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Victory News - Christmas Blessings!

God be praised! We all have so many reasons to rejoice this week. Of course the greatest of these reasons is the gift we have all received from God when He gave His one and only Son to be our Savior on that first Christmas. Jesus is the one Gift none of us would ever want to return! Come celebrate this Gift with me on Christmas Eve this week at 6 pm in the gym at St. Paul’s in Muskego where we are having a joint service with The Bridge at St. Paul’s. I'll be preaching a message from the Bible based on Hebrews 2:14-15.

I also thank God today for your generosity though as well. Yesterday at church was our commitment Sunday for our More Than Bricks campaign. Right now we are sitting at just over $300,000 in commitments and gifts made just yesterday alone! Would you join me in praising God for that incredible amount that reflects the overflow of your hearts! That means we are well on way to reaching our campaign goal of $500,000 in commitments over 3 years to help make our vis…

Victory News - More Than Bricks Commitment Sunday

For over 400 years God remained silent…until a voice in the wilderness, a prophet sent by God, cried out, “Prepare the way for the Lord!” Sunday we’ll listen to this voice as God speaks to us through his word to clear away the obstacles in our hearts so that we too can celebrate Christmas with maximum joy and peace!

Remember that this Sunday is also our More Than Bricks commitment Sunday. At Christmas we remember that God, the greatest Giver, gave us the greatest gift in his Son Jesus. So this Sunday each of us has an opportunity with our More Than Bricks campaign to prayerfully consider how generous we can be as God has uniquely blessed each of us.

There will be an opportunity in the service for each of you to come forward with your commitment card pledging your prayers, support, and gifts over the next three years. No prayer is too insignificant. No gift is too small. Together we will celebrate God’s faithfulness and pray for his future blessings! If you don’t have a ca…

Victory News - Bible Quest Pageant

This Sunday at Victory of the Lamb is our Bible Quest Christmas pageant. Of course you all are invited! What this means is that for the first half of the service you’ll get to sit back and enjoy the service as the kids from Bible Quest present “The Not So Silent Night.” Afterwards I’ll have a 20 minute message based on John chapter 1 from the Bible and we’ll have you on your way with plenty of time to enjoy some fellowship around the Victory CafĂ© in the lobby. Please note that because of the special event this Sunday we won’t be having Communion. We’ll wait till the end of the month for our next opportunity.

A couple other notes about Sunday from Cassy, our Bible Quest Director: Before church, we are going to have pageant rehearsal in Theater #1 for the kids and to coordinate all of the AV and music with the kids. Therefore, Theater #1 will be closed until 8:45am to allow us to rehearse with the kids without the distractions of people coming in and out of the theater. Th…

More Than Bricks - Gathering Sunday's Here!

This is a big week for our church moving forward! At Thursday evening's Plan Commission meeting, our church's site plan received unanimous approval. The Mayor commended us for being a church that benefits the community. He complimented our architects and engineering team and spoke highly of our process as an example of how things should be done with new developments in the city. It was amazing! I feel truly humbled to be a part of this and tremendously excited for the coming year. God is good!

I'm really proud too of everyone on our team who's been working super hard to make this happen. And I'm proud also of our City leaders and staff. They're a great group of people and have been helpful to work with. There's just so much communication that's involved in this process but it's amazing when good people get together to work for the common good of a community. Exciting things are happening here in Franklin and the fact that we get to be part of it is…

A Long Time Coming

If you’re like me, you’ve got an email inbox full of Black Friday offers right now. “Come today between 9-3.” “Use this promo code.” “Stock up on…” “Here are today’s deals.”

So in one respect this post by me, a pastor, might seem like just one more promotion you don’t have time for. On the other hand what I’m sharing today is an invitation for you to come enjoy a kingdom that money can’t buy.

This Sunday at 9:09 we’re starting a new series called A Long Time Coming. Join me at Showtime Cinema as we learn that what God really wants to give you this Christmas season is the gift of his peace.

Thanksgiving Fellowship MealA big thank you to everyone who helped make our gathering last Sunday at the Oak Creek Community Center Sunday night a great time! Over 100 people joined us for music, food, and fun.

Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project –Tuesday morning, December 16th. We’re raising $2,000 for putting together Christmas care packages for one of the lowest income neighborhoo…

More Than Bricks

Dear Friends in Christ,

Whether it’s been with your prayers, your time, or your financial gifts over the years…thank you! There is no such thing as a prayer too simple or a gift too small when it comes from a heart filled to overflowing with God's grace.

This Day before Thanksgiving we want to share with you some of the recent blessings of God to Victory of the Lamb and some new opportunities He is putting before us.

Our Thanksgiving Fellowship Dinner last Sunday at the Oak Creek Community Center was a great success—with well over 100 people attending. The music and entertainment, dinner and fellowship were enjoyed by all!

Last Sunday’s worship folder had said that there would be a big announcement at the event. So we talked about the Path to Victory appeal and the blessings that we’ve received through it—namely the purchase of 15 acres of land on Loomis Rd, as well as detailed due diligence for our future Ministry Center. 

But in case you missed the big announcement, here…

Victory News

Hello Friends,

The last couple weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of passing down a legacy of faith. Join us this Sunday as we wrap up our Legacy series with a rich appreciation of God’s grace and just what it means that God is in control of our lives.

Thanksgiving Fellowship MealA quick reminder for those of you who signed up that this Sunday evening is our annual Thanksgiving meal at the Oak Creek Community Center. Please note that there will also be a free will opportunity for you to donate to our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project.

Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project –Tuesday morning, December 16th. We’re raising $2,000 for putting together Christmas care packages for one of the lowest income neighborhoods on the Southside of Milwaukee. We work with the elementary school kids from Christ-St Peter’s school to put these packages together and then deliver them door to door in their neighborhood. So please mark the date on your calendar, and consider vo…

Victory News - Priority: Eternity

Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.

Someone once told me that this should be a pastor’s motto. After further reflection, I tend to agree.

But I’ve thought about that little motto quite a bit over the years because who doesn’t want to be remembered? Isn’t that why we’re spending a couple weeks talking about how to leave a legacy?

Not exactly. Recall that as Jesus was dying on the cross, there were two criminals crucified alongside him. One of them said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Remember me, Jesus. Why? Because that man wanted at least one person on earth to remember him after he was dead? No. Rather that man believed that the legacy Jesus was going to leave would be an eternal one. Jesus’ saving legacy would clean up the mess of his sins and cause him to outlive death. That criminal believed that because of Jesus he would get to live in God’s eternal kingdom when he died!

Well when you put it that way, all of sudden this leg…

VotL Christmas Eve with The Bridge at St. Paul's

Hi Friends,

Here’s an amazing thought…you ready? Next year at this time, God willing, we’ll be getting ready to have Christmas Eve in our about-to-be-completed ministry center! For real.

Until then, as you know well, we are limited in terms of the days and times we can worship at the movie theater. Christmas Eve, Good Friday, anything later than 9:09 on Sundays, etc.…we haven’t been able to have those special services.

But this year I just don’t want to miss out on having Christmas Eve with you all. We’ve got just so much to be thankful for and so many reasons to worship our Savior God. So we’re going to do something kind of special. This year, on Christmas Eve, Victory of the Lamb is partnering with our friends from St Paul’s in Muskego, in particular, their team that serves at The Bridge which is their ministry that meets in their new school gym.

We had a VotL Christmas Eve service in the gym at St Paul’s a couple years ago, but that was before The Bridge launched this p…

A Legacy of Integrity

Last Sunday was a great start to our Legacy series! I was super excited to get to preach to so many people because what we’re talking about is important. One family after church said, “Pastor Ben, I’m really glad we’re talking about these kinds of things. We need to be reminded what it’s really all about.”

So let’s keep it going this Sunday so that the legacy we pass on will be sound. This week we’ll be talking about integrity. What is it? What can you do when your integrity has been compromised? How can you yet leave a legacy of integrity? Join us Sunday for part 2 of our series!

*Special Missions Conversation This Sunday – As part of our upcoming capital campaign for our ministry center, we plan to include a significant Missions component. So this Sunday, November 9th, all of you are invited to join us in theater #6 before church at 8:09 am for a special 45 minute conversation regarding a couple different options for supporting Missions. We will be choosing to support o…

Victory News - Legacy

Every single one of us is leaving behind a legacy. What’s yours going to be? That’s the big idea behind what we’re going to talk about over the next four weeks this November. You see, whether we’re intentional about it or not, we’re all passing on something to the next generation. And this isn’t about passing down money or stuff. More significantly, we pass on our hopes, our values, our beliefs—what is important to us and what is not. So join us as we start this new series and talk about some of those things that are most important that God wants us to pass on.

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18

Missions Conversation – As part of our upcoming capital campaign for our ministry center, we plan to include a significant Missions component. So next Sunday, November 9th, all of you are invited to join us before church for a 45 minute conversation regarding …

Victory News - Contentment


Easier said than done, right? Maybe that’s why the Apostle Paul calls it a secret. Something he had to learn. And if we’re honest, something most of us have to learn too. Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12).

So join us this Sunday as we reach the end of our Stuck? series where we’ve been journeying through the book of Philippians in the Bible. As we come to the conclusion of this series we’re going to discover the secret that Paul learned and that God wants all of us to learn too. It’s one of the most joyful parts of getting unstuck and moving forward spiritually. Come discover it for yourself with us this Sunday at 9:09!

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal - Sunday, November 23rd. You’re all invited. Join us for fun, music, and good food as we celebrate God’s blessings over the past year and look forward to his blessings in the next. Entertainment begins around 4 pm, and dinner will be served at 5. Sugg…

Keep Calm and Rejoice On!

Tomorrow is another opportunity to worship God in our free country. Let's make the most of it! We have so much to be thankful for and what better way to use our time than by thanking, praising, and praying to God.

It's been a busy week but I'm happy because I just finished my sermon. Now it's time for me to learn it! But I'm excited to share it with you because it's a message we all need to hear:

Keep Calm...and Rejoice On!

My sermon is based on Philippians 4:4-9 tomorrow. If you get a chance, take a peek and read those verses tonight before bed.

Friends, if you've been struggling with anxiety or worry, or if you've been finding yourself feeling grumpy or stressed, antisocial or upset... join me tomorrow and let God's Spirit find room to work in your heart and give you JOY instead.

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

PS - We're just starting a Bible study on the book of Acts in theater #6 at 8:09 am. You're all welcome to join us!

Victory News - Pressing On!

There’s one part of getting unstuck – spiritually speaking – that’s as important as any.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13b).

Here’s the irony: you actually move forward in faith when you stop striving to win God’s approval or work your way into heaven by your own effort. In fact you can only press on and go forward when you realize the pressure’s off!

So be sure and catch my message this Sunday. We’re getting at the very heart of how God wants to get us unstuck through knowing Jesus.

If you know anyone who’s ever felt any pressure to perform, or anyone who’s struggling with how to deal with lots of heavy stress in life right now, invite them to join you this Sunday!

Groups are in full swing this Fall. Still time to jump in! Just check out the menu of opportunities on our website to get connected. About 75 different people have participated in groups so far this Fall. That’s awesome!

Bible Study takes place every Sunday in theater #6…

Victory News - Imitating Christ

“He’s so stuck on himself.”

“She so stuck up.”

At least when I was in high school, when people said things like this about someone, it wasn’t usually a compliment.

I think we all understand that sometimes being stuck can be a form of self-centeredness. When we dwell on ourselves too much we end up comparing ourselves to others in an unhealthy way. So to help all of us get unstuck the Apostle Paul redirects our attention to Christ’s humiliation which alone can produce in us true humility.

Humility isn’t necessarily thinking less about ourselves, but thinking about ourselves less so that we put the interests and needs of others ahead of our own, just like Christ Jesus did for us. Here's what Philippians 2:5-8 says,

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being m…

Victory News - Advancing