On a scale of one to ten, where would you rate your level of pride in yourself?
It won’t be long before pro football players will run, catch, jump up and down, and thump their chests as if to say, “Look at me; I’m the best!” Forgive me, but I don’t see the grocery store bagger going crazy when she packs your plastic bags and set them in your grocery cart. I don’t see sanitation engineers running and jumping into each other to chest bump after they have emptied your trash cans. This kind of excessive celebration seems a little ridiculous to me.
This week, I am reading the Old Testament book of Isaiah. It says, Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? (Isaiah 45:9). Do you see where I am going with this? Have you, like me, ever been so full of pride that you questioned God about what He was doing or not doing as if we knew everything? Oops. Football players jumping up and down and yelling seems pretty tame compared to me questioning the Sovereign and Almighty God.
I am so thankful that Jesus that was not too proud to pay for all my sins, including my sins of pride. I am so thankful that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on the cross, so that my sins and your sins could be paid for in full.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
CURRENT SERIES – UNSHAKEABLE
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill explained why Christians have the best attitude about life and death. Every day is a joy, because we have a purpose – to live for Christ. And when we die? That’s even better by far. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – Following Jesus isn’t easy. By nature, we’re way too good at excuses. Lying underneath these excuses is fear. Join us to learn about God’s unshakeable promises on Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15am at church or online.
Small Group Leader Training – As part of our “Back to School, Back to Church” initiative in September, we will be launching new small groups. To offer these opportunities, we need to identify and train some leaders. If you are passionate about encouraging others in their faith and building a community of believers, prayerfully consider leading a group. Small Group Leader Training is a 2 session commitment, and sessions will take place on July 26 and August 9 from 6-8pm (childcare provided). Click here to register by Monday. This training is open to new and current small group leaders.
Blood Drive – Be a hero! Donate blood to the BloodCenter of Wisconsin at the Ministry Center on August 1 from 3:00-7:30pm. In addition to helping local hospital patients, your donation will also provide a grant to support the Lighthouse Youth Center. Reserve your appointment online, or call BloodCenter at 877-232-4376. Appointments encouraged, and refreshments provided. If you’re interested in supporting the Blood Drive through donating food, helping set up or tear down, or watching children for donors, click here to sign up to fill a need.
Summer Bible Study – Habakkuk had some tough questions for God and asked God for some answers. He didn’t like God’s answers at first, but he later learned to love them. We will learn to love God’s answers too as we study the Book of Habakkuk. This series, which continues on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm, is led by Prof. Forrest (Frosty) Bivens. No RSVP needed; join us as you are able. Visit our events page for more information about this Bible study.
Victory of the Lamb Apparel – If you are interested in purchasing Victory of the Lamb shirts, this is your opportunity! Click here to view and purchase shirts. We have t-shirts in youth and adult sizes (designed by Naomi Paper Co.), polo shirts for men and women, and button-up shirts for men. The online store closes on July 26, and all items will be available for pick-up at the Ministry Center approximately 2 weeks after that.
Altar Flowers – Sign-up for Altar Flower sponsorship is now available for August through October. Click here to view available dates and reserve your altar flower sponsorship. The form will look different than if you’ve sponsored in the past; we’ve simplified the form to now include date reservations, payment, and recognition information all in one form. Thank you for beautifying our worship experience every Sunday!