Maundy Thursday – Passover – Exodus 12:1-14 – April 18, 2019 – 7 PM

Maundy Thursday – Passover – Exodus 12:1-14 – April 18, 2019 – 7 PM

The word ‘maundy’ is believed to be related to the Latin word ‘mandatum’ or mandate.  On this night, Jesus gave a mandate to His disciples that they were to continue celebrating His supper in remembrance of Him.  We continue to follow Christ’s mandate tonight as we receive the gifts He gives through His body and blood.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 24, 2019 – Ezekiel 33:11

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 24, 2019 – Ezekiel 33:11

God has been accused by some of being a murderous tyrant.  Those who make such  inflammatory statements have mutated the Bible’s picture of who God is.  God is love, but God is also fair and just.  Since the wages of sin is death, God must carry out the sentence.  In the first reading for today, God talks about that aspect of His nature. Find out more this Sunday, March 24th at Victory Lutheran Church. 

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Ezekiel 33:11

“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.

-Ezekiel 33:11 NIV

The God of the Bible has been accused of being a “bloodthirsty, murderous tyrant.”   I’ve actually heard those words said.  It requires massive manipulation of the biblical facts, and a serious dose of slander to make that accusation.  The verse above makes it clear that God is not a fan of punishing the wicked, but He must because He is just.  He must execute perfect justice.  When someone wrongs you, you expect things to be made right.  Why would we expect anything different from God?  When God’s law is violated, there needs to be justice.  Through a sobering act of unpleasant justice, Jesus paid the price for the sins of all people when He died on the cross.  And yet, some reject and refuse the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life that are given freely through faith in Jesus.  For those who reject God’s free gift, justice must be served.  Is that what God wants?  NO!  He already balanced the scales when Jesus died.  He paid the price out of love and God would much prefer that His beloved people turn to Him rather than reject the forgiveness that’s already been earned.  God has already provided the ultimate pardon through Jesus.  It’s our mission to get the word out.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalms 107:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

-Psalms 107:1 NIV

God is good and His love does endure forever. It’s really all the reason we need to give thanks to God every day of our lives. We show our thankfulness in many ways with words, worship, songs, prayers, even our attitude. We also thank God with our actions, with our giving. It’s no coincidence that we conduct our annual stewardship campaign during this time. As Christians who are grateful for the blessings of forgiveness and eternal life in Christ, we show it by providing financial support for Victory, our spiritual home. We don’t give out of guilt or a sense of pressure. We give from a grateful heart. Victory is a spiritual home to young and old alike. Children learn about their Savior here each week. Adults are strengthened in their faith so that they can live, work, and witness with confidence and joy. Through worship and Bible study, we’re all reminded of the blessing of eternal life which puts all our earthly hardships in their proper perspective. Victory is doing the Lord’s work. Please prayerfully consider increasing your pledge from last year so that this work can continue and increase! You should have received a letter and pledge card in the mail recently. Please bring your completed pledge card to worship on Commitment Sunday, December 2nd. You’ll have the opportunity to bring your pledge card forward. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!