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'Call Update' Tagged Posts

'Call Update' Tagged Posts

Victory News – March 15, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, To be honest, I struggle with some temptations. I can’t stand it. I’m tired of it. This side of heaven, we will all struggle with temptations. Here is some of what I have learned about temptation. If I rely on my own strength and my own willpower, it is just a matter of time before I cave and then have the guilt and shame that follow my indulgence. The more I think about avoiding the temptation,…

Victory News – March 8, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, The President said what? The pastor said what? Our military did what? The teacher did what? To me, scandals aren’t just things that happen; they are things we don’t expect to happen. Scandals deal with things we didn’t see coming. At this time in the Christian church year, we focus on the scandals surrounding the death of Jesus. This includes everything from the church leaders finding the innocent Jesus guilty to the atheist finding Jesus innocent…

Victory News – March 1, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, How’s that sharing thing going for you? Most two-year-olds have the “not sharing” thing down pat. It’s kind of like, “No way am I giving you what I have, and more than that I want what you have.” They struggle with sharing, even though we taught them to share. Sometimes, we adults are good at not sharing too. For those of us who are Christians, we have the greatest news of all and we often want…

Victory News – February 15, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, My son has a dog named Chief. When my son adopted Chief as puppy, everything and everyone scared Chief. People just wanted to hold the cute little Labrador puppy, but Chief was so afraid he would run away. Now, Chief loves to play with people, but he is still afraid of the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes, people run away from God. They are unsure or maybe even super scared. Plus, God knows all the “bad stuff” they’ve…

Victory News – January 18, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Anticipation… a snowstorm is coming! There used to be days when I would lose sleep over this. I always wanted the storm to bring more snow that predicted! Now, not so much. I think having a family tempered that for me. Every day we face a storm: a storm of sin. Our own sin threatens us as well as the sins of others. Each day I can’t wait to hear God speak to us through his…

Victory News – January 11, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, How’s the New Year started off for you? It has been less than two weeks since we started 2019.  Already, I know of a cancer diagnosis, a potential genetic disorder, two car wrecks, a home repair in the thousands, and many more difficult situations. Life can be overwhelming if we focus in on the what is going on or trying to figure out the why this is happening. And you know what we try to do,…

Victory News – January 4, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, New Year’s Resolutions used to be very popular. But, in recent times, New Year’s resolutions have become less and less a part of our lives. I think I know why: because we are tired of failing.  As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51) This verse said in another way: as the time approached for Jesus to be crucified, he resolutely set out for…

Victory News – December 28, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Are you ready for 2019? Some things will be the same, and some things will be new. Like you, I don’t know exactly what will happen in 2019 but I do know who will be with us! And the God who will be with us is faithful. I am excited as we move forward together because God and his grace and mercy will be leading, guiding us. Along with the Apostle Paul this is my prayer…

Victory News – December 21, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I love looking at Christmas decorations. We broke one of our family’s unwritten rules last night: we drove through Candy Cane Lane without snow on the ground. The decorated neighborhood is beautiful. There were thousands  of lights, along with snowmen, reindeer, Olaf, and many manger scenes. Seeing that manger scene reminded me that we need Jesus and the manger more than we realize. We have sinned by breaking God’s law so many times.  But because the…

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 – November 2, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Imagine climbing up a platform 500 feet in the air and grabbing the trapeze bar in front of you.  With a deep breath, you swing out. On the back swing you can’t help but notice there is no net below. You swing forward, and as your trapeze reaches its apex you let go and you see your partner waiting for you, upside down, knees tightly clenched around his trapeze, arms outstretched.  You have only one thing left to…
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