Showing posts from January, 2015

Victory News - Shadows

In a couple days America will be waiting expectantly for the results of an annual event.

(What’s that? ... There’s something called the Super Bowl this Sunday? Personally, I’ve tried to forget about this reality after the outcome of the NFC Championship game two weeks ago!)

But no I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. I’m talking about what America is anticipating on the morning after—Groundhog’s day. According to folklore if that little groundhog sees his shadow and scoots back into its burrow, winter will linger for six more weeks. But if it’s cloudy and it doesn’t see its shadow, then spring will come early. I know, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Somehow I think winter is going to last a while here no matter what. Yet some people still seem to care about that little shadow.

Well this Sunday at VotL we’re going to learn about some more important shadows. These were shadows that pointed ahead to the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. But now that Christ has …

Victory News - Colossians Continues

One of the joys in working through a book of the Bible is that we get an opportunity to unpack some of the deep truths of the faith as we encounter them. That’s what we’ll be doing this Sunday as we continue our Profile series and camp out for a while in Colossians 2:6-15.

What are we going to learn?

Everything that Jesus has accomplished has become yours through your baptism!

Sound too good to be true? Join us this Sunday as we continue our study of Colossians with the theme Profile Complete.

Pastor’s Conference ­ - Monday I spent the day at St. Paul’s in East Troy attending our pastors’ conference with about 25 other pastors from churches in my conference—which, by the way, is called the Western Lakes Conference. As the Program Committee Chairman it’s my responsibility to plan the agenda for these conferences which we have twice a year. We began the morning with a worship service and holy communion. The rest of the day we learned from Prof. Rich Gurgel from Wisconsin Lutheran…

Victory News - Builders For Christ

“Christian leadership is more a function of who you are in Christ rather than what you do for Christ.”

– President Mark Zarling, Martin Luther College

This comment that I heard during the opening session of the Christian Leadership Experience that I attended last week really resonated with me. Leadership isn’t just what you do. It starts with who you are. And based on what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:24-2:5 I’m confident that he’d agree. That’s the section we’ll be studying together as we continue our Profile series based on the book of Colossians this Sunday.

So join me as we explore what it means (and how wonderful it is!) to be secure in who you are in Christ. And then we’ll talk about how being secure in Christ leads to having energy to serve in Christ’s church.

Christian Leadership Conference ­ - It was good to be together with over 500 fellow brothers and sisters in Christ down in Arizona for a couple days last week. Sarah and I attended numerous workshops pertai…

A New Year of God's Grace!

Welcome to a new year of God’s grace! The arrival of a new year is the perfect time for fresh starts in our lives physically, mentally, and most importantly…spiritually.

So join me this Sunday at church as we kick off 2015 with a new sermon series called Profile based on a book of the New Testament called Colossians. If you haven’t been to church in a while, it’s the perfect time to come back!

In Colossians, the apostle Paul presents a profile that has the power to change our lives completely. Paul presents Jesus, the uncreated Creator of all things, the image of the invisible God, the firstborn from the dead.

The better we understand Jesus’ profile, the better we’ll understand who we really are in Christ.  In this series, as we work through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we’re going to see how Jesus truly is our all in all and explore how this truth impacts our lives.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and you…