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You are Loved

Hi there! We don’t know who you are, where you’re from, what you’re into, but here’s what we do know: You are loved. We may not know your church background–or even if you’ve had one. You may have tried “church” and figured out it’s not for you. Or maybe you know people who say they’re Christians and act anything but. Trust us,…

Your Gifts have Value!

I’m not sure that you know this, but Central Valley hosts a Ladies’ Connect Group via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 6:00. Last night, when we were discussing Romans 12, one of our ladies brought up an interesting story she’d heard about a florist. The florist said that she felt so unimportant at times. She wasn’t a doctor, who cured diseases. She…

Love One Another

Do you listen to podcasts? I do. All the time. One of my favorite podcasts has a couple of Princeton-trained Christian men who talk about culture as it measures up to the Bible. Their talks have been so eye-opening for me. I never thought about how our culture thrives on evil. Things that are so contrary to the Gospel of Christ. How…

The Storms will Come

Hurricane Sally is making her way inland.  If you’re living near the coast, you probably are hunkering down.  Undoubtedly you boarded up windows and got prepared with your emergency supply. You probably gathered your First Aid kits and batteries for flashlights.  Maybe you gassed up your car and headed north. You prepped. It’s like life. See, you can buy your baby the…

“Life can get Messy.”

Two little boys* sit on opposite ends of a sofa, pristine in their morning school clothes, their cowlicks slicked down. Before whirling around to finish getting dressed, herself, their schoolteacher mama wags a finger before their faces.  “Don’t you two move.” A crash sends her back into the living room. Both boys are swinging fists, their angelic faces forgotten.  They lunge and…

Is Truth Relative??

I pushed the accelerator.  My clunker moaned its way up Monte Sano Mountain.  In my rear view mirror, an apple red car approached in the left lane–a Trans Am.  It glided its way up the mountain, a regal Cinderella, shimmering its way passed my ugly step-sister car. I remember that angel of motor vehicles twenty-five years later. Which is why I argue…

Well of Encouragement

Remember that best selling book from the 90’s, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by Dr. John Gray? About half of you are probably too young to have read it, I’m sure.  (Were the 1990’s really thirty years ago?!!) Basically, Dr. Gray explains the different communication styles between men and women—but that’s not really my point. Dr. Gray proposes that…