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.

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!