American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – May 13, 2019 – 1-7 PM
We will be hosting a American Red Cross Blood Drive here at Victory Lutheran Church on Tuesday, May 13, 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.
March 17 Sermon – Persistence in the face of Resistance – Philippians 4:1
Watch the Sunday, March 17, 2019 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Philippians 4:1 NIV and find out more about persistence in the face of resistance.
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 24, 2019 – Ezekiel 33:11
God has been accused by some of being a murderous tyrant. Those who make such inflammatory statements have mutated the Bible’s picture of who God is. God is love, but God is also fair and just. Since the wages of sin is death, God must carry out the sentence. In the first reading for today, God talks about that aspect of His nature. Find out more this Sunday, March 24th at Victory Lutheran Church.
“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.
-Ezekiel 33:11 NIV
The God of the Bible has been accused of being a “bloodthirsty, murderous tyrant.” I’ve actually heard those words said. It requires massive manipulation of the biblical facts, and a serious dose of slander to make that accusation. The verse above makes it clear that God is not a fan of punishing the wicked, but He must because He is just. He must execute perfect justice. When someone wrongs you, you expect things to be made right. Why would we expect anything different from God? When God’s law is violated, there needs to be justice. Through a sobering act of unpleasant justice, Jesus paid the price for the sins of all people when He died on the cross. And yet, some reject and refuse the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life that are given freely through faith in Jesus. For those who reject God’s free gift, justice must be served. Is that what God wants? NO! He already balanced the scales when Jesus died. He paid the price out of love and God would much prefer that His beloved people turn to Him rather than reject the forgiveness that’s already been earned. God has already provided the ultimate pardon through Jesus. It’s our mission to get the word out.
“that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!”
The Bible is full of examples of those who faced resistance and persecution because of their faith. The prophet Jeremiah’s life was threatened because the people didn’t like the message God had given him. The apostle Paul was imprisoned because he regularly preached about Jesus’ death and resurrection. The list is large, but you can look those up for yourself. Christians in this nation have until recently enjoyed a time of almost favored status. That is changing. The erosion of religious freedom in our country has begun. We need to be ready. In the Bible we see many examples of persistence in the face of resistance. The people of God have never been ones to cower or compromise when it comes to what God’s Word clearly declares. Our goal is not to be quarrelsome or antagonistic, but we will be faithful to God. We’re able to do this boldly and confidently because Jesus’ death and resurrection have earned not only forgiveness for our sins, but also the precious gift of eternal life in a place of perfection and peace. No amount of earthly resistance can steal that precious gift. The certainty of eternal life makes us bold to be faithful to God and loving toward others in all circumstances. We press on toward our heavenly goal exercising persistence in the face of resistance here on earth.
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 17, 2019 – Philippians 4:1
All three of the Bible readings for Sunday display how God’s people have faced resistance because of their faithfulness. God empowers us by His Holy Spirit to remain faithful in challenging times, and to display persistence in the face of resistance! Find out more this Sunday, March 17th at 9 AM Worship here at Victory Lutheran Church.