Map Dots and Miracles – Lent 2018-Starting Feb 14th, 2018 – 6 PM Supper – 7 PM Worship

Map Dots and Miracles – Lent 2018-Starting Feb 14th, 2018 – 6 PM Supper – 7 PM Worship

The events recorded in the Bible are historic fact.  They took place in time and at specific places that we could travel to today.  This Lenten season we’ll learn about some of the places Jesus went, and the miracles that took place there.

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – March 12, 2018- 1-7 PM

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – March 12, 2018 – 1-7 PM

We will be hosting a American Red Cross Blood Drive here at Victory Lutheran Church on November 28th 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.

 

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 25, 2018 – Matthew 1 and Luke 2

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 25, 2018 – Matthew 1 and Luke 2

As we continue our journey through the Bible today, God, as always, keeps His promises.  Today we focus on His promise to send a King who will rule forever.  Christ the Savior is born! Learn more about Matthew 1 and Luke 2 this Sunday at 9 AM worship here at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 1:21-23

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

-Matthew 1:21-23 NIV

I know, it’s Lent, not Advent. But this is where we are in The Story sermon series. We concluded the Old Testament and we’re at the birth of Jesus. Regarding the verses above, I want to make sure you notice two very important teachings. First: An angel speaks to Joseph in a dream and tells Him to name Mary’s baby “Jesus”. The name “Jesus” means “God saves” and the angel tells Joseph that the kid should be named “Jesus” because He will save His people from their sins.” According to this messenger sent directly from God, Jesus was born so that He could save us from our sins. He didn’t come primarily to be a great teacher or a good role model, or a wish granter. Jesus came to save sinners from their sins. Second: Jesus’ birth fulfilled a major prophecy from Isaiah 7:14. It foretold that a virgin would have a child and he would be called “Immanuel”. His name is “Jesus”, but He’s also called “Immanuel”. As the prophet Isaiah tells us, Immanuel is Hebrew for “God with us” “IM” is Hebrew for “with”. IMANU” indicates the first person plural “us”, and “EL” is short for “ELOHIM” which is the Hebrew word for God. Immanuel literally means “God with us”. And that’s who Jesus is. God in the flesh. Not just some great teacher, or prophet, or miracle worker. Jesus IS God. The second person of the Trinity, and the one who takes away the sin of the world. Your sin, and mine. That’s great news whether it’s Advent or Lent.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Nehemiah 2:17

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 

-Nehemiah 2:17 NIV

 

When Nehemiah set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, his concern was more than cosmetic.  This wasn’t just about appearances.  Yes, it looked shabby, run down, and disgraceful, but the wall provided protection of two kinds.  There was, of course, the physical protection provided by the wall.  It would dissuade thugs, vandals, thieves and foreign armies from harassing and plundering the Israelites, but the wall would also, at least symbolically, protect the Israelites from outside influence.  The Israelites had a long history of wanting to be like the pagan nations around them.  They adopted their sinful practices, worshipped their false gods, and wanted kings like they had.  All along, God desired that the Israelites be distinct, and decidedly different from the pagan nations around them.  The wall would remind them to be in the world, but not of the world.  It may do us well to likewise insulate ourselves, to some extent, from the world around us.  Yes, we should be aware of what is going on around us, we are clearly to be active in loving and serving those in the world around us, but we too are to be different from the world around us.  We are to live holy lives out of respect for the God who has forgiven and saved us.  Some see it as an admirable quality to keep an “open mind”, but if your mind is always open, anything can get in.  We have doors on our homes to keep certain things out.  We open those doors only when we decide that what is on the other side is beneficial for us and our family.  It would do us well to treat our hearts and minds the same way.  Through the power of the Spirit, use God’s Word as a protective barrier for your life.  Be selective about what you read, see, and hear.  God loves you.  God forgives you.  Live a life that shows how thankful you are for God’s love and protection.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 18, 2018 – Nehemiah and Malachi

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 18, 2018 – Nehemiah and Malachi

After being captive in foreign lands, and being dispersed among the nations, many Israelites return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city.  They then weep and rejoice as the Word of God is read.  This week we complete our look at the Old Testament of the Bible and look forward to what God has in store in the New!  Learn more about Nehemiah and Malachi this Sunday at Victory Lutheran Church.