‘Tis the season for back-to-school shopping, and depending on who you are, you may or may not be happy about that.
I’m not much of a shopper. I’m more of a buyer. I have in mind what I want and the price I’m willing to pay before I ever enter the store. So, I’m not much into looking around, let alone actually touching the clothes or trying out the toys. If the store has what I’m looking for at a price I’m willing to pay, I pick it up and off to the check-out clerk I go. If they don’t have it or if the price is too high, out the door I go. One. Two. Three.
Our Savior, however, is a shopper and buyer. Our sin has made us “not so good-looking” on the inside. Still our Savior says, “I really like you. In fact, I love you. I will take you.” And he doesn’t even look at the price.
Ahh, but then there’s the check-out. And we are scanned. The price to buy us, or “the wages of sin,” is death. Jesus’ innocent death.
Jesus isn’t horrified by the price. He pays it in full for each and every one of us. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:3)
Because Jesus paid the price, heaven is where we’re going. What great news! God bless the rest of your summer.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
CURRENT SERIES – Rest for the Stressed
ICYMI – Last week, Pastor Bill used Mr. Potato to show us how we are all integral parts of the body of Christ. None of us are meant to fulfill our purposes alone; we have God and each other for support. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – Professor Bivens will be kicking off our new sermon series, “Rest for the Stressed”, with a message about God’s cure for our faith crises. Join us on Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15am at church or online.
votl.life – At the end of July, we launched votl.life, a new site that will help you easily stay connected to Victory of the Lamb. On votl.life, you are able to sign up for events, find information you need, submit prayer requests, and more! On Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to add votl.life to the home screen of your mobile device. Check it out today… votl.life.
Service Time Change – Starting September 2, we will adjust our service times on Sunday mornings to 9:00am and 10:30am. This switch is being made to accommodate visitors while still serving the needs of our members. Mark your calendars, and please share social media posts with this information so we get the word out about the time change.
Oops! – Last week’s blog was published to the website, and Pastor’s weekly message was posted on Facebook, but the blog content didn’t get emailed to the Victory community. We apologize for this oversight and have made adjustments to make sure you receive this update weekly from now on. Thank you for your understanding!
Summer Bible Study – Habakkuk had some tough questions for God and asked God for some answers. He didn’t like God’s answers at first, but he later learned to love them. We will learn to love God’s answers too as we study the Book of Habakkuk. This series, which continues on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm, is led by Prof. Forrest (Frosty) Bivens. No RSVP needed; join us as you are able. Visit our events page for more information about this Bible study.
Adopt-A-Classroom – Victory of the Lamb continues its partnership with Country Dale Elementary as we kick of the school year with Adopt-A-Classroom. We will look for members to sponsor classrooms in $25 increments. These funds will be used by teachers to purchase materials and supplies for classrooms and students. Click here to get involved in this partnership.
Volition Franklin Dinner – Volition Franklin is an organization that promotes positive change in our community through education and awareness about drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers. On Tuesday, August 21 from 6:00-7:30pm, Volition Franklin is hosting a free dinner and presentation for parents to learn how to have open discussions about drugs and alcohol. Registration is required. Please visit the Volition Franklin website to register.
Blood Drive – At the Blood Drive on August 1, we had 44 people donate blood and dozens of people volunteer time and energy to support our donors and BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Thank you for your support and generosity! We look forward to partnering with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin for another drive later this fall. Be sure to check out the pictures on our Facebook page.