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Certain Hope for Uncertain Times

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When I was a high school senior I was faced with the first major decision of my young life, where was I going to college? Up until that point my life ran pretty much on autopilot, not many decisions to make at least not about school. I went to Cedar Road Elementary School, Huntingdon Junior and A

What Makes a Leader?

Bill Hybels, the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, travels the world over conducting conferences and seminars, talking to pastors and church leaders.  And in a recent interview he had this to say about church leadership, "The deepest wounds churches deal with.  The greatest

When is Jesus coming back?

Over the years I've been amazed and amused by how many people have attempted to predict a date for the return of Christ.  It's been going on for centuries.  Back in the 1800's a preacher from Massachusetts by the name of William Miller predicted that Jesus was coming back in March of 1844.  So he

What will happen when Jesus comes?

About this time each year at our house we have the ceremonial changing of the kitchen calendar.  It's the first week of the New Year and that means it's time to retire the 2001 calendar and put up 2002.  The changing of the kitchen calendar is almost a sacred event, right up there with taking dow

How to Please God: Your Work Life

In his recent book called The Future of Success , author Alfred Knopf has some very disturbing things to say about work in America.  He talks about the new economy of this generation and the old economy of generations past.  He says, "The new economy with all its wealth, innovation, techn

How to Please God: Your Sex Life

Someone has said that everybody lives to please someone.  And the person that we're trying to please can be our parents, our spouse, our kids, a friends, ourselves, or God.  But we all live to please someone.

Behind the Ministery: Powerful Prayers

Ever since the tragic events of September 11 we've seen a resurgence of prayer in this country.  People are talking more about prayer than they have in a long time.  And some people are even praying more than they have in a long time.  Prayer vigils, memorial services, moments of silence at schoo

Behind the Ministery: The Five Emotions of Ministery

One of the most popular shows on the cable network VH1 is a show called Behind the Music .  It's a one-hour documentary of sorts that takes viewers behind the scenes and exposes the personalities and the dynamics that go on among some of the world's most well known rock bands.  Over 140 s

Understanding the Pain in Our Lives

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  And Valley View is pleased to join over 300,000 local churches from 130 countries around the world who today are remembering our suffering brothers and sisters in prayer.  I hope you all write a note of encouragement to

How to Build a Life That Lasts

Have you ever been in a situation where you have felt totally outnumbered?  Like it was you against the world?  That's not a very good feeling is it?  This past week I felt that way.  On Monday night I was invited to go to Giants Stadium to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the New York Giants. 

Handling the Unfairness of Life

Waiting for news can be one of the hardest things in life, can't it?  A few months ago I remember waiting for a phone call from Jennifer letting me know that she and Chelsea had arrived safely in Mexico after driving from here to Baltimore, then flying from Baltimore to L.A., then from L.A.

How to Be Certain of Your Faith

I don't have to tell you that we live in very uncertain days.  The events of the last few weeks have rocked our world.  None of us are as confident about the future as we were on September 10, the day before the attack on America.  A recent headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer read, "Post-attack


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