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Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben

Victory News – January 15, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, One of the greatest blessings of the pandemic is that we have been able to spend more time together as a family. More board games. More family dinners. More living room wrestling matches. But one of the greatest challenges of the pandemic is that we have had to spend more time together. More opportunities to hurt each other’s feelings. More opportunities to be misunderstood. More time breaking up fights between siblings. That’s why one of the…

Victory News – December 18, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Why has the Christmas story captivated so many? It’s not just THAT God came to earth. It’s HOW he came. Just think if Jesus would have been born at West Allis Memorial. Who would want to put that kind of nativity scene in their front yard? Instead, the birth of Jesus is filled with challenges and surprises. Joseph finds out that his fiancé is pregnant, and he is about to call the whole thing off. But…

Victory News – November 20, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Recently, I met with my doctor, and I asked her, “What should I be doing to stay healthy during the pandemic?” She said, “The most important thing you can do is strengthen your immune system. You can do that by taking more Vitamin C and D.” She went on to explain that we can’t always stop all the attacks that are coming from the outside. But we can make ourselves as strong as possible on the…

Victory News – November 6, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The recent election is just one more thing to add to the year of uncertainty. At the time of my writing this post, we still don’t know who will be our next president. This has led some of us to a new level of anxiety and fear. Although we don’t know who is going to be our president and what all the implications of that might be, we do know who is in charge. In Paul’s…

Victory News – October 23, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Can we talk about the “elephant (or donkey) in the room”? I know many of us are thinking about the upcoming election. We’re concerned about what the country will look like if “our candidate” doesn’t win (whoever that candidate might be). Certainly, our world will look different depending on who wins the election. But do our concerns need to cripple us? This weekend we are starting a new series called United: In Jesus We Trust.  In…

Victory News – October 9, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, We are continuing our sermon series Path to Victory. In this series, we have looked at the practices of the Early Christian Church. This week we will see that the Early Christian Church was devoted to their spiritual growth by reading the Scriptures. So the word we will be focusing on is Grow. Reading the Bible is foundational for your faith. Everything else is built on it. That’s why I’ll be preaching a message on how the…

Victory News – September 25, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Do you feel like your world is spinning out of control? Are you depressed, anxious, or losing hope? I think much of our emotional discomfort comes from trying to control what is out of our control. On the other hand, peace and purpose come from focusing on what we can control. Our hope will be restored when we meditate on the promises of God. Below are three lists to help you move from anxiety and despair…

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…