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Victory News – September 23, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, John Chrysostom was a leader in the early Christian church. He was known for his preaching, public speaking, and writing. His straightforward speaking was not always well received. Reportedly he angered the Emperor Arcadius. Arcadius wanted to punish Chrysostom, so he brought in his counselors. One said, “Confiscate his property.” But one responded, “that will only hurt the poor to whom he gives all that he has.” Another said, “throw him in prison.” Someone responded, “no,…

Victory News – September 16, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Were you an accident or were you designed? Can you think of a more important question? If life somehow just spontaneously appeared by random chance, then we have no purpose, we are accountable to no one, and life really has no meaning or purpose. But if we were created, then we were designed for a purpose. Then life does have meaning and we are accountable to that Creator. If you are a Christian, you believe the latter.…

Victory News – September 9, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, If you have young children, there is a good chance your refrigerator is decorated with their artwork. It might be hard to tell what some of the artwork is, but it is all beautiful and wonderful because your child made it! And you cherish it! Some of you have a file somewhere of your child’s artwork because you just can’t throw it away. It is too meaningful and special – whether you can tell what it…

Victory News – September 2, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The people in the Old Testament used several different words for worship with various meanings. Included in these meanings are hands of praise, boast, celebrate, dance, make music, confession, thanksgiving for things not yet received, bow down, new song, and loud shout. This week Pastor Frosty is going to bring us a fantastic message based on a psalm of praise, Psalm 100. And he is going to lead us to see: “what is the best kind…

Victory News – August 26, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, One child gets in trouble and blames his sibling. Maybe it goes something like, “He hit me first.” Blaming someone else or excusing ourselves is a common character trait of sinful people. It started with Adam and Eve. Adam blamed Eve and God in one sentence. “It was the woman you gave me,” he said to God. And it is still the same today. Often our reaction to sin is to blame someone else or excuse…

Victory News – August 19, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The other night after dinner I read Psalm 23 as a part of our family devotion.  The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.      He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul… When I told my kids we would be reading this Psalm, they rolled their eyes. (Which is something that seems to happen more frequently now that we have two teenagers.) They had heard this Psalm so often…

Victory News – August 12, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When Andrew was six months old, he was playing with a ball. But with a flail of the arm, the ball rolled underneath the couch. He immediately started to cry. He thought the ball was lost. He was lamenting. Lamenting isn’t just for little children. Losing things, dreams, and people are a part of real life. And it hurts. These loses cause us to lament. This weekend, we are continuing our series Summer Playlist looking at…

Victory News – August 5, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  When I was younger, my family would take a summer trip to Custer, South Dakota. One of my favorite activities while there was to sit outside at night and stare up at the sky in wonder. In Custer, the summer sky is clear and completely full of stars, revealing the many constellations above us. The night sky took my breath away. Have you ever thought…

Victory News – July 29, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, For the longest time songs have been a part of our summer memories. There is Summerfest, State Fair, and other indoor or outdoor concerts. Music has a way of touching our souls. That is why many people are attracted to the book of Psalms. The Psalms touch our hearts with everything from sad songs (laments) to hopeful and glad songs, to songs that tell a story. In our new series, Summer Playlist, our hearts will be…

Victory News – July 22, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This might be the most challenging sermon I have ever preached. This weekend we conclude our Glad You Asked sermon series. You asked that we address how Christians should support those who have differing views on sexuality. So we will be discussing what the Bible says about LGBTQ issues. There are a number of reasons this sermon will be so challenging: There is a wide variety of perspectives on this topic. Our current culture doesn’t seem…

Victory News – July 15, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, It was moving day! We were moving to the community where I was assigned to serve. Jacky and I were talking at the top of the concrete steps that led to the basement. Andrew, who was 13 months old at the time, walked right in between us and fell all the way down the concrete steps to the basement floor. I ran downstairs to get him while Jacky called 911. Holding him so tightly, I walked…

Victory News – July 8, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week I will be answering the question: What does God say about divorce? In preparation for this message, I reached out to several people inside and outside our congregation who have gone through a divorce. And there was one common thread in all the responses: shame. It didn’t matter who was primarily at fault in the divorce, both parties felt shame and a sense of failure. Because of your responses, I want to change my…