Labor Day Weekend is here. Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.
Growing up, Labor Day confused me. I thought, if this is Labor Day, why does “everybody” have the day off?
As I was thinking about this, I started to understand why so many people are confused about Christianity. Think about it. God tells us to love our neighbors and serve one another in love. Sometimes we do these things and sometimes we don’t. The Apostle Paul said to his people: I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder (2 Corinthians 12:20). Sound familiar?
We sometimes live life based on our knowledge of God instead of having a relationship with God. We live our lives out of a sense of duty instead of out of love. This love would be a response to the love we have been given: We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
This Labor Day Weekend, let’s go to the cross of Jesus and see his labor of love. Let’s see his love flow down over us and remove all our sins. [God says,] “Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). Let’s go to Easter’s tomb and see with astounding joy. There is new life in Christ.
To the degree you and I receive Jesus’ labor of love is the degree to which our neighbors will see the labor of Jesus’ love and our love overflowing to them. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, You know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. And that has the power to remove any confusion about Christianity.
I look forward to worshiping with you for an hour this weekend in person or online this Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
THIS WEEKEND – NEIGHBORING
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Ben wrapped up the series with a message about using the Word of God to reach people with Jesus. Jesus says that it is the Word of God that really leads people to believe in him. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – This weekend, Prof. Frosty Bivens will share a message about what it looks like to share Jesus and be a good neighbor. 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 Teens – We’ve got several opportunities for teens to grow in faith at Victory. Pastor Ben starts Confirmation classes for students in grades 6-8 on Sunday, September 13 at 6:00pm via Zoom. Also for grades 6-8 is a new Middle School Group, which will meet the last Sunday of every month. And, our Quest group for grades 9-12 will have their first meeting on Sunday, September 13 at 7:00pm via Zoom. Learn more about these opportunities and register at votl.life/teens.
Parenting Through COVID and Beyond – On top of the normal stressors of parenting, you’ve had to deal with constant change and turmoil caused by COVID-19. That’s why Victory is partnering with Christian Family Solutions to provide a series of presentations called “Parenting Support for COVID and Beyond”. At each presentation, a licensed counselor will address a parenting topic and provide you with tools you can use to handle this topic. You can join these presentations each month in-person, via live stream, and on-demand after the event. For a list of dates and topics, go to votl.life/parenting.
LINKED Update – In church last Sunday, we heard an update on our LINKED campaign from committee member Joe Dodge. You can watch the update, read the August 2020 update, and get involved at votl.life/linked.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Proverbs 24-31, Ruth 1-4, Song of Songs 1-8, and Ecclesiastes 1-8. Supporting videos for this week include Ruth, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.