Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 2, 2014 – Revelation 7:13-17

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A Glimpse of Heaven

I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home.  Millions of Christians have gone before us and are with the Lord right now.  This Sunday at Victory we celebrate All Saints Day, and rejoice with those on earth, and those in heaven, at the gift of salvation in Christ. Learn more about Revelation 7:13-17 this Sunday, November 2 at Victory Lutheran Church.

November 20th Happy Hour – American Legion

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Victory Happy Hour – American Legion

Invite a friend on Thursday, November 20, 2014 to this new monthly fellowship gathering. The events starts at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Chanhassen. Each month we’ll select a different local establishment where we can meet, eat, drink and enjoy each others’ company. You are strongly encouraged to invite friends, coworkers, etc. so they can get to know the people of Victory as well.

From the Pastor – Christians and Halloween

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Christians and Halloween

Many of the practices of Halloween have their origin in an ancient pagan belief that on October 31, the souls of the dead came back to haunt people.  People would dress in scary garb, and carve faces in gourds and pumpkins and place them in front of their dwelling to scare the haunting souls away.  To combat this needless pagan creepiness, the Christian Church declared November 1st  “All Saints Day”, a day on which Christians remember and give thanks for all those who have died in the faith, and whose souls are with the Lord.  The night before All Saints Day was called “All Hallows Evening” (hallowed means holy, referring to those who died in faith).  Over time it became shortened to “Halloween”.  So, is it o.k. for us to participate in Halloween festivities?  Well, I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of devil or occult themed costumes, but dressing up as a princess, or power ranger, and eating candy is not forbidden in the Bible, so go ahead.  Jesus died to set us free from sin, death, and the power of the devil.  We are not to live in fear, nor are we to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world.  Live in faith, live in love, and encourage your kids to share some of their candy with me.

- Pastor Prigge

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 3:19-20

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law;”

- Romans 3:19-20

If you were to die today, and stand before God, and He were to ask you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”  what would you say? Sadly, a great number people would respond to God by saying, ”Well, I always tried to be a good person.”  So, trying is good enough?  Imagine trying that on a teacher.  “Teacher, I tried my best to get an “A” so you should give it to me.”  God’s standard is perfection!  (Matthew 5:48)  We can’t meet that standard because we’re sinners, and “trying” just won’t cut it.  The Good News is that Jesus has stepped in and lived the perfect life for us.  He then offered that life on the cross to pay for your sins, my sins, and the sins of all people.  By believing that Truth, by trusting in Jesus, that forgiveness is ours.  We can’t be self-righteous, but we are Christ-righteous through faith in Him.  No more worrying about whether you’ve done enough, been good enough, or tried hard enough.  Jesus has done it all, and it is credited to you through faith.  This Sunday at Victory we’ll remember and celebrate this truth which was the motivating force behind Martin Luther during the Reformation.  Remember, Christ has done enough.  Trust in Him and be Christ-righteous!