Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 5:10

“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”

-Luke 5:10 NIV

Jesus spoke these words to Simon, later called Peter, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Let me start by saying that until quite recently the word “men” was completely gender neutral and commonly meant “human beings”.  The meaning was easily determined by the context by anyone who wasn’t looking for a reason to be triggered.  In this context it means human beings.  There are interesting parallels between fishing and evangelizing.  A fisherman, (sorry, fisher-person) has a goal, to bring fish into the boat.  Christians have a goal, to bring people into the kingdom of God.  Those who fish use a lure or bait. (minnows, leeches, spinnerbaits)  Christians use a lure.  (Love, forgiveness, God’s Word)  The difference being that those who fish do so primarily for their own enjoyment whereas Christians bring people into the kingdom of God so that those people will benefit from the love, forgiveness and peace given to them through faith in Jesus.  Sadly, many Christians have an aversion to fishing for people to bring them into the kingdom of God.  But notice, Jesus doesn’t say that Simon Peter will fish for men, He says Simon Peter will CATCH men.  Fishing is always more fun when you’re catching fish.  Jesus promises that if we will witness through our words and actions, He will bring a catch.  I pray this assurance from Jesus encourages you to wet the proverbial line for Him.

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!