Showing posts from May, 2014

Modern Family Starting Sunday

People say, “You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family.” You’ve heard that before, right? As a result, family relationships can often be the most challenging relationships. They can also be the most rewarding.

This Sunday we’ll be starting a new series called Modern Family. So we’re going to be talking about family dynamics in our world today. We’re going to get God's perspective and guidance as we learn how to navigate through some of the complexities of family life today. And no matter what your family looks like for real, God can get it on a path towards ideal.

Everyone has a family. What does yours look like? What do you want it to look like? Whether you’re single, married, widowed, or divorced…whether you have kids or you don’t…no matter what your family situation, I promise there will be something that impacts everyone in this series. We are after all a church family too.

So join us this Sunday as we start what I believe is going to be a life c…

Victory News - Cornerstone

What an awesome day last Sunday was! Ben Reichel helped us understand what it means that we are “living stones” and how God’s spiritual house is being built from all kinds of living stones like us—each with our cracks and fissures and unique features. Each of our confirmation students received a stone with their name and confirmation verse on it. I pray that they will treasure that as a reminder of God’s love and the role God’s word plays in their lives.

Thank you also for all the positive comments about the confirmation video that we created especially for last Sunday. I was really happy with how it turned out overall and kind of amazed too that it came together like that. I think the kids did a great job in answering the questions, don’t you? One of our goals with our junior high confirmation class is that we want to help equip students to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

This com…

Victory News - Confirmation Sunday!

This Sunday we mark an important milestone in the lives of 5 of our students. It is confirmation Sunday!

What is confirmation? Most importantly it is a strengthening of faith in Jesus Christ through the process of an in-depth study of the Bible. In this way confirmation instruction is also important preparation for receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Over the past three years Tyler, Jordyn, Morgan, Dawson, and Rachel have been instructed in God’s Word. The Rite of Confirmation provides them with an opportunity, relying on God's promise given them in Holy Baptism, to make a public confession of their faith and a lifelong promise of faithfulness to Christ.

So what does this mean for our service on Sunday? Mostly you can expect it to be the same as usual. However, after the sermon we will be showing you a very special video on the big screen. It’s a video montage that we put together of the confirmation students themselves telling us what they have learned over the …

Victory News - Touchstone

Do you know how to spot a scam? Sometimes they’re obvious. Sometimes they’re subtle. One thing’s for sure. Scammers are always adapting.

This Sunday Jesus wants to help each of us learn how to avoid getting spiritually scammed in a world where there are lots of different voices competing for our attention.

We’re going to see how Jesus is our touchstone.

The idea of a touchstone comes from ancient Greece where a touchstone was used to verify if gold coins were legitimate. You would take the gold and scrape it on the touchstone. Because of the properties of this stone the line would be a certain color. The touchstone would tell you if the gold was real, pure and true. And that’s what Jesus is going to help us do to this Sunday.

Because he loves us, Jesus wants to help us avoid spiritual scams by staying close to him—our Good Shepherd.

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Victory News - Milestones

Tomorrow morning, God willing, I will be running in my first half-marathon. 13.1 miles. But I’ve never run more than 10 miles in my life. So the bad news is I’ve only trained up to six miles over the last couple weeks because of this cold, wet spring (Are you buying my excuses?).

Yet the good news is that I won’t be alone. I’ve got a teammate, Riley, who’s going to run alongside me as we take turns pushing Josh in the special My Team Triumph jogging stroller along the way. And this, for me, I know is going to make all the difference. Though Riley I’m sure could take off and run far ahead of me, yet for my benefit he’s going to run alongside me and help me make it to the finish line. And together we’re going to get Josh there too. We’re a team.

Life itself is a lot like this I think. It’s a journey. And in many ways I think so is faith. Not faith itself. But going through life with faith in God. It’s a journey. We’re better together. Coming alongside each other. Encouragin…