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'Operation Jesus Cares' Tagged Posts

'Operation Jesus Cares' Tagged Posts

Victory News – October 4, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Have you ever heard anyone say, “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites”? I know I have heard that. I’ve even thought it. We all have our stories of people who claimed to be upright, model Christians, and yet their lives were filled with envy, anger, and wickedness. In fact, maybe hypocrisy in the church is one reason that you don’t come to church as often as you used to. Well, instead of looking at what…

Victory News – December 7, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Christmas traditions. We all have them. Some of us have the tradition of opening up Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, while others of us open presents on Christmas Day. Some have the tradition of colored lights on the tree, while others only do white. For some, Christmas traditions revolve around the homemade cookies or candies. For some, it is the tradition of having everybody home. I’m sure you are already thinking of a number of traditions…

Victory News – September 28, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, It took a number of years, a number of surgeries, and a number of counseling sessions. But Tigers Woods is back winning the Tour Championship. Jesus made an even more remarkable comeback. A comeback from death to life. Every day, he comes back with grace and mercy that we need. Do you need to make a comeback? Give up on a pet sin, change your mind about a lifestyle, take back a harsh judgment? The good news…

Victory News – September 21, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE  Dear Friends, Allegations. Threats. It was a really tough week for Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. All over what supposedly happened 35 years ago. I don’t know what happened 35 years ago between those two if anything. So I will not excuse or blame anyone. But what if what you did in high school or college was brought to the public’s attention? How would that go for you? What if what you said, or even just…

Celebrating God’s Generosity

Dear friends, How does your house look? Wrapping paper anywhere? Cookie crumbs decorating your counter-top or even your couch? Pine needles, real or fake, sticking up out of the carpet or like sprinkles on your floor? New toys and new gadgets, here, there, and everywhere? Garbage overflowing? Sink and dishwasher full of dishes? Maybe that is the way your house looks or maybe it’s sparkling clean! Jesus has come into our messy, dirty world and more specifically into our messy,…

What the World Needs Now

Dear friends, Just over three weeks to Christmas! Yay God! What is your favorite Christmas carol or song? My favorite Christmas song changes all the time. I like “Noel,” by Lauren Daigle. But today, and it might change by tomorrow, my favorite is: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sings,” by Carrie Underwood. I will share a not so well kept secret about myself. I love Christmas music. I’m not to worried about whether it is Thanksgiving or even November yet, any…

What’s Your “Generostory?”

Dear Friends, I’m going to coin a new word. Ready for it? Generosity + Your Story = Your Generostory. What’s yours? What’s your generostory #BecauseofJesus? During our Thanksgiving Eve service we didn’t collect an offering. Instead we gave out 100 envelopes filled with over $2,300 cash for all of you to be able to generously bless someone else #BecauseofJesus. I hope you’ve been having fun with it and experiencing the joy of giving! It’s certainly been pure joy this week…

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…

Victory News – Shrewd Generosity

Dear Friends, The artwork was first commissioned by Louis XII of France and later owned by Charles I of England. But the “Salvador Mundi” had disappeared and was presumed lost in the late 18th Century. The DaVinci masterpiece reappeared in an auction in 1958. The painting was deemed a copy and sold for just under $60. The “Salvador Mundi” was acquired by a group of art dealers for around $10,000 in 2005. Turning $60 into $10,000 is pretty shrewd, wouldn’t…

Victory News – Scripture Alone

Dear Friends, Diamond cutting is the practice of changing a diamond from a rough stone into a faceted gem. Cutting a diamond requires specialized knowledge, tools, equipment, and techniques because of its extreme difficulty. One miss hit and the diamond can be ruined. Since I shake a lot, I probably would be very good at cutting diamonds. There is a diamond, however, that for many of us, is at our hands everyday. It is the diamond jewel known as God’s…

Christmas Weekend Is Here!

Operation Jesus Cares – The Christmas Project Hey there, are you reading this? Anybody listening? I guess I just have to trust your Pastor Ben that somehow the internet (whatever that is!) will deliver this message to you. It’s a little hard to comprehend how incredible your forms of communication are today. Amazing! Because I’m just a shepherd—think sort of like a baby-sitter except that I watch over sheep. A sheep-sitter! But this Christmas Eve I’ve also got a powerful…

Victory News – 2nd Week of December

Toy drive ongoing through Sunday Dear Friends, Are you ready for Christmas? Amidst all the busyness of this season, don’t forget to prepare your heart! Long ago that’s why God sent someone named John. “To prepare the way for the Lord” was his mission. Join me this Sunday as we hear from him again. His words are as relevant as ever as we continue our series “The Way It Was.” (ICYMI – Watch my sermon from last Sunday. “God has…
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