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Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben

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…

Victory News – October 29, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Recently, a number of well-known Christian leaders have publicly renounced their faith. Some of these include: Joshua Harris, the best-selling author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye; Marty Sampson, the lead singer of the Christian band Hillsong; and Abraham Piper, the son of John Piper, a well-known preacher. Maybe you don’t recognize some of these “Christian celebrities”, but you probably know someone close to you who has walked away from Christianity. In fact, maybe you are going…

Victory News – October 15, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This weekend we are finishing up our sermon series on the book of Nehemiah. So far this book has been a masterclass in how to carry out a God-sized vision. Under Nehemiah’s leadership, God’s people seem to do everything necessary to be a great success. But that’s why the last chapter of this book is such a surprise. After only a few years of completing their mission, they are backsliding into their old ways of apathy,…

Victory News – October 1, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How would you summarize the message of most politically-driven media? Let’s start by describing what you would hear from the other side, whatever the other side means to you. You’d probably hear something like, “Those people on the other side are getting in our way. They are hurting our nation, our democracy. They are stopping political progress.” Now let’s say you turned the channel back to your side. What is the message you would hear? Probably…

Victory News – September 17, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, We are purpose-driven creatures. That’s how God designed us. We need a reason to get out of bed in the morning. So what is your greater purpose? What has God called you to do? In last week’s sermon, we heard that God gave Nehemiah a big purpose. He was called to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem that had been torn down from the Babylonian invasion. But how could he accomplish such a big vision? He needed…

Victory News – September 3, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This weekend we are finishing up our series on the life of David. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have. We are going to close this series by looking at David’s “last words”. These aren’t necessarily the last words he ever spoke, but these are the words by which he wanted to be remembered. Surprisingly, even after ruining his life, his relationships, and his kingdom, David is not filled with regret,…

Victory News – August 6, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Have you heard of worship wars? It happens when one person’s worship music preference is pitted against another person’s preference. Someone says, “Worship should be led with the organ, not a band. The music should be more solemn, more referent!” Then another person chimes in, “No, worship should be more joyful and exuberant. That’s why you need a band to worship Jesus!” Round and round the argument goes until the church is divided over personal opinions.…

Victory News – July 23, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Without good friends we just aren’t going to be able to make it in this life. At least that’s what Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, once said: One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,     but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)   When you need financial support, a friend will be there to help you get by. When you are depressed or anxious, a…

Victory News – July 9, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This weekend starts a new sermon series based on the life of David. David is one of the most important characters in the story of our salvation. Even before he was king, David defeated Israel’s great enemy, Goliath. He virtuously stood up to King Saul’s threats. He wrote many of Israel’s most famous prayers in the book of Psalms. And, as king, he funded the building of Solomon’s Temple. Yet, what the Lord valued most in…

Victory News – June 11, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Last week was our first week with all our chairs back in the worship space, no masks requirements, and the beginnings of the Victory Cafe with coffee and cookies. A worship band member said that it felt like there was a lot of energy in the room. I agree. It was such a blessing to see so many of you, talk with you, and encourage one another. I praise God for all the ways that we…

Victory News – May 28, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The famous psychologist Victor Frankl used to say, “A person who has a WHY to live for can endure any HOW.” What he meant is that we are purpose-driven creatures. We need to believe that what we do matters or we will eventually give up. Do you always find meaning and purpose in the work that you do? Or do you sometimes find yourself wondering, Does what I do really matter?  One way to find purpose…

Victory News – May 14, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, God has given your life meaning and purpose through your callings. Some of you are called to be students. Others are called to be employees or employers. Some of you are called to be parents. Many of you are called to be husbands and wives. The calling of marriage will be the focus of our sermon this weekend. This is a unique calling, but not the most important one. Our most important calling is to be…