Did you ever fight with your brother or sister? Did you ever feel like you were getting the short end of the stick?
Sibling rivalry and messy families go hand in hand. Sibling rivalry often starts not long after the birth of the second child.
Siblings can be tough on one another. This rivalry is made up of fighting, competition, and jealousy as the children strive for significance and acceptance from their parents and their peer groups. As children grow older, they know which buttons to push. And so, unfortunately, they are better equipped to physically, mentally, and emotional harm each other.
Things like birth order, personality, and parental treatment all play a role in what can become not only competition but animosity. Constant bickering, badgering, and fighting is a source of stress to parents especially as the children grow older. (I bet some of you know that, don’t you?) Most sibling rivalry subsides in adulthood… but not always.
This weekend we are going to look at a two-sister rivalry that didn’t stop when they became adults. As they tried to have their own families, it intensified. It created one big messy family. Their situation, like ours, was redeemed only through the grace of God.
I hope to see you in person or online this weekend at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – MESSY FAMILIES
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Ben continued the series with a message about struggle. If you have struggled to find your place in your family and in God’s family, know that God embraces you and sees you as His child. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Bill will continue the series with a message about being accepted. Whether it’s because of your looks, your place in the family, or your past, you might feel unworthy of love in your family. But you are wholly accepted by God. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online. You can also check out the Messy Families playlist on Spotify for encouragement throughout your week.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Leviticus 5-23. Supporting videos from The Bible Project included The Law, Holiness, and Atonement. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.
Big Announcement This Sunday! – During worship on Sunday morning, we’ve got some big news to share! Join the service in person or online to hear this exciting announcement about what’s going on at Victory starting at the end of March.
Ash Wednesday Worship – Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the time leading up to Easter Sunday. Lent is a time set aside to recognize our deep need for a Savior. Victory will host an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30pm. This will be a brief but meaningful time to lead us to Good Friday and the Resurrection celebration of Easter Sunday. We will have songs, a message, and Communion to help you reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus.
Barre Workshop – On Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30pm, Victory Community member Jessi Larson (owner of Barre District Oak Creek) will host a free Barre workshop at Victory. Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga for a full-body workout. To learn more and register, click here.
Biblical Storyline Lecture Series – On Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm, we’ll host the next lecture in the Biblical Storyline series. This month’s topic is “Are All Religions Basically the Same?” and will be led by Pastor Ben. If you can’t join us in person, you can watch the lecture via livestream. We’ll also have a video summary of the lecture available soon! Learn more at votl.life/bible.