• Val Black

    Contributing sermons since Jan 25, 2004
Val's church

Covenant Messenger Ministries
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601

About Val
  • Education: High School education for myself and 3 years of Army. My wife has 12 years plus two years of college and has taught grade school.
  • Experience: Have been a printer since 1963. I had a one-man print shop, operating out of my garage, since 1980. I retired from printing in 2012 but we are still active in the ministry. Our web page is:
  • 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.
  • What I want on my tombstone: "That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." Psalm 26:7
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  • The Good Samaritan

    Contributed on Feb 17, 2020
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    The story of the Good Samaritan gives us a picture of God's plan of salvation starting with Adam and ending with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

    (I cannot claim this whole message as my own. The basics came from a book of sermons for pastors which I bought many years ago but cannot remember the name of it.) The Good Samaritan Wed. Eve. Service - April 5, 2006 I. Luke 10:25-37, NKJV: "And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and more

  • Baptism

    Contributed on Jan 5, 2020

    What does "baptism? mean? Why is it necessary for a Christian to be baptized? Does baptism save us?

    Baptism Sunday a.m. - March 30, 2008 1) Jesus Christ walked about 40 miles to the Jordan River to be baptized by John he Baptist. a. If Jesus walked that far to be baptized it should tell us that baptism is very important. b. Just before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave the disciples this more

  • Your Blood Brother, Jesus.

    Contributed on Dec 9, 2019
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    Because of the New Covenant, we become heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. We are Blood Brothers with Jesus when we accept Jesus as sacrifice for our sins.

    YOUR BLOOD BROTHER, JESUS Jeremiah 31:31-34, "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them more

  • Free Lunch!

    Contributed on Nov 25, 2019

    There are always claims of a "Free Lunch" but none of them prove to be true, with one exception. It's a real meal and it really is free.

    (This is a sermonette and/or illustration, that was taken from one of our Gospel tracts. It could be considered tongue-in-cheek. It simply explains the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and how to qualify to participate in it.) Someone once said there is no such thing as a “free lunch.” There are more

  • The Lost Coin Of Luke 15:8-10

    Contributed on Oct 21, 2019
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    What is the significance of a woman in Bible times losing one particular coin and how does it relate to us today?

    THE LOST COIN of Luke 15:8-10 Luke 15:8-10 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me, for I more

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  • More Than Conquers!

    Contributed on Jul 14, 2006

    More Than Conquers! Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders in history. He subdued most of his known world but he was conquered by his own lusts; he died in a drunken stupor. The Christian conquers his own lusts in order to subdue the world within him. more

  • Out Of 453 Prophecies About The Coming Of Jesus, ...

    Contributed on Jan 25, 2004
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    Out of 453 prophecies about the Coming of Jesus, 196 told about His FIRST Coming. On the day that He was crucified, every one of those 196 prophecies had been fulfilled. If there are 453 prophecies in the Old Testament about the Coming of Jesus and 196 were fulfilled at His first coming, that more