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Victory News – August 7, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When was the last time you lost your phone? Do you remember what that was like? You think you know where it is at, but it is not there. You go to the second spot knowing it is got to be there, but it is not. Panic sets in, especially if you are running late. Your heart rate accelerates to the hummingbird heart rate of 1,260 beats per minute. You ask for family members or friends…

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…

Leadership Team Minutes – July 2020

JuLY 2020 Leadership Team Meeting Date/Time/Location: July 13, 2020, 6:30pm Present: Pastor Bill, Pastor Ben, Jacob Guenther, Jeff Guenther, Jim Vogel, Ronald Takacs, Jason Seiberlich Absent: JoJo Moore, Kevin Rasmussen Devotion Pastor Bill led a devotion on John 4:1-26. It’s okay to be tired. It’s okay to not be okay. Jesus was also tired: Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well (John 4:6). Being tired or weary doesn’t mean…

Victory News – July 24, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Change is inevitable. Things are always changing. Many of us have heard, “If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait five minutes. It will change.” Over the last four months so many things have changed. Schools met virtually, a lot of us woke up in the morning already at work. Church became an online-only experience. The financial situation of many people changed drastically as the unemployment rate soared. Last week we were told Milwaukee public…

Victory News – July 17, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, “Beware of Dog.” While you and I may not notice this sign a lot, I’m sure the Amazon, Fed Ex, UPS and US Mail carriers notice it a lot more. I remember canvassing in El Paso as a teenager and our pastor would tell us, “Don’t stop by the houses that have a ‘No Soliciting’ or ‘Beware of Dog’ signs.” In Philippians 3:2, the Apostle Paul says, “Watch out for those dogs.” Paul wasn’t talking about…

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 – July 3, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Happy Independence Day Weekend! This Fourth of July is different than any I have experienced. But we are free: free to vote for whomever we choose, free to seek employment from any company, free to worship. Free. The national freedom you and I have isn’t because a number of people signed a declaration. The freedom that you and I have is because of the courage found on a battlefield. We have freedom because lives were lost.…

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 19, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, There is a stunning parable in Matthew 18. In the parable, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, a man owes the king 10,000 bags of gold. The man didn’t have any resources to pay off the debt. The king decrees that he and his family be sold off until the debt is paid in full. The man fell on his knees, begging the king for mercy and for more time to pay off the debt.…

Leadership Team Minutes – June 2020

June 2020 Leadership Team Meeting Date/Time/Location: June 8, 2020, 6:30pm Present: Pastor Bill, Pastor Ben, Jacob Guenther, Jeff Guenther, Jim Vogel, Ronald Takacs, Jason Seiberlich, Kevin Rasmussen Absent: JoJo Moore Devotion Pastor Ben led a devotion on Psalm 46. If we have a small view of God then we have big problems. If we have a big view of God then we have small problems. God is a refuge.  We do not need to be afraid; God is always with…

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 – June 5, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week, I had a fascinating interview about equality and value with JoJo Moore. I have known JoJo for almost four years.  JoJo is on our leadership team and brings a Scriptural, loving, and practical perspective to present-day issues. You can watch the interview on our Facebook page and YouTube channel tonight at 7:00pm. This weekend, we are going to interrupt our sermon series to talk about what has been on the news for about the…