Sunday, August 13, 2017

Distorted - Part 1

Ask Anything

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Focus: Our prayers are not always answered in the ways we think they should be.

How to interpret scripture (simplified)

I. Understand the CONTEXT.

II. Interpret the BIBLE with the BIBLE.

B. Your MOTIVES matter
C. Your FAITH matters
D. God’s WILL matters


Speaker - Jim Hammond
Verde Valley Christian Church
Cottonwood, Arizona
Date - August 13, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Field of Dreams

Presenter: Jim Hammond
Focus: You have entered the dreams when your children love and trust the God you love and trust.

I. Change is a PROCESS not an EVENT.

II. Step into the river of GRACE.

III. Be a living, breathing MODEL of REAL life.

"but God was merciful to me in order that Christ Jesus might show his full patience in dealing with me, the worst of sinners, as an example for all those who would later believe in him and receive eternal life."
1 Timothy1:16GNT

"He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake."
2 Corinthians5:15GNT

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

P.S. I Love You


‭‭Presenter: Doug Bridge

Focus: A biblical understanding of discipline is key.

  1. DISCIPLINE is much more than the WORLD DESCRIBES.

  1. DISCIPLINE is a direct result of GODLY LOVE. Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Catch them doing
something right! 

Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-12‬ ‭NASB‬‬
“and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES H E DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:5-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:29‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Blind Side

Proverbs 3:5-6

Focus: Parents need to ask God to help them with their blindside.

Parents have blind spots. Chances are really good that you will be blindsided by your child. What will you do when that happens?



     A. Trust that God LOVES your CHILD even more than you do.

     B. TRUST the CATCHER.

     C. Ask God to you which to take.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Bourne Identity

Proverbs 22:6
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Rules without relationship lead to rebellion. 

It really helps to know what makes your child tick and what ticks them off. 
Ephesians 6:4

Focus: Parents need to understand their own identity and their child's.

I. Everybody's BORN identity is BENT.
     A. Your baby was born with GOOD BENTS!
     B. Your baby was born with BAD BENTS!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Parent Trap

Focus: In our effort to be good parents, we are susceptible to some common traps.

I. PROBLEM: We don't see the trap 3 Kinds of Traps

  • The CONTROL trap
  • The COMPARISON trap
  • The EVERY opportunity trap


II. Solution: Dial in RELATIONALLY

3 PG Dials
  • What are you doing to ENHANCE your child's relationship with YOU?
  • What are you doing to ADVANCE your child's relationship with GOD?
  • What are you doing to INFLUENCE your child's relationships with OTHERS?

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Make It a Habit

Focus: Choose to make it a habit of entering into the awe of God.

“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭145:1-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬



II. Forgetting Awe is DANGEROUS!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

To Take It Up Again

HIStory Series

Focus: God wove HIS Story into history in a planned and purposeful way to change your story and my story for good... Forever!

“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I. Opened the TOMB



IV. Opened EYES

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Lay Down My Life...

HIStory Series
Presenter: Matt Shires

Focus: To the world, His Story can seem tragic, or unfortunate, or even foolish, but His Story is far from any of those.

I. His Story shows HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬


“So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.””
‭‭John‬ ‭10:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬


“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:42‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Handling the Vultures

HIStory Series

Focus: Jesus, the center of history, can become the center of your story.


“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks and plow your fields and tend your vineyards. You will be called priests of the LORD, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the LORD has blessed.” I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬


“Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

III. Where it all BEGINS.

“But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation. “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.
“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:25-26, 28‬ ‭NLT‬‬,28.nlt

““Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:37‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Heartless God

I Want to Believe, but...

Focus: Those who UNKNOWINGLY hold a distorted view of God find it more difficult to believe in God.

I. This isn't HEAVEN YET!
History in 4 Words

II. God always has a PURPOSE in your pain.

III. God is always PRESENT in your pain.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

"On Demand God"

I Want to Believe, But... Part 1

Focus: Those who UNKNOWINGLY hold a distorted view of God find it more difficult to believe in God.

"On Demand God" (Today) - I pray and pray but God doesn't give me what I ask for.

I. God doesn't EXIST to SERVE us; we EXIST to SERVE God.

““What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

II. If God is not "On Demand God" then who is He?
A. God's HEART is always LOVING.

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35, 37‬ ‭NLT‬‬,37.nlt

B. God's WAYS are always HIGHER than our WAY.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

C. God's PRESENCE is always ENOUGH.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Key 2: Forgiveness

Three Keys That Open Locked Hearts

Focus: Forgiveness like Jesus

"Forged in Forgiveness" Mike & Erik Story


“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

"To be a Christain means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." -CS Lewis


“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:30-32‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:30-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

III. Forgiveness SETS YOU FREE

Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. The Forgiveness of Jesus not only takes
Corrie Ten Boom

IV. FORGIVENESS and ACCEPTANCE are the indicators of loving like God loves.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Key 2: Acceptance

Three Keys That Open Locked Hearts

Focus: Acceptance like Jesus

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I. Break the habit of only accepting "ACCEPTABLE" people.

II. Accept = How you catch a FOOTBALL?


III. Christ accepted us before we were ACCEPTABLE.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Three Keys That Open Locked Hearts

Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness are the three keys.

Locked down hearts.

Vanishing Grace, Phillip Yancey

Key 1: Love

Focus: Love like Jesus

I. IF Love


  1. How do you treat someone with whom you may profoundly disagree?
  2. How do you treat someone who has hurt you or hurt someone or something you love?


“Follow Godʼs example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love has a simple test: People enjoy being with you.

4 Common complaints about Christians
“We love because he first loved us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Joyful Confidence

Joyful New Year Series 6

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Focus: A real relationship with Jesus Christ brings joyful confidence.

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Happiness is an inward feeling with an outward...

Through Christ we can...

1. ... REJOICE ALWAYS! Philippians 4:4

2. ... Experience JOYFUL RELATIONSHIPS! Philippians 4:5

3. ... Experience JOYFUL BAD DAYS! Philippians 4:6-7

4. ... make JOYFUL THOUGHTS! Philippians 4:8-9

5. ... Experience JOYFUL CONTENTMENT! Philippians 4:10-12

6. ... Experience JOYFUL CONFIDENCE!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Joyful Contentment

hubba hubba nx2 MSR
Joyful New Year Series 5

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Focus: Until you learn its secret, contentment is a fickle fleeting moment.

I. LASTING Contentment is POSSIBLE

A. It does not come from EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES
B. It does not come from MORE MONEY OR MORE STUFF

Sin is what you do when your soul is not fully satisfied with God.

II. Contentment is a GIFT

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Content it discontent...
which tent do you live in?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Joyful Thoughts

Joyful New Year Series 4

Focus: Your ability to be joyful,
even in difficult circumstances, is a battle that begins long before your circumstances actually become difficult.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I. Realize you're in a FIGHT!

“Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

II. Set your FOCUS!

III. PRACTICE what you've learned.

IV. Keep your tank FULL!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Joyful Bad Days

Joyful New Year Series 3

Focus: Anyone can make bad days worse - how do I make bad days joyful?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I. Don't worry about ANYTHING.

II. Pray about EVERYTHING.


IV. Make CHRIST the CENTER of your life.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Joyful Relationships - Joyful New Year 2

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happiness - Rejoicing - Joy -

General Truth: Hurt People - Hurt People
But if you have access to joy even while you are hurt, this changes everything.

I. Express yourself positively
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

II. Reconcile Quickly
“I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:2-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

III. Who Starts?
A. The Offending person
B. The Offended person
C. The Third Party person

““Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Philippians‬ ‭4:2-3‬ ‭NIV

IV. Be Considerate

Philippians‬ ‭4:4-5‬ ‭NIV

Grace is an elixir that produces a heart condition that predisposes people toward reconciliation and revolutionizes the way they approach conflict.

If you

You know and so you can:
1. Rejoice
2. Be gentle
3. Love: loved people - love people
4. Forgive: Forgiven people - Forgive people

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Joyful New Year

Philippians 4:4
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Focus: We need to find our song!


II. In the LORD, rejoice is a CHOICE