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Victory News (Page 35)

Victory News (Page 35)

Join Me for Bible 101

What is it? It’s your opportunity to learn the Bible’s basic teachings with me and other people in a small group while asking whatever questions you have. I’ve designed it to be a safe environment for you to simply see for yourself what the Bible says and have a conversation about faith. You don’t even have to go to our church. You don’t have to know anything about the Bible. And no worries…I’m not out to put you on the…

Love Come Down

Dear Friends, It’s not often that Valentine’s Day comes right after Ash Wednesday like it did this week. Anybody else think that seemed a little odd? But in reality the two days have something in common: They’re both about love. That’s right. Love. I posted yesterday on our Facebook page that Jesus Christ is Love Come Down. All the lesser loves of life are contained in and prompted by him whose restless love could not rest until he made us…

Will Your Church Fix All My Problems?

Hello Friends, There’s a strong feeling out there that when you’re right with God, everything should go right in your life too. God helps those who help themselves… right? But Jesus said it pretty clearly: “In this world, you will have trouble.” So what kind of impact does Jesus make on the problems you face in life? Find out this Sunday as we conclude our sermon series: thechurch&me.org FAQs •    In the midst of all the snow that we had,…

Will Your Church Challenge Me?

Hello Friends, The frequently asked question that we’re dealing with Sunday is, “Will your church challenge me?” So this week on our church Facebook page we asked people to complete this sentence: “I think a church should challenge people to…” Here are some of the responses we received: … see people the way Jesus sees them… reach out and show people Jesus’ love in genuine ways… read the (whole) Bible for themselves… get together in small group settings… step outside…

Victory News

Dear Friends, Spiritually speaking, I’m a work in progress. But what happens when the progress is so… slow…? Three steps forward, two steps back. How long will God be patient me? Will your church be patient with me? Come this Sunday as we learn about God’s patience. Why not bring a friend? Sunday night I got to speak at the memorial service of a 23 year old young man who took his life. Friends, remember always to love each other…

Invitation to a New Year of God’s Grace

Hello Friends, Sometimes people get the impression that church is only for a select group of people – good people who’ve got their lives all together…sort of a country club. That’s not what we want it to be. We know that God sincerely loves all people in Jesus Christ. And he longs for every lost sinner to find a loving home in the Church. You are invited to join us this Sunday, January 6th, as we begin a brand new…

New Year’s News

Happy New Year!  It’s true, no one knows what this new year will bring…but no matter what happens, because of Jesus, it will still be a blessed year—another opportunity to hear God’s word of grace, another year to be strengthened by Christ’s body and blood, another season to view and relive how amazing Christ’s victory is for us and to share it with others. We’re back! 2,500 miles safely driven under the Lord’s protecting care as my family and I…

OJC 2012

Here’s what I did yesterday. Thank you VotL church family for helping to show the love of Jesus in practical, tangible ways. I am inspired by your commitment, energy, and joy. You aren’t content to settle for becoming just another cruise ship church in the suburbs and I love that about you. Our country needs churches with this kind of attitude. God will use us to make a difference in our world. Thank you for helping people see the light…

When God Shows Up

This time of year brings out a lot of different emotions for people. For some it’s a wonderful time of year for making memories with family, baking cookies, and looking for just the right gifts to get those special people in your life. For others it’s a time of year that stirs up guilt, hopelessness, financial anxiety, or painful memories of lost or broken relationships.  It’s no wonder that in the whirlwind of the Christmas season it’s easy to miss…

Who is Worthy?

Who is worthy to lead us into the future?  No, this isn’t yet another ad for the upcoming election. I wouldn’t do that to you! It is however an important question answered by the Bible book of Revelation. This Sunday we come to the grand finale of our Revelation Rewind sermon series. We will see not only who is worthy to lead us into the future but who is worthy to actually make our future more secure. And at the…

Fall Fun

Many thanks to everyone who helped make our Fall Festival in the park a really fun time last Saturday. Lions Legend Park is a beautiful place to be in the Fall with all the tall old oak trees surrounding the pavilion. It was a little chilly, no doubt about that, but that just made me appreciate the hot apple cider that much more! Once again it was great to get together as a church family (which is sometimes tough to…

Paradise Restored

Hello Friends, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” These are words from the Bible’s last book, the book of Revelation, that describe the eternal victory that Jesus has won for all who trust in him. These words are simple. They are clear. They are pure promise. They describe a place that is nothing less than Paradise! So if you recognize that there are some longings…