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Posts by Ben Sadler

Posts by Ben Sadler

Victory News – September 18, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, 2020 has destroyed my habits and routines. I had daily habits of Bible reading, exercise, office work, and in-person meetings. And I had weekly habits of going to the grocery store and preparing for in-person worship. But all those habits and routines have been challenged and changed at some level. So now I’m asking myself, “What do I do now? What are my new habits and routines?” In our new sermon series Path to Victory, we’re…

Victory News – August 28, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This past week, the crisis in Kenosha was added to the long list of traumatic, dark events in 2020. I spent the first half of my life in the Kenosha area, so this incident hit close to home. Throughout the week, I found myself sucked into all the news surrounding the events, as well as following the many different views on social media. I found the more I went down the rabbit hole of opposing opinions,…

Victory News – August 14, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Can I be honest? Weekend worship is bittersweet for me. I remember a few months ago when we entered church to the smell of fresh egg-bake and hot coffee. I remember how the worship space was filled with people singing to their God. And our biggest problem was our overcrowded parking lot. I remember how Sunday morning seemed to be my one-stop-shop that met my physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. And it all happened in…

Victory News – July 31, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How are you coping with all the changes? Each day, a story breaks connected to COVID-19 about new regulations or requirements for business and schools.  And with every change, we can feel a spike in our worries and anxieties. So how are you coping? Personally, I find myself coping by chasing the rabbit hole of opinions on social media, looking for someone to support my perspective. Other times I cope with distracting entertainment or a bag…

Victory News – July 10, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Usually, crises bring people together. But not in 2020. Everything that we have experienced this year seems to have divided us, driven us further apart. The pandemic has caused us to be divided. Masks vs. No-masks. Open businesses and schools vs. close them. Black lives matter vs. blue lives matter. Republican vs. Democrat. All this division makes the devil laugh because he loves division. He loves to separate us and isolate us. He wants to make…

Victory News – June 26, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week, we are beginning a new sermon series called Finding Joy. It will be a study through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In this short letter, Paul mentions the word “joy” sixteen times. What’s so surprising is that he is writing this letter from a Roman prison, which is not exactly the place you would expect to find joy. So how can we do that? How can we find joy even during a pandemic and…

Victory News – June 12, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How are we supposed to make sense of the conflicting information in the news every day? How are we to make sense of the racism and rioting, the hatred and bloodshed? Instead of going to the latest news and op-ed pieces, we need to go back to one of the oldest stories in the Bible, the story of Cain and Abel. The story is short and simple, yet incredibly profound. In Genesis 4, we read that…

Victory News – May 29, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When Pastor Bill and I plan out sermon series, we try to pick sections of Scripture that might connect with what you might be experiencing. As we continue to walk through this pandemic, we thought about places in the Bible that might speak to our current feelings. After quite a bit of discussion, we settled on the stories of Israel in the wilderness. Are you familiar with Israel’s time in the wilderness? Around 1400BC, the Israelites…

Victory News – May 8, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This pandemic has lots of consequences, but the most dangerous ramification is the effect it’s having on our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I’m usually an optimistic guy, but I’ve noticed that I’ve been more irritable and short with my family and friends. There have also been times when I’ve woken up with a feeling of dread, wondering when this all is going to end. This pandemic is affecting me more than I want to admit.…

Victory News – April 24, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, One of the greatest challenges for me as a pastor lately is preaching to a camera, wondering if I’m connecting with the people on the other side. I miss meeting with you all and talking with you. Through those conversations, I learn about your successes and your struggles. You tell me about how you are feeling and what causes you pain or anxiety. As I prepare each sermon, I think about those conversations and how God’s…

Victory News – April 10, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, It’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted our current situation. Who would have thought that much of the world would be locked behind closed doors, fearing the rapid spread of COVID-19? Who could have guessed that our world would be turned upside down, schools canceled, sports postponed, businesses closed, and (strangest of all) Easter moved out of the church building. Although our current reality is bizarre, it’s not much different from the first Easter…

Victory News – March 27, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, These are historic times, huh? How are you all doing out there? It seems so strange that we can only communicate through digital means. I long for the day we can gather around the Victory Cafe for some egg bake and conversation. I can’t wait for when we can sing and worship Jesus together again. I’m looking forward to sitting together and receiving God’s Word and his Supper together. That’s not possible at the moment. But…