HVC Blog

Caring for People is Organic

Growing up on the farm, I had the chance to see much of God’s natural order for life. I saw the birth of piglets, calves, colts, kittens, chicks and puppies. Then I saw the way the older took care of the younger. This instinct to care was all programmed into them by God. The word… Read more »

Resting in God

The cross and the resurrection bring us something better, a better way to relate to God (Hebrews 8:6). The fact is people in the time of the Old Testament did not have it near as good as we do. They simply didn’t enjoy everything that we can enjoy today. Sure, many of them worked overtime… Read more »

Reading is Healthy

There are so many books out there to read; biographies and autobiographies, novels, educational, self-help, the list goes on. I have not always been a big reader but I am finding reading is a very healthy and helpful practice. The blessing of our digital age is that you can read an audio book by just… Read more »

Affirmations for 2016

Neil and Joanne Anderson have written many books but one in particular, Daily in Christ, includes affirmations that we can make personal that will help you live life victoriously. Believing right helps us live right. Neil and Joanne encourage believers to say these biblical affirmations out loud at least once each week. I thought this… Read more »

Our World on Edge

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, there are many things happening in our world that are the antithesis of a celebration of joy and peace on earth. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California have put the whole world on edge. Fear, which is the terrorists’ ultimate goal,… Read more »

The Power of the Ask

Nearly forty-five years ago, Roi Lene and I were between our sophomore and junior year at UNI. Roi Lene was working as a server at Marc’s Big Boy, a restaurant long gone from the Cedar Valley. But it was there, at Marc’s Big Boy that a couple invited Roi Lene to come to a church… Read more »

Live to Give

Most Americans view Christmas as a “Season of Generosity.” Gifts are given; people give to organizations such as Salvation Army and United Way, not to mention family gifts as we celebrate Christmas. It’s a wonderful time of year. However, I pray our lives reflect a life where “We live to give.” To be generous 365… Read more »

Romans Conversation

I recently had a wonderful conversation with a member of HVC after our first service last Sunday. Following the conversation, I received this email. I hope it inspires you like it inspired me. Pastor Dan, I’m so excited to tell you that I have really enjoyed your sermons on grace in Romans. I read Romans… Read more »

b3 versus e3

How do we measure success in the church? How do we know if we are hitting the mark in terms of God’s call on our lives as a body of believers? There are churches that measure success using the b3 method. The measure of success in these churches are the number of “Bucks, Buildings and… Read more »

Secular Music

Below is an email response I recently sent to someone who was concerned about our playing Johnny Cash (and other “secular” music) during our greeting song. I hope you find my response gracious, but I’m sharing it with all of you because I hope you find it helpful… Hello My name is Amos Groenendyk, I’m one… Read more »