Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gold Buried in the Ground

Did you hear this story? This week a couple in California found $10 million in rare gold coins buried on their property in the shadow of an old tree. What are they going to do with this buried treasure that they discovered? They plan on paying off some bills and quietly donating to charities.

What would you do if you found a $10 million treasure?

Believe it or not, this Sunday Jesus would actually have each of us think about that as he tells us a story about a man who decided to take his tremendous treasure of gold, dig a hole, and hide it in the ground. You can read about it ahead of time in what is sometimes called the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.

Join us Sunday as we wrap up our series Buried Treasure with this perspective altering, life-changing parable!

Last chance to register for our “church and a movie” event! After church this Sunday, you are invited to stick around and watch the movie Son of God at 10:30. As a church we are buying out theater #6 (right across the hall from theater #1 where we worship) which has 195 seats. Discounted tickets are $7 apiece. You can write out a check to Victory of the Lamb or pay in cash for however many tickets you register for. There will be a special box outside theater #1 for payment. That way we’ll pay Showtime all at once and you won’t all have to go back through the box office. Showtime would be happy if you went from church to the concession stand where you’ll be able to buy a discounted popcorn and soda for $2.50 apiece.

So just let us know how many tickets you’d like us to reserve for you and your friends because quantities are limited. Right now 126 of the 195 tickets have been spoken for. Please register using this online registration form by Friday, February 28th. There may be some tickets still available on Sunday, but if you want to be sure, register today.

Milwaukee Bucks Faith and Family Night. Come cheer on the Bucks with friends and family at the Bradley Center as the Bucks take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 pm. Following the Bucks game there will be a special concert by the Christian band Mercy Me. If Victory of the Lamb brings a group of 10+ we’ll get our church’s name shown on the scoreboard. Upper Level tickets are $14.60 a piece if we place a group order. To order please contact me by February 28th on let me know how many tickets you’d like me to order for you.  So far 6 tickets have been requested. That means we need at least 4 more to have a group. If you can, please let me know if you’d like to go asap and I’ll let you know if we get a group together.

Things moving and shaking. Monday night this week we had a productive Leadership Team meeting. A recap of the meeting will be included in this Sunday’s worship folder. Remember that you can always download each week’s worship folder through the Online Community too after Sunday. Also this week I was privileged to be invited to a meeting with Kayla’s Krew and an incredible playground design company who gave us a presentation. I also got the opportunity to talk about our site, showing pictures and possible site plans on screen. Afterwards we all took a trip out to our land. It was sure cold out there but much fun to envision what might happen, God willing, when the snow melts one day (It will melt, won’t it?)!

Sermon audio podcast of my sermon last Sunday

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, February 21, 2014

Victory News

You never know how important forgiveness is—until it’s your turn to forgive. And the only thing harder than forgiving someone, is not forgiving. But this Sunday we’re going explore with Jesus as our guide how forgiveness is like a hidden treasure.

When you find that your own forgiveness is an impossibly priceless treasure given to you as a gift for Jesus’ sake, then you will also find the power to forgive others.

Register now for our “church and a movie” event! Next Sunday, March 2nd we’ll have our regular Sunday service at 9:09 (You don’t need to register for that!) But then after the service, stick around to watch the movie Son of God at 10:30. As a church we are buying out a whole 195 seat auditorium. This means we can get discounted tickets at $7 apiece. You can also buy a discounted popcorn and soda. Please let us know how many tickets you’d like us to reserve for you and your friends because quantities are limited. This is an awesome opportunity for you to use to invite someone to learn about Jesus. There are plenty of tickets still available. Please register using this online registration form by February 28th.

Bible 101 class got off to a great start this week. After talking about it after church last week I was delighted that there are 6 people who have registered to participate. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! There are few things I love to do more as a pastor than helping a group of people have fun learning together about our gracious God. Anyone still want to jump on board with us this coming Thursday?

Milwaukee Bucks Faith and Family Night: Come cheer on the Bucks with friends and family at the Bradley Center as the Bucks take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 pm. Following the Bucks game there will be a special concert by the Christian band Mercy Me. If Victory of the Lamb brings a group of 10+ we’ll get our church’s name shown on the scoreboard. Upper Level tickets are $14.60 a piece if we place a group order. To order please contact me by February 28th on let me know how many tickets you’d like me to order for you.

Leadership Team Meeting: This Monday night, February 24th, the Leadership Team will be having its monthly meeting at the parsonage from 6:30-8:30pm. There is a lot to do and discuss as we oversee the mission and ministry of our church—especially as we continue to grow and there are more and more needs, challenges, and opportunities for sharing Christ’s victory. As always you are invited to contact anyone serving currently on the Leadership Team with questions or concerns regarding our mission and ministry. Remember too that Leadership Team communications are published in the weekly worship folder. And if you happen to miss a Sunday you can always download a pdf file of worship folder via the Online Community.

Sermon audio podcast of Ben Reichel's sermon last Sunday

Last Sunday’s service recorded on Ustream

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, February 7, 2014

Building on the Rock


I read a Chinese proverb this week on Twitter. It goes like this. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” There’s some wisdom there I think when it comes to doing something good that you wish that you’d done long ago.

There’s some truth to that also when it comes to building your life on God and putting his word into practice. The best time to do it was years ago. The second best time is now. Sounds at least somewhat encouraging, right?

But as Christians we have an even greater reason to want to build our lives on God besides a pithy little proverb. We actually have a gracious God whose love for us is inexhaustible, whose grace is unconditional.

And since we have such a Savior God whose love for us doesn’t shift like sand, now is always the best possible time to build our lives on his grace. In fact it’s never too late to (re)build your life on the rock solid foundation of Jesus Christ and start following his blueprint for how life works best.

That’s the message I hope to help you apply to your life this Sunday as we continue our Buried Treasure series by learning from a story Jesus told in Matthew 7:24-27.

In case you missed it, here’s the conclusion to the treasure hunter video that I shared with you last Sunday. Check it out!

Church and a movie. On Sunday, March 2nd we’ll have our regular Sunday service at 9:09. After the service, stick around to watch the movie Son of God at 10:30 which opens that week in theaters across the country. As a church we are buying out a whole 195 seat auditorium. This means we can get discounted tickets at $7 apiece. You can also buy a discounted popcorn and soda. You don’t need to buy your tickets in advance but you do need to let us know how many tickets you’d like us to reserve for you and your friends because quantities are limited. Please register in advance using this online registration form.

New Bible 101 class starting soon! You wouldn’t try building a house without a blueprint. Why trying building your life without ever consulting God’s blueprint for you? Bible 101 is your opportunity to learn about God, no matter what your background, with other people in a group. Study God’s blueprint and start building your life upon the solid rock of his love for you in Christ. Email me to register! 

What: 4 Sessions (materials provided, completely free)
When: 4 Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm (on 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13)
Where: Harris Bank Community Room (located on 76th and Rawson)

Sermon audio podcast

Service recorded on Ustream

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben