We're in the midst of a record breaking housing boom right now. This week I read that last year housing prices increased on average by 15%. That's better than a money market account! The normal increase is 3 to 4% a year. Last month, April 2005, existing homes sold at the fastest pace ever in
What do you think about when you think about heaven? A national magazine asked that question a while back to a group of seven year-olds, the age of our daughter, Avery. It was a simple three word question, "What is heaven?"
We're entering the wedding season at Valley View with a number of couples getting ready to tie the knot. And that's always an exciting time. But it takes a lot of work and preparation to get ready for a wedding and usually most of the work is done by the bride. Have you ever noticed tha
Type in the word "Armageddon" on Goggle or your favorite search engine and you might be surprised by what you find. There are websites for the movie Armageddon that was released in 1998 and the book Armageddon written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. There's the countdown to Armag
"He will be an Assyrian by race. He will live in the Middle East. He has not deserted the Bedouin lifestyle into which he was born. But he has deserted the religion of his ancestors. He is not a Muslim. Instead, he worships a new god unknown to his forefathers. And because he has sold himself to
This has been a tragic week of violence in the city of Philadelphia. Over the last ten days there have been 23 reported homicides. The latest rash of killings has brought the death toll up to 78 so far this year, 12 higher than the 66 at this time last year. And as a result, Mayor Street has orde
Without a doubt one of the most volatile, hotly contested pieces of real estate on planet earth lies in the heart of the city of Jerusalem. It's the 35-acre area known as the Temple Mount, ground zero for the hopes and dreams of the world's three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
A few years ago I taught a series called What's the Difference. It was one of the most popular series that we ever offered at Valley View. And over the course of eight or nine weeks we compared the claims of Jesus to those of the major world religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, Judaism
It was the worst earthquake in over 40 years, a 9.0 on the Richter scale, the fourth largest quake since 1900. It occurred on the floor of the Indian Ocean and triggered a series of tsunami waves that traveled at speeds up to 500 miles per hour in the open ocean. And when those thirty-five foot w
Over the years from time to time people have asked me if there are going to be animals in heaven. Usually the person asking that question has a pet and they want to know if they're going to see their dog or cat or hamster or gerbil in heaven someday. Not having a pet of my own growing up my answ
This morning we begin an incredible adventure together, a journey that will take us to the end of the world as we know it and to the end of time. But even more, it will take us right into heaven itself, into the Oval Office of the universe, right to God's throne. This morning we begin a study o