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Victory News – November 26, 2021

MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT Hi Friends, Has your Christmas countdown began? Maybe you don’t start your Advent calendars until December 1, but my guess is that you’ve got the number of days – and all of the things you have to get done in those days – weighing heavily on your minds. But when we consider why we celebrate Christmas, we can all find joy and hope. Jeremiah tells us this promise of God: ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,…

Victory News – November 19, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Some of have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity hinders scientific progress. But Scripture shows that Jesus loved the natural world and taught us to investigate it so that we might know the Creator even better. When we look at Jesus’ words, we will be encouraged to study science, and discover how the world works. Did you know that many leading scientists of today are Christians? Francis S. Collins, a physician and the…

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 – November 5, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When you read through the Gospel accounts you see Jesus interacting and mixing with all kinds of people. Is there an account or type of account that stands out to you? Here are some of the accounts of faith that stand out to me: The woman who was healed after twelve years of bleeding (Matthew 9), Martha confessing that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God who is to come into the world (John 11),…

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 22, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, We live in a time of division. It’s like we can come up with any reason to dislike or even hate someone. Teams people cheer for, political parties, view on mask-wearing, decision on vaccinations, gender, and race… all of these cause division between people. At the time of the early Christian church, there was opportunity for extraordinary division.  There were five groups of people: Jews, who thought they were better than everyone else; Gentiles, who thought…

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 8, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Have you ever missed a text message? Maybe it was because your notifications were turned off. Maybe it was because your phone was turned off. Or maybe it was because you were in one of the stores where cell service is next to impossible. Whatever the reason, you missed the text. I remember being in Pick-N-Save with a friend. We purchased everything on our list, only to find out once we got outside that his wife texted…

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 24, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Things don’t always turn out as we expect them. For example, the craft on Pinterest looks great but what you made doesn’t look anything like it. Your team loses even though they were a heavy favorite. You go to check your email but there is no internet connection. You learn that your favorite pizza place no longer does delivery. Sometimes our expectations are not met because we have unrealistic expectations. I still think I can put…

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 10, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Some things have changed. How many of you remember… Being tethered to the wall while talking on a corded phone? Having to get up to turn the dial on the TV to change the channel? Kids staying out until after dark playing outside, and no one worrying about it? Many things have changed. You may argue that these changes are for the better, or they might be for the worse. But one thing never changes. Jesus…