Victory News – Be Loved and Love

Next Saturday is Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry, I’m not saying you should start panicking. But the ads would have you think, “Time’s running out to find that perfect gift to give your special someone this Valentine’s Day, something that really makes them feel loved and valued.” At least that’s what the internet wanted to remind me of this morning. Sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it?

Well the good news is that whether you find a nice gift for that special someone in your life or not, or whether you have a special someone in your life or not (that’s ok too), God has already given each of us the perfect gift that guarantees we are loved and valued! He has given us Jesus Christ, his Son, to be our perfect, all-sufficient Savior. So much does God love us! Because God has given us his dearest and his best, we can have the assurance that there is no good thing that God will ever withhold from us that we need. He loves us! This we know.

Join me again this Sunday as we continue our Profile series studying Colossians where we’ll talk about what this wonderful truth means in our lives. It’s a fitting time to come hear about how we are loved by God and inspired to reflect God’s love to others. Take a peek at the verses we’ll be studying this Sunday as we continue in Colossians 3:1-17.

Bible App Reading Plans – Do you have the YouVersion Bible app yet? It’s free and it’s amazing. I daily use the One Year Bible reading plan. The app is a great way to get God’s Word into your life a little bit each day and it helps guide you and stay on track. Download it and spend some exploring all the different ways to read the Bible. Let me know if you’d like some help. Of interest this Valentine’s Day week I’d also recommend checking out a special one week reading plan of excerpts from a great book on relationships called The Five Love Languages. Note that there are “his” and “hers” versions.

ConquerorsThroughChrist.Net – Get the help you need to escape the guilt, shame, and hurt pornography causes to yourself and others. You don’t have to let porn conquer you another day. Conquer it through Christ. “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

50 Shades – In one week the movie is hitting theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day. As Christians, it’s important that we are able to speak truthfully and lovingly about God’s gift of sexual intimacy. Souls, hearts, lives, and marriages depend on it. Give a quick read to the latest newsletter from Conquerors Through Christ that gives some helpful tips on how to have a conversation about the movie and more importantly about God’s blueprint for loving intimacy.

Building Project – One final reminder: if you know anyone in the trades or someone who might be able to help our building project either with skilled labor or a competitive bid from their company, please contact Matt Burow from Catalyst Construction before February 12th.

More Than Bricks Is the name of our capital campaign to help us build our ministry center and do mission work around the world. For more info please visit our webpage.

Small GroupsHave Fun  – Make Friends – Grow Your Faith. For more information click on this link.

Bible 101Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings. Contact me for more info on how to get connected when we start a new group.

Last Sunday’s sermon resources can be found here on our website.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben