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Victory News – August 17, 2018

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear friends,

Any struggles with temptation this summer?

The devil doesn’t climb the fence at the highest spot. He comes to the fence where it is the lowest. The point is, know your weaknesses because that is likely the place where Satan will attack you. The Bible says that the devil is like a prowling lion looking for someone to devour. While a lion may look harmless in the distance of the cavernous zoo display, it would be crazy to go up to a prowling lion in the African desert and call out, “Here kitty, kitty.” Yet, that is what Satan wants us to do.

Satan is really good at enticing us. Temptation knocks loudly on our hearts. Satan lies and tells us we deserve it, we will love it, we will be fulfilled by it, no one will get hurt. It seems there is no way out. No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) 

God himself is the way out of temptation. Focus on who Jesus is and what he has done for you. See his hands and the nail marks that took your sin and know those are the hands the fought for you, won, and still protect you today. God is so big and so much better than the lie of temptation and the sting of sin.

If you have fallen into sin, look at the loving eyes of Jesus and see those nail-scarred hands welcoming you back home!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Bill

CURRENT SERIES – Rest for the Stressed

ICYMI – Professor Bivens kicked off our new sermon series, “Rest for the Stressed”, with a message about God’s cure for our faith crises. Click here to view this message.

Coming Up This Sunday –  When the expectations of this world feel like a monkey on your back, you might feel weighed down. But, when you sink roots into God’s truths, you can finally feel refreshed. Join us for this next message in our “Rest for the Stressed” series on Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15am at church or online.

VICTORY NEWS

What a Summer! – It has been quite the summer at Victory of the Lamb. From Soccer Camp to Small Group Leader Training and everything in between, we have served our community and grown in faith together. Everything we are able to do as a church is due to the generosity of our church family and God’s grace. This Sunday, we’ll share a quick video during offering with some highlights from this summer. We’ll also post it to social media following the service.

Service Time Change – Starting September 2, we will adjust our service times on Sunday mornings to 9:00am and 10:30am. We are switching up the service times to accommodate visitors while still serving the needs of our members. Mark your calendars, and please share social media posts with information about the time change.

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Adopt-A-Classroom – Victory of the Lamb continues its partnership with Country Dale Elementary this 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. This is for parents to learn how to have open discussions about drugs and alcohol. Please visit the Volition Franklin website to register; registration is required.