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Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben

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…

Victory News – March 13, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Let me acknowledge the elephant in the room. Our country, even our world, is experiencing an unprecedented situation. I am a pastor, so I will let the healthcare professionals and our world leaders speak to facts of the Coronavirus. Instead, I want to address your spiritual concerns at this time. First of all, as fast as the Coronavirus is spreading, anxiety, fear, and panic are spreading even faster. Some of you might be concerned that you…

Victory News – February 28, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This Sunday, as we finish our series on Messy Families, I’m going to talk about my favorite movie of all time: Back to the Future. I love that movie because I always wanted to have the power to travel back in time. Sometimes I look at the mess in my life and think, If I could just go back and do some things over, then my life would be much better. But here is the problem: there…

Victory News – February 14, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The other day, I asked my daughter Shelby, “Honey, if I told you that you are becoming more and more like your mom and dad, would that be a compliment or an insult?” She gave a perfect answer: “It depends.” You see, there are some things about our parents that we want to imitate. Maybe your parents were disciplined and organized. Perhaps they were caring and thoughtful. Maybe they were godly and tried to put God…

Victory News – January 31, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Last week, I watched a spiritually satisfying and theologically deep movie… Disney’s Aladdin (2019). There is this great scene where the Genie explains to Aladdin how the wishes work. The Genie says that most people wish for money or power. Then he adds, “Do me a favor; do not drink from that cup. I promise you, there’s not enough money and power on earth for you to be satisfied.” Disney gets it. There is not enough…

Victory News – January 17, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Almost a year ago, we decided to accept the call to come to Victory. The decision involved after much prayer and counsel from wise people. That one decision dramatically changed the direction of our lives. It led our family down a new path with a new destination. I know that was a big decision, but, in the book of Proverbs, Solomon compares all our decisions to choosing a path that leads to a specific destination. In…

Victory News – January 3, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Where am I going? And how am I going to get there? Those are the two questions that we naturally ask this time of the year. It’s the time of the year when people set goals and design a strategy to accomplish them. That’s why we are starting this new sermon series called Seeing 2020. In this series, we are going to discuss making wise decisions about our future as we look at the book of…

Victory News – December 20, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Is our Christmas hope real? Or is it just a delusion or wishful thinking? You might have gotten your hopes up in the past. Maybe you’ve put your hope in a family member and they let you down. Or maybe you put your hope in a new job, diet, or relationship, and it didn’t turn out the way you wanted. Because our hopes have been dashed in the past, maybe we’re not ready to put our…

Victory News – December 6, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Are you one of the many people who struggles during the holidays? I know someone who can’t stand to see the Christmas lights out at night. It magnifies her grief to see lights when she feels like she is in the dark. If you or someone you know really struggles to find hope and peace during the holiday season, I encourage you to come to worship this Sunday. We are going to explore the book of…

Victory News – November 15, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Victory started in 2006 with a desire to connect to a changing world. Well, the world certainly changed. Only one year after Victory started, Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone, Facebook left college campuses, and Twitter became its own company. Victory has seen those changes and adapted. But there is another change that has swept the nation: The rise of the “nones”. Nones are those people who claim no religious affiliation whatsoever. And in the past ten…

Victory News – November 1, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Recently, Pastor Bill and I were talking and he made this observation: “We are a friendly church, but we are not necessarily a church of friends.” In other words, we are very good at making a first impression and welcoming a guest into church, but we struggle to build deeper relationships. There are lots of reasons for this. Most of us have crammed schedules. Others already have a solid network of friends and family. The blessings…

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…