The Bible is the true story of God’s interaction with His people throughout history. Sunday, March 11th the message focuses on the divine wisdom revealed in the teachings of Jesus during His earthly ministry. Join us here at Victory Lutheran Church at 9 AM for worship to find out more about Matthew Chapters 5-7 NIV.
February 11 Sermon – Queen of Beauty and Courage – Esther 1-9
Watch the February 11, 2018 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Esther 1-9 NIV and find out more about the queen of beauty and courage.
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.
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
-Esther 2:17 NIV
Esther was a common Israelite girl. She moved with her adoptive father and many other Jews to a place called Susa. The king there was Xerxes. He held what was essentially a beauty contest to find a new queen. Esther won! I realize that this whole scenario may seem offensive these days, judging a woman based primarily on her looks is demeaning and shallow, but God was behind this, orchestrating these events to save His people, the Jews. The Bible tells us that Esther was beautiful. King Xerxes was looking for someone beautiful. By bringing Esther into a position of favor with Xerxes, God was carrying out His plan to rescue the Jews living there from certain death. A scoundrel in the city convinced Xerxes to kill the Jews. Xerxes didn’t know Esther was one of them. Esther went to Xerxes, revealed that she was Jew, and begged Xerxes to spare her people. Xerxes was enraged at the scoundrel who tried to have the Jews killed, and had him put to death instead. Esther points us to Jesus, who is perfect and holy, and who interceded on the cross to save us from certain death. Esther had gifts and abilities other than looking good. She was wise, courageous, and faithful. But it was her looks that got her foot in the door of the palace. My point is this. You have been given gifts as well. They may seem shallow, insignificant, and useless to you, but they may be useful in bringing the Good News of Jesus to others. Ultimately it’s love that will attract others to us and allow us to share what Jesus has done for us, and for them. Perhaps we haven’t all been blessed with good looks, but the love of Christ is always attractive. Let it show!
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 14, 2018 – 2 Chronicles and Ezekiel
This week we continue our sermon series, “The Story”. A journey through God’s interaction with His people since Creation. The era of the kings in Israel comes to an end. Sadly, so does the nation of Israel as we have known it to this point. Learn more about 2 Chronicles and Ezekiel this Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Victory Lutheran Church.