are sufficiently met, which then empowers us to share in the lives of others.

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Sacred Reading 00:00-13:20
Conversation 13:20-47:42

"Give us today our daily bread."
Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

Sacred Reading
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The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:1-4 (NASB)

New Adventures in Prayer: The Tension of Prayer

In the conversation for Sunday, August 20, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us some insights on the kingdom and will of God and the tension we experience when we say to the Lord, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

Please note: There is a 4 minute silence at 32:30 in the talk where Pastor Stuart invites us to sit quietly in prayer. We left the silence in the recording to give you an opportunity to engage in the exercise as well.

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New Adventures in Prayer: The Tension of Prayer

Sacred Reading 00:00-06:56
Conversation 06:56-39:32

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;
For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk;
For to You I lift up my soul.
Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
I take refuge in You.
Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalms 143:8-10 (NASB)

New Adventures in Prayer: The Magnetic Pathway

In the conversation for Sunday, August 13, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us that adoration is integral to the prayer life of a Christian. Adoration is what helps us to focus our lives in a Godward direction. When God is in focus, the rest of our lives are in focus.

New Adventures in Prayer: The Magnetic Pathway

Sacred Reading 00:00-20:00
Conversation 20:00-52:16

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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When I am in trouble, I call out to you
because you answer me.
No god is like you, O Lord.
No one can do what you do.
All the nations that you have made
will bow in your presence, O Lord.
They will honor you.
Indeed, you are great, a worker of miracles.
You alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
so that I may live in your truth.
Focus my heart on fearing you.
I will give thanks to you with all my heart, O Lord my God.
I will honor you forever.
Psalms 86:7-12 (GW)

Guatemala Sunday 2017

In the conversation for Sunday, August 6, 2017, we get to hear from this year’s Guatemala mission team. They share life changing stories and ways for us to help the community that they served.

Guatemala Sunday 2017: Team Member Stories

A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
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The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
John replied, “If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Luke 3:10-11 (NLT)

Aaron Redshaw: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In the conversation for Sunday, July 30, 2017, VLC member, Aaron Redshaw, shares with us his story of how God can redeem our difficulties and set us on a path to help others experience God’s redeeming love. 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sacred Reading, 00:00–14:45
Conversation, 14:45–00:52:05

Sacred Reading

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Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
the few people left of the nation of Israel.
I’ve carried you since your birth.
I’ve taken care of you from the time you were born.
Even when you’re old, I’ll take care of you.
Even when your hair turns gray, I’ll support you.
I made you and will continue to care for you.
I’ll support you and save you.
Isaiah 46:3-4 (GW)

At the Intersection of Suffering and Grace

In the conversation for Sunday, July 23, 2017, Pastor Kim Nowlin shares with us that even though there is grace for us in suffering, our suffering can also be a grace for others. 

Sacred Reading, 00:00–18:35
Conversation, 18:35–01:00:05

At the Intersection of Suffering and Grace

The text for this Sunday’s message is 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NIV).

Sacred Reading

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NIV)

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Authority

In the conversation for Sunday, July 16, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice continues his series, New Adventures in Prayer, and shares with us that prayer is an invitation to understanding that God, our Father, has authority over all things, just as the heavens stretch over the earth. Yet, the primary purpose of this authority is to bring about a breakthrough in our lives, reversing the curse, and setting us free to love as God loves.

Sacred Reading, 00:00–15:46
Conversation, 15:46–49:55

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Authority

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NASB)

Sacred Reading

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I love the Lord because he hears
    and answers my prayers.
Because he bends down and listens,
    I will pray as long as I have breath!
Death had its hands around my throat;
    the terrors of the grave overtook me.
    I saw only trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Please, Lord, save me!”
How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
    So merciful, this God of ours!
The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
    I was facing death, and then he saved me.
Now I can rest again,
    for the Lord has been so good to me.
Psalm 116:1-7 (NLT)

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Intimacy

In the conversation for Sunday, July 9, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice continues his series, New Adventures in Prayer, and shares with us that prayer is an invitation to intimacy with God. 

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Sacred Reading, 00:00–18:40
Conversation, 18:40–45:10

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Intimacy 

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
1 John 3:1-2 (NASB)

Ken Karnes: All We Need Is Love

In the conversation for Sunday, July 2, 2017, Ken Karnes shares with us his story of the restorative power of God’s love and if we choose to open our hearts to God’s love, we will be changed and able to love fully as we are loved by God.

Sacred Reading, 00:00–14:29
Conversation, 14:29–47:45

All We Need Is Love

This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
1 John 4:13-21, The Message

Sacred Reading

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My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. … This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
1 John 4:7, 9-12, The Message

Grant Teagarden: The God Who Speaks

In the conversation for Sunday, June 25, 2017, Grant Teagarden shares with us his story about discovering how God speaks to him and offers suggestions on how to listen so that we would hear what God is saying to us.

Sacred Reading, 00:00–09:52
Conversation, 09:52–52:55

The God Who Speaks

  1. Be still.
  2. Visualize Jesus.
  3. Tune into the thoughts entering your mind.
  4. Write it down.

“God is speaking to me, continually, so that I can know him, and particularly his love for me.”

Sacred Reading

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The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV)

Andrew & Wendy Russell: Our Story

In the conversation for Sunday, June 18, 2017, VLC members, Andrew and Wendy Russell, share with us their story of God’s love and grace through direction, provision, healing, restoration, and adoption. Their hope is that in sharing their story it will encourage others to share the goodness of God through their own stories.

Sacred Reading, 00:00–16:42
Conversation, 16:42–56:26

Sacred Reading

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For we are His workmanship, God’s own master work, even a work of art, created in Christ Jesus, being reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and ready to be used for good works, which God prepared for us beforehand to do. Taking paths which He set, so that we would walk in them, living the good life, which He prearranged and made ready for us. 
Ephesians 2:10, Amplified Bible

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Relationship

In the conversation for Sunday, June 11, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice continues the series titled, New Adventures in Prayer. In this conversation, Pastor Stuart invites us to approach prayer as a way to build our relationship with God. The text for this message is Matthew 6:9. 

Sacred Reading, 00:00–14:40
Conversation, 14:40–41:35

New Adventures in Prayer: Invitation to Relationship

“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,‘”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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Since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Colossians 1:9-12 (NASB)

New Adventures in Prayer

In the conversation for Sunday, June 4, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice begins a series titled, New Adventures in Prayer. In this conversation, Pastor Stuart invites us to imagine what a lifestyle of prayer would look like. He uses Jesus’ instruction on prayer from Matthew 6:5-9

Sacred Reading, 00:00–10:21
Conversation, 10:21–48:17

New Adventures in Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This, then, is how you should pray:”
Matthew 6:5-9 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV)

Facing Your Next Battle with a New Plan

In the conversation for Sunday, May 28, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice invites us to consider engaging our current and future struggles with a posture of trust God through resting in God’s presence. 

Facing Your Next Battle with a New Plan

“Cease striving and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10 (NASB)

Sacred Reading

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For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family—calling him,"Father, dear Father." For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures--for everything God gives to his Son, Christ,  is now ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later.
Romans 8:14-18 (TLB)

The Transforming Power of Grace

In the conversation for Sunday, May 21, 2017, Pastor Kim Nowlin explores with us the transformative power of God’s grace. 

The Transforming Power of Grace

“And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.”
Acts 4:32-34 (NIV)

Sacred Reading

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All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.
Acts 4:32-34 (NIV)

The Power of Spiritual Conversation

In the conversation for Sunday, May 14, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice explains the necessity for conversations that lead us into a closer relationship with one another and with the Lord. 

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The Power of Spiritual Conversations

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
John 21:15-22 (NIV)
  1. Checking the Heart
  2. Restoring the Breaches
  3. Giving Purpose

Spiritual Conversation Starters Handout

Sacred Reading

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Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will go to them and make our home with them. A person who doesn’t love me doesn’t do what I say. I don’t make up what you hear me say. What I say comes from the Father who sent me."
“I have told you this while I’m still with you. However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you."
“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly."
John 14:23-27 (GW)

Learning to Follow When You Lose Your Way

In the conversation for Sunday, May 7, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us that if you find that you are lost, stop and wait, God will find you.

Learning to Follow When You Lose Your Way

     Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
     Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
     He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
     “No,” they answered.
     He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
     Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
     Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
John 21:1-14 (NIV)
  • The Discipline of Waiting
  • The Tendency to Go Backwards
  • Jesus Reestablishes Direction Through Relationship

Sacred Reading

Due to a technical issue, this Sunday’s Sacred Reading did not get recorded.

The practice of Sacred Reading involves reading the passage of scripture four times, each time with a different focus, pausing in between. Here are the guidelines.

  • Read: Read the passage and receive it as God’s message to you.
  • Reflect: Read the passage again and look for the word or phrase that the Holy Spirit highlights to your heart.
  • Respond: Take the highlighted words and make them a prayer.
  • Rest: Rest your heart in God’s promises.

The text for the morning was Psalm 40:1-5, NIV

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.
Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.
Psalms 40:1-5 (NIV)