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Victory News - Imitating Christ

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“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

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Get Unstuck

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"Jimmy V" Verses ("Don't give up...don't ever give up!)

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I still remember it. I was almost a teenager sitting in the basement as I watched Coach Jim Valvano on live TV give his now famous speech at the ESPY Awards. To this day it remains one of the most inspirational speeches I've ever heard. Here was a man dying of cancer who inspired me as a boy who loved basketball to think about how I wanted to live life to the fullest. And with his body racked with tumors he encouraged us all, "Don't give up...don't ever give up!"

God has similar encouragement for us too. And if I could add anything to Jimmy V's inspirational speech in 1993 where he said that there are three things in life that we should do everyday to have a good day--laugh, think, and be moved to tears with joy--I would add that we should also meditate upon God's precious promises.

And so I'm calling this last category of my Chew on This! challenge "Jimmy V verses" because each of these verses from the Bible offers us inspirational encourage…

Victory News - Are You Saturated Yet?

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Over the past couple weeks we’ve been learning how to practically apply a couple essential spiritual habits that God wants every Christian to form. So far we’ve talked about Oratio which is prayer. We’ve talked about Meditatio which is meditation or Bible study. This Sunday we’re wrapping up our Saturate series with perhaps the most difficult yet most important topic to understand--Tentatio.



Tentatio is the third thing God uses to grow us spiritually and draw us closer to him. Tentatio is basically the testing that we face when God and his Word intersect with us and our world. God uses Tentatio to drive us away from self and to his promises alone.

Don’t miss this Sunday as our student assistant Nathan Loersch helps us to see what a blessing Tentatio is when used in the hands of our gracious God!

How’s your Chew on This! Challenge going? If I had to gauge by the level of activity I’ve seen on social media and personal conversations I’ve had, I’m guessing that a lot of you never got …

Lemonade Verses (God refreshes me)

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When I was a kid playing outside and running around during the summer, I so looked forward to going into the kitchen to enjoy a refreshing glass of cold lemonade. My mom always had lemonade in the fridge.
As an adult, I still find myself needing to be refreshed. But I've learned that it's not just my body after playing basketball or going for a run. My soul needs to refreshed too. Life's a lot like running around. You get tired. Worn out. Stressed out. You run into some sad stuff. Some really sad stuff.
Where can we find a refreshing glass of lemonade for our soul? The answer is in God's Word of course. Take a look at some of my favorite "lemonade verses". Pick one and make it your own today. Let God's Spirit speak to you through it and refresh your sad and weary soul.
John 16:33
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus Zephaniah 3:17 17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great de…

Outlet Verses (God recharges my faith)

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My laptop computer is a couple years old now. The battery never really lasted all that long in the first place. Fully charged, I could get two, maybe three hours out of it. A couple years later though I'm lucky to get one and a half, two hours tops.

So when I take my computer to a coffee shop to work, what do I do? I look for a place where I can plug into an outlet. There's nothing more frustrating than starting a sermon or something important only to run out of juice. A couple weeks ago I lost about two hours of work when I thought I was plugged into an outlet but really wasn't. Talk about futility!

Our faith is kind of like that though too. We need to stay plugged into God's Word. God's Word is the outlet that recharges our faith batteries and keeps us connected to Christ. So Meditatio means taking time each day to stay connected to Christ as we plug into his Word throughout the day, mulling it over in our minds, letting the Spirit work it deep down into our heart…

Ticket Verses (God Saves Me)

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One of the best reasons to love God is because he loves you. In fact he loves you so much he wants you to be confident that you will be with him one day in a perfect place called heaven. The reason you can have this confidence is because of Jesus. True God and true man, Jesus has done everything necessary to win heaven for us. Where you and I have fallen short, Jesus lived a perfect life under God's law without sin. As our sin-free substitute, Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. Jesus then rose from the dead to prove his victory over sin and death. So now God gives the perfect righteousness of Jesus to each and every one of us who trust in him. And so biblical Christianity is unique because Jesus Christ is unique. 

How many religions are there? Basically there are two. There's everything that says, "Here's what you must do to make God happy with you so that one day maybe you can make it to that happier place." In other words, there's everything …

Eraser Verses (God Forgives Me)

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An eraser verse. We all need at least one of these in our back pocket. That's because we all have a great need for a Savior. We all screw up in life. We all make mistakes. We all sin. The good news is that today's verses as part of my Meditatio - Chew on This! challenge are powerful reminders that God has forgiven our sins completely because of the perfect work of Jesus. Believe this and have the peace and assurance that God wants you to have today and always!
Ephesians 1:7-8 7 In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 1 John 2:2 2 He [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. Micah 7:19 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Psalm 103:11-12 11 For as high as the heavens are above…

Helmet Verses (God Protects Me)

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