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Victory News – Shadows

In a couple days America will be waiting expectantly for the results of an annual event.

(What’s that? … There’s something called the Super Bowl this Sunday? Personally, I’ve tried to forget about this reality after the outcome of the NFC Championship game two weeks ago!)

But no I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. I’m talking about what America is anticipating on the morning after—Groundhog’s day. According to folklore if that little groundhog sees his shadow and scoots back into its burrow, winter will linger for six more weeks. But if it’s cloudy and it doesn’t see its shadow, then spring will come early. I know, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Somehow I think winter is going to last a while here no matter what. Yet some people still seem to care about that little shadow.

Well this Sunday at VotL we’re going to learn about some more important shadows. These were shadows that pointed ahead to the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. But now that Christ has come, we don’t have to get too worked up about the shadows. So we’ll see together how Christ fulfilled and embodied these shadows, the dangers of not understandings what this means for our lives, and the joy of living in the freedom Jesus Christ came to bring.

Take a peek at the verses we’ll be studying this Sunday as we continue our Profile series in Colossians 2:16-23. Do you see any of the shadows?

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.

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 that Nathan preached can be found here on our website. Also remember that all our sermon resources are archived on our sermon page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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  1. THE APPROVAL OF MEN? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Is it possible to seek the approval of men and be an effective servant of Christ? To go with the flow works well unless there is a waterfall at the end of the river. Then the ride can get a little bumpy.

    Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

    The apostle Paul said if I were "still" trying to please men. Obviously while Paul was a Pharisee he was trying to please men.
    Do men today continue in their denominations to please friends and relatives?

    John 12:42-43 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

    Are there those today who know in their heart that Jesus was correct when He said "has been baptized shall be saved," but will not confess it because they fear being ostracized by church members, friends and relatives?

    James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know the friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

    If we have friendship with the world, then we get their approval. Is that approval worth becoming an enemy of God?

    Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

    If all believers and the world speak well of you, do you think you might want to reconsider your life style, as well as your faith?

    2 Timothy 4:2-3 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

    If men do not like what the Bible teaches, they will find people who will teach what meets their approval.

    We sometimes think that speaking the truth in love means that we should water down the gospel, compromise the requirements for salvation, accept the sins of the world or simply offer excuses for sin.

    CAN YOU SEEK THE APPROVAL OF MEN AND STILL SERVE CHRIST?

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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