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Christmas Eve Service

Twas the Night Before Christmas…

We are having a special Victory of the Lamb Christmas Eve service this week on Friday, December 24th, at 6 pm. However since Christmas Eve is one of Showtime Cinema’s busiest days of the year, we aren’t able to meet at Showtime.

Instead we are meeting in nearby Muskego in the brand new school gym of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.

If you don’t have other plans, we’d love to see you on Christmas Eve to celebrate with us the birth of our Savior. This is a Christmas Eve service for the whole family!

Here are the details: Christmas Eve, 6 pm, in the new gym at St. Paul’s in Muskego. St. Paul’s is located at S66 W14325 Janesville Rd. The gym is located on the school campus which is separate from and south of the church building.

Since St. Paul’s has a Christmas Eve service starting at 6:30 pm we can help them by parking as many of our vehicles as possible behind their new gym back by the school playground. Once we fill up that area then we can make…

Brothers and Sisters in Christ

What makes Christmas special? Of course the #1 thing is Christ himself, without whom this year’s Christmas celebration would have no lasting effects beyond the scraps of wrapping paper scattered around the tree and the leftover cookie crumbs on the kitchen floor. But Christ is the gift that keeps on giving. His flawless life and perfect sacrifice cover over all our sins and he will one day give us the gift of eternal life in heaven! Those are priceless gifts that truly last…a lot longer than the batteries in one of those singing Hallmark Christmas cards. Christ makes Christmas special.

But for many people, Christmas is also special because it’s a time to gather with family. That’s a big part of it for me. I’m so thankful for my family. This Monday and Tuesday I’ll be spending time with my family—including also my parents and my sister and her husband for our “Kuerth family Christmas” (Since my brother-in-law is also a pastor it just doesn’t work to have Christmas on Christmas for us!)…

Blizzard Schmizzard

Dear Friends,

Who gets up to go to church in a blizzard? A lot more people than I thought possible! Now I should’ve known. There was one day back at the Polonia Soccer Club when we didn’t have any heat in the building and it was 16 degrees in there…and still people stayed for worship. We had blankets that we brought from our house. It was crazy…and awesome!

But I’ll admit…I might have been wondering if we had gone a bit soft since our chairs aren’t the cold steel chairs of Polonia anymore, but instead are the comfy movie theater chairs of Showtime Cinema. But whatever doubts I may have had about our “mission toughness” before yesterday, I don’t have them anymore. We had a great turnout at church yesterday!

Granted we didn’t have a whole lot of snow, but it was pretty awful out there nevertheless. Yet standing outside and greeting people before worship…I honestly wasn’t all that cold. And here’s why. First of all I had some good company. Second was that I just kept seeing so many peop…

Blizzard Warning

A couple people have called to ask if we're having worship tomorrow because of the blizzard warning overnight. The answer is YES! We are having worship...for whoever shows up. I'll be the guy out front with a shovel in my hand. Good night and God bless. Pastor Ben

Join Us for a Special Sunday!

Dear Friends,

No one should walk through life alone. That’s why this Sunday is a going to be a special day at Victory of the Lamb. At our regular 9:30 service at Showtime Cinema we’re going to be installing our new part-time pastor, Andy Glende, and we want to invite you to be there for it. We’ve called Pastor Andy and given him the responsibility to help make sure that in our church family “no one walks alone.”

You see, God has been really good to Victory of the Lamb over the past couple of years. By the grace of God I’ve seen us grow from a small group of less than 10 people to a community of over 150 people from all different backgrounds. By the grace of God many of these people are people who didn’t grow up going to church, weren’t Christians, or haven’t been connected to a church in a long time. That’s amazing! I’m talking about people who’ve now been baptized, people who’ve been confirmed after going through Bible 101-301 classes wherever we could meet, people who I first met go…

You are Invited

Dear Friends,

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. Well that certainly sounds like something that would describe a windy day like today here in Wisconsin, doesn’t it? It’s like the wind out there has a mind of its own.

But these are actually words of Jesus that he once spoke to describe the work of God. Just like I can’t control the wind or tell it how many mph it should blow, so I can’t control how God works or completely figure out how. And yet I know God’s at work in people’s lives the same way that I know the wind is at work outside my house. I can see and hear the results.

And for good reason. The Bible tells us that through simple things like words in the Bible or words spoken by a pastor or a friend…God is at work! Through simple words that are connected to water in Baptism and words connected to wafers and wine in Communion…God is at work! He’s working to give people hope. He’s working to give pe…

Worship and Outreach Symposium Papers

As promised's a link to the 3 papers which were presented and discussed at this year's Symposium at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary which I attended last week. The men who wrote these papers are all especially gifted in that they are not only true scholars, but also pastors who love their people as much as they love the truth of the Gospel.

There's some "deep end of the pool" stuff in these papers...but don't let that scare you off. They were written for pastors to be sure, but there's a treasure trove of information for any and every Christian to consider when it comes to how worship and outreach relate to each other.

I especially appreciated the continued reminder running like a thread through the entire Symposium not to think of myself as a "worship guy" or an "outreach guy" but as a "Gospel man" just as the Apostle Paul certainly did when he wrote Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is…

SuccessFULL Fall Kickoff

How many of you get up in the morning and think, “Today I want to be a failure”? Probably none of you…because we’re all wired to want to succeed. Success is important to people. But the question is, What really makes a person successful? Or, How do you measure success?

It seems at first like an easy question. For example, if you’re the Green Bay Packers, it’s simple. It starts Sunday. Win. That’s the measuring stick. Some people are saying Super Bowl or bust this year. Fans define success based on accomplishments, trophies, wins and losses.

Well this Sunday we’re starting a new sermon series where we’re going to see that thankfully God has a different way of defining success for our lives as followers of Christ. The question “How does God measure success?” is what we’re going to be pursuing the next 4 weeks in this new series: God Wants SuccessFULL Christians.

What does it mean to be successFULL? Come find out by joining us any Sunday, September 12-October 3 at Showtime Cinema at 9:30.

Summer Wrap-Up

The calm after the soccer camp…that’s how it feels right now for a little bit at least! So I just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what a great week it was last week. God gave us a couple really great days of sunny (and muggy!) August weather…so that 65 kids, 12 coaches, and a host of helpers could enjoy a week of playing soccer, meeting new friends, and learning about Jesus. I mean, how can you beat that? Thank you to all the coaches and everyone who contributed to this summer’s camp!

I really appreciated also getting to talk to a lot of you parents at the cookout on Thursday evening. It means a lot for me to be able to hear how much your kids enjoyed the camp, to hear how they’ve been singing the songs, and to have an opportunity to invite your families to come to learn more about Jesus at our church.

I’m just being totally honest with you when I say it’s really our joy to do this camp and to share God’s love with kids despite all the work it takes. I also enjoy answering …

Summer Events

Happy Summer!

I know I don’t have to tell that to anyone who participated in the 4th of July parade on Sunday! It was 90 degrees and sunny as our church float rolled down Loomis Rd with our band playing on it for over an hour. And then there were the 35 of you who walked alongside the float handing out candy and invitations to our community. A huge thank you to all of you! Some of the kids especially were just unbelievable at handing out stuff.

All in all, with our postcard mailings included, over the last two weeks we’ve been able to distribute 15,000 invitations to each of our summer events!

First off we’ve got Hallepalooza! coming up this Friday, July 9th, from 5-8 pm at Lions Legend Park in Franklin. In case you’re wondering, you are invited! This is our party in the park with live music, free food, kids’ events, karaoke, horseshoes, and door prizes donated by local business. Come whenever you can after work. Food will be served from 5:30-7. I’ll be leading a devotion from God’s …

Sunday Sermon Q and A

Twice a month, I regularly invite people at worship to text me whatever questions they have on my sermon. We then have a Q and A time during the service when I do my best to answer some of those questions. I want people to know that it’s ok to have questions and it’s good to talk about them. We’re a church that wants to honestly deal with them because, honestly, we’ve all got questions.

Well this week during the sermon…I thought it might be helpful to invite you to text or email me your questions and I could try and answer them here on my blog throughout the week.

As it turns out, either my sermon was insightfully clear or incredibly confusing (you be the judge!) because I haven’t gotten any questions to answer yet.

Well…actually it’s not that I haven’t gotten any responses or questions regarding my sermon. In fact, I’ve had more questions and responses about this sermon (actually this sermon series so far) than I’ve ever had.

And I thank God that because of Sunday’s sermon there ar…

New Bible 101 starting

Got questions?

“Don’t all religious paths lead to the same place?”

“Isn’t the Bible just a bunch of myths people made up?”

“God loves me as long as I’m trying to be a good person, right?”

“It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere, right?”

“Isn’t your church just full of hypocrites like the rest?”

These are just a handful of questions people have asked in taking Bible 101. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to openly and honestly discuss spiritual questions like these. We’ve all got them. And that’s what Bible 101 is all about.

Basically Bible 101 is your opportunity to learn about the Bible and ask whatever questions are on your mind. You don’t have to be a member of our church. You don’t have to go to our church. You don’t even have to have ever met me before.

As for me…I have no hidden agenda. I just love to help people like you see what the Bible actually says so that you can make up your own mind about it on the basis of at least knowing what it say…

God's Pastor Plan

If you've been coming to Victory of the Lamb or following what's going on, you know that for the last couple of months we've been planning and praying about calling a second pastor from this year's graduating class of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. We've been growing and we want to keep reaching more people while also helping the people we have reached to keep growing in their faith.

So we had a plan that we were pretty exicted about to call a part-time pastor for two years in the hope that we'd be able to support him full-time after that. I was really excited about our plan so that I could stay focused on outreach and preaching while the new pastor would focus on discipleship and developing Bible studies.

Well as it turns out, God in his wisdom saw fit not to have another pastor assigned to us this year. Basically there were more full-time pastor positions avaiable than anybody expected a few weeks ago. Those full-time situations were mostly filled first. Then w…

Building the Church...One Person at a Time

I just got asked this question again today at the doctor’s office: “When are you going to build a church?” Maybe you’ve wondered this question yourself. And I understand. A lot of people grew up associating church with a specific building. Church was a destination. It was a landmark. It was there before they were.

“When are you going to build a church?” It’s a fair question. So I said what I always say in response to it:

“We are building a church. But the church isn’t about a building. It’s about people. So the mission of our church isn’t to build a church building. For us it’s about loving people where they’re at and helping them learn about what Jesus has done for them. And if God keeps blessing his word that we share and we need to build a church building to keep reaching more people who don’t know Jesus, then God will help us do that too.”

And so we’ve actually begun the process of trying to figure out when and where and how we can build a church building here in Franklin. But th…

Come for Easter

Hi folks. I’m guessing that some of you stumbled upon our website because you got an Easter postcard or some other invitation to come to church with us this Sunday. If you’re thinking, “Yep, that’s me”…I just want to say that we mean it. We’d absolutely love to have to join you us this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:30. Whether you’re looking for a church, maybe looking to give church one last shot, or just on a spiritual journey looking for something but you’re not sure what…come check us out this Sunday. There’ll be a lot of people just like you coming for all sorts of reasons. And we’ll do our best to help you see the biggest reason of all – our Savior, Jesus Christ. He’s the real deal and you can find your strength in him. So please check out our website. Hopefully it gives you the impression that Victory of the Lamb is a place where you can come as you are and learn about God with us in person.

You ever wondered, “What does the goods news of Jesus have to do with a Facebook news …

Church League Champs

After winning a nail biter over Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin last night, we brought home our first men's basketball church league championship trophy. Look for it this week at the Victory Cafe. Just be careful not to smear it with frosting.

If you're looking for some March Madness, feel free to come cheer us on in the State tournament this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we play at 12:15 at Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin. Then we'll play Sunday either at 5:15 or 6:30 pm at Concordia University in Mequon.

Citizens of Heaven

Dear Friends,

Did you watch the Winter Olympics? My favorite Winter Olympics sport has long been speed skating…even though I’ve never even so much as worn a pair of ice skates. It doesn’t really count that when I was a kid watching the Winter Olympics I would skate around my parents’ house in my footie pajamas. Still…speed skating has always captured my imagination.

I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I’ve enjoyed watching Apolo Ohno so much. I mean certainly short track speed skating is exciting all by itself, but Apolo has such a flair for the dramatic. So often he’s snagged a medal when it’s seemed likely that he’d finish out of the top three.

And then…whether it’s gold, silver, or bronze…he flashes his big smile and skates around wearing the American flag. He’s certainly proud to represent his country as a citizen competing in the Olympics.

All this got me thinking about how the Bible says that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). What an amazing statement! We …

Haiti Relief

Dear Friends,

It’s been 3 weeks now since the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. It’s been over a week since the Haitian government has officially called off the search for survivors. The Hope for Haiti telethon is over. The headlines on most network news websites have moved on to things like budget deficits and Super Bowl storylines.

Our world has a way of moving along. That can be good. That can be not so good. For the people in Haiti…there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a very long road to recovery. For the homeless, jobless, injured and orphaned…moving along is going to take longer than the headline cycle of network news websites.

Three weeks ago at Victory of the Lamb we were privileged to hear from one of our own members, Becky, who’s gone down to Haiti every March for a number of years. She’s been going there with a team of surgeons, doctors, and nurses who have volunteered their time and skills to help the people of this 3rd world country with needed surgeries.

Becky and her …

God's Blessings in the New Year (1/4/2010)

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Any of you get a Nintendo Wii for Christmas…along with the new and improved Wii Fit? I haven’t ever used the Wii Fit but I hear it’s quite fun. I’m told a lot of the exercises are designed to increase core strength and balance. Interestingly enough one of the articles in this month’s newsletter from Innovative Health and Fitness talks about balance as being the new central focus of the professional fitness community. I guess Nintendo understands how important balance is for physical fitness too.

But I’d say balance is important for spiritual fitness as well. I think the New Year is a great time for each of us to evaluate how balanced our lives are. I for one think physical exercise is vital. I don’t feel or function well when I’ve gotten out of a regular exercise routine. I’m the same way with sleep. You know what I mean. Balance is important. Sleep, work, diet, exercise…but let’s not stop there.

We need to have balance in our lives so that our faith can …

Baptism and Advent (12/1/2009)

I’m guessing most of you got to celebrate Thanksgiving last week with at least one of the three big “F”s in America: food, family, ...and football. But at Victory of the Lamb this past Sunday we also took the opportunity to thank God for his great faithfulness.

It was a really great day. Over 160 people got to witness God being faithful to his promise in baptism as a mother and her baby boy were both baptized and brought into God’s family. We were reminded of the promise that God has made to each of us who’ve been baptized. “You are mine. Your sins are washed away. You are special. You are loved. I am yours. Even if you have nothing else, if you have me, you have everything.”

It got me thinking Sunday afternoon, “I wonder how many people I know who aren’t baptized?” Because God is faithful to his promises there is awesome comfort in baptism. But I wonder how many people don’t know what baptism is or they see it as something they have to do to please God rather than as a promise that G…

The Lost Sheep (11/09/2009)

My girls love this story. There’s a shepherd who’s got 100 sheep. One silly sheep though gets itself lost. Sheep are kind of like that. So this shepherd leaves the 99 sheep behind and spends his time and energy searching for that one lost sheep. Why? Because he loves that sheep. It’s not that he doesn’t love the other sheep. He does...very much...and if they ever get lost he’ll go searching for them too. But it’s the lost sheep that desperately needs the shepherd’s time and energy. A shepherd only has so much of both. The reality of the situation is that the shepherd actually has to leave the other sheep behind to find and rescue the lost sheep. This is a story Jesus told about how he as the “Good Shepherd” came to seek and to save people who, like sheep, get themselves lost. He spoke this story to a group of people called the Pharisees who were upset at how Jesus spent his time and who he spent it with.

I think about this story a lot. You can read about it in Luke chapter 15. Many of…

Teamwork (10/06/2009)

Favre-apalooza chapter 1 is over and there’s a cloud hanging over Wisconsin much like the rain clouds outside on this Tuesday here in Franklin. What struck me watching the game last night was just how crucial line play is in football. If you loose the battle up front, in fact, if one guy on the offensive line gets beat…the whole team loses. You can have all kinds of offensive firepower, but you won’t move the ball downfield, you won’t be successful and win, unless the whole offense works as a unit with each position carrying out its role. Of course the TV cameras usually only follow the ball and left tackles rarely get asked to give post games interviews on national TV when their team wins. It’s the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers that get accolades…but every football guy knows it’s the left tackles of the world that make it possible for those guys to make the big plays.

I couldn’t help but think how true that is for a church as well. We’re a team. We have a common pu…

Secret Shopper Visit (9/28/2009)

My dear friends in Christ! The apostle Paul once wrote "Ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers" (Ephesians 1:15-16).

So with that thought on this otherwise cloudy Monday morning I want to thank you and bring a little sunshine into your world.

Yesterday at worship we had 140 people in attendance. This is awesome!

Yesterday also my Mission Counselor, Pastor Ed Schuppe, visited our church and worshiped with us for the first time at Showtime Cinema. Ed is a consultant and a mentor to me. He oversees dozens of newly planted churches, travels extensively, and devotes all his time to reading and studying and helping new churches.

When he visits churches he always comes as a "secret shopper" of sorts. He writes very detailed reports on everything from signage to friendliness of people to the music, the sermon, etc.

Ed is a man I highly respect and whose…

Sermon Preparation (9/10/2009)

I don't usually do this but I felt compelled to blog in the middle of writing this Sunday's message. I know a sermon is going to have an impact on people when it's first of all had an impact on me. Sermonizing (my word) can be tough sometimes. (I'd say it's like giving birth...but my wife probably would dispute that statement on the grounds I don't know what I'm talking about!)

My message Sunday is going to be about Religion vs. Jesus. This is an absolutely huge, important concept. How many of us think we're religious? How many people say, "Oh...I'm Lutheran...or I'm Catholic...or I'm just Christian...or I'm whatever" and think that because they've followed the program, kept the rules, done the church thing (or not) that everything's cool with God?

It's a trap that our Opponent lays out there certainly for every single person on this planet...but even for, perhaps, especially for Christian pastors. Our Opponent wa…

Fall Kickoff (9/2/2009)

When you wake up to go for a run and it’s in the 40’s outside…you know Fall is pretty much here. Yeah, it’s that time again. But not just time for the leaves to start changing colors, not just time to go back to school. It’s time to go back to church. I hope that doesn’t sound crazy! But I’m serious. The routine and rhythm of life that starts in September is a good thing. It’s not that summer with its camping and vacations and soccer leagues is all a bad thing. But it’s good to get back into a routine. It’s good to get back to going to church. For some people especially Fall is a great time to think about going back to church for the first time…in a long time…or ever. Maybe that’s you. Maybe that’s someone you know.

That’s why we’re having a special Fall Kickoff service on September 13th to invite everyone to come to church. We’re inviting our entire community to come check out Victory of the Lamb at Showtime Cinema—our new worship space. For three months over the summer we’ve been g…

Summer Wrap-up (8/10/2009)

Dear Friends,

What an incredible couple of weeks! First God gave us an absolutely gorgeous day back in July for Hallepalooza!—our community concert / picnic in the park. We had almost 200 people turn out, many of whom stayed through the devotion at the end of the evening. I’m going to post that devotion on my blog on our church website if you’d like to read it. It was a really special day. I got to connect with a number of people whom I haven’t met before and I’m praying that in the future we might be able to connect them also to Christ.

Then this past week we just wrapped up our 3rd annual Soccer Bible Camp at the Polonia Soccer Club. 4 days with 50 kids. Again, we had awesome weather. We snuck it all in before the thunderstorms and muggy weather of this past weekend. Thank you, God! And I can’t say enough about the effort and care of all our coaches and helpers. Our cookout to close the camp on Thursday was definitely a big success too. Almost every soccer …

Hallepalooza Devotion (7/26/2009)

The following is my devotion from July 26th at Lion's Legend Park, based on Micah 7:18-19...

There’s a show on the Discovery Channel called Deadliest Catch. Raise your hand if you’ve seen it. It’s a documentary about 8-10 fishing boats and the fishermen who risk it all in the Bering Sea. They’re out there to catch King Crab and Opilio Crab during the dangerous fishing seasons in October and January off the Aleutian islands of Alaska. Now I’m not a huge fan of the show, but I’ve got a friend named Eric who is. And last week as Eric and some other friends and I were fishing up north... the weather was just terrible. It was raining for 2 days straight and the high temp was 57 degrees. We kept joking about how we were on the raging Bering Sea risking our lives like the guys on Deadliest Catch.

And that got me to thinking…if you’re on a boat like the Northwestern on the raging Bering Sea and let’s just say you were wearing a ring, maybe your wedding ring, or just some other piece of je…

Canvassing (7/14/2009)

Dear Friends,

One evening this week a group of us were out and about inviting people to join us for Hallepalooza and Soccer Bible Camp for kids. I happened to meet some people on their front porch, talk a bit, and then actually get invited in to share the good news of eternal life through Jesus to a living room full of people. One of the residents in this small group home was an 80 year old man named Frank. Frank had been taught about Jesus as a boy, but he never paid much attention to God. In fact most of his life has been spent ignoring God and stubbornly insisting he's ok on his own without God. But lately a trip to the hospital and a confrontation with his mortality has made Frank somewhat more open to hearing about God.

So here I am in his living room. I got to share the law and the gospel with Frank. He needed to see his sin before he was willing to see his need for a Savior. And so I got to share with Frank ultimately the confidence God wants us to have of life after death …

Summer Menu (6/15/2009)

Happy Summer! I think I can safely say that now… Anyway, while summer for some of you means a little more time to relax, settle down, and do some of the things you’ve been wanting to do…summer at Victory of the Lamb is a pretty busy time! We just wrapped up our first worship series at Showtime Cinema and, I think, just about have most of the wrinkles ironed out in worshiping there. Now we’ll be focusing on all our summer events and activities while gearing up for our Fall kickoff at Showtime the Sunday after Labor Day.

So here’s a menu of things happening this summer for you to plan ahead:

New Worship Series Beginning This Father’s Day: “Imitating Our Father.” Join us Sunday for the beginning of a series that will retrace the faith-walk of Abraham as we glean some relevant lessons for our own spiritual journeys. Worship is at 9:30 am at Showtime Cinema—8910 S 102nd St., Franklin. Come early to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and to register your kids for Bible Quest which takes…

Memorial Day (5/26/2009)

On Memorial Day, while visiting family, I got up early and went for a long jog in the country near New London, WI. I ran past a cemetery. I noticed a large tombstone with three American flags by it. Later in the day I learned that tombstone marks the death of three brothers—Navy men on the USS Oklahoma, a ship attacked at Pearl Harbor, a ship where all three brothers died.

That made me really think about what freedoms I enjoy because of the sacrifice of men and women like the Barber brothers. I think if you asked most people today what they think is the most important freedom we have…they’d say, “Freedom of speech.” Undoubtedly that’s a wonderful freedom…as are so many that we enjoy here in the USA! But forgotten sometimes I think is simply the freedom of worship.

We get to worship God without fear. We get to talk about Jesus without hindrance. We get to study the Bible without having to worry about the secret police storming in and breaking things up. We are so blessed! And I know s…

Moving Day (4/30/2009)

Today was moving day! It was kind of weird, hauling all our stuff across the street to Showtime Cinema. People keep asking me, “So are you going to miss being at Polonia?” And you know…yeah…a little bit. It was the place God plopped in our lap in answer to our prayers when we were starting from scratch. It was a great place to start. And we’ve got a few extra memories that not every church has—like a worship service without heat…in WI. O the fun! Actually though, it kind of was fun. I mean, there were some really frustrating moments being there…but it was fun because of the people I get to work with. That’s just the truth. So many of you have put in long hours…serving with a smile…and a healthy dose of sarcasm every now and thenJ But in terms of volunteers who’ve been transformed by God’s grace…unbelievable! Thank you so much. I am so blessed as a pastor to lead a group that wants to share the love of Jesus with their community. Thank you for rolling up your sleeves like…

Happy Birthday Votl (4/2/2009)

Happy Birthday VotL! 2 years ago this week we launched Victory of the Lamb on Palm Sunday of 2007. It’s amazing to think it’s really only been two years that we’ve been worshiping together. But wow has God been good to us…so good in fact that we’ve pretty much outgrown the Polonia Soccer Club and we’ll be moving to Showtime Cinema starting Sundays in May.

We had 122 people at worship this past Sunday. The reason I even mention this though is not to somehow boast about what we’ve done, but because that number represents people—people dearly loved by God, people that Jesus gave up his life for. It’s about what God, in his grace, has done for each of us. Among those people at worship on Sunday, I’ve had the privilege of seeing God work the gift of faith in some of their hearts. I’ve had the privilege of seeing God bring people into his family through baptism. I’ve seen God work in incredible ways and change people’s lives. When I get really busy or start focusing on myself…I try to reflec…