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Victory News - Anticipation

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What are you most looking forward to?

That’s a question I’ve been asked repeatedly the last couple weeks as our ministry center building project has been coming to a conclusion and we hope to have our first services there now on December 20th.

My answer, truthfully? Seeing more people fill the chairs (which you helped buy—thank you!) who might not yet know the victory that Jesus won for them. But also just seeing how God’s going to surprise us with blessings we didn’t plan for or necessarily expect because with God, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. I anticipate that God will bless us in ways we didn’t think of and in ways more abundantly than we could have hoped.

What are you most looking forward to?

Join us this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am as we start a new series this Advent season called “Anticipation.” It’s fitting as we look forward to so many blessings at our new ministry center that we also anticipate the blessings that we have through Jesus Christ—who …

Victory News - Change of Plans

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1989, Domino Rally. I remember it well. I got it for Christmas that year. The cover of the box says it all: “It’s a chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.” Simply set up the plastic framework, place the dominoes one by one, and 3-2-1… domino powered rocket liftoff!

Except it was never that simple.

What I learned trying to set up those hundreds of dominoes is that often just one little nudge, one shaky finger, or one accidental encounter with our family kitten is all it took to set off that “chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.”

This week we had a domino fall like that with our ministry center building project. Nothing major. Just one domino really—a shipping delay on the sanctuary lights. Something beyond our control. What that means however is that some things can’t be completed until those lights arrive and get installed—not the least of which are our final inspections leading up to an occupancy permit. Otherwise everything is wra…

Victory News - Everything Sad Untrue

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Upon waking up, after experiencing the horrors of Mt. Doom, Sam sees Gandalf and he says:

“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What's happened to the world?” 

“A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.

I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a boy, this conversation recorded by author J.R.R. Tolkien in his book “The Return of the King” has resonated in the deepest parts of my soul.

Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Well as wonderful as Gandalf’s reply, the Gospel of Jesus Christ answers even more definitely, “Yes!” Yes because Jesus has conquered the grave. Yes because Jesus has won the victory over Satan. Yes because heaven is going to be our true and lasting home. F…

Victory News - One. More. Month.

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Last Sunday was a fantastic start to our new series It’s the end of the world…and I feel fine! as well as the start to the end of our time at Showtime Cinema. I was amazed how full the movie theater felt with over 250 people in attendance between adults and kids. I’m so thankful that God has brought us to this point where in just a month we’ll be moving into our newly completed ministry center. There we’ll be able to not only fit more people but also start with two services so that we can share Christ’s victory with more people. Starting December 6th (one month from today in fact!) we’ll be holding two Sunday morning services. The first one will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s a timeline of the next couple weeks:

November 27-29th: Worship Arts Team training and practice with new a/v/l equipment at new ministry center. Times TBA.

November 29th: Last Sunday church service at Showtime Cinema.

November 30th – December 5th: Move into new ministry center / train…