Victory Vitamin Blog – John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

John 13:34-35 NIV

This command really wasn’t that new.  In Leviticus 19:18 the LORD said to the Israelites, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  What’s new is the motivation for, and the result of this act.  Jesus says, “Love one another as I have loved you”.  Jesus loved us by serving and sacrificing.  He put our needs before His own.  Jesus didn’t love with words, but with actions.  The cross reminds us of the loving action Jesus took for us.  We are to love others that way, and that isn’t easy.  There are some very un-lovable people out there.  (remember, someone might be thinking that about YOU right now)  Some people are very different from us, they’re from a strange culture, they have different beliefs, they die their hair chartreuse, they’re living an ungodly lifestyle, whatever.  We’re not commanded to condone sin, we’re commanded to love.  We’re not commanded to agree on all matters, we’re commanded to love.  We’re not commanded to dress the same as everyone else, we’re commanded to love all people no matter what.  The result will be that they’ll experience Christ through us.  No one has ever been hated or judged into the kingdom of God which is why Jesus says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for May 19, 2019 – John 13:34

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for May 19, 2019 – John 13:34

In John 13, Jesus gives His followers one simple command. “Love one another.” It’s not as easy as it sounds. Sin causes us to think first of ourselves and our wants, needs, and desires. However, fueled by the love of Christ and the power of the Spirit, we can and will show ourselves to be followers of Christ.

Find out more this Sunday, May 19 at 9 a.m. Worship!

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 10:27-28

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”

John 10:27-28 NIV

It seems nothing is safe anymore.  A buddy of mine had his car broken into a while back.  Someone filed a false tax return in my name a couple years ago.  I’ve even had a social media page hacked. I’m not sure how that benefits anyone, but whatever.  Home security, Cyber security, what about spiritual security.  We’ve got it!  Jesus says of His sheep, “no one can snatch them out of my hand.”  The Holy Spirit gives the gift of faith and by faith we trust that Jesus has paid the price for our sins.  That faith locks us into eternal life.  It is secure.  Jesus says “no one can snatch them out of my hand.”  That doesn’t mean we can’t jump out of our own will.  Sure we can reject the Holy Spirit, renounce our faith in Christ, but rest assured, no outside force can remove us from the hand of our Savior, Jesus.  He is the vine, we are the branches.  By remaining in Him, our eternal life is safe and secure.  In a world where so much can be taken from us against our will, it’s comforting to know that through faith our eternal life is secure in Christ!

Sunday Sneak Peek for May 12, 2019 – John 10:27-29

Sunday Sneak Peek for May 12, 2019 – John 10:27-29

There are a lot of uncertainties in this life.  Many things are beyond our control.  Dwelling on these uncertainties may cause unnecessary fear and anxiety.  As Christians we rejoice that our eternity is secure in Christ.  He has paid for our sins and made us His own in Baptism.  No one can snatch us out of His hand! Find out more this Sunday, May 12 at 9 a.m. Worship!