The Village Blog


Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

Over the years, I have had a few people ask me about my process of songwriting. I certainly do not consider myself an expert, but here are a few thoughts that may help you in your process. Is there a truth that has been stirring your affections for the Lord lately? If so, write it down. Don't wait, or you may lose it. Is there a melody that you can't stop humming? If so, record it. Do it ...

Seeing and Testifying

Author: Klint WareCategory: Parenting

As of late, one of my favorite texts in Acts comes from the mouth of Festus (Roman Governor of Judea). While describing to King Agrippa who Paul was and why he had been in prison for the past two years, he says, "When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their religion and about a certain ...

The Importance of Words

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

I've been thinking a lot about the importance of words. I like to use big Bible words at times. Sometimes I use them when I pray or when I'm speaking with someone or even when I'm writing songs. I use them when they roll easily off my tongue, and I use them when they fall awkwardly out of my mouth.

Do Matthew and James Prohibit All Oaths and Formal Agreements?

Author: Geoff Ashley

Occasionally, we receive questions from prospective members of the church with concerns regarding Covenant Membership. One of these particular concerns is the requirement of a formal agreement (covenant) for the sake of membership. Is the making of such formal agreements disobedient to the commands of Christ and the apostles in Matthew 5:33-37 and James 5:12 who prohibit the swearing of oaths?

Sacred Moments

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

How much mental energy do you expend each day creating a conversation with some sort of social media vehicle? What about the time-toll that texting takes on us? The world shouts, "What's on your mind?" "What's happening?" or "Respond to me immediately!" What about the angst you may feel as you wait for a mention, reply, post, etc.? What does that angst say about us?

ESV Student Study Bible

Author: Clint CrawfordCategory: General

Today I found an email from a friend about a new study Bible that ESV will be releasing on July 31. I've really benefitted from the ESV Study Bible, especially the online version (, so I'm excited to see what they have planned next. It looks like the ESV Student Study Bible will be a great resource for anyone in middle or high school.Here's a description from Crossway:

Do We Have Free Will?: Conclusion

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Do we have free will? It depends on what we mean by free will, and it depends on who you mean by "we." The freedom that Adam and Eve possessed prior to the Fall is different from the freedom which is experienced by all humanity after the Fall. Furthermore, these two types of freedom are different from the freedom that is experienced as a regenerate believer and what a regenerate believer will ...

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