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Pastor Bill

Pastor Bill

Victory News – June 17, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Many of us who are parents often hear our children lament, “I’m hungry.” We prepare a meal or snack only to hear him say, “I don’t want that.” And so, he remains hungry. It is perplexing at best. Ok, let’s be honest. I have looked in the refrigerator for something to eat because I was hungry and wanted to be satisfied. But after glancing over the conglomeration of food, rearranging items on the shelves, pulling out…

Victory News – June 3, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Sometimes we think things are bad things when they are actually good. For example: Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Was that bad or good? Well, Michael went to work on his basketball skills. He used the disappointment of not making the team to work hard to become better. The result of his hard work and natural God-given ability: many people think that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever. Maybe…

Victory News – May 6, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When I was about 12 years old, my father and I went out into the desert of El Paso to practice shooting our shotguns. When we found the perfect sand dune for our back stop, my dad pulled over to the side and stopped. And I jumped out of the front seat of the pickup to get the shotguns out of the back. But when I was midair, I saw a coiled-up rattlesnake right there on…

Victory News – April 22, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How was your Easter? For most of us, when we woke up early on Easter Sunday morning, our Easter was a lot different than that first Easter Sunday morning for the followers of Jesus. When the followers of Jesus woke up on Easter morning, thoughts of the Victory Café, ham, potatoes, rolls, brunch, Easter Egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and family gatherings never crossed their minds. Their early morning Easter experience was ALL about grief. In their…

Victory News – April 1, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This past week, I picked up some trash outside of church by the highway. There was a white packing strap out there about a half inch wide and about fifteen feet long. Some of the trash was light, some was a little heavy, and some was smelly. I needed to wash my hands when I got back inside. Like the trash I picked up, the trash talk of negativity and criticism dirty the landscape of our…

Victory News – March 18, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When was the last time you turned on your living room TV, only to have people committing adultery show up on your screen and infiltrate the sacred space of your heart? When was the last time you turned on the radio in your car and you heard the lyrics celebrating sex outside of marriage? Many live by a creed of sexual autonomy: my body is my own, and my sexual desires (whatever they are) are normal…

Victory News – March 4, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, As a teenager, I knew all about parenting. Parenting is easy, I convinced myself. I was clear on how my parents were blowing it. The catch was that I wasn’t a parent yet; in other words, I was clueless about what parenting was really like. I took for granted so much of what my parents did for me. All the laundry, all the sleepless nights, all the trouble I got into harassing my sister, all the…

Victory News – February 18, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Recently I was driving through the mountains in Northern Arizona. There are some really steep grades around Flagstaff. And with steep grades come dramatic dropoffs. If you have ever driven through mountainous regions, you know there are guardrails in place to keep you from going over the edge. The guardrails are not there to keep you from enjoying the view or to keep you from having fun.  The guardrails are put up out of love and…

Victory News – February 4, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Have you ever asked someone in amazement, “How did you know to do that?” And they shrug their shoulders because they just did it. Or maybe someone has asked you, “How can you do that so easily?” And you are perplexed. You don’t know how. You just do it. It comes naturally or, maybe better said, supernaturally. Some people seem more gifted than others. They might excel in music, sports, academics, or business. Some might even…

Victory News – January 21, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, My family and I took a vote on who makes the best French fries. One family member incorrectly said, “Arby’s curly fries are the best.”  Good answer, but wrong. Another misguided answer was Chick-fil-A.  I voted for the one that is correct and has always been correct – at least to me: McDonalds. We all have preferences. The problem becomes when we try to make our preferences what everybody must do or agree with. Preferences are…

Victory News – January 7, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, We live in a pluralistic and entitled culture. This kind of culture doesn’t see the wisdom in the word “no.” Instead of “no,” it is “everything goes.” And if we are not careful, this culture will be absorbed by the church and corrupt it. A New York city pastor tweeted, “If we do not make formation in Christ the priority, then we’re just going to keep on producing Christians that are indistinguishable in their character from…

Victory News – December 17, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, One week to go. I can remember 13 weeks ago posting on FB that Christmas was in 14 weeks. Some were excited about that some were chagrined that I would post that. One week to go. Where are you at? Are you excited? Or are you ready for it to all be over? If Christmas is about ribbons, tags, packages, boxes and bags, I can see why people would want it to be over. But if…