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'Holy Week' Tagged Posts

'Holy Week' Tagged Posts

Victory News – April 15, 2022

MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT Hi Friends, Today is Good Friday. But the history behind Good Friday isn’t so good. The pain Jesus suffered at Calvary is unfathomable. He was beaten, nailed to a cross to hang by his hands and feet, and suffocated to death by the weight of his own body. He was betrayed by one of his disciples, condemned by Pontius Pilate, mocked by soldiers, insulted by strangers, and denied by his closest friends. And yet, none of that…

Victory News – April 8, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, Happy Holy Week! This week, we are celebrating the most important events in the history of the world. This is the week that Jesus marched into Jerusalem, broke bread with his disciples, broke down the divide between heaven and earth, and broke free of mortality. This week is the climax of all human history. It is the undoing of all that has gone wrong. It is the defeat of death. You wouldn’t know all this just…

Victory News – March 25, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The American work ethic is a unique value that has not been shared by most civilizations. Neither the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, nor the Romans believed in the value of hard work. So how did they get things done? Slaves. It was slaves who built the Egyptian pyramids. Slaves taught their children in Greek schools. And slaves worked the land for the Romans. It was the Christians who were the first to see that all work, even…

Victory News – March 18, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, When was the last time you turned on your living room TV, only to have people committing adultery show up on your screen and infiltrate the sacred space of your heart? When was the last time you turned on the radio in your car and you heard the lyrics celebrating sex outside of marriage? Many live by a creed of sexual autonomy: my body is my own, and my sexual desires (whatever they are) are normal…

Victory News – March 11, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This week, we will be looking at the Fifth Commandment: You shall not murder. At first glance, this commandment seems self-explanatory. But is it really? Why do we give special rights and protections to humans? What makes humans so special? There is only one place where we can find an answer to that question: the Word of God. Only the Word of God gives an accurate appraisal of our worth. When God created humans, He said…

Victory News – March 4, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, As a teenager, I knew all about parenting. Parenting is easy, I convinced myself. I was clear on how my parents were blowing it. The catch was that I wasn’t a parent yet; in other words, I was clueless about what parenting was really like. I took for granted so much of what my parents did for me. All the laundry, all the sleepless nights, all the trouble I got into harassing my sister, all the…

Victory News – April 9, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This past Monday, the Baylor’s men basketball team won the NCAA Tournament Championship, denying an undefeated season and national championship for Gonzaga. Back in 1993, Chris Webber rebounded a missed free throw in Michigan’s national championship game versus North Carolina. With just under 20 seconds left and down by two, Webber hastily dribbled the ball down court. Failing to realize his team had no timeouts left, he called a timeout. Michigan was assessed a technical foul…

Victory News – March 26, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, The city was packed.  Visitors to the city easily outnumbered the residents 10-1. Many people were excited to visit the big city. For some of them, it was their first time. They were ready to celebrate! But there was also tension. There was pressure. There was animosity. People were behaving poorly on both sides. Some feared a riot was going to break out. The army patrolled streets in mass and in force. Suddenly there was a…

Victory News – March 19, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This Sunday, we finish our current sermon series called Detox. We were hoping that this sermon series might prepare your hearts for Holy Week (which is the celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem, dying, and rising from the dead on Easter). This series was based on a letter written by Jesus’ half-brother, James. And out of all the books of the Bible, this one might be one of the hardest ones to read. What James says is…

Victory News – March 12, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, What is your most powerful muscle? If you go to a fitness center you can see people working on their abs, their glutes, their biceps, triceps and more. As you work out, you notice that some muscles are stronger than others. But hopefully everyone is there to get stronger on their own and not to compare with others. As you consider your body, what is the most powerful muscle you have? No matter who you are,…

Victory News – March 5, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, I have a confession to make. Do you remember the Ice Bucket challenge that everyone was doing a few years ago to support ALS? I jumped onto that bandwagon, poured ice water over my head, recorded a video, and encouraged someone else to do the same. The only problem was I didn’t actually give a donation to ALS, at least not at first. (Later, my conscience caught up with me and I gave a donation.) I…

Victory News – April 3, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Hi Friends, This Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the shouts and delight of the people and to the dismay of Pharisees. Maybe you will remember the scene. The disciples were preparing the colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem.  One translation says, “[The disciples] cast their garments on the colt.” Casting is an intentional act of relocating an object. So, the disciples took off their garments and…