Valley Christian Center
Love. Mend. Train. Release.
577 Scravel Hill Rd, Albany, OR 97322
Sunday Service at 10:00 am
Pre-Service Prayer at 9:00 am
Letter from our Pastor...
Hello Church Family,
I wanted to take a few moments and briefly share my experience from Sunday, April 25, 2021. I use the phrase "my experience" because I have no desire to begin to describe or define what God was doing in me or anyone else. I will not try to "explain" what was happening. God is God…His ways are above my ways. To give a commentary on what I think God was doing seems rather silly to me.
What I do know is, as we worshiped Him, placed our focus and attention on Him, I became very much aware of His holiness…so much so, that I felt compelled to bow down before Him as He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. It was from that place of adoration…that my physical body began to experience a "weightiness" that felt like a thick warm blanket. The more I worshipped Him, the more my body "seemed" to be fixed in place by that thick warm blanket. As my physical body responded to His holiness…God did a renewing, transforming, work in my heart and mind. I don’t even know all that He did…I just know I am different…and my hunger for Him, for His presence, His freedom, His joy, His love, His truth just shot through the roof.
God is always in our midst. Every moment (whether we are awake or asleep) we have the opportunity to experience, be transformed by God (through the Word of God, prayer, worship, praise, listening to Him). That experience (transformation) begins with our yielding to Him, our worship of Him, our focus and attention placed on Him. And as we give Him our time, our adoration, our attention…He does the transforming work (whether we have words for it or not) in us EACH and EVERY time! God never stops doing a work in the lives of His followers. And how He does that transformational work can look very differently from one day to the next…from one person to the next person. Our part in this JOURNEY…is to give God the space to do all that He desires to do in us and through us without expectation of the details, only anticipation in Him.
Pastor Rob shared a wonderful tool with me yesterday, as we discern our experiences on that JOURNEY. I wanted to share it with you, as I believe it helps us navigate our experiences …. with Holy Spirit. When experiencing something new or different, comfortable or uncomfortable, an experience, situation, or distraction (these words could all describe the same event, but from different peoples’ point of view), ASK…
Is this a DISTRACTION hindering me from following or knowing You, Lord?
Is this a moment of DISCOVERY where You God want me to learn or grow?
Is this a DIVINE OPPORTUNITY where You Jesus are working, where I can be a part of what You are doing or where You God are fulfilling the desires of my heart?
At the end of the day…I trust God to lead us. He is the Good Shepherd…faithful and loving. He is a Holy God, worthy of our praise. He is our Savior. He is our King. And I am so very thankful for who He is and how He continually reveals His nature, who He is, to each one of us.
Fellow Servant and Follower of Jesus
YouTube link for Sunday, April 25th https://youtu.be/aWZDpRnVZPM
Sunday, May 9th, Live and Streaming...
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Our campus is open this Sunday, along with Kingdom Kids and our Youth Gathering in the Youth Building.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all... either in person or via livestream!
Link for Sunday https://youtu.be/
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