Why Cross-Generational Community Groups Are So Important

Why Cross-Generational Community Groups Are So Important

Six years ago my wife Reagan and I were living in North Carolina while I attended seminary. We were in a great church. We had good jobs (for struggling newly-weds) and loved living out on our ...
Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Sometimes Jesus has you in the right place at the right time. Sometimes he lets you be in the delivery room, like recently at one of our Newcomers Dessert nights. A lady had expressed on her ...
What Kind of Disciples Are You Making?

What Kind of Disciples Are You Making?

I’ve been a part of the Church for as long as I have memories. I’ve been a Christian for nearly 30 years. And I’ve been a pastor for 14 years. A common thread through all of ...
3 Ways to Grow in Your Biblical Competency

3 Ways to Grow in Your Biblical Competency

One of the exciting developments at Valley Life | Tramonto is that we have leaders who aspire to be elders. Before sitting down with them, our current elders outlined three aspects of qualification that we hold ...
Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

At one time or another, God has said to most of his leaders, “Fear not.” God called them, inspired them, gave them a vision, filled them with his Spirit, performed untold miracles, and fought untold battles ...
What Worship Leaders Can Learn from Hugh Jackman and The Greatest Showman

What Worship Leaders Can Learn from Hugh Jackman and The Greatest Showman

Several weeks ago, my wife was telling me about a video she had seen. It’s Hugh Jackman and the prospective cast of “The Greatest Showman” singing some of the songs from the film to executives in ...
20 Questions for Guys Pursuing Marriage

20 Questions for Guys Pursuing Marriage

It's easy to start moving toward marriage without asking the right questions. But are you really ready? This should help you decide. Ask yourself these questions, or better yet, walk through them with a man whose ...
Singing Dangerous Songs

Singing Dangerous Songs

I grew up in the land of Woody Guthrie. The folk singer grew up about thirty miles from my hometown, and his legacy is well known in the area. Guthrie is best known as the folk ...
Why We Value Brokenness

Why We Value Brokenness

The Christmas season was in full swing, and I was in a hurry. Not only because there were a million and one things to get done before the big day but because, on this particular day, ...

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