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Sermons on Joy

Sermons on Joy

Fresh Start

January 1st starts a new year.   A time to start over and become new people. We usually carry our sin and guilt into the New Year. So this year, let’s have a fresh start through the finished work of Jesus. Sermon Text: Micah 7: 18-20 Preaching Pastor: Pastor Ben Sadler

JOY

The holiday season is a time of joy, right? For so many, the holiday season is full of stress, anxiety, sadness, and many other feelings. Sin has permeated all of existence. But the good news is that God is good, immeasurably good. The Christmas season is a time when we get to look forward to Christmas Day. Why? Because Christmas day is the day God sent his son into our broken, sinful world for US. Jesus took on OUR pain,…

BELONGING

In Matthew, we learn about the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew wrote this genealogy very intentionally. He included people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all nations. He wanted people to see that God uses all types of people – he paints an inclusive picture. Jesus included the rejects and outsiders into his family. Everyone comes with their own experiences and struggles. Sometimes our experiences make us feel like we are on the outside, like we are all alone.…

The Origin of Pride

We continue to make incredible advances in technology, which are allowing us to do some amazing things. We can communicate across the globe instantaneously. We can gather and communicate large amounts of data. We can explore endless amounts of information. As we continue to grow, we can also fall into the trap of pride and arrogance. We feel like we are in control of everything. But our pride in our advances has not always created a more loving and connected…
praise, joy,gladness

Song of Praise

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. God is the God of joy. He blesses us with music, dancing, and other forms of worship so we can demonstrate love to Him and unite with fellow believers. The Psalmist uses this psalm to show us how we can worship and praise our Heavenly Father. Sermon Text: Psalm 100 Preacher: Pastor Forrest Bivens
grief, joy, anxiety, anger, depression, witnessing

God & Joy

The book of Philippians is all about finding joy and contentment in whatever circumstance you find yourself. It’s even more powerful when you realize that Paul, the author, brings this message even though he wrote this book from prison. Through his Spirit-inspired words, we learn that we can find joy in all situations, no matter how tough. On this Confirmation Sunday, we rejoice as young adults in our congregation confirm their beliefs in Jesus and become members at Victory. Faith…

New Life (Easter at Victory)

On the first Easter, the resurrected Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb and to his disciples, and it changed everything. Despair turned to hope. Grief turned to joy. Because Jesus is alive, we too have new life. This new life means we can put our old ways behind us. We can “set our minds on things above”, living lives of love inspired by the love God showed us when he forgave all our sins through Jesus. The old…

Everyday Christmas

Buddy the Elf is a bit overwhelming to his newfound father, Walter. Buddy’s obsession with Christmas – particularly singing Christmas songs loudly – is foreign to Walter, who is a no-nonsense businessman. However, when he is faced with the possibility of losing his son forever, Walter joins in the Christmas chorus to bring Buddy home. Christmas gets built up in our minds as a list of expectations and to-do items. We sometimes find ourselves glad that it’s over. But Jesus…

Blessed Through the Savior

Ebenezer Scrooge had no need for Christmas. In fact, he seemed to despise anything good, such as compassion, empathy, and charity. But when he’s forced to look back on his life and sees things from different perspectives, he realizes that life isn’t worth living if you’re only living for yourself. We may get caught up in the allure of accumulating materials, money, and accomplishments. But in the end, we can’t take anything with us. None of us is good enough…

God’s Good Promise

Especially among Christians, the Christmas countdown often includes putting ourselves in the place of Old Testament believers. They habitually thought about those Old Testament promises that pointed them to the coming of the Messiah, the promised Savior of all sinners worldwide. They were part of the original Christmas countdown, awaiting the Savior’s birth. As we focus on a special promise that God purposely repeated when he shared information through his prophet Jeremiah, we join this countdown. Sermon Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16
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Joy in Meeting Others’ Needs

God doesn’t need anything from us. But other people do. When we meet the needs of others, we are doing the work of the Lord. Our offering of time, talents, and treasures to those around us brings us the joy of knowing we have made a difference, and it is a way for us to show others the love of Jesus. Sermon Text: Philippians 4:10-19
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Joy in the Lord

God is with you always. When you cast all your anxieties and cares to your Lord and Savior in prayer, he hears you and gives you peace. We find joy in the Lord when we meditate on his Word and his promises to us, focusing on the gift of forgiveness he has given to us. Sermon Text: Philippians 4:4-9