Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 8, 2017- Romans 6:5

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 8, 2017- Romans 6:5

It seems strange that the perfect, sinless Son of God would insist on being baptized.  What we know for sure is that we are connected to Jesus through baptism, and that makes an eternal difference in our lives. We will learn more about Romans 6:5 NIV this Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 13:8

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,”

-Romans 13:8 NIV

 

This Sunday at Victory, we’re going to ask the age old question, “What is love?”  It’s easier to state what love is NOT.  Love is not lust.  Though feelings are at times involved, I’d say love is not a feeling.  Like the Bible says, love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, love keeps no record of wrongs.  Love is a commitment.  Love is action.  Love is sacrifice.  Here are two ways to get a better idea of what love is.  How do you take care of yourself?  We’re to love our neighbor as ourselves, so how do you care for yourself?  Do that for others.  Second, how did Jesus show love for us?  Less with words, more with action.  He didn’t consider what was best for Him, His concern was and is what is best for us.  He suffered, died, and rose not for His own good, but for ours.  You now have hope, peace, forgiveness and eternal life in Him.  This Thanksgiving give thanks by demonstrating love for others.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 27, 2016 – Romans 13:9

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 27, 2016 – Romans 13:9

During the season of Advent, God’s Word reminds us that Christ will one day return to earth as judge and Savior.  God’s Word also teaches us how to live as we wait for that day.  God desires that we love one another.  Today we’ll examine what love really is.  Learn more about Romans 13:9 NIV this Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 12:9-15

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

-Romans 12:9-15 NIV

At times, these words can be as hard to carry out as the old, “Love your enemies”.  We tend to empathize with people we feel are getting what they deserve.  We rejoice with people we love who are blessed in some way, and when some criminal is killed in prison we think, “Well, they got what they deserve.”  As followers of Jesus, we are called to practice sincere empathy.  God’s Word says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn”.  It doesn’t say “Rejoice with people who deserve to rejoice”.  Our goal is to feel what others feel.  To put ourselves in their shoes, just as God put Himself in our shoes by becoming human in Jesus.  Jesus felt what we feel, was tempted as we are tempted.  He then suffered so that we wouldn’t have to.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)  Practice feeling what others are feeling.  Cultivate empathy and you will likely find yourself faced with great opportunities to share the great news of what Jesus has done for all people.