Posts by Kurt Jones

“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…

What does it take to astonish you?

In this day and age of overwhelming visual experiences, it takes a lot to make us say, “Wow!”.  At the Fourth of July celebration in Central Park, we could hear the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” as showers of brightly colored fireworks filled the sky. People quickly pointed out their favorites as the show went on.  At the finale, I felt myself getting overwhelmed by…

Diving in!

It was a beautiful summer day at Hume Lake Christian Camp. High school student Connor Williamson was having fun on the beach with his friends like so many others have done over the years.  Connor was at camp with West Hills Community Church in Morgan Hill where was an active member and played drums in the worship band. Connor looked at the inviting water…

Giving as worship

Last week I told you a story about someone who made poor investment choices. This week I’d like to tell you the story of someone who chose to invest their time, their talents, and their treasures very wisely. Robert LeTourneau would introduce himself by saying, “I’m just a mechanic that God has blessed…” A high…

Secret Tips for Incredible Investments

David Cowan made a heartbreaking mistake. As a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners, his job was to invest in companies that would become successful and increase the value of their stock. One day a friend told him about two young Stanford students who needed money to launch their company. David refused to meet with…

Are you ready to “cross over”?

Every language has a way of talking about death in a way that makes a normally serious or unpleasant subject not quite so intense. For instance, Glen tells us that in Zimbabwe when someone dies, they say he or she is “late”. Africaans – Hy het sy oë toe gemaak vir die laaste keer –…

Are you ready to travel?

Going to the airport always gets my heart beating a little faster. No, it’s not because I’m lugging a heavy suitcase around; it’s because it’s emotional. Why? It means that either I’m going somewhere, that someone is coming to see me, or that someone I care about is leaving. Admittedly the third option is the…