Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 18:3

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 18:3 NIV

 

Pretty strong words by Jesus.  You don’t get into heaven unless you become like a little child?!  What does that even mean?  In Jesus’ day, children weren’t  glamorized and idolized like they are today.  Children had no real status.  They had no say.  They had no power.  Jesus’ point is that we are to give up our grip on earthly status, wealth, and authority and find our hope and strength in Him.  Little children don’t take pride in themselves, they rely completely on their parents for love, care, protection, and support.  We are to do the same.  We don’t look to the world for security, we look to our heavenly Father who, through the death and resurrection of Jesus has provided for our greatest need, the need for a Savior.  So, go ahead, act like a child.  Swallow your pride, humble yourself, and trust God to provide the protection and support you need.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 10, 2017 – Matthew 18:4-6

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 10, 2017 – Matthew 18:4-6

God clearly has a special love for children.  He directs us to welcome them, teach them, and even act more like them.  On this Fall Kickoff Sunday we’ll see what it looks like to become like a child. Learn more this Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 16:17-18

“on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

-Matthew 16:17-18 NIV

 

Sadly, it’s human (sinful) nature for us to doubt God.  I don’t know why we do, but we do, and it doesn’t make sense.  If there is a God, then He’s eternal, all powerful, all knowing.  This reading from Matthew 16 assures us that God can’t lose. God will not be overcome, and His body, the church will not be overcome.  The church is the place where the Good News about Jesus is regularly proclaimed.  The church is the place where sinners are baptized and brought to faith in Christ.  The church is where we receive the body and blood of Jesus to strengthen us in our daily battles.  We are safe in the church because the church will not be overcome, ever.  By “the church”, I don’t mean the building.  Victory will one day close and be torn down.  Someday, something else will occupy this ground, but the Church, those around the world who believe in Jesus as their Savior, they will never be overcome by anyone, or anything.  Through faith in Jesus we, the Church, are eternal.  When your life feels like a battle field, rejoice.  God cannot lose.  He has secured eternal salvation for you.  Now, through faith in Christ, you will not lose.