Louis Zamperini, American hero, knows something about forgiveness. He was an Olympic athlete who flew fighter planes in WWII. His plane was shot down, and he survived 47 days in the open sea. A Japanese ship picked him up and took him to a prisoner camp, where he faced hard labor and torture for two years.
Zamperini endured all that physical pain, and yet he said, “The hardest thing in life is to forgive.” According to Zamperini, forgiveness is harder than competing in the Olympics. It’s harder than surviving a plane crash, surviving 47 days in the open sea, or even being tortured.
So don’t be surprised if you struggle to forgive those who have harmed you. You know you want to let go of the resentment. You can see how it is eating you up. But where do we even begin to start the process of letting it all go? Start with Jesus.
Jesus let himself be physically, emotionally, and spiritually abused. And yet in the middle of his pain, he said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus did not excuse the sin of his enemies, but he would not hold on to self-destructive hatred. By his grace, he invites us to take the same path.
This Sunday, we will finish our sermon series Start with Jesus. And we will discover how Jesus can begin to heal our hearts through the power of forgiveness. Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am in person or online.
Sharing Christ’s love and victory,
CURRENT SERIES – START WITH JESUS
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill continued the series with a message about judging others. Rather than judging, Jesus chose to demonstrate patience with those who had gone astray. Would our lives be different if we had the patience to get to know people before making decisions about them? Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben wraps up the series with a message about forgiveness. Jesus had every right to be angry; his enemies condemned him to death despite complete innocence. Yet, some of his last words were asking his Father to forgive us. What would our lives look like if we chose forgiveness over retaliation? Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Road Construction Advisory – The City of Franklin is extending the water main south on Loomis Road from our property in preparation for a new subdivision development. Please be advised that the speed limit is reduced to 40 mph (from 55 mph), starting at Brentwood Animal Campus. If you come to the Ministry Center during the week, lanes may be closed.
Christmas at Victory UPDATE – After discussions with ministry leaders, we will be shifting our Christmas service times from what was originally shared. We’ll host services on Christmas Eve at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to participate in this service, from volunteering on a serving team to donating cookies to being a friendly face to guests attending Victory for the services.
Classic Car Show and Fall Festival – Victory will host this free family-friendly event for the community on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00am-1:00pm. We still need YOU to help with parking, run the registration table, serve food, and host activities. Click here to get involved as a volunteer. (NOTE: you will need to sign into your MyVOTL account to sign up.) Make sure to grab an invite card at church and bring a friend to this great opportunity.
Trunk-or-Treat – On Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00pm, the Franklin Public Library will host a free Trunk-Or-Treat event, sponsored by the Franklin Health Department and Volition Franklin. You can register your kids by clicking here. Victory will be sponsoring a Candyland-themed trunk. Click here to sign up to donate giveaway items and volunteer your time at this community event. (NOTE: You will need to log into your MyVOTL account to access sign-up.)
Jingle Jam! Actors Needed – On Friday, December 6, Victory will host Jingle Jam!, a party for the whole family, from 6:00-8:00pm. They’ll be music, laughs, and fun. We’ll also offer family Christmas photo opportunities, as well as cookies and cocoa. As we prepare for this amazing event, we’re looking for six people to have non-speaking roles in the skit portion of the event. If you’re interested, please email Cassy (Jingle Jam! coordinator).