Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 24:42-43

“When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come.  See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” 

-Genesis 24:42-43 NIV

Twice in this verse Abraham’s servant says, “Please”.  Once to God, once to a woman getting water from a spring.  It’s believed that “please” was originally something those of low standing would say to those of greater standing.  It was a way of saying, “You don’t owe this to me, but if it pleases you, do it for me.”  Our current sermon series at Victory is titled “Love One Another”.  We’re looking at simple ways we can show the love of God to others every day.  We do so by noticing and acknowledging their existence, by praying for them, by really listening to them, and this week we’ll talk about showing love by saying “Please”, and “Thank you”.  It may seem silly, but these small words can have a big impact on our relationships.  If for no other reason than to remind us that we are to consider ourselves servants of others and are to put the needs of others above our own.  We say “If you please” to show  that we are not barking out an order, but humbly making a request.  In so doing, we are modeling the attitude of the one who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.  More on Sunday!

#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

“Let It Go”

Those three words can conjure up quite a few images, from kiddos singing their hearts out to the Frozen soundtrack, to dads and daughters lip syncing in the car to the same tune. Sorry, but that one will be stuck in your head all day, and you may, or may not add in some theatricals when you find yourself randomly singing it! However, having never seen the film, nor actually knowing any of the words to the song beyond the chorus, I Googled the lyrics and was surprised at the depth of them! From an outsider, it would seem this song is one of forgiveness, and that is the basis for this month’s blog.

It turns out people from outside of Victory Lutheran and my Facebook friends know about this blog, and subsequently, I was asked to pre-screen a movie and write up a little something about it. The film, Just Let Go is the true story of Chris Williams and his journey to find the power to forgive in the darkest of hours. After the accident that claimed his family, Chris found the courage to forgive. This film is intense, to say the least. In all honesty, as I’m writing this now, my face is swollen and I can’t breathe out of my nose, not because of an early Minnesota cold, but because the last hour was spent balling over my phone watching his life unfold. It is as heart-wrenching of a situation as one could imagine, and yet, completely inspiring events occurred in its wake.

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Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

Psalm 23:1 NIV

One day, about 20 years ago, I was leading a Bible study about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.   An 84 year old woman chimed with some pertinent information.  She revealed to me that sheep are dumb, dirty, and defenseless.  It’s changed the way I look at the 23rd Psalm.  Imagine being a shepherd, leading a bunch of these clueless animals around in the wild.  The shepherd is responsible for leading them to food and water, protecting them from danger, defending them from predators.  It’s a big job.  It’s also a great analogy of God’s loving relationship with us.  God provides for our needs, and when we follow Him, he leads us to places that feed our body and our soul.  The LORD, our Shepherd was willing to die to rescue us from the ultimate predator, the devil.  His death and resurrection ensure that through faith we will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  Be at peace.  You are in good hands.  Continue to follow the LORD, your perfect loving shepherd.