Life has a way of subtly stealing from us those things which we claim we want to be and do. Whether it’s an individual or a church family, if you don’t regularly check your course you lose sight of who you are meant to be.
Red Letter Days
When it comes to what Christians believe, the world has no shortage of thoughts and opinions, so let’s stop and see what Jesus has to say. In this series, we take time to read Jesus’ own words.
This is Us
From a distance, family often looks warm and fuzzy. A place of love and tenderness. From within, it often feels painful, diseased, sometimes even hopeless. But there is hope no matter how dark it looks. There is an antidote…one exampled by Jesus Himself.
Sometimes it feels like no matter what you say, you just aren’t getting through. Something…is disrupting the connection. Nowhere does this seem to happen more than in our prayer lives. In this series we spend time talking about the communication breakdown and how Jesus taught us to pray.
This We Believe
With mankind’s ever expanding knowledge base and all the thoughts and opinions found in the world, it can be hard to know what to believe. Many choose to simply not believe in much of anything. Maybe there’s a little truth in everything. Maybe it’s all just a different way of expressing the same thing. And yet, Christianity has made both outlandish and exclusive claims, and then held on to them for some 2000 years. How can intelligent people believe this? Could it be true?
Eyes Wide Open
Busy days. Painful events. Heartbreak. Often it’s just easier to close our eyes to it all. Because sometimes…life hurts. Many of us live our lives in the dusk, stumbling through our days hoping to avoid more pain. But all the while, we miss the light. Living with eyes open is risky. But it’s where you find life. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” It’s time for all of us to live with “Eyes Wide Open."
What if this life isn’t what we think? What if everything we think is right side up…is actually the upside down? What if our job…was to bring right side up living to an upside down world? According to Jesus, it is.
The words you speak have the power
to infect those around you. Either for good or for bad. At times we find ourselves complaining about our circumstances even though that doesn’t change them. We might find ourselves lying about something in our life to make us look better. Even gossiping about
those around you. In this series we will talk about how to infect those around you in a positive way with your words.
The Greatest Thing
Life is filled with so much. There’s the good stuff: the beauty of nature, the wonder of deep friendships, the joy of a job well done. And the hard stuff: unexpected losses, pain, disappointment. But the question is, what, in all the things vying for my attention and demanding action, really matters? What is…the greatest thing? God has an answer.
Most people don’t have a hard time is saying they believe there is a God. But learning to trust that God is altogether different. If you struggle with faith, you aren’t alone. To trust that He is real and present and with you right now…well, that’s a battle. The Bible calls it a fight: Fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). In this series, we explore this most fundamental aspect of Christianity: Faith.
There are all kinds of voices in the world today. Many of them trying to tell you who you should be and what you should do with your life. But who are you…really? Maybe, before we run to what someone tells us we should become, we should look at who we really are. And there is no better place to turn than to the One who created us. What does God say about you? What is your identity in Him? Don’t let your life be damaged by…Identity Theft.
Almost all of us are crazy busy. We’re doing “stuff”. But is it stuff that matters. Is it stuff makes a difference in a world filled with brokenness and pain? Christians are not called to simply sit and listen to talks on the Bible. They are called, as much as anything…to do something. Something that matters. To this high calling, Thornapple Valley Church is fully committed: Do something…that matters.
Summer 2017|Best Verse Ever
Does God really speak to people today? Can He speak into your life and circumstances? The answer from Christianity is a resounding “yes!” God has spoken, is speaking, and will keep speaking. Join us this summer as we dive into some of the “best verses ever”. Can you hear Him? God is speaking!
Some houses get so damaged by the wear and tear of nature and life that they simply seem beyond repair. While that may be true with a house…it is never true with a home. Families do take hits. There are struggles and hurts and damage. But if you look past the cracks in the walls and the leaky roof, you’ll find something wonderful hidden underneath: the gift of family. Sometimes, it just needs fixing up.
Even the gentlest among us can’t always avoid a fight. There are times you just have to stand up to the bully. Sometimes it’s people. Sometimes it’s spiritual. And sometimes, it’s a fight with “things”. Like temptation or depression. Or lethargy. So…do you have a strategy to win? God does.