Here in the heart city of Valentine, Nebraska, God has brought together a community of people who desire the fresh wind, a “second wind” if you will, of God’s work in their life. Most of us need a second chance in life, perhaps a third or even a hundredth. At Second Wind, we believe God hasn’t given up on anybody and in his grace and love he wants to meet us right where we are. It is our desire to see people reconnect withGod and begin living out the life he has intended for us. If you’ve given up on the church but haven’t given up on God, Second Wind may be just what you’re looking for. It wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, would it? Hope to see you soon!!
-Pastor Bruce Beebout
We have many choices to make in life … where to live, what to do for work, who our friends are, and how we’ll invest our time and resources. Sometimes we feel stretched pretty thin and stressed out and left wondering if there is more to life than the daily grind. At Second Wind you’ll find an informal, coffeehouse-like atmosphere where you can relax, visit with friends, and engage in meaningful relationships. Come as you are, grab a coffee or soda, and prepare to worship in a contemporary setting with inspiring music and biblical teaching that is relevant in the world we face daily.
In 2004, God replanted a vision in the hearts of three couples – a vision to reach the community of Valentine, Nebraska and the surrounding region with the “good news” of life, hope, and grace through Jesus Christ. Tired and discouraged from attempts through traditional means, the hearts of this small fledging group were united with a pastor who was also ready to see God break out and do a new work in and through his life. Together they studied, prayed, hoped, and stepped out in faith. The result was a new church called Second Wind.
After just a few weeks of preparation, Second Wind held its first worship service on the Saturday night before Easter, March 26, 2005, in the Yucca Dune Bike Shop. By fall, additional remodeling of the bike shop was needed to accommodate growth. By Easter of 2006, nearly 30 families/couples/singles were worshipping at Second Wind.
We Believe in Jesus. We know He’s a part of the Trinity and all the other important “stuff” we also believe, but if we’re honest, we’re partial to Jesus. Don’t get us wrong. God is like a Father, no, God IS the Father and the buck stops with Him (if you’re going to have the buck stop somewhere it might as well stop with Someone who is…well…all about love with a capital “L”. Of course, He’s also about justice with a capital “J”, but we’ll take out chances that, in the end, justice will also feel like love!). And then there is the Holy Spirit — mysterious, windy, seems to like fire a lot, whispering, and always pointing us to … you guessed it … Jesus. We not only like Jesus a lot, He likes us a lot, enough to die for us. We know that when life gets tough (and it always does) he’ll be there for us.
We Believe in the Church. We know, it’s flawed, inconsistent, institutional, bureaucratic, even embarrassing at times. Yet it is also incredibly heroic at other times. Whether we like it or not, want to attend it or not, we’re stuck with it. The Church is the Body of Christ, and the hope of the world. The Church is not optional, it’s not up for discussion, it’s been around ever since Jesus and it’s still here. That’s good enough for us.
We Believe in the Grace of God. We believe in the scandalous grace of God. Grace is outrageously unfair, ridiculously extravagant, and unashamedly the center of the gospel, and it sure beats judgmentalism, legalism, and all other isms as well! Grace always gives second chances, third chances, and never stops giving chances. Grace has Jesus written all over it. Grace makes people nervous because they are always so worried someone is going to take advantage of it. But that’s what we like about grace. You can take advantage of it. But here’s the really interesting part, grace doesn’t just let everyone in. Anyone, yes, but not everyone. And the Grace of God frequently includes the unexpected. So … who’s in and who’s not? Only God knows, and that’s fine with us.
We Believe in the Bible. We’re awed by it, inspired by it, and believe it. It is Truth. We’re also terrified of it. We don’t understand all of it, but we believe it. All of it. That’s the important part, because if you only believe some of it, if you try to edit out the parts you don’t like, then you don’t believe it. Of course, believing it all doesn’t mean we perfectly live it all. It doesn’t even mean we have it all figured out. Mostly we’re scared of it, scared in a good way, because whenever we read it and try to live it, God shows up and that’s pretty terrifying … and also pretty amazing, and pretty … uh … assuring.
That’s Kind of It. We know there’s other important stuff out there … actually, a lot of other stuff: theology, doctrine, homosexuality, abortion, war, the second coming, prophecy, music, discipleship, appearance, serving, worship, tattoos, dancing, drinking, traditions, smoking, language, baptism, moral issues and … well, like we said, lots of stuff.
All that stuff is important, and certainly people should try to figure out what to believe about all those things, but that’s exactly the point. We believe that if the “biggies” are sorted out, then all the other stuff will eventually fall into place too. It might not fall into place as the brother or sister next to you, but that’s what makes the kingdom of God so interesting. Doesn’t it?*
*This was written by the late Mike Yaconelli of Youth Worker Magazine, published in said magazine Nov/Dec 2003. This summarizes the spirit of Second Wind. For an “official” belief statement, please click here.
Pastor– Bruce Beebout
Deacons — David Major, Duane Lamb, Pete Salters
Deaconesses — Lacey Lemmert, Tracy Lamb, Ros Beebout