It seems like there are a lot of people hurting right now inside and outside our Victory family. Some are facing very difficult health issues. Others are facing emotional and relational strife. Many are depressed as the pandemic continues to linger and even morph into new strands. The worst part is that there seems to be no easy or clear answers to our problems.
Jesus’ half-brother James tells us what we can do in times like these. He says, Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray (James 5:13). I appreciate James’ advice, but sometimes prayers don’t seem to help. Sometimes it feels like we are just speaking to the ceiling and our words bounce back at us.
If that is how you feel, James follows up with this encouragement: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). In other words, God hears your prayers and acts on them. The outcomes of our lives are different because we brought our troubles to God in prayer. Your prayers in Jesus’ name are powerful.
This weekend, we will dive deeper into what James says about prayer. But for now, know that your pastors, the staff, the leaders, and your brothers and sisters at Victory are praying for you. We know that you are hurting. And more than that, God knows that you are hurting. May the good Lord hear our prayers, and meet you in your time of need with his healing presence of peace.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – RENEWED
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill helped us examine the idea of taking a Sabbath. Jesus lets us know that it is not only good for us to rest but that he wants us to rest, both physically and spiritually. Resting with God brings renewal. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben helps 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. 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.
Marriage Enrichment – The next presentation in the Parenting Support series is intended to help you and your spouse grow closer together and strengthen your marriage. Join in this presentation on Monday, February 1 at 6:30pm, either at the Ministry Center or via live stream. Learn more, join in online, and access handouts for the presentation at votl.life/parenting.
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.
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.
2020 Year-End Giving Statements – Thank you for your generosity to Victory. You can now access your 2020 year-end Giving Statement. Click here for directions on how you can access your giving statement. Any questions about your statement or need help? Email Laura, our Financial Manager.
Friends of Franklin Public Schools Award – On February 10, Pastor Bill will receive the Friends of Franklin Public Schools award on behalf of Victory of the Lamb. Our church was nominated for this award by Mrs. LaPlant, principal at Country Dale Elementary, for the work and support we’ve provided to students and staff at Country Dale. We are proud to be honored with this award and excited to continue to share the love of Jesus with our community.