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Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben

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 – 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 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 – May 29, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When Pastor Bill and I plan out sermon series, we try to pick sections of Scripture that might connect with what you might be experiencing. As we continue to walk through this pandemic, we thought about places in the Bible that might speak to our current feelings. After quite a bit of discussion, we settled on the stories of Israel in the wilderness. Are you familiar with Israel’s time in the wilderness? Around 1400BC, the Israelites…

Victory News – May 8, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This pandemic has lots of consequences, but the most dangerous ramification is the effect it’s having on our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I’m usually an optimistic guy, but I’ve noticed that I’ve been more irritable and short with my family and friends. There have also been times when I’ve woken up with a feeling of dread, wondering when this all is going to end. This pandemic is affecting me more than I want to admit.…

Victory News – April 24, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, One of the greatest challenges for me as a pastor lately is preaching to a camera, wondering if I’m connecting with the people on the other side. I miss meeting with you all and talking with you. Through those conversations, I learn about your successes and your struggles. You tell me about how you are feeling and what causes you pain or anxiety. As I prepare each sermon, I think about those conversations and how God’s…

Victory News – April 10, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, It’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted our current situation. Who would have thought that much of the world would be locked behind closed doors, fearing the rapid spread of COVID-19? Who could have guessed that our world would be turned upside down, schools canceled, sports postponed, businesses closed, and (strangest of all) Easter moved out of the church building. Although our current reality is bizarre, it’s not much different from the first Easter…

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…