Staff Blog

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 »

My Stump Speech

Every politician has what they call a stump speech. The term is derived from the custom in the 19th century in America when political candidates campaigning from town to town stood upon a cut down tree’s stump to deliver a standard speech that summarized and characterized what they believed. This afternoon, I ran into a stranger… Read more »

Faith Accesses Grace

There has been for centuries a misunderstanding of the purpose of the law. People still insist that the law was given by God to be kept by man and thereby establishing through earning favor through a holy life a relationship with God. This is NOT the purpose of the law which Paul establishes in Romans… Read more »