• Val Black

    Contributing sermons since Oct 27, 2005
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 message by Malcolm 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 a while 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 that 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 that 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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Newest Sermons

  • Keep On Riding

    Contributed on Jun 5, 2023

    This is a short message about the three parts of every person born, spirit, soul, and body.

    Keep On Riding "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16 This scripture describes very simply what happens to every born-again Christian after accepting Jesus as the Savior and Lord of more

  • Why Was The Blood Of Jesus Necessary?

    Contributed on Oct 30, 2022
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    The Blood of Jesus is seldom spoken of in many churches of today. But for 2000 years the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never changed. We are saved by faith and that faith should be in His redemption work on Calvary and the Blood that He shed.

    Why Was The Blood of Jesus Necessary? Sunday Morning - Feb. 17, 2008 1) FOR 2000 YEARS THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST HAS NEVER CHANGED. a) It's still true that Jesus was God, manifested in the Flesh, born of a virgin, suffered and died on Calvary for the redemption of man, rose again and now more

  • Storms

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2022

    The storms in life come in many forms but God is sovereign over every one of them.

    STORMS (Given on February 3 – Sunday Evening Service) A Psalm of David. Psalms 29:1-11 (From the New Living Translation) 1. Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength. 2. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his more

  • God's Masterpiece

    Contributed on Oct 19, 2022

    Beginning with the day of salvation, God is working to complete us as His masterpiece.

    God's Masterpiece Given Sunday a.m. March 30, 2008 Ephesians 2:8-10 (From the New King James) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus more

  • Beauty For Ashes

    Contributed on Oct 4, 2022

    This message was the first one I gave to a church that had just gone through a split and the congregation was hurting and confused about how a split could happen to such loving people. I feel this message was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit, to Whom I give all the credit.

    Sunday a.m. - January 20, 2008 “Beauty For Ashes” (NOTE: This message was the first one I gave to a church that had just gone through a split and the congregation was hurting and confused how such a thing could happen) I. Background: The church in Antioch has gathered together. A word of 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