Back & Forth: Week of July 15

The Potter's House Church had another blessed week, and we are looking forward to another exciting week of God's providence.

Looking Back

Reflecting on the events of the last week, I stand in awe once again at God's wonderful providence over our church. Our Wednesday night service featured the powerful preaching of Pastor Joseph Campbell who leads our mother church in Chandler, AZ. His message to the Prescott Summer Conference focused on one main soul-shaking question: "Is the life you are living worth the price that Jesus prayed?" This question caused us to examine our lives and the price we are paying to serve the Lord. If you were unable to attend this service, we highly recommend that you go back and let this message challenge your soul. Take a look now (Message begins at 01:17:10):

We aimed our weekly outreach efforts at inviting our community to a new movie that we presented on Saturday night. I am so thankful for the wonderfully faithful families and individuals that help us with evangelism week in and week out. Your eternal reward is great! Between handing out flyers and online advertising, we invited close to 2,000 to our movie presentation. In Ecclesiastes 11:6, we are reminded:

In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike [will be] good.
— Ecclesiastes 11:6

All who attended Saturday night were greatly moved by the message, "Let There Be Light." We would definitely recommend this movie to anyone that needs a boost of faith.

Our Sunday worship services were especially blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Even though a few of our families were absent as they made summer trips to visit family, we are thankful that both services were well-attended.
The morning message asked a simple question: who is making your decisions? The Dog In You (bodily/fleshly decision-making)? The Diva in You (Emotional decision-making? Or the Disciple (Spiritual decision-making)? I was encouraged to pray for men at the altar. While most women seem to have a heightened spiritual sensitivity, we men need some help. We prayed together for God to make us Spiritual men, not led by the lusts of our flesh, nor by the pull of our emotions. I believe that God will use these truths to continue to shape our character for His Kingdom.
In our evening service, we turned our attention to the oft-ignored Third Commandment:

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
— Exodus 20:7

Not only is there a warning here to abstain from filthy language, but there is also a caution against profane living. Please listen to this message to gain a full understanding of this principle: 


Looking Forward

In the week ahead, we are looking forward to another helpful message coming from the International Bible Conference. Don't miss Wednesday night's Recharge Service at 7:30 PM.
We are also very excited about the upcoming Summer Lights Tour featuring Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, and others. If you signed up for a ticket and have not yet paid please use this link to complete your purchase. There are still a couple of unused tickets! Please contact me if you'd like one or more. Only $20/person for a great night of worship music.

Want to have the VBPH Calendar on your smartphone or tablet? Follow this link to import our public calendar to your device and be always up-to-date.


What is Pastor Listening To?

I have been blown away (again) Lincoln Brewster's latest album, God of the Impossible. He is perhaps the best guitarist in all of Christian music. He is also an anointed vocalist and lyricist. Great soundtrack to keep you encouraged in the Holy Spirit. Just look at what this man can do with only an electric guitar and a vocal microphone in one take:


Listen to the rest of the album here.

Thanks for joining us on the Back & Forth Blog. See you next time!

Back & Forth: Weeks of Nov. 27th thru Dec. 10th, 2016

Hello once again from the most beautiful city in the world (in my extremely biased opinion), Virginia Beach, VA! Thanks for joining us for the Back & Forth blog. There's a lot to tell, so let's get into it!

Looking Back

Thanksgiving!

We opened the church at 3pm on Thanksgiving Day for a time of fellowship, testimonies, entertainment and of course FOOD! There were at least three turkeys, a ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, and even homemade egg nog. Everyone was stuffed. The food was delicious, but the testimonies of what people are thankful for, and the reports of what God has done in the lives of people were easily the best part.

Black Friday

While most shopped, some of the men from the church took to the waters for a fishing excursion. Trips like this are highly beneficial as men are re-introduced to the idea of being "fishers of men" as Jesus said.

Christmas Banquet (Norfolk Potter's House)

Each year our sister church in Norfolk puts on a fantastic formal banquet to celebrate the birth of Jesus. There are testimonies, live music and lots of games and prizes. Area churches from Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and of course Virginia Beach all participate. Everything from the decor to the cuisine to the volunteer nursery/children's workers is provided by the Norfolk congregations. At only $10 a plate, the fare is unbeatable. Many visitors came and as a result were able to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ preached in a variety of venues...

...and this also happened...

Looking Forward

Home Bible Studies

Beginning this Friday, Dec. 9th we will begin weekly home bible studies at 7:30 pm in 2 locations. Always a great time of fellowship and food (if you haven't figured it out by now, we like to eat), these studies are tremendous for establishing the foundations of the faith. Please contact Pastor Adam for locations and any questions. 

Saturday Night Alive Concert, Dec. 10th

Join us this coming Saturday for a live, but "unplugged" edition of Saturday Night Alive.

Men's Discipleship

On Friday Dec. 16th we will be taking as many available men as possible to a Men's Discipleship in Jacksonville, NC. Discipleship is critical especially in our generation. "Men's D" as we sometimes call it is a place where men can be challenged to step-out and be who God has called them to be. Last time we took twelve people, which was a record for us. Let's see if we can break that record!

Christmas Play

You are aware that Christmas is on a Sunday this year, right?... and you're planning on going to church, right?  We trust that you are. On the evening of December 25th we will be performing our Christmas Play "Inside Out" at 6:30pm. Come check it out after you've gotten your fill of gift-opening!

Coming in January & February...

Revival with Evangelist Tony Chase from Chandler, AZ and our first ever Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Seminar! We will have links to sign up for it very soon!

That's all for now, thank you for being with us. God bless you!

Back & Forth: Week of November 20th - 26th, 2016

Greetings once again!

I'd like to begin by apologizing for not posting anything last week. I'm sure you can relate that "busy-ness" (not necessarily "business") sometimes creeps up and gets the better of us, and I am no different.

And now that that is out of the way, we'd like to share with you some of the events - or, more accurately, the things that God has done these past two weeks.

LOOKING BACK

FRIDAY (VETERAN'S DAY), 11/11/16

With our Thanksgiving celebration coming up, which is free and open to all active duty military and spouses, we decided that we would go invite them personally. We went to our local navy base, Naval Air Station Oceana, and went to where all the single sailors hang out... or at least where we thought they were going to be - the base enlisted club... wouldn't you know it, it was closed for Veteran's Day! Not to be dissuaded, we headed over to the base bowling alley and voila - it was packed! We spoke to several people there, then headed over to the nearby barracks to catch anyone who might be hanging out outside.

 Our brother, Ramon, witnessing to two sailors in front of their barracks.

Our brother, Ramon, witnessing to two sailors in front of their barracks.

All toll we prayed with 6 people and invited many more!

SATURDAY, 11/12/16

We kept the press-on, inviting our local military families in from two of our local military housing locations. Another two souls were prayed with! We are hoping for an excellent turn out. What an opportunity to be a blessing, not only to our community, but to those who have already served us; our servicemen and women who've put themselves in harm's way to ensure our freedoms, and their families.

WEDNESDAY, 11/16/16

Pastor Adam began a new sermon series titled "Take It By Force," citing what just happens to be my favorite bible verse - Matthew 11:12

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force."
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The subject matter? Why, spiritual warfare, of course! Please join us for this powerful series of messages.

FRIDAY 11/18/16

We sent ten me to a Men's Discipleship class in Jacksonville, NC. Filling an entire row, this is the most we've ever taken at one time. Pastor Mike Webb ministered a powerful message on the subject of longevity.

 

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SATURDAY 11/19/16

It's been a while since we've done a Saturday Night Alive concert. We were blessed to welcome our brother Rome from Newport News to bring us some of his unique brand of holy hip-hop. Our own Lil' Foot also performed as well as our drama team, Saturday Night Alive Productions (S.N.A.P.). We saw three visitors and had a wonderful time!

Like I said earlier, we've been busy!

LOOKING FORWARD

With numerous events on the horizon, such as an upcoming Christmas Play, a Revival with Tony Chase in January, and our first ever Financial Peace University Class in February (coordinated by yours, truly), suffice it to say we'll be busy for some time to come. For now, the thing we'd like to bring to your attention is our upcoming Thanksgiving Day celebration.

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Free to all active duty and their families, our potluck-style dinner will feature all the traditional fixin's! Of course, we won't have all the exact same things they ate at the very first Thanksgiving, but you get the idea.

That's all for now, folks. Until next time, we pray that you and yours would have a wonderful Thanksgiving, giving thanks and praise always to the almighty and everlasting God, whose magnificent gifts and abundant provisions, both physical and spiritual have left us immensely blessed. God bless you.

Back & Forth: Week of November 6th - 12th, 2016

Hi all,

It being election time, consider this the "Election Edition" of the Back & Forth Blog.

Last Week

When we wrapped-up our revival with Evangelist Richard Brooks, he made a parting statement: that Virginia Beach is open for the Gospel. This is something that we've heard from evangelist after evangelist who has come to preach for us. After hearing this so many times it naturally follows that we begin to think that this is simply something encouraging that they've been trained to say, and they say it in every city they preach in.

But that's simply not the case.

They don't throw statements around like that haphazardly. We saw evidence. We saw more first-time visitors during this revival than we've seen in the past six weeks combined. The thing we must remember is that God is faithful and that this will take place in HIS time, not ours. However, it would be foolish of us to sit back and wait for it to happen; we must stay involved.

Being election week, we took time on Monday night to open up the church for a time of prayer. While it is fairly obvious that the top two choices we are left with are the worst, most corrupt candidates we've ever had to choose from, we were not discouraged. Several people gathered and we lifted up our great nation before God, believing that the answers are not found in a candidate or political party; they're found in Jesus - the only hope for this dying world.

Even so, it is still incredibly important to cast our votes on election day. It is not simply our duty as citizens, it is our biblical responsibility. As the bible state in Exodus:

"Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." - Ex. 18:21

That being said, it is crucial that we research the candidates that are running for office, as well as the referendums or propositions that will be on our ballots. If we are honest, most of us only give a passing nod to the local or "down ballot" elections. You might consider this insignificant or a waste of your time, but if you'll allow me to illustrate why it is so crucial to inform yourself about local election issues, here is an example from our city.

On our ballot will be whether or not to bring the Light Rail to Virginia Beach. To clarify, in our neighboring city of Norfolk a Light Rail train, called "The Tide", already exists; this would only be an extension to the Tide. There is a heated discussion between proponents and opponents of the Tide extension, and for good reason - after all, this would be an enormous undertaking, funded completely by us, the city's taxpayers. There are several "Vote Yes to Light Rail" signs around the city claiming that the Light Rail would connect the major parts of Virginia Beach to parts of Norfolk, which are not currently serviced by the Tide. To the uninformed voter, it appears that a "Yes" vote for the Light Rail referendum would actually do this:

Yet, just a little research reveals that NONE of the areas mentioned on the sign would actually be touched by the Rail. This would require close to twenty miles of additional track to be installed. In reality the proposal is only to connect the existing rail with Virginia Beach Town Center (which isn't even mentioned on the sign) - an extension of a whopping 3.5 miles, at a price tag of a only $243 million. In short, we are being lied to blatantly. What's more, there are several people running for local elected office, including our mayor, who totally support this Light Rail referendum.

Aside from more wasted tax money (something we've all seemingly become desensitized to), why is this important to you and me? Suppose for a moment that every visiting evangelist has been correct, that revival in Virginia Beach is at hand. This would mean that in the near future dozens, hundreds or even thousands of our city's residents will be coming through our doors, many of them staying with the church long term, undoubtedly catching the same vision of our fellowship and beginning to give tithes, offerings, pledges, etc. Just think of what could be done with their share of that $243 million unnecessary tax burden - potentially many thousands of dollars that would remain in our accounts that we may freely give, if we so desire. How many nations could be reached for the Gospel? How many missionaries could be sent out?  This is why we MUST do our research before heading to the ballot box. 

I now climb down from my political soapbox. 

A  Look Ahead

With the elections snatching so much of our attention, you may have forgotten that every fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving - a uniquely American and uniquely Christian holiday (and my personal favorite - yes, even more so than Christmas, and I LOVE Christmas!). To celebrate we are hosting a Thanksgiving celebration. This event will be completely free to Active Duty military and their families (and to anyone reading this blog post...and their families).  If you don't have any plans, we'd count it a great privilege to serve you.

That's all for this time. Next time I promise to be less political (or maybe just more politically incorrect!). I cannot overstate how much I appreciate your investment of time. Until we meet again I pray that God gives you His wisdom and good health,. Godspeed to you.

Back & Forth: Week of October 30th - November 5th

LOOKING BACK

THE MAKINGS OF REVIVAL!

Saturday

Anytime Evangelist Richard Brooks comes to preach, it's a WILD time. We started off with an evangelism seminar, which he taught. In the seminar he effectively has us boil our testimonies down to something that can be communicated in thirty seconds. Here is the format and sample that he uses, which you can use as well:

After we did this, we went around the room and practiced reciting our testimonies. Although they were short, it was amazing to hear just what Jesus had done in different people's lives. Almost no two stories were the same, except for the common thread that Jesus had caused a 180-degree shift in each life. The evangelist challenged us to go through the contacts in our phones and call someone who had never heard our testimonies. For the next hour-and-a-half we did so and I had the privilege of sharing my testimony with my older sister and my nephew. Then I had the honor of praying a sinner's prayer with my nephew! Afterwards we went on outreach to our local Walmart where we continued to share our condensed versions of our stories with unsuspecting shoppers. Overall, 19 people prayed the sinner's prayer.

That night we had somewhat of an impromptu service we called, "A Night to Invite." We had one first-time visitor and three return visitors!

Sunday - Monday

The revival continued and the Evangelist delivered! Inspiration, challenge, humor and, of course, miracles of healing and fillings with the Holy Spirit galore! We've had more first time visitors in the last few services than we have in the last six weeks! Praise God! Monday night, which was Halloween, we saw even more visitors who had apparently foregone trick-or-treating in favor of a revival service. Believe me, they weren't disappointed.

Speaking of Halloween, if you still find yourself going door-to-door saying "trick or treat" you may want to take a listen to this episode of TheBLAST Podcast from a year ago regarding the origins and meanings behind the "holiday"...


LOOKING FORWARD

REVIVAL CONTINUES!

Tuesday - Wednesday

Please! Please! Please! I implore you to come to these services. God has been moving so powerfully that His Presence has been tangible. There is really nothing more to say; just show up and see what God will do!

We really hope to see you soon. God bless you and your family.

Back & Forth: Week of October 23rd, 2016

A Look Back

Our fellowship is greatly blessed to have such a focus on ministry directed towards men. Of course, we have all kinds of ministry for women, married couples, singles and teens, but if you look around much of the Christian world you'll notice that there is a disproportionate amount of ministry directed at women. Women's retreats, women's conferences, women's cruises, on and on it goes. So the ladies get to have all kinds of ministry while the fellas get to... stay home and watch football? Make repeat-trips to the fridge? That's one of the reasons we do things like men's discipleship classes and men's rallies. Speaking of which, this past weekend there was an incredible men's rally in Jacksonville, NC. 

Friday - Saturday

The two-day event which featured three well-seasoned speakers, focused on such themes as foresight and obedience. On the subject of foresight, Pastor Paul Stevens ministered that the use of foresight is what will help us to avoid some of our bad decisions. He emphasized some because it is impossible that we can avoid every bad decision, since we generally only figure out that it was a bad decision when it's hindsight. Additionally, we cannot allow our own agenda to blind us, we must stop, think and pray before moving forward. Those were just a few of the tidbits, or "crumbs falling from the masters' table." 

"Secular decisions have spiritual consequences." - Pastor Louie Lobato

But Pastors Stevens, Szespanski and Lobato each spoke about something that I dare say every man struggles with: failures. That is not an exaggeration. I'll go even a step further - if you ever meet a man who claims that he doesn't struggle with failure, check him for a pulse; you might be talking to a robot. As men, we don't learn from our successes, we learn from our failures. Yet, because we have such fragile egos we often let our failures define us even when we eventually achieve success. Where it gets tricky is when we learn nothing from the failure and either repeat it, or we completely stop all forward progress. I need not remind you of the definition of insanity, but I will say that a failure is only a true failure if you learned nothing from it. To gain some valuable perspective, perhaps one the best quotes on the matter is from the inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison: "Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."

For a little further reading and encouragement, take a peek at this article regarding 50 successful people who failed at first.

In case you are not subscribed to Pastor Adam's blog, he has some tremendous take-aways from the rally as well. You can read about that here, as well as some other very encouraging events that have taken place recently.

A Look Ahead

Wednesday

Please join us for our Wednesday "Recharge" Services. Pastor Adam continues the series "Pray, Think, Vote." Services begin at 7:30pm. What an encouraging and an informative series it has been. Don't miss it!

Revival!

We welcome Evangelist Richard Brooks back to Virginia Beach. Gloriously saved and filled with the Holy Spirit while in an Australian prison, Richard eventually became a missionary in Romania. it is always an incredible time when he comes.

TheBLAST

We are up to Episode 27 already! Are you subscribed? Click here to check out our latest episodes.

As a side note, the Trunk or Treat scheduled for Saturday the 29th has been cancelled.

Until next time, Godspeed to you and yours!

Back & Forth: Week of 10/16/16

Hello again. Dave here with another installment of Back & Forth. All I can say is, wow! What a week... Let's get right into it.

Looking Back

Wednesday

A prayer rally hosted by Franklin Graham was held on the steps of our state capitol building in Richmond. It was a completely packed-out event - over 9,000 people in attendance for the hour-long rally. Our church sent a small delegation who reported being filled with encouragement for the future of our nation.

Thursday

We began revival with Evangelist Dennis Wright and it was, in a word, phenomenal. Evangelist Wright has been preaching for over twenty years, and this was his first trip to Virginia Beach. What an honor it was to have him come. He started out by saying that he could sense something in his spirit regarding the entire Hampton Roads region: REVIVAL. The imagery he used was "low-hanging fruit." meaning that souls are ripe for the picking. It was an extremely encouraging service as God ministered to hearts and lives. At the conclusion of the service he prayed for the sick, and a notable miracle took place: a young boy's left leg, which was noticeably shorter than his right, grew out!

Friday

The revival continued and the Evangelist once again stated that he was feeling that Hampton Roads was on the very cusp of unprecedented break-out revival. This service was a bit different than normal as God began to speak through the Evangelist to pray against strongholds: principalities and powers, rulers of darkness in the spiritual realm, etc. As he prayed there was something tangible in the air, as if some unknown force actually left the building. As I said earlier, it was phenomenal.

Saturday

In the morning Evangelist Wright preached a Men's Discipleship class for the local churches. About twenty men came despite there being a Harvester's Homecoming happening in Norfolk at the same time. I'm sure that all the men that came are glad they did since not only were they ministered to, but free breakfast was served!

Here's a video summary of the whole revival...

Sunday

It has been my experience that, while revivals are great, there is a natural tendency for the people in the church hosting it to relax afterwards. They feel as though revival is over and we can take a breather. While I'll have to agree that taking a break from time to time is necessary in order to avoid burning out, this can stop all the momentum from the revival. Evidently Pastor Dragoon was well aware that this may happen and preached the house down on both Sunday morning and evening. The morning sermon was on the subject of repentance - a conference-level sermon in my opinion. The evening sermon was about standards - particularly our natural desire to lower them, and God's disdain for doing so. This is one congregation that won't be slacking.


Looking Forward

Wednesday

Our Wednesday "Recharge" services are at 7:30pm. We have been focusing on the upcoming election through a sermon series called "Pray, Think, Vote." Always enlightening and inspiring, Pastor Adam has been revealing the Christian's duty to participate in civil and political matters, not just spiritual ones. I highly encourage you to join us. Pastor said in an upcoming sermon he'll be "naming names" so that should be very exciting. 

 

Revival Yet Again! 

Sunday, October 30th through Wednesday, November 2nd we welcome Evangelist Richard Brooks. No stranger to our congregation, this will be his third revival for us. They get better every time! 


By the Way...

Have you heard TheBLAST Podcast? This is a podcast hosted by Pastor Adam and myself in which we seek to challenge, inform, encourage and inspire all Christians, especially those within our fellowship. We discuss a variety of topics ranging from discipleship and staying connected with fellow believers to more controversial issues of our day such as abortion and transgenderism. The episodes are available for streaming or download on iTunes or the podcast app of your choice or by visiting theblast.org

 

Until next time, we pray that God blesses you with good health and fruitfulness. Godspeed!

Back & Forth: Week of Oct. 9th, 2016

Looking Back

Friday

We were pleased to host our second Teens United meeting on Friday night last week. All of our students ages 13-19 are welcome for a fun time together led by brother Adam McFeaters. The activities included scripture memorization, bible study, purpose seeking, music training and even a little PT!

Unfortunately we had to cancel our Saturday outreach and concert as well as our Sunday morning and evening services thanks to Hurricane Matthew. While we still had an outreach and showed a movie: Beyond the Mask (which we would definitely recommend for any movie night), by the time it was over our city and our entire region was mostly underwater and remained so until Sunday night.

 The hurricane was supposed to miss us... well... not quite.

The hurricane was supposed to miss us... well... not quite.

Of course, we will not attempt to compare what happened in our city or Hampton Roads at large to the devastation Matthew caused in Haiti, the Bahamas, Florida or the Carolinas. Certainly our prayers are with all of those who lost loved ones, livelihoods and property in this disaster.


Looking Forward

Wednesday

We continue the sermon series "Pray, Think, Vote." This will be part 4 and we encourage you to join us at 7:30pm.

Thursday - Saturday

We are so excited to be sponsoring REVIVAL with Evangelist Dennis Wright from Prescott, AZ. Dennis is a prolific minister of the Gospel and we absolutely cannot wait to see what God is going to do. The revival will not be held at our building - it will be held at our Great Neck location (Pastor Bryan McRae's church) beginning this coming Thursday through Saturday each night at 7:30pm. The address of the Great Neck location is: 2304 Kenstock Drive in Virginia Beach

Sunday 

Join us for our Sunday services, 11:00am and 6:30pm. God has bee powerfully moving in our services, so don't miss out!


Until next time.. God Speed!

Back & Forth: Week of Oct. 2nd

Thank you for joining us at the Back & Forth Blog, where we do our best to keep you updated as to the happenings here at the Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church in Virginia Beach.

Looking Back

Saturday:

We purposed to help our sister church, also in Virginia Beach in the Great Neck region, pastored by Bryan McRae. To do this we headed to the Oceanfront to outreach to our community at the annual Neptune Festival. We had a tremendous time getting no less than 12,000 flyers out. But far and away greater than that, two souls were saved! You just never know what might happen when you: a) engage people personally, and, b) trust God. 

Sunday:

Our weekly Sunday morning and evening services continue to grow as the Spirit of God continues to draw people to Himself. Our congregation is vibrant with expectation each time we gather, and God always delivers! One soul was saved this past Sunday as Pastor Adam preached on the marks of being born again in the morning service, and the importance of the church in the evening.

Looking Forward

Wednesday:

Join us for our weekly Wednesday "Recharge" services at 7:30 pm. Pastor Adam is ministering a series entitled "Pray, Think, Vote" on the duty of the Christian to stay engaged in our society and culture, which includes the political realm. 

Saturday:

Barring any intrusion from Hurricane Matthew, we will be hosting Saturday Night Alive concert at 6:00pm. We will have a special musical guest, Juan Anthony from Jacksonville, NC.

Oct. 13th - 15th

Evening Revival services with Evangelist Dennis Wright at the Potter's House Great Neck location (Pastor Bryan McRae). Nightly services at 7:30pm.

We thank you again for joining us and hope to see you soon. God bless!

Back & Forth: Week of September 25th

Hello and thank you for joining us on the Back & Forth Blog. We cannot express our gratitude enough to you for the investment of your most precious commodity: your time. We try to make it as worthwhile as possible.

It was another action-packed week. God is on His throne and on the move simultaneously, as only He can do!


Looking Back

Wednesday:

In light of the upcoming election, we began a new sermon series in our Wednesday night "Recharge" services. Entitled "Pray, Think, Vote" Pastor Adam used in the first installment to focus on the need for Christians to engage in the political arena. Most Christians shy away from politics. However, one of, if not the most convincing statistic to consider is the fact that over 25 million voter-registered Christians did not vote in the last presidential election. When you consider that the election was decided by about 7 million votes it becomes obvious that the Christians' lack of involvement in political matters is much to blame for our current state of affairs. Please join us for future messages as the election approaches.

 Friday:

Our Door Director, Adam McFeaters held our first Teens United ministry meeting. Six teenagers came as brother Adam challenged them to rise up and be what God has called them to be - world changers. It turned out that the teens had a plethora of ideas for ways in which they could serve in the church and ways they could reach their schools with the Gospel. Thank God! Going forward these meetings will be held monthly.

Saturday:

First, we held our weekly Saturday morning outreach in which two souls were saved! That night we hosted our first wedding of the year as Paul Wilcox and Adele Curiel were united in holy matrimony! It was a truly great time as family and friends came from out of state and were not only treated to one of the couple's happiest moments, but also testimonies and a Gospel message. 

Sunday:

The last Sunday of every month we highlight missionaries and God's vision for the nations of the earth. We call it World Evangelism Sunday. We were blessed to have several of the family members from the wedding come back to our Sunday morning service, along with two first-time visitors, one of whom prayed a prayer of salvation. The altars were filled Sunday night as Pastor Adam ministered on division and unity within the church; an absolutely powerful time!


Looking Forward

Wednesday:

Won't you join us for our mid-week "Recharge" service? As mentioned earlier, the topic will be Christians' role in political matters. As the first debate between the two major candidates has already taken place, you may already have your mind made up. Whether you do or not, the question is, will you act? Will you pray? Will you think? Will you vote? Our nation is counting on us. 

Coming in October:

We will be sponsoring a revival with Evangelist Dennis Wright on October 13-15 at the Potter's House Great Neck location (Pastor Bryan McRae). Dennis is a prolific preacher with a dynamic healing ministry. He has never been to Virginia Beach before, so we encourage you to come out.

We will also be doing our first ever "Trunk or Treat" on October 29th. More details to follow on that as the time draws closer.

Last, but certainly not least - 

Father, thank You so much for what You're doing in our city, state and nation. We pray that You would continue to use us for Your glory. We ask that, not our will, but Your will be done. We worship and praise You always. In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Back & Forth: Week of September 18th

We are so glad you have joined us for the Back & Forth blog. What an amazing week we had!

Looking Back

Monday - Wednesday

As we mentioned in our last post, we were in the midst of revival with Evangelist Olly Illarraza. We had a powerful time as he ministered on a variety of subjects, prayed for the sick and most of all gave prophetic words to virtually everyone in attendance. It turned out that what we had heard during the August Bible Conference in Chandler, AZ was true - if you don't have Olly, you don't really want revival.

Friday

We took a group of men to the streets of our city. We held up signs, passed out flyers to unsuspecting drivers at red lights, and preached the gospel. It's always a great time street preaching. If you have never tried it, prepare for an adrenaline rush like never before!

Saturday

Asher & Jaylee perform "You Alone are God" at Saturday Night Alive.

With completely in-house, homegrown talent, our Saturday Night Alive concert scene was fantastic. The live music, dramas and testimonies carried the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We had three visitors and an excellent time. We were even treated to a song by some of the kids from our Next Generation Ministry.

Sunday

Pastor Dragoon was out of town preaching in Charleston, SC for Pastor Sean Duckett. That being the case the Sunday morning and evening services were left in the hands of the disciples, who stepped up to the plate. Led by Door Director Adam McFeaters, the disciples handled both services and the Sunday School with care. Adam preached in the morning service and In the evening we were treated to a Pastor Richard Ruby sermon from the August Chandler Conference entitled "Pearls." 

We also wanted to take this time to remind you, in case you didn't already know, that all of our sermons are available as podcasts. The link to subscribe and download them can be found here, or by clicking on the content link below.


Looking Forward

Wednesday

We will be starting a new message series in our Mid-week ReCHARGE Services entitled, "Pray. Think. Vote.". Pastor Dragoon will be examining the most important issues that are facing this nation and the biblical worldview from which Christians need to be making their decisions this coming November.

Saturday

We have a WEDDING coming up! This Saturday, September 24th, we welcome you to join Paul Wilcox and Adele Curiel as they are joined in holy matrimony. You may be thinking, "aren't weddings by invitation only?" The answer is yes, and if you are reading this, consider yourself invited!

Sunday

We are also looking forward once again this coming weekend to World Evangelism Sunday! Make sure to find yourself in the house of God to be inspired to reach the nations with the Gospel.


We just want to thank you once again for being with us. We encourage you to join us this coming Sunday for our services at 11:00am and 6:30pm, and our Wednesday "Recharge" service at 7:30pm. We give God all the praise and glory for what He is doing in our city and our church.

Back & Forth: Week of September 11th

Welcome back! We are so grateful that you have taken the time to be with us.

Looking Back

Wednesday:

Pastor Dragoon undertook the task of preparing the congregation for our revival with Evangelist Olly Ilarraza from Killeen, TX. To do so he preached a message simply called, "All Night in Prayer."

How could a message on being in prayer all night have to do with revival? Simply put, every great revival in history has been the direct result of prayer meetings - many times small prayer meetings. As a church we began to put out requests for prayer. We have done all-night prayer meetings two other times and have always had numerous responses to prayer requests. This time was overwhelming; we received nineteen pages worth of requests.

Friday

Beginning at 10pm fifteen adults and six children gathered together to call upon God. We continued all night until about 5am. During the meeting we only paused a handful of times. Once to have a short bible study, once to sing a worship song and for call-in prayer requests/testimonies from missionaries. We had four: Gary Monnens (Guangzhou, China), Frederick Malaluan (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Anurag Kalpoe (Antwerp, Belgium), and Rocky Colona (Yangon, Myanmar).

In the past we have had amazing testimonies of answered prayers following these meetings. We so look forward to the tremendous and sometimes unexpected ways God will be answering our prayers!

 Adam McFeaters leads a bible study during the all-night prayer meeting.

Adam McFeaters leads a bible study during the all-night prayer meeting.

Sunday (September 11th):

We had heard nothing but good things about Evangelist Olly. On Sunday morning it turned out the rumors were true! Olly ministered effectively on the suffering of Jesus as we simultaneously remembered the tragedies of September 11th, 2001. Two souls were saved in our Sunday morning service.

On Sunday night the encouraged saints packed-out our prayer room! Afterwards we enjoyed another power-packed sermon from the evangelist, along with several timely words given to people afterward. 

 Photo taken at the end of prayer meeting after a few people had already left the room!

Photo taken at the end of prayer meeting after a few people had already left the room!

ANSWERED PRAYER!

We had our first report of answered prayer from Pastor Anurag Kalpoe in Antwerp, Belgium. Here is what he said:

"Thanks a lot for praying for us. In total we had 3 people saved on Sunday. 1 during the morning service, 1 between the services in the afternoon (we had an outreach during a local event) and 1 in the evening service. It has been one [of] the best Sundays so far here in Antwerp! Thanks!"

Praise God for what He is doing!

Looking Forward

For the remainder of the week (through Wednesday) we will be continuing with our revival services with Evangelist Ilarrazza. Please join us - you won't regret it!

 Revival Flyer

Revival Flyer

Finally...

God, we so thank you for your abundant grace and mercy. Demonstrate Your power through miracles, signs and wonders; answering our prayers and astounding even the most skeptical among us. Meet with us by Your Spirit and continue to move in our lives this week. We give You glory in Jesus name. Amen.

Back & Forth: Week of September 4th

Welcome once again to the Back & Forth Blog. This week we saw God move in marvelous ways.

Looking Back

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

 Tropical Storm Hermine's projected path, directly over Virginia Beach on Saturday Sep. 3rd.

Tropical Storm Hermine's projected path, directly over Virginia Beach on Saturday Sep. 3rd.

As many know there was a powerful Tropical Storm, Hermine, that left a trail of floods, damaged homes and power outages in its wake this past weekend. Although Hermine was not forecast to be in our area until Saturday afternoon, it apparently didn't get the memo and began to show up on our doorsteps Friday night. 

Unfortunately we had no choice but to cancel our Friday late-night "Preach at the Beach" outreach. Not so much because we couldn't take the wind and rain, but because the beach seems to empty itself of all beach goers at the first sign of drizzle.

However, not to be deterred, we gathered on Saturday morning for our regularly scheduled neighborhood outreach. At this point the storm was directly above us. We decided to go to the one public place we were certain people would still be in a tropical storm: Walmart. And, wouldn't you know it, we were right! Our local Walmart was packed-out with people trying to buy "last-minute" supplies for the storm that was already on top of them. After we marveled at what a parallel of life without Christ that was, we seized the tremendous opportunity to share the love of Jesus with unsuspecting shoppers. We had the amazing privilege of planting many a Gospel seed with dozens of people in just over an hour.

 Joseph Fiennes as Roman Tribune Clavius inspecting the empty tomb of Christ in the movie "Risen."

Joseph Fiennes as Roman Tribune Clavius inspecting the empty tomb of Christ in the movie "Risen."

That night we went ahead with our Saturday Night Alive movie night screening of Risena fictitious story of the Roman officer charged with overseeing the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, only to be faced with the problem of the empty tomb and a risen Christ. We had forty-five people in attendance despite the storm and we were treated to a refreshingly accurate presentation of the Gospel. We would highly recommend this film, just be forewarned, it is rated PG-13 due to some violent scenes (battles, crucifixion, etc.)

SUNDAY

The next morning we again saw a packed house in our Sunday worship service. Pastor Adam ministered on the importance of children and families in a sermon titled, "The Lord's Arrows." 

At the conclusion of the service one soul was saved! Additionally we gave out ALL TWENTY of our Back-to-School-Blessing knapsacks. In our Sunday evening service we showed Pastor Richard Ruby's historic sermon called "Marriage Boot Camp" from the recent Chandler Bible Conference.

In both services the Spirit of God was tangible. Praise God for the marvelous work he is doing here!

MONDAY

Monday was Labor Day, so we decided, what better way to celebrate the Communism-inspired holiday than a trip to the beach! We had a great time of fellowship, food, waves and volleyball... and no riots whatsoever. 


Looking Forward

WEDNESDAY

Don't forget our Mid-week "Recharge" Service, each Wednesday night at 7:30pm - the perfect remedy for "Hump Day."

FRIDAY

We will be hosting our 3rd All-Night Prayer meeting from 10pm - 6am. We have seen God move in outstanding ways both times we have done this. If you have any prayer requests, please forward them to prayer@vbph.org. Or, if you would like to join us, please feel free. The more, the merrier!

SUNDAY

In case you weren't aware we have a Sunday School at 10am. Currently we are showing the video series "The Theology of Money" by renown Christian author Randy Alcorn. It has been a very enlightening series thus far. Please join us!

Also, we are excited to welcome Evangelist Olly Ilarrazza from Killeen, Texas. This will be his first trip to Virginia Beach, so we are excited and looking forward to all the reports and testimonies that are sure to be forthcoming. Services begin this coming Sunday, September 11th @ 11AM and continue through Wednesday September 14th. Please join us for these life-changing services.

 


And last, but surely not least...

Father, we thank You for the incredible work You are doing in this church, this Fellowship, this Nation and the nations of the earth. Continue to use our lives for Your glory, and make us a blessing to others. Move by your Spirit in our lives this week and during this upcoming revival. Build Your Church in Virginia Beach. We ask these things in the precious name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Inaugural Edition of the Back & Forth Blog: Week of August 28th

Introduction

First of all, thanks for being a part of what God is doing here at the Potter's House in Virginia Beach, VA. The Lord is truly building His church in a powerful way. We wanted to inform you about our vision to start up this new page entitled The Back & Forth Blog (maybe BFB for short?). This weekly blog page on our website has two main purposes:

  1. To highlight testimonies and victory reports of things that have happened over the previous week.
  2. To make announcements for the next week's events.

We hope that this weekly update will be a blessing to you going forward as we all pursue the calling that God has for us!


Looking Back

Impact Team to Charlotte, NC

The last weekend was an amazing time of fruitfulness as we gathered up the largest impact team in memory and went down to Charlotte, NC to labor alongside our sister church pastored by Brian and Becky Lowery. Check out the video and a few more pics below:

Everyone who attended this impact team can testify what a spirit of unity and partnership that was moving since we successfully had a "No Drama" experience for over 18 hours! In addition, we had four souls that prayed for salvation and several more that were very open and willing to come to the services we were promoting. We prayed for the sick, encouraged backsliders, did a lot of sweating and then had a roadside concert! The heat dissipated with a few sprinkles of rain and gave us the perfect atmosphere to sing, testify and proclaim the Gospel on one main road in the church area. We are so grateful for the invitation from Pastor Lowery to come and labor in his city for the Kingdom of God.

Sunday Services

The last Sunday of every month we dedicate both of our services to the mission of World Evangelism. Our hearts were truly stirred for lost; both here in our city and the unreached all around the world. Sunday morning's attendance was the close to the highest we've seen this year and we were all encouraged by the families and visitors that joined us. Pastor Dragoon's message was entitled "Ability Vs. Availability". The morning service was topped off by the announcement of Adam & Hristina McFeaters as the new Door Directors. By God's grace, we hope to send them out into the harvest field by this time next year. Please pray for this couple as they take on these new responsibilities and go through the necessary on-the-job preparation for ministry.

In the evening service, we were inspired by the Thursday night conference sermon preached by Pakia Raj. If you missed it, you should really need go back and listen/watch to this moving message posted below. Let the call to selflessness inspire you to greatness.

Also in the evening service, we took up pledges to support World Evangelism and I am pleased to report that the church promised to give give over $800 each month for this cause! So exciting!

Sister Nelda's Funeral Service

Last week we were saddened and overjoyed at the news that Sister Nelda Mitchell had departed the earthly temple and passed into the arms of Jesus. Scripture comforts us in times like these: "So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.'” (1 Cor. 15:54). All those who appreciate the Prescott church and the ministry of Pastor Mitchell ought to take part in honoring her memory by watching her memorial service posted here:


Looking Forward

September will prove to be an exciting and busy month with many fun events on the schedule. Let's go over what's coming this week! Skip to our events page here.

Mid-Week ReCHARGE Service

We cherish the opportunity to gather together each Wednesday night to be encouraged, edified and equipped for the rest of the work week. Join us tonight @ 7:30PM to take part!

Friday Night Outreaches

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This week we are making impact on two fronts: the early group and the late group. The first group will be going around to some various different apartment complexes around town to put up this poster in advance of our Sunday Back-to-School Blessings Event.

The late group is going back to the Oceanfront for our Late-Night edition of Preach at the Beach. We will be meeting at 8:30PM to pray and then head out together to witness and testify on the streets from 9PM-11PM. Every time we go, we experience God's wonderful hand of Grace guiding us to the right people at the right time.

We would ask you to be involved in either one or the other. Thanks!

Saturday Events

Saturday will begin with a prayer meeting at 10AM, followed by our weekly outreach at 11AM. We will be inviting our friends & neighbors to a one-time showing of the film, Risen, featuring Joseph Fiennes. This will take place at 7PM and looks to be a fantastic, action-packed film. Can't wait for this one.. make sure you bring a friend! Check out the trailer here:

Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he's tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton), his quest to disprove rumors of a risen Messiah makes him question his own beliefs and spirituality. As his journey takes him to places never dreamed of, Clavius discovers the truth that he's been seeking.

Sunday is Coming!

This Sunday is our Back-To-School Blessings service where we will be praying for our kids as they get back into the school year. God knows the challenges that lie ahead for all of our youngsters as they are going back into the lion's den of new classes, study, peer pressure and worldly influences. In this service, we will be ministering directly to these students and all the parents as we embark on this new school year. Join us to pray for them! Also, we will be giving out some knap sacks full of school supplies for any families that might need them. Looking forward to being a blessing to our kids as they start the year.


And Finally...

Father, we thank you for your divine hand at work through all the events happening in our congregation. Please help us so that all that we do will glorify your holy Name. In Jesus' Name, Amen.