Thursday, December 12, 2013

Victory News - God With Us

What is it like to feel alone? I can only imagine that it feels a lot like being in a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean. Incredibly, that’s where one man found himself a week ago. Did you hear his story? It’s amazing. The boat Harrison Okene was in sank. For 60 hours he lay inside at the bottom of the ocean. There was just a small pocket of air for him to breathe. It was cold. It was dark. He was alone.

Except that he wasn’t.

God was with him. And he knew it. Psalms that he had memorized ran through his mind (I’ll bet he was thankful for whoever told him it was worth the effort to commit Scripture to memory!). Prayers raced over his tongue. He cried out to God. He prayed for God’s will to be done. And then, amazingly, he was rescued. Here’s what he had to say about the whole ordeal yesterday in an interview. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should really watch it. He talks about how his hope, his trust, his confidence were in God even when he felt alone.

Now there are certainly days when all of us appreciate our time alone. I think that’s true even for extroverts! Yet who of us isn’t afraid of the prospect of one day finding ourselves abandoned or feeling left completely alone? While I don’t expect that I’ll ever meet anyone who’s spent time alone in a sunken boat down at the bottom of the sea, there are a lot of folks I know who feel sunken down and alone during this holiday season. Maybe you’re one of them.

Yet here’s the truth we’re going to talk about this Sunday: Christmas is the assurance that we are and never will be completely alone! Immanuel has come. Jesus is the God who is with us. He is the One who entered our world as one of us on that first Christmas to redeem every lonely step we take until he takes us home, sets all things right, and makes all things new. Until that time if you know Jesus as your Savior God, you are never ever all alone.

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Victory of the Lamb was on the front page of the Franklin NOW newspaper today! Check it out online. I’m excited for our big meeting this coming Tuesday, December 17th. At this meeting the Common Council will be voting on whether to rezone our land on Loomis Rd that we hope to buy for our future church home. Since it’s a public meeting you are all welcome, especially Franklin residents, to come and show your support at City Hall at 6:30 pm on 12/17. I don’t know when we’ll be up on the agenda but the more of you who can come, the better. And if you can’t come, that’s ok. Please take this up with God in prayer!

9:09 – If you haven’t heard yet, 9:09 will be our new start time in 2014 starting the first Sunday in January. We’re going to mail postcards and use social media to invite our community to come visit us in the new year at Showtime Cinema at 9:09.

Our 2nd annual Bible Quest Christmas Pageant was a big success Sunday. There were 342 total people in attendance worshiping, participating, teaching, and learning. By far that makes this past Sunday the highest attended Sunday morning we’ve ever had. God be praised! Thank you everyone who helped make Sunday happen. Without a doubt it took a total team effort to transform the movie theater into Bethlehem.

On December 22nd we will be having our special Victory of the Lamb Christmas service at 9:30 am. Since we are only able to meet at the cinema on Sunday mornings we don't have Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services.

This Thursday, December 19th is our Operation Jesus Cares’ Christmas project. Thank you, everyone, who has donated or signed up to help. We are just shy of our goal of raising $2,000 for this project to show the love of Jesus to help people in need. Sunday again there will be an OJC Donation box located at the OJC table in the lobby at Showtime with more information about the project. Any questions, please contact Ryan or Rebecca Solie. They would be more than happy to let you know how you can help show the love of Christ this Christmas!

Sermon audio podcast from Sunday.

Recorded service video from Sunday.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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