American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – March 12, 2019- 1-7 PM

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – March 12, 2019 – 1-7 PM

We will be hosting a American Red Cross Blood Drive here at Victory Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1-7 PM. You can sign up to donate by clicking here. Or you can sign up on the signup sheet on the back table in the church sanctuary. We will also need volunteers to help register the people donating and hand out juice and snacks to them as well. You can click here to volunteer to help.

The American Red Cross has changed the name of the double red cell donation to power red donation to find out more about this process click here.

There an option called RapidPass that speeds up the donation screening process.  You can complete the donor questions from home or work, wherever you choose click here to check find out more.

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Corinthians 12:7 

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 

-1 Corinthians 12:7 NIV

In this verse Paul is talking about spiritual gifts.  We all have natural talents that set us apart from each other, some can sing, others can paint, some are good with numbers, others can build things.  What makes spiritual gifts unique is that they are given only to those with faith in Christ. They are given only to Christians because they are to be used exclusively in the local congregation for the common good.  Yes, natural talents can also be used to forward God’s cause, but spiritual gifts are a unique blessing given to Christians.  The Holy Spirit gives these gifts to the people He chooses at the time He chooses, for the purposes He chooses.  The best thing we can do to determine what gift(s) we have is be active in the life of our congregation.  The more we try, the more quickly we may identify our gift(s) and contribute to building God’s kingdom.  1 Corinthians 13 reveals one gift that we’ve all been given.  Love.  And without love, all the other gifts are useless.  Jesus displayed His love for us by dying to pay the price for our sins.  We now love because He first loved us.  Start there, but be open, eager and ready to serve then see where the Spirit leads!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 20, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12:7

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 20, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12:7

Some Christians overlook the fact that God has blessed them with certain spiritual gifts. You have been given skills and abilities that enable you to serve the Lord and further His cause through the Church.

We’ll explore that truth Sunday, January 20th at 9 AM during worship!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 6:6

“we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” 

-Romans 6:6 NIV

From what I understand, people who smoke don’t really enjoy the way it controls their lives.   I can’t imagine an alcoholic enjoys being enslaved to alcohol.  There are any number of things that can control us, but we were all under the control of sin.  That’s not the case anymore.  In baptism, we are set free from our slavery to sin.  It doesn’t mean we’re going to be perfect, but the Holy Spirit, given to us in baptism empowers us to say “no” to sinful stupidity.  Again, we won’t be perfect, but we can say “no”.  Take advantage of the power given to you by God.  Exercise the self-control given to you by God.  You won’t be perfect, but strive to be better.  You are forgiven and through faith in Jesus you will live forever in heaven.  You’re not striving to be better so you can get into heaven.  You’re striving to be better to show your thankfulness to God for getting you into heaven.  You’re not a slave to sin any longer.  It doesn’t control you, the Holy Spirit does.  Live your life not to indulge the sinful nature, but to glorify the God who has saved you.  Here’s to new beginnings in Christ!