There have always been people who think they are better than everyone else. Some feel they are better than everyone else because of their position in the company, because they have a lot of money, or because they belong to a certain religious group. Some feel a sense of sense of moral superiority, like the Pharisee who prayed in Luke 18:11, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.’
As Christians, we would hope that this elitism would not infect us, but too often it has. In fact, from the world perspective, Christians are some of the most judgmental people around.
This weekend as we continue our Detox series, we are going to see what life looks like when you do a “discrimination detox” and how we can live that way all the time. Here is a hint from Luke 18:13: But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – DETOX
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Ben kicked off the new series with a message about temptation. It’s easy to slide from temptation into sin, but you can resist with the help of God. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Bill continues the series with a message about labels. The world may have taught us to look at and treat people a certain way based on their appearance or social status, but God teaches us to treat all people with mercy, loving all our neighbors as ourselves. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can join in these services at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Parenting Support Presentation – Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high right now. To help you cope with these challenges, Victory is partnering with Christian Family Solutions to bring you a presentation on coping with stress and anxiety on Monday, March 1 at 6:30pm. You can join at Victory or online. Click here to learn more and join in the presentation.
Versiti Blood Drive – Victory is partnering with Versiti to serve our community! We’ll host a blood drive on Wednesday, March 3 from 2:30-6:30pm. All donors and staff are required to wear masks, and donors will be spread out to maintain distancing. To sign up to donate, click here. Thank you for saving a life!
Easter Egg Hunt – To give our community families a fun, safe event, Victory will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 20. You can sign up to partner with Victory by helping with prep work for the event and serving on the day of the Egg Hunt. Registration for the event starts March 1, but you can sign up to volunteer now! Click here to get involved.
Online Prayer Gatherings – Join Pastor Bill online via Zoom or on Facebook for Online Prayer Gatherings, on Wednesdays in March at 8:00pm each night. Learn more and jump on here: https://votl.life/prayer.
Holy Week Worship – During Holy Week, we’ll be learning who Jesus is and how his victory means you’ve already won. Mark your calendars for Holy Week Worship opportunities at Victory:
– Palm Sunday: March 28 at 9:00 & 10:30am
– Maundy Thursday: April 1 at 6:30pm
– Good Friday: April 2 at 6:30pm
– Easter at Victory: April 3 at 5:00pm, April 4 at 9:00 and 10:30am
Seating reservations will be required for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter at Victory if you plan to worship at the Ministry Center. We’ll make seating reservation forms available starting on March 18 for these services.