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Victory News – September 13, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, While on vacation this past summer, Jacky and I went to a fast food restaurant. We ordered our meals and we both opted for water. While I was paying the bill at the counter, Jacky went to the newer Coke Freestyle soda machine. The machine poured her water and she found our seats. I took my cup and went to the soda machine. When I saw a button for lemon water,  thought, “Wow, that’s cool. I…

Victory News – September 6, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, We are finishing up our sermon series on the book of Jonah. When it comes to the meaning of the book of Jonah, we often miss the boat. We might think the story is just about a runaway prophet and a big fish. That story works well for kids books, but the main message of Jonah is much deeper. You see, when we read Jonah 4, we find the real reason Jonah ran away: he was prejudiced.…

Victory News – August 30, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Sometimes when a golfer shanks their first tee shot, they are allowed a mulligan. A mulligan is a do over, a second chance. Sometimes when students bomb a test, the teacher will allow them to retake it. The teacher will give the student a second chance. Can you think of a time when you needed a second chance? A lot of times when we need a second chance it begins with us admitting our mistake -“I’m…

Victory News – August 23, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Recently, two well-known Christians have renounced their faith: Author Joshua Harris and Hillsong singer/songwriter Marty Sampson. Both of them explained that they neither believe in the traditional understanding of God or Christianity. Although this is very difficult for Christians to hear, we shouldn’t be surprised. The God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, offends all of us at some level. For some of us, Jesus’ view of sexuality and marriage is offensive. Others see God’s unconditional love…

Victory News – August 16, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I want lots of things: summer to last a little longer; something to eat; the College Football season to start; new clothes. We all have wants. Every human being comes into the world needing to feel loved. Often, young people will act out when they are feeling insecure or unloved. They want someone to notice them. They want to be wanted. I have good news. You are WANTED by God. And that is true for everyone.…

Victory News – August 9, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, A funny thing happened while we were in Door County.  We were at a restaurant and they said it would be about a 30 minute wait. But about 10 minutes into our wait, our pager went off.  They asked us if we minded sharing a table. “No, that’s cool.” And so, we set down by and enjoyed a meal together with another family made up of four generations. A funny thing happened at State Fair. We…

Victory News – August 2, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I used to believe that the goal of life was to die and have my soul go up to heaven. I no longer believe that. The Bible presents a much greater picture of heaven. Heaven is what will happen when Jesus returns. When he returns, Jesus is going to make all things new (Revelation 21:5). When Jesus returns, he is not just going to save my soul; he is going to set all creation free. He is…

Victory News – July 26, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, “And one!” I don’t know how many times I have said that watching a basketball game. A player drives through the lane and gets fouled and, with energy, I move my arm forward saying, “and one!” Maybe you have a family of four and when you are sitting down to eat, there are four there “and one.” Maybe you are on vacation right now. As you and your family and friends are hiking, don’t forget the…

Victory News – July 19, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Are you a list maker? The famous Benjamin Franklin loved to make lists. One of his lists was thirteen virtues that he tried to live by every day. He said that he was making it his goal to reach moral perfection. On his list were things like temperance, frugality, and justice. You can guess what happened. Each day his spiritual scorecard was filled with marks. Not even the great inventor, philosopher, and government leader was able…

Victory News – July 12, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, For whatever reason on Monday during my devotion time, I thought about divine appointments. Divine appointments are when God uses you or me to speak into and influence someone else’s life in name of Jesus. The funny thing about divine appointments is that sometimes we think we are there for the other person, but the other person is the one who is there for us! When you are talking with your spouse, think “divine appointment.” When…

Victory News – July 5, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, This Sunday is the last sermon in our Fueled series. For me, this is the most difficult topic of them all: self-control. I’ve struggled to be a self-controlled person since childhood. I was an overweight kid, and my lack of self-control seemed to spill over into every other area of my life. I’m not the only one who struggles with self-control. In fact, I believe it might be one of the hardest times in history to…

Victory News – June 28, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Chick-Fil-A was just rated as the best fast food chain for the fourth year in a row. Chick-Fil-A has become the third-largest restaurant chain in the United States by sales, even though it is not open on Sundays. Despite the fact that owner Truett Cathy was told he would never make it in the restaurant business if he wasn’t open on Sundays, the restaurant is not open on Sundays because of Cathy’s conviction to honor the…

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