Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 13:8

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,”

-Romans 13:8 NIV

 

This Sunday at Victory, we’re going to ask the age old question, “What is love?”  It’s easier to state what love is NOT.  Love is not lust.  Though feelings are at times involved, I’d say love is not a feeling.  Like the Bible says, love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, love keeps no record of wrongs.  Love is a commitment.  Love is action.  Love is sacrifice.  Here are two ways to get a better idea of what love is.  How do you take care of yourself?  We’re to love our neighbor as ourselves, so how do you care for yourself?  Do that for others.  Second, how did Jesus show love for us?  Less with words, more with action.  He didn’t consider what was best for Him, His concern was and is what is best for us.  He suffered, died, and rose not for His own good, but for ours.  You now have hope, peace, forgiveness and eternal life in Him.  This Thanksgiving give thanks by demonstrating love for others.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 27, 2016 – Romans 13:9

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 27, 2016 – Romans 13:9

During the season of Advent, God’s Word reminds us that Christ will one day return to earth as judge and Savior.  God’s Word also teaches us how to live as we wait for that day.  God desires that we love one another.  Today we’ll examine what love really is.  Learn more about Romans 13:9 NIV this Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Jonah 1:17

“But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.” 

-Jonah 1:17 NIV

 

Who could forget the account of Jonah?  Being swallowed by a huge fish may not seem like your idea of a spectacular rescue, but the Bible does say, “The LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah”.  Key word, “Provided”.  It was a blessing because Jonah would have otherwise drowned.  That fish delivered Jonah back to dry ground so he could carry out a mission for the LORD.  Lesson number one from this verse is that things that seem harsh and unfortunate in our lives are many times vehicles to bring us to the place where God needs us to be.   Lesson number two from this verse is that God will not give up on you.  God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, but Jonah got on a ship and sailed the other direction.  God didn’t give up.  He saw to it that Jonah was safely delivered back to shore so he could have another go at it.  God did not give up on us when we disobeyed Him.  He didn’t allow us to suffer the eternal consequences of our sin.  God did not give up on us, He gave His life for us.  Jesus died so we could live.  And just as Jonah spent three days in a fish, Jesus spent three days in a tomb.  Just as Jonah was spit out, so the tomb could not hold Jesus.  Because He lives, we will live eternally.  Never give up, because God is not giving up on you.