Dear Friends –
Have you ever tried to cover up something? “Tilted Halos” is the title of a chapter in a book called The Ragamuffin Gospel. It begins with a man who has such a terrible headache that he finds himself in his doctor’s office. The doctor asks him a few questions to try and get to the bottom of problem. The doctor asks, “Do you drink a lot of liquor?” Indignantly that man says, “I never touch the filthy stuff.” “How about smoking?” “I think smoking is disgusting. I’ve never in my life touched tobacco.” The question and answer routine continues you on. “The pain in the head you speak of, is it a sharp, shooting kind of pain?” “Yes,” said the man. “That’s it-a sharp, shooting kind of pain.” The doctor then gives his diagnosis and solution. “Your trouble is you have your halo on too tight. All we need to do is loosen it a bit.”
Do you sometimes live under the stress and strain of trying to be seen as perfect – having to cover up your mistakes so hopefully they go unnoticed? Friends, we cause ourselves so much grief, stress, and anxiety when we try to cover up our sins, our imperfections, our weaknesses on our own. We can hide them temporarily from some, but with great peril. But Jesus has already covered our sin, not with a rouse or a blanket but with his lifeblood on the cross. Don’t hide from the cross of Jesus; he has you covered!
This weekend, we continue our series “Crazy Love,” where we will see that God’s embrace is big enough to hold us too!
ICYMI – Here is last week’s message that illustrates Love Protects. A mother loves her child and will do everything she can to protect him. View this message to learn how much greater Jesus’ love is as he seeks to protect his Father’s reputation and the physical well-being of his own mother.
Daylight Saving – Don’t forget: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2AM this Sunday morning, 3/11/18. Make sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night so you make it to church on time. Or, if you use your phone for everything, do nothing – it will set itself!
Call Update – This week, we received the following letter from Pastor Jon Kehl in which he returned his call to Victory of the Lamb.
Dear Saints in Christ,
I thank God for the opportunity to speak with many of you and discuss the ministry in Franklin, WI. Having prayerfully considered where the Lord might best use me in his kingdom at this point in time, I respectfully decline the call to Victory of the Lamb.
It was uplifting to discover the passion for lost souls your congregation has and the work already done to extend the love of Christ to them. I will keep you in my prayers as you continue to call for a pastor. The Lord bless you as you continue to faithfully carry out the gospel ministry in your community!
Please keep our leadership team and call committee in your prayers as they determine the next steps in calling an Associate Pastor for Victory of the Lamb.
Easter Sunday – Who are you praying about inviting to Victory of the Lamb on Easter Sunday? Watch on Facebook for posts to like and share about Easter, and be on the lookout for invite cards that you can use to personally invite a family member or friend. Also, please consider serving with one of our volunteer teams for Easter Sunday. We need LOTS of friendly faces to greet guests, teach children, serve food, direct traffic, and lead worship to make Victory of the Lamb an inviting, uplifting place.
Soccer Camp – Victory of the Lamb plans to host its 12th annual Soccer Camp at Polonia Soccer Club this summer. We are still finalizing details with Polonia Soccer Club on dates and times. Stay tuned for more information.
#becauseofJesus – Here is another story that one family shared about how they used the #becauseofJesus contribution they received on Thanksgiving Eve:
“My family & I sat in church quite honestly in disbelief over what had transpired during the Thanksgiving Eve service. We were genuinely moved by this opportunity to bless someone in need… We decided that we would each match the $20 bringing the total to $80 & our intention was to purchase toys for a children’s charity in SE Wisconsin. On Monday following the holiday weekend, I was in my office lunch room with some of my co-workers sharing our Thanksgiving stories… The looks on their faces were priceless, before you know it, I had people wanting to join in on purchasing toys or matching the $20. I decided on contacting Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. I’m happy to report that the items were picked up this morning & we collected 4 bins overflowing with toys for Make A Wish…all #becauseofJesus.”
If you have not already done so, please share your #becauseofJesus story. You can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be on the lookout for how you can continually share the love of Jesus in your community.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,