Posts by Kurt Jones

tick, tick, tick…

Dear church family, Recently, we’ve had more time together as a family and have enjoyed playing games and doing puzzles. (Thanks for the Star Wars puzzle, Sorrentinos; we started it on May the fourth. LOL!) Just before the lock down we played a game where you work together as a group to disarm a bomb.…

We will rise

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Cor 15:20 December 13, 1977 is a day the residents of Evansville, Indiana will never forget. A new book, “We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland,” recounts the plane…

Get Ready!

March 20, 2020 Dear Valley Church friends and family, Like you, I’m working from home instead of going into the office and it seems strange. While it’s hard to believe we’re living out a unique moment of world history, day to day living goes on. We’re all trying to figure out work and school and…

it binds and blinds and grinds

In his book Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns, Chuck Swindoll illustrates the giant of lust through the tragic life of Samson, describing him as “a he-man with a she-weakness”. He goes on to say, “Several things that illustrate his lustful bent may be observed from the record of his life in the Book of Judges: The…

An Uphill Battle

Quilotoa is one of many volcanic wonders in Ecuador. It is a 2-mile-wide lake filling a dormant volcano that collapsed many years ago. In 2018 Valorie and I were able to visit our daughter Elena during her semester in Quito. We chose Quilotoa as a scenic and “easy” hike because the next day we planned…

What’s in the box?

Dear loved ones, With online shopping getting more and more popular, it’s very common these days to see mail carriers coming to the door with multiple packages. As the doorbell rings, we are filled with two questions. First, “Is it for ME?” and, if so, second, “What IS it?” Unless you have zero impulse control and simply rip the package…

“You are not our daughter anymore.”

“You are not our daughter anymore.” They were the last words 11 year old Saree* heard her father say to her as she stood in the street, holding the clothes her family shoved at her while slamming the door in her face. How would you respond if you were Saree? This Sunday we will join…

Are you acting out?

This Sunday we start a new series, called “Acting Out,” through the book of Acts. For the next ten weeks we’ll be studying the amazing work of God as the Holy Spirit transformed the early church from being a disorganized band of discouraged and defeated disciples into an unstoppable force that continues to turn the…

Come heaven or high water

Dear Valley Church family,   Once upon a time there were two very religious men who lived in the same city that was flooded by a storm. The first man was poor and was caught in rising floodwaters. He climbed onto the roof of his house and trusted God to rescue him. A neighbor came…

Have you ever slipped?

When we were first married, Valorie and I had a little Subaru four-wheel-drive wagon. It didn’t have much power, but it was perfect for taking us up into the mountains. One weekend we were going backpacking with some friends in the Desolation Wilderness area. These steep mountains and deep valleys with beautiful lakes and streams…