As the news of the mass shooting in Uvalde, TX went viral, we experienced a collective despair. A fog of hopelessness hung in the air. We have so many questions: How could this happen? Where is God? What can we do about this? (We will address these questions in our upcoming podcasts, available on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Spotify.) For now we grieve, but as the Apostle Paul writes, We don’t grieve as the rest of the world that has no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
The Biblical worldview helps us begin to understand this incomprehensive wickedness. We believe that although God created a good world, our sin and selfishness have corrupted it. In fact, some people, like this shooter, take the path of Cain. Genesis 4 tells us that Cain was angry and depressed because he didn’t get the approval that his brother received. God confronted Cain saying, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:6-7).
Tragically, Cain did not listen to the Lord’s call on his conscience. He played the role of the villain. He passed his pain on to his brother in an act of murder. As psychologist Richard Rohr says, “Pain that is not transformed gets transmitted.”
Yet, we still have hope because that same wickedness that was inflicted on those innocent children was also poured out on our innocent Messiah. Jesus absorbed all of our pain and hatred until it killed him. He then returned to life, victorious over all that has ruined this world. That resurrection is sign that points us ahead to the resurrection of all things. There will be a day when everything that happened to Jesus will happen to us and this world. This world will “die and be raised to life” and we will be raised along with it. On that day, those who walk the way of Cain will face the just judgment of a holy God. Jesus will heal those of us who walk with him in repentance and faith, making us complete in ever fiber of our being.
This tragedy is not the end of the story. We mourn in this moment (God, have mercy) but holding on to the hope that this world is still moving towards a happy ending.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES: EMOTIONS
ICYMI – We took a break from the Emotions series this weekend as we welcomed Pastor Matt, a missionary who works in Southeast Asia, to share a message about personal witnessing. To read and watch the message, click here.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben wraps up the series with a message about God and depression. When you struggle with depression, it can seem like nothing will ever get better. You feel alone, isolated, and afraid. But through the support of counselors, friends, and your Savior, you can come out on the other side of depression.You can join in on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Teen Worship + Praise Night – Victory is hosting the Next Gen group on June 2 from 6:30-8:30pm. This event is open to all middle and high school students to get the next generation get excited about Jesus. Next Gen will lead this night of worship, a message, games, community, and more. It’s free, but registration is required. Please click here to learn more and register for this event.
Welcome Kelsey! – We’re excited to announce that Kelsey Kuske has accepted the position of Communications Manager at Victory. Kelsey is a member at Victory with her husband Tyler and twin girls. Kelsey will start training in early June and be taking over the role officially on June 28.
Download the ChurchCenter App Today! – We’re encouraging everyone to download the ChurchCenter app, where you can access a church directory, access your giving information, register easily for events, and more! We have also released a new feature where families can do early check-in for Victory Kids; this feature is only available through the ChurchCenter app. Once you download the app, make sure to put your photo into your profile. Need assistance? You can email Kari our Office Manager for assistance.
Thanks from the Doeblers – Last weekend, we welcomed Pastor Matt and his wife Christine to Victory. Here’s what they wrote to us after their time here: Thank you for the privilege of sharing the Gospel with you last Sunday. It’s always an encouragement to worship with you in person. We also appreciate all the ways we are able to connect with you online through the livefeed, podcasts, and Bible project reading plan, and love that you are always exploring new ways to reach out into your community. We were so encouraged by our time together. May God continue to richly bless you and your ministry! Additionally, your purchases of $1096 worth of Thai Village goods helped this ministry provide jobs and share Jesus with people across the world.