The Village Blog

A Minister's Prayer

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

The following is a prayer asking God to refine our lives and our ministries to be centered wholly and passionately on Him. It’s a prayer that God, in His infinite grace, would move us aside and make much of Himself. O my Lord, Let not my ministry be approved only by men, or merely win the esteem and affections of people;

Rhyme, Rhythm and Redemption

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

It is interesting how movements begin. I love looking back and seeing how history unfolds. Opportunities arise for people to step up and call their generation to see things differently, to believe accurately and live passionately. Some movements are short-lived while others have a lasting impact. You have micro-movements of subcultures—smaller cultures within the greater culture.

In Christ

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

This past Saturday, Professor Elliot Greene from Redeemer Presbyterian Seminary taught on “Christ, the Kingdom and History.” One of the quotes that I have been thinking on since then is: “God has placed us where His love is most potent, in His Son.”

Are We Growing?

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

This is an e-mail I sent our musicians and vocalists last week. I’m hoping will be useful to you and your worship team as well. Leading people in worship—whether you are behind a kit, keyboard, guitar, violin, cello, sax or microphone—is something that should be taken seriously.

Man Shall not Live by Bread Alone

Author: Klint WareCategory: Parenting

The more and more I read, the more I become a “quote guy.” I can’t help but appreciate the way a certain sentence or group of them stirs my affections for the Lord. It’s clear that the Lord has wired us to live on words, His Word. Words can encourage us or break us down. They can work their way into the inmost parts of our souls and impress themselves there;

D.A. Carson on Drifting

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

In my sermon on July 4th, I quoted D.A. Carson on the danger of spiritual drifting. This is the same quote that Matt has referenced a few times recently and so I wanted to provide that exact quote for those who would like to read it again.

Take it, and Eat it

Author: Peter ScottCategory: Parenting

So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. – Revelation 10: 9-10

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