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Posts from November 2017

Posts from November 2017

What’s Your “Generostory?”

Dear Friends, I’m going to coin a new word. Ready for it? Generosity + Your Story = Your Generostory. What’s yours? What’s your generostory #BecauseofJesus? During our Thanksgiving Eve service we didn’t collect an offering. Instead we gave out 100 envelopes filled with over $2,300 cash for all of you to be able to generously bless someone else #BecauseofJesus. I hope you’ve been having fun with it and experiencing the joy of giving! It’s certainly been pure joy this week…

Victory News – #BecauseofJesus

Dear Friends, Isn’t God amazing! His generosity knows no bounds. King David said in Psalm 23 the same thing that most of us can say when we look inside our refrigerators and cupboards, “my cups overflows.” Isn’t God amazing! The generosity of his grace and mercy knows no bounds. The book of Isaiah shares this truth about God and our relationship with God, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they…

Victory News – Shrewd Generosity

Dear Friends, The artwork was first commissioned by Louis XII of France and later owned by Charles I of England. But the “Salvador Mundi” had disappeared and was presumed lost in the late 18th Century. The DaVinci masterpiece reappeared in an auction in 1958. The painting was deemed a copy and sold for just under $60. The “Salvador Mundi” was acquired by a group of art dealers for around $10,000 in 2005. Turning $60 into $10,000 is pretty shrewd, wouldn’t…

Is Your Heart Happy?

Dear Friends, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25). Generous people are happier people! This isn’t mumbo jumbo. It’s a fact supported by modern research. The commitment to be generous actually increases both generosity and happiness. Why is this? I believe it’s because God has wonderfully designed us as his creatures to reflect his own nature and character. The Bible reveals to us a God who is generous. He is the greatest giver. He gave…

Leadership Team Meeting – October 2017

October 9, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm at the Ministry Center Present:  Jim Vogel, Jay Justmann, Ron Takacs, Jason Seiberlich, Jim Kehoe, Jeff Guenther, Pastor Ben, Pastor Bill Our meeting began with a devotion based on Psalm 124.  Here, we are encouraged that the Lord is always on our side.  Even though God’s church is always under attack, God will always deliver us from our enemies.  If God is for us, who can be against us! Worship Update: From Jason: Paul Mattek…

Victory News – Scripture Alone

Dear Friends, Diamond cutting is the practice of changing a diamond from a rough stone into a faceted gem. Cutting a diamond requires specialized knowledge, tools, equipment, and techniques because of its extreme difficulty. One miss hit and the diamond can be ruined. Since I shake a lot, I probably would be very good at cutting diamonds. There is a diamond, however, that for many of us, is at our hands everyday. It is the diamond jewel known as God’s…

More Than Bricks – Blessings and a Challenge!

Due to the continued generosity of our members and attenders, we have officially surpassed our More than Bricks(MTB) pledge amount for the campaign. Our original goal was $500,000 with pledges received of $416,000, and through October we have been blessed with gifts of $417,509.54. To God be the glory! As a reminder those gifts are split 80/20, 80% stayed at VotL for the purposes of everything relating to our building, and has recently been used to reduce our debt by…