Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 23:6

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

-Psalm 23:6 NIV

What comforting words!  God promises goodness and mercy during our earthly lives and an eternity with Him in heaven.  It may sound good to you, but another of one of the common objections to Christianity is that it’s just a psychological crutch invented long ago to offer consolation to life’s losers.  Is Christianity a crutch?  I don’t have a problem calling it that, but then let’s be honest, it’s not just Christians who have a crutch.  Other people use money, possessions, food, tobacco, sex, porn, drugs and alcohol. (hopefully not all at the same time!)  People rely on all kinds of things for comfort, soothing, or numbness.  I’d argue that among potential crutches, Christianity is a pretty good option.  No physical harm, no hangover, no legal consequences, no STD’s.  We believe that God loves us and has removed our sin by Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Because of that we will live eternally through faith in Jesus.  And because God loves all people, we aspire to all people.  Where’s the harm in that?  If you’re confronted with this objection perhaps gently and respectfully ask the person, “If you know any Christians, why do you think they embraced Christianity?”  Perhaps ask, “If Christianity is beneficial to those who practice it, would you still recommend that they renounce their faith?”  and finally ask, “How can you be sure that God is not real?” And encourage them to look at all the evidence for themselves.  Invite them to read the Gospel of Mark to get to know who Jesus is; how He lived, what He did, who He hung out with.  The truth is that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.  What comforting words!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Isaiah 58:6-7

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry”

Isaiah 58:6–7 NIV

In this verse, God was confronting the Israelites regarding their particular brand of fasting.  They would refrain from eating for a period of time, but to what end?  Here we see the difference between the Ceremonial Law and the Moral Law.  The ceremony of fasting simply displays the piety and devotion of the one doing it.  God essentially says, “Big deal.”  God then goes on to state that the kind of fasting HE desires includes giving food to those who are hungry.  In other words, don’t just not eat.  Take the food you didn’t eat and give it to someone who is hungry!  The Moral Law is concerned with helping others.  Please take the time to review the Ten Commandments and their meanings here. https://catechism.cph.org/en/10-commandments.html  The Moral Law takes our piety and devotion and puts it into action that benefits those around us.  Jesus summarized all of God’s Law by saying,  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.”  -Matthew 22:36–40 NIV  Jesus put God’s love into action by dying and rising for OUR benefit.  We now love God most of all by loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 9, 2020 – Isaiah 58:3-9

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 9, 2020 – Isaiah 58:3-9

Some people wonder why Christians don’t follow all the Old Testaments laws.  The answer is that Jesus abolished the Ceremonial Law while the Moral Law remains intact.  The focus now is on giving glory to God through service and love toward others. Find out more this Sunday, February 9 at 9 a.m. Worship!