Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 113:1

“Praise the LORD.  Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” 

Psalm 113:1 NIV

When I was young I didn’t give it a thought.  As I age I think about it more.  What’s the point?  What’s the point of life?  Why am I here?  What am I supposed to be doing?  I honestly don’t know how an atheist would answer that question.  As a Christian, the answer is pretty simple.  Look up and read Psalm 113:1 again.  Your purpose is to praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD by worshiping Him regularly, singing, reading the Bible, praying.  All those activities give praise to God.  But the best way to praise God is by serving others.  Psalm 113:1 calls us servants of the LORD.  We’re servants OF the LORD, not so much servants TO the LORD.  We belong to the LORD, but we serve others.  God doesn’t need our service, others do!  No matter what you do every day, find a way to make it about serving others.  Are you meeting a need in their life?  Accountants, IT pros, welders, mechanics, stay at home parents, etc. all of these occupations make a difference in the lives of others.  God served us by meeting our most pressing need, the need for a Savior.  Jesus’ death and resurrection assure us of forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Him.  So whatever you do during the day, find a way to make it about serving others and by serving others you ARE praising the LORD.  Read those words again, OUT LOUD!  “Praise the LORD.  Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” -Psalm 113:1

Victory Vitamin Blog – Ezekiel 34:12

“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.”

Ezekiel 34:12 NIV

God often compares Himself to a shepherd and His people to sheep.  That should comfort us.  A shepherd’s job is to protect his sheep, and to keep them healthy, well fed and watered.  God does that for us spiritually.  God leads us through the wisdom and instruction of His Word.  He feeds us spiritually through that word and through His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper.  We need His guidance, protection, and feeding to survive spiritually.  But I want to talk today about God’s little lambs.  God seems to have a special affinity for children.  He directs us to train them up in the way they should go.  (Proverbs 22:6)  He warns us against leading them astray.   (Mark 9:42)  And He commands that children be brought to Him.  (Mark 10:14)  It is the job of parents to see to it that their children know who Jesus is and what He has done for them on the cross.  It is the job of each Christian congregation so see to it that the children in their midst learn the truths of the Bible and know God’s love for them.  If you look up the word sheepish in the dictionary it’s defined as “showing embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence”.  2 Timothy 1: 7 tells us the God has given us a spirit of power, not timidity so that we are not ashamed to testify about our Lord.  Our goal as sheep of the Good Shepherd is to remain strong in our faith, to testify boldly about our Lord, and to train Jesus’ little lambs so that they too become sheep who are not sheepish.

Please note that our Fall Kickoff service this Sunday will be OUTDOORS at 9:00 a.m. on the back lawn.  Feel free to take the elevator down to the lower level to get out to the lawn.  We will have folding chairs, but you are encouraged to bring your own as they will likely be more comfortable.  A church potluck and games for the kids will follow the service.

Sunday Sneak Peek for September 15, 2019 – Ezekiel 34:12

Sunday Sneak Peek for September 15, 2019 – Ezekiel 34:12

God repeatedly refers to His people as sheep.  This should both comfort and concern us.  Sheep are dumb animals, but with the LORD as our Shepherd, we are guaranteed the best care and protection.  Part of our mission as a church is to boldly train God’s little sheep so that they grow up to know their Good Shepherd, Jesus. Our theme today: Sheep, Not Sheepish.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV

Solomon is almost certainly the one who recorded the words above.  Solomon asked God for wisdom and God granted it to him.  So with God’s wisdom Solomon concluded that everything is meaningless?!  Not exactly.  Solomon provides clarification in the next chapter.  He writes in Ecclesiastes 2:24–25 NIV “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”  Without God, no one can find enjoyment.  At least not enjoyment that lasts.  What caused Solomon’s despair is that fact that everything we work for will pass away.  Whatever we have will one day belong to someone else.  A generation from now our names may well be forgotten.  What’s the point of it all?  The point is that we are here to glorify our Maker.  We are here to share with others the love He shared with us in Christ.  We’re not here to serve ourselves.  That would be pointless.  We’re here to glorify God in everything we think, say and do and we’re here to let others know about their Savior who gives them life that never ends.   There’s nothing more meaningFUL than that!