Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 6:31

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

-Luke 6:31 NIV

Christians are to live differently.  Jesus lays out various thoughts, attitudes and behaviors that are to be evident in the lives of His followers.  This one from Luke 6 is commonly referred to as The Golden Rule.  It’s a general guide for our actions toward others.  It may seem vague, but with a little thought on our part it provides very specific guidance as we display the love of Jesus in our lives.  Think about it, If you were new on the job and struggling to run the cash register would you want someone to be rude with you, or patient?  If your were carrying coffee in one hand and a young child on the other arm, would you want someone to hold the door for you?  If you were homeless and hungry, would you appreciate someone buying you a sandwich and a bottle of water?  I hope you get the point.  Jesus saw our need, the need for a Savior from sin, and without asking He came and met that need by living a perfect life, and giving it up so that our sins would all be forgiven.  Jesus put love into action.  That’s what He now asks of us, that we think less of ourselves, and more of others.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.  It’s the rule, so stay Golden.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 17, 2019 – Luke 6:17-26

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 17, 2019 – Luke 6:17-26

It’s very easy to get caught up in the routine of daily life, the highs, the lows, the good, the bad.  As disciples of Jesus, it’s critical for us to be looking beyond this life for perspective, inspiration and power. Find out more this Sunday, February 12, 2019, 9 AM Worship at Victory Lutheran Church.

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.