Jul 20 2014

Video Library – Transformation



Would you like to learn more about how God transforms families, villages and cities? Check out these video resources. The following are available on one month loan:

1. Transformations Library Trailer Set- This is one of the best for an overview of several of the earlier series. Clips of 15 minutes as I recall.
2. Transformations 1- The first of the series put out in 1999.
3. Transformation 2- The title speaks for itself.
4. The Quickening- Combines parts of the first two issued and offered as a teaching tool to interested parties.
5. Let the Sea Resound- Stories of transforming revival in Fiji and nearby islands.
6. An Unconventional War- About Uganda and the evils suffered from the Lord’s Resistance Army.
7. Approaching Fire- A recap of revival stories produced in 2007.
8. An Appalachian Dawn- A newer one from 2010 about Manchester, Kentucky becoming the City of Hope.
9. Catch the Fire- Another more current story about Sao Paulo, Brazil and what happened with the police force there.
10. The Hebrides Revival, a retrospective- A look back on revivals in the 1920′s through early 1950′s talking to people who were there for some of it. Appears to be glimmers again among young people on the islands. Produced in 2007.

You may contact John Richards at email, or phone 762-1827. Take a look for the first time, or review if you have seen them. Please tell your friends, also. God bless, John R.

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Jun 21 2014

How Does God Lead Us?

How does God lead us?This Sunday (June 22) I want to begin looking at some of the famous and well-loved verses in the Bible. We’ll start by looking at Proverbs 3:5-6, which addresses the question, “How Does God Lead Us?” I hope you’ll join us.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6



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Jun 10 2014

Informational Meeting with Larry Lane

Journey for Transformation


We met with Larry Lane for an informational meeting June 25 and had an encouraging turn-out. We were also encouraged by the desire to see our city transformed by the love of Jesus Christ and to pray to that end.

Here are two handouts Larry left with us:

Getting Started on the Journey to Transformation (pdf)

Journey to Transformation-An Overview (pdf)

Would you like to borrow a Transformation video by the Sentinel Group? John Richards is offering them for a one-month loan. More info HERE

Follow-up Meetings

Sunday, August 24, 6:30 PM at the Vine Church of Petaluma

September 27

About Larry Lane

After serving as a senior pastor for eleven years in the greater Washington DC area and for nearly twenty years in Chico, CA, Larry launched the ministry of Kingdom Catalyst in 2012. He has been deeply involved in community transformation in the greater Chico area since 1996. Through exposure to city reaching efforts, his personal journey in Chico, and lessons learned from the Lord, Larry brings living testimony of what God can do in a community. Larry’s heart is to encourage and equip people who desire to see God touch and transform their city. In 2014 Larry was asked to serve as a Regional Coach for the Journey to Transformation by George Otis, Jr. and Intercessors for America. Larry holds a BA degree from Nyack College and M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carol, have five adult children and reside in Paradise, CA

Larry LaneRegional Coach for The Journey to Transformation

email Larry



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Jun 02 2014

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Icon

Pentecost Icon

Church tradition knows this Sunday (June 8th) as Pentecost Sunday, usually considered the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon and filled the Apostles.  If you count starting by including Easter, it’s the 50th day of what the liturgical calendar knows as Easter-Tide (which ends that period of time, and starts what is known as ordinary time, which lasts till Advent).  It marks seven weeks from Easter Sunday (7 always being a significant number in the Bible).

Though the New Testament references Pentecost as a Jewish celebration, you will find no reference to Pentecost in the Old Testament.  The Greeks used the word Pentecost (which means Weeks – or the fiftieth day) to refer to the Feast of Weeks, which you can find in your Old Testament as the Festival of Weeks (around late May or Early June). Leviticus 23:15-22; Exodus 34:22; Numbers 28:26-31; and Deuteronomy 16:9-12.)

12th Century - Pentecost

12th Century – Pentecost(

The Old Testament referenced the Festival of Weeks as a celebration of the firstfruits of the harvest, the new grain (the grain harvest).  It contrasted with the later Festival of Ingathering, the Harvest (the fruit harvest), which occurred at the end of the Israeli farming season (around September or October), also known as the Feast of Tabernacles (the Feast of Booths).

Jean II Restout : Pentecôte (1732)

The Old Testament says again and again that the Israelis had to appear before him three times a year, at Sabbath (when the barley was ripe), at the Festival of Weeks (when the new grain, the firstfruits were ready), and at Harvest time (the Festival of Tabernacle, or Booths).

Modern Jews no longer refer to the Festival of Weeks.  (Instead they refer to Shavout – which also means Weeks.)

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld- Ruth im Feld des Boaz

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld- Ruth im Feld des Boaz (1828)

So for Israel, the Festival of Weeks also celebrated their entry into the Old Testament Covenant to obey the Law, which formed the basis for their national identity.  So in some ways, it was a celebration of their birth as a nation.

So it is interesting that the New Testament community finds a parallel with the birth of the Church, which is often seen as a continuation of the Old Testament Church (Assembly).

Protestant Pentecost

Protestant Pentecost

However, the Christian community has come to celebrate this Sunday as both the Birthday of the Church, as well as a very special day to celebrate the Holy Spirit, often the almost forgotten 3rd Person of the Trinity.  Western churches, by tradition, decorate the church in red to symbolize the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit, and more recently, the congregation wears something red as well – so you would do well to remember to wear something red.  However, the important point is to honor, remember, and worship the Holy Spirit, and look to Him to help us fully live our life in Christ.

In contrast, Eastern Orthodoxy uses green to celebrate Pentecost (the clergy and congregation carry flowers and green branches to celebrate it).  In that tradition, they celebrate the Pentecost feast for three days, Trinity Sunday, Spirit Monday, and The Third Day of the Trinity (Tuesday).  Their Pentecost Afterfeast lasts a week.

In a sense, those who believed on the original Day of Pentecost were a firstfruits of the many believers who would follow in the Church.  The New Testament also refers to us believers as firstfruits saved by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, as well through belief in the truth.  2nd Thessalonians 2:13.

So come join us as we celebrate the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church!



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Jun 02 2014

Forgetting What is Behind

How’s your memory?

Not so good? That may be a good thing. There are some things worth forgetting.

Forgetting what is behind

This is our affirmation of the month, based on:

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

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May 23 2014

Book of Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Also known as the Epistle to the Hebrews (Letter to the Hebrews), this New Testament book has been described as a masterpiece (by Mark Powell).  The writer focuses on the superiority of Christ, as well as emphasizing that the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant.

Better still, of all the New Testament books, Hebrews best builds a bridge from the Old Testament to the New Testament, thus tying together the Bible, and showing how it all points to Christ.  It helps in understanding the Old Testament Law and sacrificial system, and how it all became fulfilled in Christ.

Come join us early (7 am) on Tuesdays at the Church office to study and discuss this wonderful book.  We finish by 8 so you can get to work or otherwise get on with your day.  Coffee will be waiting for you.  The study is open to both men and women.  Rudy Rentzel leads the discussion.  Hope to see you there.

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Apr 25 2014

Keys to Joyful Living

Keys to Joyful LivingOne foundational truth of the Bible is that we can believe and think our way to a new way of living. Our thoughts affect our feelings, our attitudes and our behavior.

We try to medicate ourselves into joy. That can help.

We try to buy ourselves into joy. That can help too. We need certain basic needs met so we don’t spend our days worried about them.

We try to surround ourselves with joyful people with the hope that it will rub off on us. That helps. But none of these strategies can transform a joyless person into a joyful person.

The message of the Bible is that we can believe our way into joy. We can think our way into a more positive and joyful way of living. One of the benefits of being a follower of Jesus Christ is we become more hopeful and positive in our outlook. We can and should become more joyful.

The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the church of Philippi with the purpose of helping people like us live joyfully. So, in the next several weeks, we will walk through the book of Philippians looking for God’s Keys’ to Joyful Living.

Join us for Keys to Joyful Living, Sundays, 10 am at The Vine Church of Petaluma. In the meantime, start reading Philippians (NLT) now.

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Apr 21 2014


Easter - A Joyful Easter-Tide

In the liturgical calendar, Easter begins a period of time called Easter-Tide.  It begins on Easter day and lasts until the day of Pentecost – 50 days later.

This period of time includes the 40 days between the Easter – the Resurrection – and the Ascension of Christ (into Heaven).  In a way, these 40 days are the opposite of, or the contrast to, the 40 days of Lent.  They reflect the 40 days Christ walked the Earth following his resurrection – including and following Easter.

It also adds the 10 days between the Ascension and Pentecost, a special period of time when our Lord told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit, bestowed upon them on the day of Pentecost.

In Western tradition, each Sunday following Easter is called a Sunday of Easter, so the Sunday after Easter is called the 2nd Sunday of Easter, the next, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, and so on, till the 7th Sunday after Easter, also called Pentecost (which I will write about later.

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Apr 11 2014

He is Risen – Holy Week at the Vine

Rest - Hummingbird photo by Kevin Cooney

Rest II – photo by Kevin O. Cooney, shot from the offices of The Vine Church (click to enlarge)

Easter in Petaluma

Easter in Petaluma

Christian Holy Week begins April 13 with Palm Sunday. We will be walking in the footsteps of Jesus, beginning with our Palm Sunday Worship, 10 AM. Newcomers are welcome at any of these events.

Maundy Thursday Service, April 17, 7:00 PM

Observe Holy Week with this Maundy Thursday Communion Service as we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. “Do this in remembrance of me…”

Easter in Petaluma: Brunch and Worship Service 

We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, April 20. Join us for an Easter Brunch, 9:30 am, followed by our Easter Worship Service at 10 am. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children. 

What are you giving up for Lent?

Easter in Petaluma - LentMost think of Lent as time to give up something. Chocolate. Coffee. Twitter. Swearing.

We don’t give up things easily. Most losses in life are losses we didn’t volunteer for. The loss of health. The loss of a job. A home. Our youthful good looks and energy. Faced with the threat of loss, we dig in and fight to the finish. We naturally hang on to any scrap of the past we can retain.





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Mar 07 2014

A Step at a Time

A step at a time

The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

But, the journey is many steps. Sometimes we get bogged down. Our journey is stalled in some area of our life. Getting started again can be as difficult as taking that first step. During March and April, we’re looking at various areas of our lives and what we can do to take the next step.

New Message Series: A Step at a Time

Taking the next step in …

The stewardship of my gifts (S.H.A.P.E.)  Feb. 19

My stewardship of resources  Feb. 26

My Church Life    March 2

My walk with God   March 9

My Stewardship of My Body   March 16

Don’t miss: Taking the Next Step in…

  • The Stewardship of My Mind, March 23
  • My Marriage– Rudy and Lori Rentzel, March 30
  • My Family, April 6
  • My Financial Life, April 13 (Palm Sunday)
  • EASTER Celebration and Brunch, April 20

Join us Sundays, 10:00 AM and take the next step.



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