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Val Black

Contributor since: Oct 27, 2005
Denomination: Charismatic

About Val Black

Education: High School education for myself, my wife has 12 years plus two years of college and has taught grade school.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: God has many attributes but I think the one we are unaware of the most is this: God has a sense of humor.

Sermon or series that made a difference: I did teaching on "The Ashes of the Red Heifer" several years ago. It was on Sermon Central (still is). One pastor liked it so much he translated it into Spanish so that version is also on Sermon Central.

One of my favorite illustrations: My favorite illustration is from a teaching by Malcom Smith on "Knowing the Will of God". He told about a pastor who was encouraged to become a pastor by family and friends. He followed their advice and after graduating from seminary, pastored a large church. After awhile he became discouraged. The "light" of the Gospel seemed to have dimmed and he no longer wanted to pastor. This caused so much stress on him he soon developed high blood pressure which led to a heart attack. As he lay in t

Family: My wife and I have raised 5 children and have 12 grandchildren.

What my parents think of my sermons: They are with the Lord.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My wife, Julie, is always supportive and encouraging.

Books that have had an impact: For me, "The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread" by Richard Booker has made the biggest impact on my life. It explains the New Covenant very simply.

Hobbies: Fishing, acrylic & watercolor painting but most of all, studying the Bible.

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The work done on the Cross at Calvary was a "finished" work. Our salvation is paid in full. Jesus not only saves but still delivers from bondage and still heals the body. I have never found a "cut-off date" in the Bible which tells when the Gifts of the Holy Spirit ended. They have only ended in the minds of most mainline denominations who, as the Bible prophesied in 2 Tim. 3:1 & 5, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. . . . verse 5 Having a form of

Something funny that happened while preaching: One time when at the podium I discovered my fly was unzipped. I just turned my back to the congregation and calmly zipped it back up. No one knew what had happened.