Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 10, 2019 – Luke 5:10

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 10, 2019 – Luke 5:10

Early in His public ministry Jesus called disciples.  Some He called while they were out fishing.  He told them from that point on they would catch men.  There are some interesting and unexpected parallels between fishing and evangelizing.  We’ll explore them Sunday, February 10th at Victory Lutheran Church at 9 AM!

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Love is patient, love is kind.”

-1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV

Allow me to stop right there.  Imagine a world in which patience and kindness were the standard.  Not a world where everyone is constantly looking for a reason to be triggered and offended.  Not a world where everyone thinks their needs are the most important, but a world where patience and kindness were practiced by everyone.  Every. Single. Day.  Sounds impossible, right?  You’re right, it is.  Every single human on the planet is a sinner so we’re not capable of being loving and patient every minute of every day.  What we do have is a God who loves and forgives, and whose love and forgiveness motivate us to be patient and kind toward others just as the Creator of the universe has been patient and kind with us.  The whole world will never be patient and kind, but you can be.  You want to be a rebel?  Then rebel from the norm by being patient with others.  Patient with the “older” person driving 55 in a 55 zone.  Be patient with the employee who got your order wrong. (You really think they did it maliciously?  See a therapist.)  Be patient with your kids, with your spouse, with everyone.  Be a rebel, relax and be patient!  (Yeah, I told you to relax.)  (And yeah, I’m using a lot of parentheses in this devotion.)   You want to stand out from the crowd?  Be kind!  Be kind to the coworker who has a chip on their shoulder and is always trying to prove they’re better than you.  Do something nice to the kid at school that nobody else will talk to.  Go online and sincerely compliment someone with whom you disagree on the border wall issue.  Get it?  We can’t change the world, but we can have an impact in our little corner of the world.  3-2-1, go!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 3, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 13

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 3, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 13

You may have heard these words read at a wedding or two. You may think these words are talking about the relationship between husband and wife. I’m talking about 1 Corinthians 13, and the fact is these words describe the love we are to have for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for ALL people. Find out more this Sunday, February 3rd at 9 AM Worship!

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 4:21

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

-Luke 4:21 NIV

After being away for a while, Jesus returned to His home town of Nazareth.  He went into the synagogue and the attendant handed Him the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah to read.  Jesus read a portion of Isaiah 61 which describes the mission of the Messiah (anointed one) that God would send to save His people.  After reading it, Jesus sat down while all the people in the synagogue were looking at Him and He said, “Today these words are fulfilled in your hearing.”  Some say Jesus never claimed to be God.  He did here.  In Isaiah chapter 9 God reveals that the Messiah will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father.  In other words, the Messiah would be God and Jesus just claimed to be God.  The people in Jesus hometown took offense at this and tried to toss Jesus off a cliff.  Fair enough, Jesus did come to earth to die, but not at the bottom of a cliff outside Nazareth.  Jesus was on a mission to die on the cross and rise from the dead to once and for all pay for your sins, my sins, and the sins of all people.  Mission accomplished.  Rather than take offense at Jesus, we worship Him and thank Him with our daily words and actions.  Nazareth may not be our hometown, but Jesus is definitely our hero.