We are all in a storm. The storm looks different for different people. Government officials and business owners are having to make difficult decisions. Some have had their hours cut and others have lost their jobs, at least temporarily. Others are working many hours away from family and friends but their hearts yearn to be at home. The medical professionals are right in the middle of the storm.
Some of us are on a search to find the simplest of supplies at our local store. Others are scared to leave our homes. Some of us can’t have visitors and so we are cut off from our family, friends, and the outside world.
And some of us are sick.
Where are you at in the storm?
Our reactions to the storm run the gamut from fear, anxiety, panic, shock, even anger. Part of the reason we have all these emotions is that our generation has not faced a crisis like this. However, previous generations of Americans have dealt with polio, yellow fever, smallpox, cholera, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. And yet, we’re still here.
(Isaiah 43:1-3) But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Where are you at in the storm? You are with God, your redeemer, because He is with you. Please don’t miss out on the comfort of this truth.
There is actually a different storm that is causing the storm we are in. It is the storm called sin. This sin storm has no vaccine, you can’t wait it out, and quarantining won’t help. There is no human remedy. But that doesn’t mean it is over, that we are done. Because God has the remedy. And God offers the remedy free of charge to everyone. The remedy is Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our Savior from sin. As one of my favorite verses explains, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
There are going to be storms in life, both physical and spiritual. But God is with us and for us in both. He is the storm stiller and the sin conqueror. So in all things, remember this: Where does my help come from?My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
God has this, and God has you.
I hope to see you online this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – THE WAY OF THE EXILE
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Ben continued the series with an explanation about what it means to stand out as a Christian. Because our identity is in Christ, we’re called to make an indelible impression on those around us with the love of God. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Bill continues the series with a message about finding hope under pressure. Do good in the world for Christ while being patient in affliction. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online. You can also access a Spotify playlist for this series by clicking here.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Deuteronomy 8-19. Supporting videos from The Bible Project included Shema (Listen), YHWH (Lord), Ahavah (Love), Lev (Heart), Nephesh (Soul), and Me’od (Strength). Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.
Update on COVID-19 – For the time being, Victory will continue to host online-only services on Sundays at 9:00 & 10:30am. We are encouraging all our small groups to have virtual meetings and connect digitally, and all classes and other activities at the Ministry Center are postponed. You can also keep up-to-date by following updates on our COVID-19 Updates page.
Blood Drive Has Moved! – For the safety of our church staff, and on the advice of the Franklin Health Department, we have opted to not host our Versiti Blood Drive at Victory on March 25. However, Versiti has moved this drive to the Rock Sports Complex. Stay tuned for a link to donate at the Rock, or go to Versiti’s website to make an appointment.
Help One Another – If you are in need of support, or if you are able to offer support to those in the Victory community, we encourage you to click here to fill out a form and let us know! We’ll match people up to support one another in this challenging time. You can also give a financial gift to our Mercy Ministry Fund via our Online Giving Site. Funds will be used to support families by providing grocery gift cards as requested.