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5 Ways to Invite Someone to Advent Services & Christmas Eve

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Advent season is one of the best times to invite someone to hear the good news of Christmas ...

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What would Jesus do about Sexual Exploitation?

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What would Jesus do about sexual exploitation? Perhaps the better question is, “What DID Jesus do about sexual exploitation?”...

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Mental Health, Evil & The Bible

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What should our response be, as Christians, to an event like the tragedy in Southerland Springs, and its connection to mental health and/or demonic activity?...

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Sunday Morning - A Holy Event

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Preparing in our worship between Sundays changes the way we come to church on any given Sunday...

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5 Reasons You Should Trust the Authority of Jesus

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Our culture is clashing more than ever over the issue of authority ...

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Church

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Although it only takes two parents to birth a child, it takes an entire community taking an active role in raising a child for them to become a healthy, thriving adult. The same is true when raising a church...

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Do unto Others as Jesus Has Done unto You

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The Golden Rule is not just a command we are given, but it is also the undeserved treatment we have received from Jesus Christ...

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3 Ways to Pray the Lord's Prayer

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The Lord’s Prayer is the most influential prayer in the history of the church. Here's three ways you can pray this prayer more frequently and more joyfully in your own life...

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The Discipline of Secrecy

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The discipline of secrecy will help to cultivate intimacy, humility, and expectancy in your life...

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Marriage: 7 Means to Oneness

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One of the beautiful realities of marriage that Jesus points to is a “Profound Oneness” between a husband and wife, which points to the oneness that he desires with each of us. Theologians call this Union With Christ. If you have a desire to experience more oneness in your marriage but don’t know where to start, consider these seven means to oneness in marriage...

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Reflections on the Inauguration

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The Presidential Inauguration is a reminder to us of Paul's first letter to Timothy, that we are to offer “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions"...

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An Exercise for Your Heart

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There is a certain kind of anger that gives way to resentment, indifference, and degradation. Here's an exercise I've used in the past to let God shape my heart...

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Thankfulness

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Like you, each Thanksgiving season I’m made all the more aware of the great things I have to be thankful for......

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The Church, Culture & Rights | 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

(1) Pastors Have The Right To Live A Normal Life What exactly does it mean for a pastor to live a normal life? Paul answers that question from three angles – logic, Scripture, Jesus. This says something—it says that this is really important, and that he doesn’t want us to miss this. (1) What LOGIC says about a normal life for a pastor: Paul asks a se...

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The Church, Culture & Marriage And Singleness

The Church, Culture, & Marriage and Singleness | 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 Have you ever noticed that we can tend to over-spiritualize certain things? One of the things we can tend to over-spiritualize the most in Christian circles is marriage and singleness. Maybe you’ve been part of a church where being married, and especially being married and having kids, f...

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The Church, Culture, & Sex: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:12-20

In a 2014 study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, "Would you have sex before marriage?" 63% of the single Christian respondents said ‘yes’. What this survey, and others like it tell us, is that we have a kind of “sexual atheism” that is beginning to pervade the Church. Men and women alike ...

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The Church, Culture & Leadership

This morning, as we continue our series Church & Culture and talk about The Church, Culture & Leadership, I thought it would be interesting to ask this question: Is the term “servant leadership” an oxymoron?” The Corinthian Christians have lived under largely selfish, self-seeking leadership models in their culture, and despite what they saw in P...

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The Church, Culture & Wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Have you ever had the opportunity to get some kind of inside knowledge about something ….. OR ….. had some kind of inside experience? One of the deepest human desires is the desire to be on the inside—the desire to be in the know, to know something that other people don’t know. C.S. Lewis called this “The Inner Ring.” In reference to...

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The Church, Culture, and the Cross: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

Question: If you could give God one piece of corrective wisdom, what would it be? This is our tendency: to assume that we have a similar kind of wisdom as God and begin to question His wisdom on things when we don’t seem to think things are working. This is where the Corinthian Christians are. They’ve been questioning God and His wisdom by rhetorically asking...

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The Church Called Out of and Into Culture: 1 Cor. 1:1-9

We started a new sermon series this week: The Church & Culture...

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Theological Partnership | Matt & Kimberly Bowman

What does it look like to be a theological partner at Village Church?...

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7 Ways You Can Pray For Your 4X4

If you’re like me, or your family is like the Kyser family, you now have a 4x4 block of wood on your kitchen table as a daily reminder to pray for 4 individuals and 4 families 4 times a week for 4 weeks. So what are you praying for? Here are 7 Ways you can pray for them this week: 1. Pray Ephesians 1:3-6 for them – that they would be among those God has c...

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What are the Most Important Things to Look for when Looking for A New Church?

One question we are often asked during Connect Group Q&A time is this: “What are the most important things to look for when looking for a new church?” Below you will find the answer I give to this question. As I think about these things, I am reminded of how grateful I am to be part of The Village Church with you. By God's grace, we are seeking after the...

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Are You Living For The Approval of Man?

7 Signs You’re Living For The Approval of Man From John 7 Are you living for the approval of man instead of the approval of God? “Definitely not!” How do you know? “Maybe not.” Seems a little unsure. “Hopefully not.” Doesn’t sound so hopeful. How would you really know that you’re living for the approval of man, or not?...

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Pastor Matt on Partnership & Pastoring

What is it that excites me about not only being a Village Church Partner, but a Village Church Pastor as well? There are so many things. Just so many things. Where would I even begin? For the sake of a good reference point, let me begin with the days leading up to the Men’s Advance of 2011. As I prepared for my preaching that year, I read Darren Patrick’s b...

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Walking with God through Pain

Village Church, Some of you have asked recently, "How do I walk with God in the midst of pain and suffering?" I've asked the same question again myself in light of our loss of Brenna Horsley. Tim Keller has done some great work on this question in his book, "Walking With God In The Midst of Pain & Suffering." Along with my time in Scripture this past week, this resou...

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5 Ways To Love One Another On A Lean Budget

You’ve heard it said a thousand times that Christians are to love one another. But what does that actually mean in the actual things of life? In his letters, the Apostle John tells us we are to love one another in some general ways (1 John 3:11, 4:7-8; 2 John 1:5), but then goes on to tell us that we are to love one another in one very particular way (1 John 3:17-18)...

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The 80% Rule Is Dumb!

Some "church experts" say that people in our church will stop inviting friends and family when the church is more than 80% full. You know what I say - the 80% Rule is dumb....

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Planting at The Village

Last week Pastor Matt, along with Pastor Nick Bogardus of Mars Hill OC (on Skype screen), had a Skype Board Meeting with Pastor Samuel Choi of Center Church, Irvine. Pastor Matt continues to serve as a Launch Team Elder for Center Church, providing oversight and encouragement to Pastor Samuel as he plants Center Church. Pastor Samuel will be at The Village Sunday, Ma...

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VIDEO: This Sunday @ The Village Church

Join us this Sunday as we continue our series, "Christianity 101" in the book of 1st Peter. We will be looking at 1 Peter 2:13-17, and what it means for Christians to be good citizens of God's kingdom, as well as good citizens of the world we live in. ...

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God Is Generous

God has been very generous to The Village Church. But how?...

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The 60 @ The Village: Unveiling Unexpected - Mark 9:2-13

The 60: This past Sunday we considered Unveiling Unexpected, and the reality that Jesus unveils Himself to us every time we open His Word....

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The Eight Things I'm Most Thankful For About The ONE Thing I'm Most Thankful For

The eight things I’m most thankful for have to do with the ONE thing I’m most thankful for…….my Salvation in Christ! Each thanksgiving I now take the time to consider eight concepts from what theologians call the “order salutis,” or Order of Salvation (Rom.8:29-30). The Order Salutis covers the way in which we are saved by and to Jes...

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The 60: Authority Unexpected | Mark 4:35-5:20 | Life Unexpected

We might expect someone to have authority over some things, but Jesus claims to have authority over all things – Authority Unexpected. ...

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Evangelism Unexpected | Mark 4:1-20 | Life Unexpected

How does you become a Christian? How do you know it? Jesus tells His disciples, and us, a Parable to answer these questions....

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The 60: Family Unexpected | Mark 3:31-35 | Life Unexpected

What Jesus is going to tell us this morning is that there is a Biological Family that comes through Birth, and a Spiritual Family that comes through Re-birth…….there is a Natural Family you’re in by Blood, and a Spiritual Family you can be in by His Blood...

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The 60: Accusation Unexpected | Mark 3:20-30 | Life Unexpected

Accusing Jesus too much of forgivable things may lead you to a place where you accuse Jesus of an unforgivable thing. ...

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The 60: Apprentice Unexpected | Mark 3:7-19 | Life Unexpected

People are coming to Jesus from all over. That is the way God intended it to be – that all kinds of people in all kinds of places would be drawn to Him....

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The 60: Tradition Unexpected | Mark 2:18-3:6 | Life Unexpected

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The 60: Disciples Unexpected | Mark 2:13-17 | Life Unexpected

Jesus was out by the lake, again, out in the open, teaching in public wherever he went…….making disciples. Jesus is about making Disciples…….unashamedly. Make no mistake about it, Jesus is about making disciples, and we are about making disciples…….just like everyone else is....

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The 60: Compassion Unexpected (Mark 1:40-2:12) | Life Unexpected

Mark uses the contagious connotation of the leprosy to remind us that Jesus Himself was contagious. He was the kind of person that people just couldn’t stay away from....

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The 60: Compassion Unexpected | Mark 1:40-2:12 | Life Unexpected

Mark uses the contagious connotation of the leprosy to remind us that Jesus Himself was contagious. He was the kind of person that people just couldn’t stay away from....

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The 60: Conflict Unexpected (Mark 1:21-39) | Life Unexpected

CONFLICT is at the center of what it means to be a Christian ...

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The 60: Men Unexpected (Mark 1:16-20) | Life Unexpected

Jesus called unexpected men, at an unexpected moment, for an unexpected mission, by unexpected means....

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The 60: Kingdom Unexpected (Mark 1:9-15) | Life Unexpected

Jesus is an unexpected Good Messiah, who has an Unexpectantly Good Mission, and brings an Unexpectantly Good Message....

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The 60: Good News Unexpected (Mark 1:1-8) | Life Unexpected

There was a day when there was only good news. (Good, VERY Good) ...

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The 60: Life Unexpected | 7 Marks of The Book of Mark

Why? Why Not Mark? Why haven’t more pastors preached on the book of Mark? Why haven’t more Christians studied it, even on their own? ...

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Philippians 4:2-9 | Happiness & Peace

Happiest Christians are those who know the peace of God in every circumstance ...

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Philippians 3:12-4:1 | Happiness & Effort

The happiest Christians on earth are the ones that employ the most effort in knowing Jesus, not in legalism or liberalism, but in love, out of love and for the love of Jesus....

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Philippians 3:1-11 | Happiness & Earning, Part 2

The happiest Christians on earth are the ones that have truly lost their trust in anything or anyone other than Jesus, so that they can truly trust in and know Jesus....

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Philippians 3:1-11 | Happiness & Earning, Part 1

The happiest Christians on earth are the ones that are convinced there is nothing they can do to earn God’s Approval or Affection, but that Jesus has already earned it for them. The happiest Christians on earth are not the ones who are wise enough to lose everything so they can gain everything in Christ....

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Philippians 2:12-30 | Happiness & Integrity

The happiest Christians on earth are those who understand and pursue the concept of wholeness in their life, which can only be accomplished through integrity. . before God, in the midst of the World, and among the Church....

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Philippians 2:1-4 | Happiness & Unity

The happiest Christians on earth are the Christians who understand the unity they have with Jesus, and walk in unity with one another through Jesus....

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Philippians 1:27-30 | Happiness & Conflict

The happiest Christians on earth are the Christians who are FREE from Conflict with each other, so they can FREELY engage in the Conflict for the Gospel with each other....

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Philippians 1:19-26 - Happiness & Hope

Christians ought to be the happiest people on earth, because they are the only ones that ultimately have hope in the truest sense of hope....

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It's Not Too Late to Memorize Philippians

It's Not To Late to memorize the book of Philippians with the rest of your friends at The Village. If you've missed out on week 1 and 2, dive it now and come along for the ride....

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Declaring The Truth About Jesus

During our Village Church Vision Sunday I offered the following 'vivid description' of what it looks like to be a church committed to DECLARING the truth about Jesus:...

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Advent @ The Village

The month of December, we'll be celebrating the coming of Jesus with our annual Advent sermons series....

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Thanksgiving Weekend Preview: Click Here

Sunday we'll be looking at the contrast between true & false teachers, believes, and the true or false gospel they follow....

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Dave Kraft Coming To Town: Nov.5-7

Dave Kraft - coming to the Village Church - Nov. 5th to 7th. Dave is a pastor, ministry coach, and author....

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October 31st Preview: Click Here

All kinds of people are proclaiming to be 'spiritual' today. Most of the time this spirituality involves a vague form of personal spirituality. This Sunday we'll see that the Bible says being spiritual doesn't just happen in a personal context, but a public context as well. Check out this video preview for some hints as to where we'll be going together Sunday....

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October 24th Preview Video: Click Here

This Sunday we'll be in Galatians 5, this time concentrating on keeping in step with the Spirit....

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Men's Advance 2010: Click Here For Pics

Here's a link to some cool pics from our Men's Advance 2010....

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Leaders Who Last Preview: Click Here

November 5-7 The Village will be hosting Dave Kraft for a weekend of leadership training and development. Dave is the Pastor or Leadership Development and Coaching at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, author of "Leaders Who Last," and Ministry Coach with Ministry Coaching International. Check out this video preview for a look at what Dave will be bringing to The Village next ...

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September 26th Preview: Click Here

This Sunday at the Village we'll be tearing down the idea that Christianity is just a religion that binds people with rules, regulations and rituals. Invite someone out that thinks this way and see what God does....

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Old Insights On Sunday Mornings:

What's your posture as you approach your time together with God's people and His preacher on Sunday morning? Take a look at an old perspective on a not so new issue....

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Eight Marks of The Church: Mark 2 - Son Confessing

The second mark of the Church is that it believes in, loves and follows Jesus....

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Eight Marks of The Church: Mark 1 - Spirit Filled

The first and primary mark of the Church is that it's regenerated by and filled with the Holy Spirit....

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The Church & The Gospel

Eight myths, marks, & metaphors God has given us to describe His Church to us....

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The Resurrection & The Gospel

There are many that hear but don't hear, see but don't see and know but don't know Jesus....

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Sin & The Gospel - Genesis 3:1-24

Our sin runs deep and wide, but God's grace runs deeper and wider still....

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