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Posts by Ben Sadler

Posts by Ben Sadler

Victory News – June 10, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week we continue our Glad You Asked sermon series. In this series we are attempting to use God’s Word to answer the questions that you submitted. One of the most common questions submitted was around the topic of baptism. That makes sense. For at least the last 500 years, Christians have debated who should be allowed to baptize, and what age someone should be baptized, and how the baptism should be performed, whether through immersion…

Victory News – May 27, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, As the news of the mass shooting in Uvalde, TX went viral, we experienced a collective despair. A fog of hopelessness hung in the air. We have so many questions: How could this happen? Where is God? What can we do about this? (We will address these questions in our upcoming podcasts, available on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Spotify.) For now we grieve, but as the Apostle Paul writes, We don’t grieve as the rest…

Victory News – May 13, 2022

Pastor’s MESSAGE Hi Friends, I would like to give you some homework before Sunday’s worship service: Watch the movie Inside Out. If you have seen it already, consider watching it again. What I love about this movie is that it teaches that all our emotions have a purpose. From a Christian perspective, we would say that all our emotions are gifts from God. Our emotions help us respond to and process our experiences. If we are emotionally healthy, each emotion helps us…

Victory News – April 8, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Happy Holy Week! This week, we are celebrating the most important events in the history of the world. This is the week that Jesus marched into Jerusalem, broke bread with his disciples, broke down the divide between heaven and earth, and broke free of mortality. This week is the climax of all human history. It is the undoing of all that has gone wrong. It is the defeat of death. You wouldn’t know all this just…

Victory News – March 25, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The American work ethic is a unique value that has not been shared by most civilizations. Neither the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, nor the Romans believed in the value of hard work. So how did they get things done? Slaves. It was slaves who built the Egyptian pyramids. Slaves taught their children in Greek schools. And slaves worked the land for the Romans. It was the Christians who were the first to see that all work, even…

Victory News – March 11, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week, we will be looking at the Fifth Commandment: You shall not murder. At first glance, this commandment seems self-explanatory. But is it really? Why do we give special rights and protections to humans? What makes humans so special? There is only one place where we can find an answer to that question: the Word of God. Only the Word of God gives an accurate appraisal of our worth. When God created humans, He said…

Victory News – February 25, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, I remember when the first energy drink hit the market: Red Bull. Red Bull promised to give you all the energy you needed to get through your day. But Red Bull has been eclipsed by the multitude of higher octane options. Now you can buy KickStart, Monster, Bang, Relentless, Full Throttle, Celcius, Rockstar, and many more. All of them promise to give even more energy than the next. In fact, they promise to push our bodies so…

Victory News – February 11, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The Christian hope is most clearly seen at a Christian funeral. At first glance, both secular and Christian funerals have a lot in common. Either type of funeral will have flowers, music, readings, and eulogies. At both, you will hear people say things like, “He is in a better place” or “At least she isn’t suffering anymore.” But there is still a difference between the two. And it is most clearly seen at the graveside committal…

Victory News – January 28, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When I was a young boy, I always thought the Lord’s Supper was a strange practice. Why stop preaching, singing, and praying to eat a wafer and a thimbleful of wine? But over the years, the more I study the Scriptures and the more I walk with Jesus, the more I see the power in this seemingly foolish meal. The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is a meal that brings us together (which is the meaning…

Victory News – January 14, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Becoming a Christian and following Jesus is a cross-cultural experience. So many things in the Bible feel foreign, foolish, and even just plain wrong. The greatest conflict between culture and Christianity seems to be around the topic of marriage and sex. This is not a new problem. When Paul started new churches throughout the Roman Empire, he had to teach and explain why God designed sex to be experienced only in a marriage between one man…

Victory News – December 10, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite Christmas movies. And I’m not alone. It is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Which is surprising, because when it was first released, it was a box office flop. But over time, it grew in popularity and now it is a Christmas classic. How did this happen? What makes this movie resonate with so many people throughout the decades? Why do we keep watching…

Victory News – November 12, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How could a loving God send people to hell? That is a challenging question in our current culture. To most people (even strong Christians), God’s final judgment seems too extreme. In fact, there are a number of people who have left the Christian faith because they no longer believe in what they call “eternal conscious torment” (ECT). But has the rejection of hell helped our society? Has it made us more loving and less judgmental? I…