• 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, 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.
  • 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.
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  • The Fruit Of The Spirit

    Contributed on Aug 24, 2007
    based on 12 ratings

    Like a pilot needing a co-pilot, Believers need the Holy Spirit to lead them into "open skies".

    The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-25: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in more

  • God Honors A Contrite Spirit

    Contributed on Jul 14, 2006
    based on 10 ratings

    The Lord honors a contrite (broken) spirit more than a "religious" one. Often times traditons & doctrines of men appeal to the flesh but God is searching for a broken spirit to love, honor by His Presence and to renew.

    God Honors A Contrite Spirit Luke 7:36-49 Wed. Evening – July 12, 2006 I. Luke 7:36 (KJV) And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat (or food). The word “desired” isn’t used in other translations. Most of them more

  • The Christian Tree

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2005
    based on 19 ratings

    Our Christian Tree is on a hill in a city called Jerusalem, in the nation of Israel. Its not much to look at. Its made of wood and isnt even finished or sanded smooth. Its really rugged looking. I see gifts under it. Lets investigate!

    The Christian Tree In a few days it will be Christmas and a lot of us are going to be around friends and relatives who we see only at this time of the year. Many of those people will be unsaved and because of the season, they will be more receptive to spiritual things than they would at other more

  • Living In The Presence Of God

    Contributed on Nov 25, 2005
    based on 7 ratings

    When Jesus used the phrase "under my wings" it was a reference to an ancient custom thats still practiced today in some parts of the world. Its the idea of coming under the covering of someone or some thing for protection and provision.

    Living In The Presence of God I. Psalm 36:5-7, "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O more

  • When We Get To Heaven

    Contributed on Nov 23, 2005
    based on 30 ratings

    Have you ever wondered what we will be like in Heaven? Will people recognize us? What will our bodies be like? Will we be sad knowing we have left others behind? Lets find some answers from scripture!

    When We Get To Heaven I. In Mark, Chapter 12, religious leaders confront Jesus and try to catch him with trick questions. Some of them asked, "Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?" Jesus asked for a penny. Someone gave Him one. Holding it up so they could see, Jesus asked whose image was on 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
    based on 63 ratings

    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