Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 14:9

“For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”

– Romans 14:9 

There it is in black and white; the Truth of Easter.  Jesus died and returned to life.  The claim is not that Jesus was in a coma and then recovered, He was dead and is alive again.  It’s a busy week for Christians.  Tonight we observe the institution of the Lord’s Supper, tomorrow we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus, and Sunday we celebrate His resurrection!  Christ died, and Christ is alive again.  I sincerely hope and pray that you find a place to celebrate this miracle on Sunday.  We have reason to celebrate, not just because Jesus came back from the dead, but because all who have faith in Jesus will come back from the dead as well to live eternally in heaven.  We have God’s Word on it.  1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NIV “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.”  Encourage each other with the Truth of the Resurrection.  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.  Because Jesus lives, we too will live forever!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 5:1 NIV

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”

– Romans 5:1 NIV

I don’t think I need to tell you that we live in dangerous times.  I know my parents and grandparents would have said the same thing, but that doesn’t make it any less true for us today.  There are any number of people and things that are “out to get you”.  There’s the fear of joblessness and financial ruin, cancer, cyber thieves, psychotic, evil terrorists.  In light of all the potential dangers it’s comforting to know that we are at eternal peace with God through Jesus Christ.  Imagine the dread of living life without God on your side.  But He is on your side.  He loves you, and has proven it by becoming human in Jesus, dying on the cross to pay for your sins, and rising from the dead to ensure that you will do the same.  The Apostle Paul asks a great question in the Bible, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  (Romans 8:31)  We’re at peace with God and no one can take from us what Jesus has given to us.  Forgiveness and eternal life.  For that reason we can live in peace, and die in peace.  God has got your back, your front, and both sides.  Nothing will happen to you in this life that God will not bring you through.  That includes death.  So, we live our days in peace with our Creator through faith in Jesus.  It’s not that we’re oblivious to the danger around us, it’s just that we’re able to put it all in proper perspective.  Martin Luther wrote, “and take they our life, goods, fame, child or wife, though these all be gone, they yet have nothing won.  The Kingdom remains ours.”  Relax.  Live in the peace that Jesus has earned for you.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 1, 2015 – Romans 5:1

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 1, 2015 – Romans 5:1

Relax.  God’s Word in Romans 5 is given to calm us down and assure us that God loves us.  He demonstrated that love through the death of Jesus Christ.  Since Jesus has paid the debt for our sin, we are at peace with God, and if God is for us, no fear or force can be against us.  Relax. Learn more about Romans 5:1 this Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 5:5

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

– Romans 5:5

Let’s take a fresh look at an old issue. An issue that isn’t in the news as much anymore, but one that still affects most of us sooner or later. I’m talking about life issues; abortion, euthanasia. Hold on. I said let’s take a fresh look at this. Rather than consider these to be political issues, let’s look at them as matters of the heart. Do you think people who face unwanted, or crisis pregnancies struggle at all before making a decision? Do you think it’s easy for a husband to watch his wife of 50 years languish in a hospital bed after a severe stroke? These are matters of the heart. People are struggling with these issues every day and God has equipped you with the ability to help. Romans 5:5 reminds us that God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit He has given us. Where did God pour out his love? Into our hearts. This is a matter of the heart. Where hearts are scared or grieving, where hearts feel guilt or shame, where hearts crave love and forgiveness, there we are. We’re not called to judge or criticize, we are called to love and to comfort in these matters of the heart. That’s what Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection. He showed love, and earned forgiveness. Love and forgiveness that God poured into our hearts by His Spirit. Where hearts are in need, we have something to offer from our hearts; forgiveness, and love in action.

This Sunday we’ll talk about life issues at Victory. We will focus not on politics, but on the compassion, love, and service that God has called us to share in these matters of the heart.