Showing posts from September, 2016

Victory News - Love Is Everything

Dear Friends,

Love. It’s not just wistful thoughts. It’s not just wishy-washy feelings. It’s not mere sentimental words.

It’s everything. Without it, Paul says, we are nothing.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Join me this Sunday as we dig into 1 Corinthians 13, a chapter of the Bible that God wants to use to recalibrate our hearts and lives and relationships. What do this have to do with you and me? What does this have to do with spiritual gifts and our church? In a word…everything. Love makes all the difference.

Do you have a case of HDD (“Honor-Deficiency-Disorder") or EH (“Extra-honor-itis”)? Watch Vicar Peter's message based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 from this past Sunday to get the cure!

Weeding Pullers Needed Tomorrow! Help pulling weeds around the ministry center this Saturday morning at 9 am. Just show up. Bring some buck…

Victory News - September Body Building

Dear Friends,

I remember the first time I walked into a weight room with the rest of my freshman football team. Yikes.  I was tall, skinny, wimpy (not much has changed there!) and totally clueless. I felt like a fish out of water. Like I didn’t belong.

But our coaches took the time to show us how to use the equipment. Upperclassmen helped to teach me proper form. Together we set some reachable goals and as teammates we gave each other encouragement. Then I started to see some progress, started to have fun, and started to feel like I belonged on the team. Eventually enjoying success on the field only increased that feeling of getting to be part of something special.

This, I think, is how a lot of people feel when they start coming to church. It can be nerve wracking at first, super intimidating even. They’re sizing themselves up. They’re looking around. They’re wondering, “Do I belong here?” “Where do I fit?” “Is this for me?” But if we find our place, if we grow in using our gifts, if w…

Victory News - Back to Church Sunday!

Dear Friends,

15 years ago. September 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday. I was in college coming out from a class when I heard the news. “We’re under attack.”

That following Sunday, church attendance spiked in churches all across our country.

I’m praying that church attendance once again trends upward in churches all across the country this Sunday, September 11, 2016, as we reflect on what took place 15 years ago and what’s taken place in the 15 years since. We have so many blessings to thank God for, yet at the same time so many reasons to continue to turn to God’s Word and ask in prayer for God’s divine protection and peace.

So please join me this “Back to Church Sunday” coming up this Sunday, September 11th. We’re beginning a new section of 1 Corinthians that looks at spiritual gifts, how each of us has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit, and how we can use our gifts together to make a difference in our world for time… and for eternity!

Click here to watch Pastor Bill’s message from this pa…

Victory News - 1st Week of September

Dear Friends,

It was good to be back with you all this past Sunday after getting to spend a week away with my family on vacation in Branson, MO! Two quick highlights of our trip (among many):

First was worshiping together as a family at Table Rock Lake at a picnic table as we read a Psalm, discussed it, prayed, and sang in a beautiful place surrounded by God’s creation. Second was taking in a production about Moses and getting a tour backstage at the Sight and Sound Theatre which is an absolutely incredible facility in the Ozarks. They did an incredible job making the Bible come alive. And what impressed me very much was how clearly the message of Jesus rang out during and at the end of that production! Taking in the whole scene with the Passover meal as they portrayed it was powerful.

This coming Sunday at Victory of the Lamb, Pastor Bill will wrap up our section on Intimacy and Purity by talking about the blessings of a single life. I appreciate the positive feedback you’ve given a…