Thursday, August 29, 2013

Victory News - Peace Through Jesus


The butterfly is one of the oldest symbols of the Resurrection.
The background is my Greek New Testament, 1 Corinthians 15.
Last Sunday was a full day. In the morning we got to worship together as a church family and we had so many first time guests with us at church. In fact I got to reply to ten new connection cards this week and have already set up a couple follow-up meetings with people where I’ll get to talk more with them. It doesn’t get much better than that. God be praised! For a lot of reasons I am as excited about the future of our church as I’ve ever been.

Sunday evening also gave us another reason to praise God. After bravely battling brain cancer over the course of a year or so, Sarah’s Mom finally received the eternal victory won for her by Jesus our Savior. Our daughter Lydia pretty well summed it up when she said she felt, “A little happy. A little sad.” We will miss Mom so very much. I cannot in so few words say just how much she meant to all of us and what an inspirational example she was to so many.

But what joy it gives us to know that she is now forever free and at peace in that place where there is no more pain, no more suffering, and no more death! Faith in Christ was made for such a time as this. Mom lived and died trusting in her Savior. For that reason we boldly and confidently assert that Mom did not lose her battle with brain cancer but that she won it when Jesus ushered her soul into glory everlasting! “Thanks be to God; he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

This Sunday we get another opportunity to hear about that victory Jesus won for us. We are wrapping up our summer series “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” with what is one of the most powerful stories Jesus ever told. You can read about it in Luke 15:11-32.

  • There will be Sunday morning Bible study this week. Frosty Bivens will continue teaching on the Beatitudes of Jesus found in Matthew chapter 5 from 8:30-9:10 am in theater #6. You all are invited.
  • This afternoon is the visitation for Sarah’s Mom at the Heritage Funeral Home in New Berlin from 4-7 pm. Her Christian Victory Celebration will be Friday morning at 11 am at St John’s Lutheran Church in Newburg, WI. Mom’s obituary can be found here online.
  • Tuesday evening this week I also had the opportunity to lead a celebration of life/memorial service for Liz Schinners who passed away on August 23rd. I was privileged to talk about sin and grace and the victory won by Jesus. I look forward to sharing God’s Word more with Liz’ dear husband Mike and their family at Victory of the Lamb in the future.
  • God’s blessings and protection to all of you who are traveling this Labor Day weekend!
  • Just another friendly reminder that each Sunday’s worship folder is the primary means of our church communication. If you happen to miss a Sunday you can always access the worship folder via the File tab under the Victory of the Lamb Group in our Online Community. Here is a link to this past Sunday’s worship folder.
  • Confirmation Class is beginning again soon on September 16th. I am in the process of finalizing the schedule and will send it out this coming week. If you have children 6th-8th grade, and you haven’t contacted me yet, please contact me to make sure I have your up-to-date contact info so that you receive further communication about the class.
  • Save the date: Our Fall Festival will be on Saturday, October 5th at Lions Legend Park. Mark your calendars. More info to come.
  • The Franklin Historical Society has been in contact with me about how we can help provide volunteers for community events because they have heard we are a church that wants to help the community. Right now one immediate request they have is for 2-3 people to help park cars during the St. Martin’s Fair which is held this Sunday and Monday afternoons. Basically they need a couple people willing to stand for 2 hours and direct cars. If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Jim Luckey via email.
  • Last but not least, this past Sunday many of you got to meet Shelly from Kayla’s Krew. I’ve heard many of you express interest in helping Kayla’s Krew in our community. That is awesome! One way you can participate is by joining them tomorrow night at the “Blackout 2013” game between Greendale and Franklin. Details are on their website. And if you’re on Facebook, be sure and like the Kayla’s Krew Facebook page for regular updates.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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