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Grace Filled Obedience to the Word of God

We have been talking about the disciple’s hand. Since our mission has been to equip an army of fully devoted disciples, we had to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. God gave us a metaphor using the human hand to describe the basic attributes of a disciple. The pointer finger… Read more »

Hands on, Spirit led Ministry

In 1993, about three years into the planting of Heartland Vineyard Church, when we were about 100 people meeting in the Chalet Center basement, a group of leaders spent a day together and constructed a mission statement. Heartland Vineyard Church exists for the purpose of equipping an army of fully devoted disciples who extend the… Read more »

The Disciples Hand Part 2

In the gospel of Mark, chapter 3, Jesus enters the local synagogue and in the midst of everyone, recognizes a problem. There among all the people was a man with a withered hand.  Though the man was most likely self-conscious, Jesus said, “Stand up in front of everyone.”  Then Jesus gave a brief sermon guised… Read more »


This question has come up a lot lately in reference to Heartland Vineyard Church. “What is the vision of the Heartland Vineyard Church?” Let me take some time and describe what I saw nearly thirty years ago that gave my family and I a desire and move to the Cedar Valley and start this church…. Read more »

Jesus Paid It All

Christianity stands uniquely alone, distinct and different from all the religions of the world. The major difference lies in the fact that every religion is a system of human works, attempting to do something to satisfy the righteous demands of their god. Without exception, every religion is constructed to approach a god through a series… Read more »

Much to be Thankful for in 2013

It seems like this past year literally flew by. Yet, it’s important to force our selves to slow down enough to appreciate the advances and the blessings of this past year. As I reflect on 2013, I could outline some of the great things that have happened. But my mind goes to how thankful I… Read more »

Joy to the World

One of the great Christmas hymns is “Joy to the World.” I love this great song. It has an upbeat tempo, a beautiful melody and the words are inspiring. Joy to the world! The Lord is come  Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room   And heaven and nature sing And heaven… Read more »

The Power of Connection

There is an old adage that goes something like this: “It’s not what you know but who you know that brings success.” Among the most important things we do as humans on this earth is to connect with others. We find jobs, friends, opportunities and support through our connections with others. In fact, connection, that… Read more »

“His Righteousness”

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says something very powerful. He says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (life’s needs) will be added unto you.” This is a command linked to a promise. In the past, I have focused on “and all these things will be added” rather than the… Read more »

A Distincitive of the Vineyard: Hands On, Spirit Led Ministry

Every church in our community is unique. I am thankful for the church in our city comprised of many local churches. Each one is serving Jesus in a distinct way. A distinctive of the Heartland Vineyard is the desire to equip and empower our members to do hands on, Spirit led ministry. As we enter… Read more »