NEXT JV Blog

NEXT JV Blog / 16.02.2017

Mathew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Hunger. That is the word that the Lord spoke to me over the course of this last weekend at wintertreat. It's what I watched develop inside of you all. Hunger is what our church, our culture, and our nation needs. I believe if we could all just taste a little a little of God's goodness, we would see just how good He really is. Saturday evening, I was so proud of you all. You all went after God with a fervency that I had not seen in you up until that point. You all shouted and danced before the loud, some of us cried, some of us laughed, some of us just sat silent before the power of the presence of our mighty God. If their is one thing I want you all to take away from that weekend,...

NEXT JV Blog / 07.12.2016

This last Sunday, we came together for an amazing night of prayer and worship. I don't know what it is about having nights like that, but there is something powerful that happens when we come together as a group to glorify the Lord. I watched as so many of you really engaged in worship and had personal encounters with God. True worship isn't just singing songs, it's giving all of yourself, every thought, every ounce of your being to God. It's putting him first, him allowing him to have preeminence in your life. My favorite part of the night was moving into the aux room for prayer. For those of you who could not make it on Sunday, we received some of those prayer cards that we had left in the food boxes in the mail from Kingdom Mischief Night. They had some extremely heavy things written down on them, everything from...

NEXT JV Blog / 23.11.2016

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35 This last Sunday was "Kingdom Mischief Night" and it was a huge success! I am so proud of all you for diving in head first and serving the city around you. With the food you brought, and the money that was donated, we were able to bless over 60 families in need with groceries and love. So thank you for coming out and serving your city! We all love getting gifts and celebrating Christmas or our birthdays, but in my opinion, it is far more fun to give to those in need. It's a completely different feeling on the inside when you give, versus when you receive a gift. They both feel good, but...

NEXT JV Blog / 10.11.2016

1 John 5:4-5 (MSG) “Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” It's hard to live as the overcomer you were made to be when your Christianity is over-complicated.  Pastor Keenan Clark challenged us this last Sunday, to stop making our Christianity about what we do or don't do. He suggested that instead, we make it about one thing. Jesus, and what He did for us. What makes us Holy, righteous, and blameless has nothing to do with our own striving or actions. It is simply what Jesus has done for us, nothing more and nothing less. Pastor Keenan then shared a story from Luke 23, in which Jesus is on the cross. He is hanging there, as an innocent man...

NEXT JV Blog / 02.11.2016

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." A common verse, about an uncommon love. Most people have never truly grasped the reality of what this verse means or the weight that it carries. They have seen this verse but they don't quite understand that God went to truly radical lengths to retrieve us back from the grip of death. I want you all to understand this, God loves us so much that he gave up his most valuable possession, His Son, as a ransom for our souls. You see Jesus was severely beaten and tortured, ridiculed and mocked, despised and reviled. Jesus took upon himself the judgment and punishment that we deserved, so we could get what He deserved. Friends, according to Romans 6:23, the wage of sin is death. That is what we...

NEXT JV Blog / 23.10.2016

Have you ever considered the importance of being plugged in? A lamp is still a lamp even if its not plugged in to the wall, but if it is not plugged in, it has no power and will not light up no matter how many times you flip the switch.  We have all sorts of goodies, chargers, and tech that is all fine and dandy… But if it is not connected to a power source, it becomes useless to us. Without power, cell phones are just paper weights, TV’s are just dark mirrors, and light bulbs are just cool shaped glass. The power source behind those things is what makes them useful. Now I want you to consider this thought, we as humans are like a really cool piece of tech, but we cannot be used to our full potential without being connected to the power source.  Friends, Jesus is our power source. Our...

NEXT JV Blog / 19.10.2016

  Welcome to the Next JV blog! I pray that this blog is a blessing to all of you, as well as a resource for you. I plan on it being a place of encouragement and a place of expansion from our teachings each week. This last Sunday, we took a large step of faith together. We asked God who he wanted us to minister to in our city, we listened, and responded in obedience. From the Target on Harmony, to the Old Town square, we invaded Fort Collins with the love of God and a demonstration of His character. I am so proud of each of you, and the way that you so boldly stepped into a uncomfortable situation. You are all amazing. I loved hearing all of your stories about finding the people that God had you write down on your lists. Many of you received very specific images and words...

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