I don’t go to the doctor very often. If I recall correctly, that last time I went to the doctor was March of 2019. I’m healthy, or at least I think so. But if I started running a fever or if I fell and hurt my arm while running, I would go to the doctor as soon as possible.
Do we sometimes treat Jesus like that? I am good, so I don’t need you right now or I know where you are at if I need you.
But God’s word reminds us in 1 John 1:8,9: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. In other words, it is not just the people who make the news that are spiritually sick and need a Savior day in and day out. You and I do too.
Sometimes we forget how much we need Jesus. And when we forget how much we need Jesus, we can become judgmental. For example: have you ever been exasperated by the language you hear out in public, only to utter those kinds of words or thoughts in your home or with your friends? We forget we need a Savior too.
The good news is we have a Savior. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
This weekend we are blessed to have Pastor Joseph Radsek of Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries at Victory to share a message about the ministry he does in prisons across our state and how Jesus welcomes sinners, you and me included!
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – RENEWED
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Ben helped us understand how prayer brings renewal to our lives. We think prayer makes us weak, but prayer allows us to tap into our power source. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Guest preacher Pastor Joseph Radsek from Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries will join us to help us learn that Jesus loves sinners, which includes all of us. 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.
Milwaukee Habitat Sign the Studs – For 15 families, 2021 will be the year they help build their new Habitat home! You can make that experience even more special by decorating and signing the studs that will go in those homes. Victory will support 2021 Habitat for Humanity building projects by hosting a Sign the Studs event on Saturday, February 13. You and your group can sign up for a 30 minute slot between 9:00am and 3:00pm to decorate 2x4s in the Victory lobby. Markers provided! Click here to learn more and sign up to decorate studs with your family or group.
Emotionally Healthy Christianity – We might be tempted to separate our emotional health from our spiritual health. But, they go hand-in-hand. To help create a greater awareness of where our unwanted emotions come from and make progress towards a Christ-centered emotional life, Pastor Ben will teach “Emotionally Healthy Christianity”, a 5-week course starting February 23. Learn more and register here.
Update on Liz Scheel – As you learned this week via email, Liz Scheel (Victory Kids director) has been diagnosed with liver cancer. She is currently in a rehab facility to receive continued care. If you would like to send Liz a card or other encouragement, you can do one of the following:
– Drop the card off at church. There is a red box under the Victory Kids logo in the lobby where you can place your card.
– Mail cards to: Liz Scheel
Willowcrest Health Services
3821 S. Chicago Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Ash Wednesday Worship – Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the time leading up to Easter. Lent is a time set aside to recognize our deep need for a Savior. Victory will host an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm. This will be a brief but meaningful time to lead us to Good Friday and the Resurrection celebration of Easter. We will have songs, a message, and Communion to help you reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus. Seating reservation form will become available next week.
From the Franklin Health Department – As a service to our community, we wanted to make sure to share information from the Franklin Health Department regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The vaccine is now available to certain members of the population, including those individuals over age 65. To learn about when you might be eligible to receive the vaccine or how to receive it if you are eligible, click here to view the Franklin Health Department’s COVID Updates page.