Victory News – February 23, 2018

Victory News – February 23, 2018

Dear friends,

We live in a love-hungry world. Countless people, young and old alike, are suffering spiritually, mentally and emotionally, some even physically, because “nobody cares.” A lot of times you can tell people are lacking love because they lash out and hurt other people. Hurting people hurt other people. Many people at our schools, our jobs, our neighborhood, sitting beside us at games, movies and concerts, perhaps in the chair right by us at worship are just waiting and needing to be loved. What an opportunity we have to love the unloved souls of the world. May God’s love refresh us and lead us to love all people.

Crazy Love – Last week we begin a new sermon series called Crazy Love. Seminarian Paul Koester shared this truth Crazy Love Fights! ICYMI you can see it here.  This weekend we will jump into the Bible and see what Crazy Love and Living Up To Greatness are intertwined.  Service times are at 8:30 and 10:15. If you can’t make it in person, you can worship with us live online.

#BecauseofJesus – Here is a #becauseofJesus story. “I often grab a bagel and coffee at Einstein Bagels where there is a gal that is always so sweet and calls me by name. That alone makes my visit special. I put a Bible tract on how to get to Heaven in the envelope with the $20. You should have seen the smile on her face. As we know “service type jobs” don’t pay a lot, so $20 was almost like three hours of working.Thank you for making this possible. What a unique concept.”

Divine Call – Extending a divine call to someone is similar to making a job offer for a pastor, but it’s also more than that. Unlike a job offer, a divine call is extended to someone who will have significant Word and Sacrament responsibilities and will serve as a public representative of God in the church. Based on Scripture, we believe that the Holy Spirit calls through his church so that whoever accepts our call to be our second pastor can be assured that it is God’s will for them to serve here now. They can be confident that God guided the human decisions that went into extending the call as well as the human decisions that led the person to accept the call. We read this in the book of Acts where the Apostle Paul told the pastors of the church in Ephesus: “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

A divine call, therefore, comes from God through the church even though the call process itself involves human elements and decisions. A divine call is also considered permanent in the sense that it is not extended on a trial basis.

After prayerful consideration, the Leadership Team has extended a call to Pastor Jonathan Kehl to serve as our Associate Pastor. Pastor Jon  currently serves at Crown of Life in New Orleans, LA. Pastor Jon is married to Erin (nee Henrich). The Kehls have a toddler too! Please keep Pastor Jon and his family in your prayers that the Holy Spirit guides him to go where he feels his talents can be best used to extend Christ’s kingdom and where he thinks that he can serve with maximum joy.

Share your Faith Evangelism Day – Are you interested in learning how to be a better witness for Christ? Do you want to help improve our outreach efforts at Victory of the Lamb? Learn how at the Share Your Faith Evangelism Day, an event designed to encourage and equip congregational outreach and personal evangelism.  Pastor Bill and many other WELS pastors from the area will be leading workshop sessions.  The event is Saturday, April 21 from 8:30AM-1PM at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.  Cost is only $10 per person.  For more information and to register online, visit welsoutreachmke.com.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Bill