HVC Blog

We Are a Kingdom of God People

This week, I was visiting with our staff about the most important things that drive our church. What are the hills we will fight for and if need be, die on? One of the “hills we will die on” is that we have embraced the Biblical truth that when Jesus came to earth 2,000 years… Read more »

Receive What Grace Offers

John Stott, a pastor in the Anglican church of England and a noted leader of worldwide evangelicalism, made the following observation:  “Faith’s only function is to receive what grace offers.” Is that what you believe?  We live in a high performance society. We are driven to excel and be obsessed with success. We long for… Read more »

A Humble Servant’s Heart

I’ve been writing over the past month and a half on the priorities of the Heartland Vineyard.  These priorities define the nature of a fully devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.  Our mission as a church is to equip and army of fully devoted disciples who extend the Kingdom of God as they experience and express… Read more »

Loving, Carefrontational Community

For the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing our priorities as a church family. These priorities have been in place in our church for the past 20 years. Since our mission is to equip and army of fully devoted disciples who extend the Kingdom of God as they experience and express the compassion and truth… Read more »

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 »