Friday, January 27, 2017

Victory News - Aha! Moments


I am thankful that for as often as I have been a part-time follower of Jesus (yikes…and I’m a pastor!), he has always been my full-time Savior. Watch this past Sunday’s message where I explore this truth and make some real life applications related to social media and personal relationships for all of us. And let me know how these truths are impacting you. Did you have any Aha! moments this week? Please share…through email, on social media, in person, etc. A lot of people have expressed how helpful it is to watch the message more than once and then to discuss it as a family.

This Sunday, Pastor Bill is going to unpack some “blessings in disguise” as we continue our Aha! series. I hope you can join us and discover more of God’s truth that can transform your heart…and the lives of the people in your life.

Host Team - Volunteers Needed. Christie, our host team coordinator is providing a half hour training session after the 2nd service this Sunday. Anyone who is interested in being part of the host team is welcome to attend. If you’re interested in helping make great first impressions but can’t make it to this training session, please email Christie and she will set up a training session with you.

Usher Team – Volunteers Needed. Karl, our usher team coordinator is requesting at least 4-6 more ushers would be willing to once a month to help provide a friendly face, help people receive a worship folder, collect the offering and find their way around. Please contact Karl if you’re interested or serving and wish to learn more.

Send a Card to Jackson. For updates on Jackson’s surgery and recovery, follow his story on the Army For Jackson Facebook page. Since Jackson will be in the hospital for at least another two weeks down in Houston, one way to let him know we love him and are praying for him would be to help him decorate his hospital room. Please consider sending Jackson a card over the next few weeks. His address is:
MD Anderson
Attn:  Jackson Poulos
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Room G954
Houston, TX  77030

“Deep Love” seminar on building healthy relationships – starts Feb 1. A new relationships group to meet 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings Feb 1- Feb 22 6:30-8:00 pm. Childcare provided. It’s for couples who want to move from broken to better as well as those moving from good to great. Also open to couples who are engaged or dating. Visit our event page for more and to register. Sign up asap!

Men of His Word National Conference – “Be Strong and Courageous!” Coming up in February I’ll be a presenter at what has become a fast growing, gospel filled gathering of men who want to grow in their faith and become the leaders that God has called us to be in our world, our homes, and churches. Last year, over 600 men gathered for this inexpensive, one-day event. It’s being hosted at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 11. Check out the Men of His Word website for registration details. Here’s a link with descriptions of the session topics including mine that I’ve titled “What It Takes To Be Tough.”

Alison’s Choice – Free Movie Event. As many of you know, I’m on the Board of Directors for a wonderful pro-life group whose mission is protecting a child’s right to live and be loved. We’re hosting a free movie event on Friday evening, February 24th at our ministry center. Invite your family / friends to join you for a positive message film about God’s precious gift of life. Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming or to watch a trailer for the movie. Because of the story, it is somewhat a PG-13 movie. Doors open @ 6:30pm, Screening @ 7pm.

2016 Thrivent Choice Dollars – Thank you to everyone who directed $1,119 in charitable giving funds from Thrivent Financial to Victory of the Lamb! If you’re an eligible Thrivent Financial member and have Choice Dollars available to direct, please keep Victory of the Lamb in mind. You can direct 2016 funds to eligible organizations like VotL until March 31. For more info or to direct Choice Dollars, call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice.” Or click here.

Leadership Team Update Here’s a link to the summary of this month’s meeting.

Additional Resources – After talking last Sunday so specifically about technology use, I’ve had a number of conversations this week about it. If you’re interested…here are links to two more talks I’ve found helpful recently in shaping some of the thoughts I expressed:

From a completely secular standpoint: Simon Sinek’s talk on “Millennials in the Workplace.”

From a Christian standpoint: Rev. Matt Popovits (LCMS) on “Christian Community for the Highly Skeptical and Hyper-Connected.”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, January 20, 2017

Victory News - An Aha! Inauguration


Questions have abounded the last couple weeks about who would show up at today’s Presidential inauguration. It seems that many people think that making an appearance of any kind much less a performance makes a statement about the individual being inaugurated into office.

But if so then what matters most is who decided to show up when Jesus was inaugurated! Of course I’m not talking about being inaugurated for the office of POTUS, but for something even more important: the office of Christ—aka Messiah, our world’s Savior.

When Jesus was baptized, it was the beginning of his 3 year public ministry as the stand-in representative of all humanity. Was he qualified for this job? Absolutely! Because who showed up to represent? The Triune God, in perfect harmony. God the Son was present being baptized. God the Holy Spirit was present in the form of a dove which alighted upon Jesus and remained. God the Father was present in the voice that boomed, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased!” (cf Mat. 3:17).

Join me this coming Sunday as we continue to experience Aha! moments related to what Jesus has done for us and what makes him so uniquely special. In case you missed it, catch up by watching my message from last week. It’s about how you can stop carrying what Jesus carried away. So if you’re tired of all the inauguration coverage on tv…or perhaps more importantly you’re tired of carrying around your own personal baggage, check it out!

Bible 101 Class – Saturdays @10:30am. Our new group began last Saturday, but if you’d like to jump in you still can. After all, this week’s lesson is on Grace! We’ll be meeting then the next 3 weeks ending Feb. 4. // 10:30-Noon at the ministry center. All materials provided. For anyone interested in learning more about God and the Bible. The first step also for anyone wanting to learn more about our church or wanting to take Holy Communion. Contact me and I’ll have materials for you tomorrow morning.

“Deep Love” seminar on building healthy relationships – starts Feb 1. A new relationships group to meet 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings Feb 1- Feb 22 6:30-8:00 pm. Childcare provided. It’s for couples who want to move from broken to better as well as those moving from good to great. Also open to couples who are engaged or dating. Visit our event page for more and to register. Space is limited so sign up asap!

Men of His Word National Conference – “Be Strong and Courageous!” Coming up in February I’ll be a presenter at what has become a fast growing, gospel filled gathering of men who want to grow in their faith and become the leaders that God has called us to be in our world, our homes, and churches. Last year, over 600 men gathered for this inexpensive, one-day event. It’s being hosted at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 11. Check out the Men of His Word website for registration details. Here’s a link with descriptions of the session topics including mine that I’m titled “What It Takes To Be Tough.” Men of VotL…I would love to have you join me at this conference. Let me know if you want to catch a ride.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben