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Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben

Victory News – October 18, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Louis Zamperini, American hero, knows something about forgiveness. He was an Olympic athlete who flew fighter planes in WWII. His plane was shot down, and he survived 47 days in the open sea. A Japanese ship picked him up and took him to a prisoner camp, where he faced hard labor and torture for two years. Zamperini endured all that physical pain, and yet he said, “The hardest thing in life is to forgive.” According to…

Victory News – October 4, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Have you ever heard anyone say, “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites”? I know I have heard that. I’ve even thought it. We all have our stories of people who claimed to be upright, model Christians, and yet their lives were filled with envy, anger, and wickedness. In fact, maybe hypocrisy in the church is one reason that you don’t come to church as often as you used to. Well, instead of looking at what…

Victory News – September 20, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I don’t have a good memory. Just ask my wife. I rarely get the facts straight in my recollections. Our conversations usually go something like this: “Hey, honey, remember two years ago when we went to that Julia Roberts movie called Galaxy?” Then my wife will respond, “Yes, I remember, but it was five years ago, not two. And it was a Sandra Bullock movie, not Julia Roberts. And the movie is called Gravity, not Galaxy.” But…

Victory News – September 6, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, We are finishing up our sermon series on the book of Jonah. When it comes to the meaning of the book of Jonah, we often miss the boat. We might think the story is just about a runaway prophet and a big fish. That story works well for kids books, but the main message of Jonah is much deeper. You see, when we read Jonah 4, we find the real reason Jonah ran away: he was prejudiced.…

Victory News – August 23, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Recently, two well-known Christians have renounced their faith: Author Joshua Harris and Hillsong singer/songwriter Marty Sampson. Both of them explained that they neither believe in the traditional understanding of God or Christianity. Although this is very difficult for Christians to hear, we shouldn’t be surprised. The God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, offends all of us at some level. For some of us, Jesus’ view of sexuality and marriage is offensive. Others see God’s unconditional love…

Victory News – August 2, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I used to believe that the goal of life was to die and have my soul go up to heaven. I no longer believe that. The Bible presents a much greater picture of heaven. Heaven is what will happen when Jesus returns. When he returns, Jesus is going to make all things new (Revelation 21:5). When Jesus returns, he is not just going to save my soul; he is going to set all creation free. He is…

Victory News – July 19, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Are you a list maker? The famous Benjamin Franklin loved to make lists. One of his lists was thirteen virtues that he tried to live by every day. He said that he was making it his goal to reach moral perfection. On his list were things like temperance, frugality, and justice. You can guess what happened. Each day his spiritual scorecard was filled with marks. Not even the great inventor, philosopher, and government leader was able…

Victory News – July 5, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, This Sunday is the last sermon in our Fueled series. For me, this is the most difficult topic of them all: self-control. I’ve struggled to be a self-controlled person since childhood. I was an overweight kid, and my lack of self-control seemed to spill over into every other area of my life. I’m not the only one who struggles with self-control. In fact, I believe it might be one of the hardest times in history to…

Victory News – June 21, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Every time I walk into a gas station, it seems there are more and more coolers are dedicated to energy drinks. It used to be just Red Bull. Then there was Monster. Now half of the gas station is energy drinks. I like coffee and other energy drinks as much as anyone, but I wonder if all supercharged beverages are pointing to a deeper problem. Maybe the reason we are grumpy, irritable, and sluggish is not…

Victory News – June 14, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, This Sunday, we are going to the movies. Not literally. We are not going back to worship in the Cinema. But I will be talking about the movies. You see, screenwriters are some of the best storytellers in the world. Also, they have an incredible ability to diagnose the culture. So what are the modern screenwriters teaching us about the culture? They seem to be saying, “The world is going dark and the villains are winning.”…

Victory News – May 31, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, This Sunday we are going to have “The Talk”. That’s right, the “birds and the bees”.  We need to have this talk because everyone else is already talking about it. There is so much bad information out there. In addition, this subject is a source of so much pain and suffering. That’s why we need to go back to God’s Word, where God tells us the original design for sex and sexuality. Then, fueled by the…

Victory News – May 17, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Who is Jesus to you? Of course, we might give the standard answer: Jesus is the Savior of the world. Yes, that’s so true! But we also need to be honest that the culture is telling us a different message about Jesus. Currently, we live in a post-truth culture. And in a post-truth culture, we are supposed to keep our personal beliefs about Jesus private. So some might tell you, “It’s okay if you want to…