Almost a year ago, we decided to accept the call to come to Victory. The decision involved after much prayer and counsel from wise people. That one decision dramatically changed the direction of our lives. It led our family down a new path with a new destination.
I know that was a big decision, but, in the book of Proverbs, Solomon compares all our decisions to choosing a path that leads to a specific destination. In many cases, we can either walk down the path of wisdom or we can stumble down the path of foolishness.
How do we walk in wisdom? How are we supposed to stay on the right path? Solomon says, Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20).
When we walk with wise people, we will become like them. They will encourage us and rebuke us when needed. They will point us to God’s grace in Jesus. And, they will show us how to walk in the way of Jesus, the way of wisdom, humility, and love. So walk with a wise person today, and you will become wise.
I hope to see you in person or online this weekend at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – SEEING 2020
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill continued the series with a message about pursuing wisdom. Using God’s wisdom to guide our decisions doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing for our lives, but it does give us peace as we rely on God’s will for our lives. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben will share a message about having a community of wisdom surrounding you. Although true wisdom comes from God and his Word, it takes a community of believers to discover and apply it. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online. You can also check out the Spotify playlist for the series here.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Genesis 1-18. Supporting videos from The Bible Project included Overview: Genesis 1-11, Image of God, Overview: Genesis 12-50, and Covenants. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.
2019 Giving Statements – You can now download your 2019 Giving Statements by clicking here. (NOTE: you will be prompted to log into MyVOTL.) When you click this link, a list of your contributions will appear on the screen. To access and print your report…
1) Click on the “Giving Statement” button in the upper right corner.
2) Under “type”, choose if you’d like a giving statement just for yourself or for your whole family.
3) Under “Quick Date Range”, select “last year” for your date range.
4) Under “Tax Deductible”, choose “deductible only”.
5) Click Run Report.
Any questions on your report or need help? Email Laura, our financial manager, for assistance.
Quest Teen & Parent Meeting – If you are a parent of or a teen in grades 6-12, you are invited to join the Quest leaders on Sunday, January 26 at 11:45am (immediately after 2nd service) in the multipurpose room at the Ministry Center. Help Quest become what you want it to be by providing your thoughts and feedback on our teen ministry program. Taco lunch will be provided. Please click here to RSVP by January 24.
Biblical Storyline Plan and Resources – It’s not too late to join in the Biblical Storyline Plan! Pastor Ben and a team of pastors and laypeople will guide you on your journey through the Bible. Join the YouVersion reading plan either on the app or on your own. Access these resources and more at votl.life/bible.
Financial Peace University – Are you ready to take control of your money? Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-lesson course designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind. These courses start February 9; Victory will cover the course fees but registration is required. For more information and to register by January 31, go to votl.life/financial-peace.
Update on Grace Lutheran Church (Minot, ND) – When Victory started the More Than Bricks campaign in 2015 to fund our Ministry Center, we pledged a portion of the gifts given to the campaign to support missions across the world, including Grace Lutheran Church in Minot, ND. Pastor Nate Walther recently sent an update sharing the amazing news that, in part because of your generosity, their congregation has been able to purchase an existing church building to reach more people in their community with the Gospel. Click here to read the full update from Pastor Walther.