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Victory News – July 24, 2020

Victory News – July 24, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Hi Friends,

Change is inevitable. Things are always changing. Many of us have heard, “If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait five minutes. It will change.”

Over the last four months so many things have changed. Schools met virtually, a lot of us woke up in the morning already at work. Church became an online-only experience. The financial situation of many people changed drastically as the unemployment rate soared. Last week we were told Milwaukee public and private schools were not allowed to meet; now, at least private schools are if they meet certain guidelines. There is so much change. Sometimes it seems like the ground we are walking on is shaking.

But one thing hasn’t changed: God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever(Hebrews 13:7). That is so comforting. God is not going to change his mind. His love is described as unfailing. Save me according to your unfailing love (Psalm 109:26). He isn’t going to change the stat line – all of our sins are forgiven.  It is finished (John 19:30). The exact translation means “paid for full”. He is never going to leave you nor forsake you. Jesus says, I am with you always (Matthew 28:20). God doesn’t change any of promises either. So this promise is also true: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Because God doesn’t change, we can Rejoice in the Lord always!

I invite you to join and participate in worship, in person or online this Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am.

Sharing Christ’s victory,

Pastor Bill

CURRENT SERIES – FINDING JOY

ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill shared a message about Christ’s work. We can find joy in Christ’s work, which we do as a reflection of His love for us. Doing Jesus’ work isn’t always easy, but we press on towards the prize of eternity.  Click here to read or watch this message.

Coming Up This Weekend – This weekend, Pastor Bill continues the series with a message about how we can find joy in the Lord. When you cast all your anxieties and cares to God in prayer, he hears you and gives you peace. Join us on Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can join in for these services in person or online. 

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Invite a Friend to Get to Know Jesus – It might not be in the front of your mind to invite a friend to church, but the hope and joy we find in Jesus is important now more than ever! We’ve got a new resource you can use to help you invite a friend to join you for worship (in person or online) or to have conversations about Jesus. You can go to votl.life/invite to access this resource and invite a friend to worship with you this weekend!

Versiti Blood Drive – Victory is partnering with Versiti to serve our community! We’ll host a blood drive on Wednesday, July 29 from 3:00-7:00pm. In order to maintain social distancing and ensure safety, we’ll be adjusting our set-up from other drives and we will not be able to provide child care during the drive. To sign up to donate, click here. Thank you for saving a life!

VICTORY NEWS

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.

This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Psalms 46-79. Supporting videos for this week include How to Read the Bible: Psalms, Spiritual Beings, Elohim, and Divine Council. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.