Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 21, 2018 – Hebrews 4:13

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 21, 2018 – Hebrews 4:13

It’s a terrifying thought that God sees everything.  He sees everywhere you go, everything you do, everything you think.  It’s also comforting to know that God sees everything. We’ll explore this paradox Sunday, October 21st at 9 AM at Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN.

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Mark 9:33-35

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Mark 9:33-35 NIV

 

What a silly thing to argue about.  How would you determine which one of the disciples was the greatest?  The greatest at what, following Jesus around?  I guess it’s human nature.  We love to be recognized.  We care too much about our status.  It was pure genius for the creators to include “likes” in their social media apps.  We become addicted.  Jesus’ message to us today is this: life is about service, not status.  After His disciples argued about who was the greatest, Jesus told them that He was going to suffer, die and rise.  He was focused on service, they were focused on status.  Jesus’ act of service resulted in forgiveness and eternal life for those who believe in Him.  Status does nothing to help others.  Now that God has blessed us with the gift of faith, now that forgiveness and eternal life are ours, let’s lay our quest for status aside and focus on serving others by helping those in any need, and sharing the message of forgiveness and eternal life with them.  Then it doesn’t matter what others think, it’s the Lord Christ we’re serving.  😊

Victory Vitamin Blog – James 3:8

“but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” 

James 3:8 NIV

 

James focuses on the tongue because the tongue helps form words.  It’s not actually the tongue that needs taming, it’s our hearts and minds that motivate us to say things we shouldn’t.  I’ve noticed that the older I get, the less I have to say.  I’m finally taking my mom’s advice: “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”  I’m now working on pointing out the good in people and talking about that.  Every day we have the option of using our words to hurt other people, or help them?  As children of God, is there really a choice?  Why would we ever say anything hurtful to someone, or about someone?  Why?  Jesus died because He loves not just you and me.  He loves ALL people, even the ones we speak evil about.  As Jesus hung on the cross He refrained from speaking evil about those who were killing him.   Isaiah 53:7 NIV “as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”  Fill your words with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”: -Galatians 4  Fill your words with the first 8 things in that list and if you can’t, then exercise the 9th thing in that list.  In other words, if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.