In light of all that God has done for us in Jesus, today He asks an unnerving question. Where’s the fruit? Because He has given us grace and forgiveness, God’s expectation is that we produce fruit for Him in our words and actions. Let’s make a harvest for the Lord! Learn more about Luke 13:6-9 NIV this Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.
“Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!”
-Philippians 4:1 NIV
What comes to mind when you think of someone “taking a stand”? Oddly enough, some of the most famous “stands” didn’t go as planned, (Leonidas and the 300 of Sparta, Rosa Parks being arrested) but we remember them just the same. We remember their courage, we remember their cause. For what will you be remembered? I’d like to be remembered as one who took a stand for Christ. God’s Word encourages us to “stand firm in the Lord”. It doesn’t have to be a confrontational or abrasive stand. Just stop hiding who you are! You are a child of God, a follower of Jesus. He is not ashamed of us, we will not be ashamed of Him. He took the ultimate stand for us. He willingly died in our place so that we could be forgiven and set free. Take a stand by letting others hear Christ’s love in your words. Take a stand for by letting others see Christ’s love in your actions every single day. Take a stand by clinging to the Truth of the Bible even though the world around you dismisses it. Be passionate about reflecting Christ’s love and the Truth of the Bible in your life. Take a stand for Christ!
February 14 Sermon – Dealing with Temptation – Luke 4:1-13
Watch the February 14, 2016 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Luke 4:1-13 NIV and find out more about how to deal with temptation with God’s help.
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
-Matthew 4:4 NIV
At this time, Jesus was out in the desert being tempted by the devil. Jesus did that because He came to live as one of us, and we certainly experience temptation every day. These words were spoken by Jesus right after the devil tempted Him to turn stones into bread. Jesus could have done it, but He replies with words that remind us what really matters. At its core, the devil was trying to get Jesus to satisfy his physical desire. Jesus was hungry. As society drifts farther and farther away from God, it becomes more socially acceptable to do things that God has forbidden. Many of them have to do with our physical desires. We want to “feel good” so people get high, they get drunk, they “anonymously” and “innocently” peruse pornography on the internet, all in an attempt to satisfy physical desires and “feel better”. These things, among many others, are harmful, not helpful. The devil’s lie is that harmful things are really helpful. Remember, it’s a lie. Jesus reminds us that we truly live on the Word of God. The Bible. The Bible contains truths, not lies. Truths that give us deep and lasting peace, contentment, and hope. God loves you. You are forgiven. You have purpose. Eternity in heaven awaits you through Jesus. True satisfaction is found in those truths, not the devil’s lies. We’ll never be perfect while we live on earth. We will sin, and we will be forgiven. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. Jesus’ experience in the desert exhorts us to Join the resistance. Resist temptation! God satisfies the soul.
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 21, 2016 – Luke 13:31-35
The Bible readings for this Sunday present a dichotomy between the ways of God and the ways of the world. In the first reading, Jeremiah took his stand. In the Gospel reading, Jesus takes His stand. In the second reading we are exhorted to take a stand as well. Learn more about Luke 13:31-35 NIV this Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.