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Victory News – November 12, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How could a loving God send people to hell? That is a challenging question in our current culture. To most people (even strong Christians), God’s final judgment seems too extreme. In fact, there are a number of people who have left the Christian faith because they no longer believe in what they call “eternal conscious torment” (ECT). But has the rejection of hell helped our society? Has it made us more loving and less judgmental? I…

Victory News – November 5, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When you read through the Gospel accounts you see Jesus interacting and mixing with all kinds of people. Is there an account or type of account that stands out to you? Here are some of the accounts of faith that stand out to me: The woman who was healed after twelve years of bleeding (Matthew 9), Martha confessing that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God who is to come into the world (John 11),…

Victory News – May 28, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The famous psychologist Victor Frankl used to say, “A person who has a WHY to live for can endure any HOW.” What he meant is that we are purpose-driven creatures. We need to believe that what we do matters or we will eventually give up. Do you always find meaning and purpose in the work that you do? Or do you sometimes find yourself wondering, Does what I do really matter?  One way to find purpose…

Victory News – May 21, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, As a teenager was getting ready to leave for prom, his father and mother stopped and prayed with him. The father prayed that his Son would enjoy the evening, that the time spent with others would be a blessing to him and to them.  As the limo pulled up, his father said, “Son, don’t forget whose son you are.” In our baptisms, God poured out his grace on us and adopted us into his family. We…

Victory News – October 16, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, What are some of your qualifications? When a person is applying for a job, they need to be able to meet a list of qualifications. Some of those can be learned. But some of those qualifications need to be present on day one. And this doesn’t just apply to jobs. When I started running marathons, I didn’t start with the Boston Marathon. In fact, I had to qualify for the Boston Marathon to be allowed to…

Victory News – June 19, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, There is a stunning parable in Matthew 18. In the parable, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, a man owes the king 10,000 bags of gold. The man didn’t have any resources to pay off the debt. The king decrees that he and his family be sold off until the debt is paid in full. The man fell on his knees, begging the king for mercy and for more time to pay off the debt.…

Victory News – June 12, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, How are we supposed to make sense of the conflicting information in the news every day? How are we to make sense of the racism and rioting, the hatred and bloodshed? Instead of going to the latest news and op-ed pieces, we need to go back to one of the oldest stories in the Bible, the story of Cain and Abel. The story is short and simple, yet incredibly profound. In Genesis 4, we read that…

Victory News – November 23, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Wow. Black Friday deals. I saw large screen TV’s for outrageously low prices. Video games, toys, and jewelry prices slashed. One discount after another. Black Friday is a shopper’s delight. Wow. Good Friday deals. I would have never been able to afford it, not even close. But because of a Good Friday long ago where our Savior was slashed and crucified, our sins were paid for in full. This is not a discount where we still…

Victory News – November 16, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, It is that time of year when we cover up with a blanket and sip on a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to stay warm and comfortable. Sometimes as Christians, we cover up what is really going on in our lives. We cover up our hurts by avoiding them and keeping busy. To try to cover up our sins, we do good works. We try to cover up our cold hearts by becoming upset with…

Victory News – October 26, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, The Packers and Rams play this weekend. By now, Aaron Rodgers and the team have spent a lot of time studying their play book. Just makes sense, right? As people of God, it just makes sense that you and I would study God’s play book, the Bible, so that we can learn from it and apply it in our lives. God’s Word will remodel, reshape, replace, and rejuvenate you. We all have different likes, different needs…

Victory News – March 16, 2018

Hi Friends – Have you ever had a song get stuck in your head? It plays over and over again in your mind, and you can’t get it out. Fear has a greatest hit: it is called a “what if.” Fears take over when we give more weight to our “what ifs” than to God’s promises and who God is.  What do you do with your “what ifs”?  Because I want you to know that they are always going to…

Victory News – #BecauseofJesus

Dear Friends, Isn’t God amazing! His generosity knows no bounds. King David said in Psalm 23 the same thing that most of us can say when we look inside our refrigerators and cupboards, “my cups overflows.” Isn’t God amazing! The generosity of his grace and mercy knows no bounds. The book of Isaiah shares this truth about God and our relationship with God, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they…