HVC Blog

God’s Opinion

Have you noticed that people can form opinions about other people that can be pretty twisted? I was doing some research on well-known Christian leaders and as I sorted through the Internet entries, I found radically different opinions about each person on different websites. These leaders were either viewed as saints or heretics, apostles or… Read more »

Prayer of Spiritual Warfare

I have been teaching from Ephesians 6:10-20 and have titled my series The Invisible War. Paul uses the metaphor of Roman armor as he teaches the church of Ephesus about how to embrace the victory we have over our spiritual enemies won for us by Jesus Christ. Paul uses six pieces of armor to explain… Read more »

An Agent of God

A Fifth Grade school teacher, Miss Thompson. started each year by telling her students, “Boys and girls, I love you all the same. I have no favorites.” Miss Thompson wasn’t being completely truthful. A boy smaller than most of the other boys, Teddy, was difficult for Miss Thompson to like. Teddy’s hair was unkempt. His… Read more »

Kids are not the future of the church…They are the church!

Did you know… Our children’s ministry, KidZone (Infant through Kindergarten) and the Garage (1st Grade through 5th Grade) requires 136 gifted, loving and devoted servant-leaders each month to care for, love and disciple our children. We presently have 72 of these gracious and generous followers of Jesus who are offering their time, talent and gifting… Read more »

God’s Love with Skin on It

There is a story about a little girl that had been tucked into bed by her mom and dad. Lovingly, Mom and Dad had prayed for her and kissed her goodnight. Soon she fell into a peaceful sleep. Hours later there was a thunderstorm that had rolled in and a bolt of lightning struck a… Read more »


Do you love hot dogs? How about baseball? What about apple pie? Or better yet, how about Chevys? Some would say I love to eat a hamburger while watch football and eating French silk pie and sitting in my Ford F150. Now that I love. People love their cats, their dogs, their favorite TV series… Read more »

Being Refitted

Heartland Vineyard Church has gone through many radical changes over its short 24 year history. From a living room to rented facilities to a 70,000 square foot Worship Center. From a tiny church plant to becoming one of the larger church in the Cedar Valley From 5 people in our living room to 5 pastors… Read more »


– a situation in which you have to make a difficult choice. The following is a parable: Once, a man was lost in the desert, near death from thirst. He wandered aimlessly through the burning sand day after day, growing weaker by the moment. At long last, he saw an oasis in the distance with… Read more »

God Wants You on the Floor

I received this email from one of our members this week: “A while back you mentioned at the end of service that if we saw in our mind a person, God wanted us to pray for them. We waited for a moment and God showed me a person, a coworker who popped into my head…. Read more »

A Grace Filled Church with a Kingdom of God Mission

This week, my wife Roi Lene and I traveled to Iowa City to respond to God’s heart, not as pastors but as believers in Jesus Christ. We met with a young man whom we deeply love and is battling Leukemia. Then we visited a young family whose two year old daughter is suffering with a… Read more »