This Sunday, as we finish our series on Messy Families, I’m going to talk about my favorite movie of all time: Back to the Future. I love that movie because I always wanted to have the power to travel back in time. Sometimes I look at the mess in my life and think, If I could just go back and do some things over, then my life would be much better.
But here is the problem: there is no time machine. There is no flux capacitor. There is no way to change my past.
And so I wonder, If there is no way to change my past, can I really move forward?
If you ever feel the same way, then you need to read the story of Joseph. His story is found in Genesis 37-50. It is an incredible story of a very dysfunctional family. Joseph is an arrogant teenager, and his brothers are vengeful jerks who sell Joseph into slavery. But Joseph found peace even in the midst of his story. He didn’t long to go back in time and change his story. No, he was able to continue to move forward in hope.
How did he do that?
Joseph believed that God was in charge, and that changes everything. That’s what I want for you as well. I want you to be able to stop fixating on the past, to stop longing for a time machine. I pray that this Sunday, God might lead you to live in the present because you know that He is charge.
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 Bill continued 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. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message. You can also view and read the Ash Wednesday message here.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben will wrap up the series with a message about pride. Like it did for Joseph, pride gets in the way of our family relationships. But, with God’s help, we can become humble and reconcile ourselves to our families and to 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 24-27 and Numbers 1-10. Supporting videos from The Bible Project included Torah Series: Leviticus, Numbers, and Khata. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.
Saturday Worship Starts March 21 – Last week in church, it was announced that Victory will begin offering 5:00pm Saturday worship services starting on March 21. Adding a Saturday worship service is both a way for us make space for you and to reach more people with Christ’s victory by making space for those people you invite to Victory. Thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to grow.
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.
Holy Week Worship – Mark your calendars for Holy Week worship opportunities at Victory!
Palm Sunday: Saturday, April 4 at 5:00pm and Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 & 10:30am (Victory Kids will sing for both Sunday services, Communion served at all services)
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm (with Communion)
Good Friday: Friday, April 10 at 6:30pm
Easter at Victory: Saturday, April 11 at 5:00pm and Sunday, April 12 at 9:00 & 10:30am
We encourage you to start thinking and praying about who you can invite to celebrate Easter at Victory with you. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, Hope Lives!
Employer Matching Gifts – Looking for another way to help Victory reach today’s people with Christ’s victory? You may be able to designate funds from your employer’s Matching Gift programs to support Victory. We encourage you to contact your employer to determine whether Victory of the Lamb would be eligible for a matching gift. If so, please consider completing paperwork for a matching gift.