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No Matter What

November 8th is a big day for our nation. There will be a new leader elected for the most powerful country in the world. But November 9th is also a big day… maybe even bigger.  That is the day we choose how to respond. How will we react? What attitude will we choose to have? How will our character be seen in the aftermath of one of the most chaotic elections in our nations history?

Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church reminds believers that Jesus was sentenced to death by the Roman Governor Pilate… but the only reason we know who Pilate is at all, is because he is a footnote in the story of Jesus. The same principle is true for us today. When Jesus comes back to take His bride home, the United States of America and its government will just be a footnote in the story of Christ and His church.

So what does that mean for us? We need to recognize that NO MATTER WHAT, God is sovereign over all.  No matter what… we are secure in the mightiest of all hands. No matter what… we are the church that represents faith in Christ, not fear of a changing government. No matter what… Jesus calls us to be wise, respectful, fearless, steadfast, and the light.

Lots will change in our world. It always has and always will. But on November 9th, we, as the church, have the opportunity to wake up and choose to have a level of Christlikeness that will change this world far more than any president, government, or nation ever could.

Join us Monday evening, November 7th, at 6:30pm, for a time of prayer and worship to challenge our hearts and lay our lives before the God who controls it all.

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Pray With Them

A story from the persecuted church

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” -Psalm 91:1-2

Around the world, followers of Christ face violence and hardships as a direct result of their allegiance to Him. Some of these hostile environments are created by governments seeking to control politics and civic life by keeping a tight rein on religion. In other places it is society that is hostile towards any religious group that is contrary to tradition or to the majority. In such areas believers are denied employment, denied education, imprisoned, beaten, tortured, killed, and confronted with many other persecutions simply because of their faith in the Lord Jesus. So the question that we are all faced with is: Do you care? Does it matter to you that brothers and sisters are facing such trials? Is there any mercy or compassion that stirs your heart to move you into action? Will you remember those who are mistreated as if you felt their pain in your own body? Will you be mindful of those who are in prison as if you were imprisoned with them?

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. -I Cor. 12:12;26

God hears the prayers of His people. So if we care, we will pray. If our hearts are really broken for the persecuted church, we will join them in prayer.

Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, November 13, as a body of believers, we will spend 24-hours in prayer as we Pray With ThemClick the following link to register:

Here is some perspective from a man who was brutally tortured under a communist government for his faith in Christ, as he speaks of prayer for his persecutors:

If I were asked, “Are you for the Communists or against them?” my answer would be a complex one…Communists are men and Christ loves them. So does every man who has the mind of Christ. We love the sinner even though we hate the sin.

We know about the love of Christ toward the Communists by our own love toward them.
I have seen Christians in Communist prisons with fifty pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterward without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold – and praying with fervor for the Communists. This is humanly inexplicable! It is the love of Christ, which was poured out in our hearts.

Tortured For Christ By Richard Wurmbrand


What the Bible Says About Money

Join us during this four week elective to explore what the Bible says about our finances, and how we can honor God with what we earn.

You will discover how diligent work brings glory to the Lord, how to effectively manage finances, what we are to do with our income, and how to develop a realistic budget.

Special Elective: What the Bible Says About Money: beginning October 2nd, 9:30am, Room 210.


More than a “just” a day…

The people of God have been called to a life that is above average. From the passions that stir within our hearts, to the words that we speak, and even the way we choose to spend each moment of every day, the body of Christ has been called to greatness.

And this should come as no surprise. For we serve a God who is great; meaning that His essence, the very qualities of His being, are far beyond all that can be perceived as ordinary. He is great in that His power and eminence reaches far above what mankind knows as normal or average. His love surpasses knowledge, His peace transcends understanding, His grace is sufficient, and His authority has no end.

Indeed, this God is the expert of greatness. And He desires greatness for His people and gives instructions on how they might become great. Read carefully the statement of the Lord:

“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:43-45

So what does our Lord say? In order to live up to our calling of greatness, what must we do?  Jesus doesn’t mention money, possessions, influence, or status. He simply says that if you want to be great, you must be a servant to all. For even He, the greatest one of all, holding the most high position over all creation, set an example by giving Himself for the sake of others. Therefore, as a body of believers, we must make it our aim to follow the leading of our Savior in serving the world around us.

Join us on Saturday, September 24, serving our community during The Great Day of Service as we continue to LoveDallas in Jesus’ name.

Click here to register for Great Day of Service!

Read about the projects available and how you can get involved:

City of Carrollton

For the past two years during Great Day of Service, we have partnered with the City of Carrollton in mulching and planting shrubs around one of our public libraries. This year, we need 20 people to fill this project. If you are someone who wants to work outside and get your hands dirty, this project is for you.

Carrollton Cares

This program encourages community spirit by partnering with the City to help residents in need. 10 people will be working together to paint the siding, trim, and fascia on the outside of house for someone in Carrollton that could use an extra hand. This house might need minor scraping and caulking before it is ready to paint.

Madison on Marsh

Madison is a rehabilitation and assisted living center just down the road from our building. For the third year in a row, we’re throwing an ice-cream party for them! We will need 8 volunteers to help with this project.

In addition to the ice-cream party, we are partnering with Kindermusik for this project. If you have children in pre-school or kindergarten, this would be a great way for them to be involved! A volunteer from Kindermusik will be teaching/leading music as the children sing along and use simple instruments that will be provided. Music, children and ice-cream will be a great source of encouragement for these folks at Madison.

Coin Laundry

If you have ever had to use coin laundry, you know how expensive it can get. We’re going to grab a pocket full of quarters and an ice-chest, and hang out at the laundromat. Whenever someone comes in, we will pay for their laundry, offer them a cold drink, and strike up a conversation. This is a very practical way to bless the people living in our community! We’ll divide up into two groups of seven and go to two places within minutes from the church building.

Storm Water Project

For the third year in a row, we will be assisting the City of Carrollton with the cleaning up of waterways. Volunteers will meet at the church and then go to the assigned pond or creek to pick up the trash that so quickly accumulates.


Not far from the church building there is a Goodwill store and they want our assistance sorting through and organizing donations. Goodwill hires many folks with disabilities and other employment barriers; therefore, this project will not only give us an opportunity to serve a local store, but also to work alongside, encourage, and minister to their employees.

Mosaic Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Mosaic in Dallas partners with people with intellectual disabilities to provide a meaningful life in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs. We plan to have five teams of seven volunteers to work within three of their group homes.

Three of those groups will be doing general outdoor labor (Mosaic Pt. 1). We will be involved in landscaping, cleaning their garage, and washing their vans.

One group of seven will be providing manicures for the residents, and the last group of seven will be baking with the residents (Mosaic Pt. 2).

This will be a great opportunity to meet both the physical and emotional needs of our neighbors at Mosaic.

Dallas Christian College

We will be sending a team to accomplish a work project on their campus; the specific project will be announced as we get closer to the day. DCC has been raising up Christian leaders for over 65 years and this is a great way for us to continue to support their mission.

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Back to School

New shoes… check.

New backpack… check.

Lunch box… check.

Then, there are the fears and worries that creep up on the kids as they start a new school year.

“What exactly am I supposed to bring on the first day of school?”

“What if I get lost and can’t find my English class?”

Can you relate? The summer of 2016 is slowly coming to an end complete with delightful 100 degree temperatures and bored kids. Instead of focusing on that trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, now we’re focusing on getting back into a routine, and making sure our kids have what they need (and a want or two) as they return to a new school year.

Starting back to school – whether it’s at home, private or public school – can be stressful and frantic. Lots of unknowns as a new year begins.

On August 21, during the 9:30am hour, the Family Life Team will be hosting a “Back to School” class… for PARENTS. This class will be designed for parents and grandparents to get some basic wisdom and helpful tips for starting school and what to expect. But more importantly, we want to share some collective wisdom about keeping a spiritual rhythm within our homes as we begin a busy new year.

During this class, we will have some Valley View members who are school teachers, parents, or both, to share their wisdom on starting off the school year right. Look forward to specific tips for Elementary School, Middle School, and for High School! Woven throughout will be opportunities to share your experiences and hear others’ as well.

BaseCamp for Parents: Back to School

Sunday, August 21st, 9:30am, Room 210.

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Thailand Mission Trip FAQ

Interested in learning more about our upcoming medical mission trip to Thailand? Read on!

Valley View Christian Church Mission Trip

Christian Mission to the Orient

December 28 – January 7

Who is Christian Mission to the Orient?   

Christian Mission to the Orient (CMO) is a missionary partner of Valley View Christian Church serving Thailand.  CMO was established for church planting in South East Asia, to train church leaders for South East Asia, and to promote the publication of Christian literature and the translation of scripture into local languages.

What is the purpose of this mission trip to Thailand?

Valley View will be joining CMO on a Medical Mission Trip under the Community of Blessings (COB) program.  This program brings basic medical care to marginalized people in smaller villages and we will be serving the Lua people.   Not only will we be providing medical and dental care, but we will be demonstrating God’s love and grace for people.  This opens the doors for the local pastor to continue evangelizing.

I would like to go, but I am not in the medical profession.  Are there other ways I can serve?

COB runs a medical exam station with basic pharmacy, vision station, and a dental station at each mobile clinic.  Volunteers are not required to be professionally trained/certified in the medical field to participate –  although medically trained and certified volunteers are highly desirable trip candidates – there are plenty of jobs for everyone.

How much does the trip cost?  When is the money due?

The trip is $2500.00 which covers airfare, lodging, and transfers.  Vaccinations, travel insurance, and some meals are not included.   A deposit of $500 is due by August 1, 2016,  a second payment of $1000 is due October 1, and the final payment of $1000 is due December 1.

Are scholarships available?  Are fundraisers an option?

There are scholarships available for Valley View Christian Church members. Those will be determined after the $500.00 deposit is made, so we know of the number of people who are committed to going, and their financial needs. If you are committed to serving the Lord in Thailand, the Valley View Missions Team will do everything we can to assist you in getting there!

How many positions are available on this trip?  

We need 11-15 people for the medical mission trip.  5 of these are trained medical professional positions.

  • Two dentists/dental hygienists
  • 3 doctors/EMTS/nurses

The remainder of the team can be trained for the following:

  • Vision exams (5-7 positions)
  • Pharmacy and assistant positions (1-3)

Will I need vaccinations? When are they needed?

Vaccinations are needed.  Please check the following link.

What will our accommodations be like?

The medical mission teams travel to areas accessible by van, with running water and electricity. We will be staying at a small hotel.

Can I use my airline miles for my ticket?

You may, as long as you travel with the group.  Rather than $2500.00, the cost is $650.00.

Will we have time to pick up a souvenir?

The last day of the trip will provide some extra time to shop and see the local sights.

For additional information, contact

Register online!


Stories from Into the Streets 2016

Thank you so much to our volunteers who served our city during Into the Streets 2016! June 24th –  27th were good days for Valley View and for Dallas. Check out these testimonies from some of our volunteers and some photos from our weekend of #LoveDallas.

Reconciliation Outreach


“I went to the Restoration House and when I asked all the women I met how they got to Restoration House, they all replied that God led them there. Their stories were so interesting. One lady was an ear, nose, and throat specialist. She had a high paying job, fancy car, fancy house and hit bottom from drugs. It showed me that it can happen to anyone. Their stories really touched my heart. But they all had a positive outlook and found joy in Jesus instead of feeling hopeless.”


The other day a good friend of mine confided in me about her 29 year old son. She just realized he has an alcohol addiction and I was able to share with her about this place and the people I met. I thought maybe God put me there so I could help my friend and her son.”

Care Package Delivery to Refugees


  1. God brought people out of danger to Dallas. They are refugees–I wonder if they feel like the Israelites did when they were exiled. Do they hope to return to their homes some day, and this is just a temporary home?
  2. There is a need for love and help, even within our own zip code.


Stop Hunger Now Warehouse


“First I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve GOD through Into The Streets. I feel extremely privileged. I saw GOD working through each and every person that served and in those HE touched through us. What an amazing experience packing food… 5,880 bags for the hungry. Praise GOD! So fantastic!! What a wonderful ministry to feed those in need.”


Snack Bags for the Homeless


The night we went to tent city, I was so touched by the simplicity of those beautiful people. When I asked if there was anything I could pray for them, not one said their present circumstances. WOW – I was so humbled, I hardly slept that night. GOD is teaching to me stop complaining about insignificant things and this was a great lesson for me. Thank you and may GOD continue to Bless each of you and the city of Dallas.”

We participated in 8 different projects around DFW over June 24th – 27th, 2016. There are more stories to be told… Glory to God!


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Click to play the video recap of Into the Streets 2016

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Our world is in need of role models worth following. Authentic heroes; people of integrity, whose lives inspire us to do better, be more bold, climb higher, reach further, and stand taller. These things have always been part of the profile for people of God who know and understand God’s mission. Old Testament history is full of these people of legendary status, and each of them seem larger than life as we see their story unfold: they lived God’s purpose for His Kingdom, interacted with people who would take part in the narrative, and each of them sought God in prayer.

As we spend our Summer together investigating the lives of these individuals, we will see an extraordinary God woven through the story line. We will ask how God will use each of us to carry out His mission every day. The spiritual relevance of our situations and struggles in our ordinary lives will come to light through the lives of these legends.

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Into the Streets

“And the angel of the Lord said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’ ” -Luke 2:10

Have you seen that joy? Have you known that joy? Have you come to live in that joy?

Indeed, we have good news of great joy; His name is Jesus. He is this good news of great joy for all people. As a body of believers, Valley View longs for our city to experience this good news of Jesus; for our city to be filled with the great joy of our great God. It is our desire that the name of the Lord Jesus would dwell richly in Dallas, for the joy of the people and for the glory of His name. What an amazing thing that the Almighty God would use His people to deliver His good news of great joy Into the Streets.

Into the Streets is a term we use to identify the week during the summer in which, as a congregation, we LoveDallas through various ministries in the DFW area. This is a great opportunity to serve alongside other brothers and sisters who desire for the Lord’s name to dwell richly in Dallas. We also use this opportunity to introduce believers at Valley View to local ministry opportunities that they can be a part of throughout the year. A great example of this is the ministry at Our Calling, who we served with last year during Into the Streets.

Here is a list of the opportunities for Into the Streets 2016, Friday, June 24th through Monday, June 27th.

01prayerNight of Prayer – Friday, June 24, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. If we truly believe that the Lord is powerful and that He works through our prayers, this is perhaps the most important event of the week. During this hour we will pray for the people of our city, and ask the Lord to take our service during Into the Streets, and bless it for His purposes. We want everybody to be here for this.

02care.jpgCare Packages – Friday, June 24, 7:45pm – 9pm. During this time, we will be putting together care packages for families who are sojourners in our land. These packages will include things such as kitchen utensils, snacks, and a New Testament. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a team to distribute these packages to Vickery Meadow Apartments. The Vickery Meadow area is one of the most densely populated areas of Dallas and is home to many immigrants and refugees. This will be a great opportunity to show hospitality to those in our city who feel very much like outsiders.

03shnStop Hunger Now Warehouse – Saturday, June 25, 8:45am – noon. For the last two years, Valley View has hosted a Stop Hunger Now event, in which we put together meals that are shipped to hungry people all over the World. And they actually have a warehouse in Grand Prairie. During our time at their warehouse, we will be labeling bags, stacking boxes, washing dishes, and doing other tasks to help them prepare for upcoming meal packaging events.

04habitat.jpgHabitat for Humanity – Saturday, June 25, 6:45am- noon. Habitat for Humanity helps to build up communities through the construction of homes. We will be assisting with the construction of one of these homes that will go a family in Dallas that otherwise would not be able to afford a house.

05reconciliation.jpgReconciliation Outreach – Saturday, June 25, 11am – 1:30pm. We will be cooking and serving lunch, as well as visiting with and encouraging the community at Reconciliation Outreach. Reconciliation Outreach is a ministry serving the homeless, addicted, impoverished and working poor of inner-city Dallas.

06sack.jpgMetrocrest Services: Sack Summer Hunger – Saturday, June 25, 9:30am- 11am. Designed to help feed children who qualify for reduced meals during the school year, weekly Sack Summer Hunger deliveries are made by volunteers on Saturday mornings to designated sites within Metrocrest’s area of service. The delivery team will be responsible for distributing food to clients’ homes or apartments who do not have transportation. **Volunteers will go in teams of three (3 volunteers per one vehicle) and must be willing to drive their own vehicle for deliveries; all deliveries are within close proximity to reduce driving.

07deliverDelivering Care Packages – Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm – 4pm. On Friday, June 24, another team from Valley View will be putting together care packages that will be distributed to the community in Vickery Meadow. At this event, we will simply go from door to door delivering these packages. Again, this will be a great opportunity to show hospitality to those who feel very much like outsiders in our city.

08ourcallingOur Calling – Monday, June 27, 6pm – 9pm. Our Calling is an organization that provides life skills,addiction recovery, food, clothing, and most importantly, the love and truth of Jesus to residents of Dallas who are without homes. We will be hosting a cook-out for this ministry, as we watch a movie together on an outdoor movie screen. After everyone has eaten, we will pause the movie while someone from our team shares a devotional thought.

Be sure to register online at Spots are limited.


“When you pray…”

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 

He said to them, “When you pray, say: 

‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.'” (Luke 11:1-4, NIV)

I really like this passage from Luke for a couple of reasons:

  1. We have an example of Jesus praying. Yes, that Jesus – the Son of God. He raised people from the dead… walked on water… great teacher… and He felt the need to pray to God the Father. Prayer was a regular part of Jesus’ routine, yet I often struggle to make prayer a focused part of my day. If Jesus Himself needed to pray, what makes me think that prayer is an optional activity?
  2. “One of Jesus’ disciples” was curious. Not only was he curious, but he was BOLD. He saw Jesus praying – probably something he had seen often – and he wanted to know how to pray. He allowed his curiosity to lead him to powerful truths about prayer.
  3. Jesus answers the request and gives them an example of how to pray. He received the question willingly. I don’t see Jesus being frustrated with this disciple in the passage. I don’t see Jesus making him feel stupid for not knowing how to pray. Instead, I see a willingness to share His wisdom with His friends.

We know prayer is important, and we know we should do it. But, if we are being honest, many of us just don’t know how to pray. Off the top of our heads, we know about the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for our food, we make it a priority to pray for strength and healing, but, sadly, we also know that our prayer lives are usually staggeringly boring and monotonous.

Maybe it’s time to hear some thoughts and ideas on prayer. Sunday morning, June 5th, at 9:30am in Room 230, I am teaching a class on prayer. 

I’m still learning a lot about prayer and I’m certainly no expert, but in this class you can expect to learn various methods of praying, hear some stories from fellow believers about how they pray, and get some encouragement for you to connect with God through prayer. Perhaps you are curious, and you need to take a bold step forward in your relationship with God to learn more about prayer. We will see you there!