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Sermons by Bill Limmer

Sermons by Bill Limmer

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Hope Under Pressure

It’s a challenge to remain hopeful and not bitter when we’re under pressure. Let’s face it: we’re not going to always agree with the people around us. But that shouldn’t prevent us from serving them and caring for them. Peter calls his readers to “submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” and “repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Do good in the world for Christ while…
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Remain Hopeful – Living Hope

Peter tells those who read his letter, “set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” Even when it seems difficult to live out our faith, Peter encourages us to fix our hope on Christ. What we think about the future affects the way we live in the present, so we can praise God for the living hope we have in Christ. Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:1-25
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Ash Wednesday: The Cross

Jesus came to Earth to live a perfect life because we can’t. He knew his death would satisfy the wrath of God for all of us, and he loved us enough to go through with it. As we acknowledge the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, we reflect on the purpose, the satisfaction, and love that came to fruition at the cross of Jesus. Sermon Text: Isaiah 53:6
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Leah: From Unworthy to Accepted

Rachel was the pretty one. And Leah? Not so much. Leah’s father Laban had to trick Jacob into marrying her, and it was a marriage of obligation, not love. But despite how the world saw Leah, God saw her as his princess, blessing her with children from whom the Savior Jesus would come. Whether it’s because of your looks, your place in the family, or your past, you might feel unworthy of love in your family. But you are wholly…
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Abraham: From Doubt to Trust

God made some promises to Abraham that were hard for him to trust in. His offspring would outnumber the stars. And God made all these promises when Abraham was almost 100 years old without any children! Abraham doubted God’s promises and tried to take things into his own hands. Eventually, however, he came to trust God. When we’re facing family struggles, it can be difficult to be trust that God will keep his promises to bless those who stay close…
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Jesus: The Embodiment of Wisdom

Proverbs 8 personifies wisdom. It speaks of wisdom being the person who created the world. John 1 picks up on this idea, describing Jesus as the Word made flesh. Paul calls Jesus “the wisdom of God.” God’s greatest revelation of wisdom is in the Gospel. It seems foolish to us at first. But his death and resurrection to reconcile the world to himself reveal the height, depth, width, and length of his wisdom and love. Sermon Text: Proverbs 8:12, 27-31…
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The Pursuit of Wisdom

The Proverbs describe wisdom as an endless journey and a pursuit. We are to cry out for wisdom. James says we should be praying for wisdom and God will give it. Every new stage in life, every new challenge calls for us to pursue fresh wisdom from God. Using God’s wisdom to guide our decisions doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing for our lives, but it does give us peace as we rely on God’s will for our lives. Sermon Text: Proverbs 2:1-11
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Hope Is Here (Christmas Eve)

Some people who read the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus think it sounds made-up. However, as Christian believers, as those who believe in Jesus Christ and the hope He brings, we realize that, ultimately, in the most unbelievable moments, Jesus is not just a story. In the craziest of situations, in the times when it seems like there is no way the situation could change, we realize that Jesus is hope! The birth of that special baby on…
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Hope Changes Everything

God promises grace to His people, but grace doesn’t mean everything is going to be easy. Sometimes, our lives are going to be difficult. If we are not careful, we will only see life through the lens of our circumstances. However, hope brings about a new perspective and focal point. It allows us to see our lives and our situations from a different perspective. Hope has the power to change everything. Even though in many instances the circumstances do not…
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Hope is Coming

Sometimes in a season of waiting in life, we feel forgotten. We feel as if God lost our address and does not even know where we are. However, we must remind ourselves that hope is coming. As we enter the season of Advent, let us track hope as it arrives into the lives of some of the key people in the birth narrative of Jesus. We will find out that God will never leave us or forget us. Hope is…
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Core Values: Pursuing Excellence

The Apostle Paul pursued excellence. As best he could, he preached the truth in a way that everyone in his audience could understand. He knew that Jesus was the only one who could achieve perfection. Yet, Paul worked tirelessly to reach people with Jesus. We give God our first and our best, pursuing excellence in all we do to be positive representatives of His Kingdom. Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
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Joyful and Fun

Worshiping Jesus isn’t always easy. It means sacrifice. It may even lead to persecution. And yet, we can worship the Lord with joy, even in the face of persecution, because God gives us strength and hope. At Victory, we share the joy of faith honestly, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. In worship and throughout everything we do, we find ways to share Jesus with joy and fun. Sermon Text: Acts 4:23-31