From the Pastor

 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

 903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002)                                   


Friday, February 24, 2023 9:57 AM

A Mission M.I.N.D.S.E.T

Friday, February 24, 2023 9:57 AM
Friday, February 24, 2023 9:57 AM

“The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

In his book, Mission Possible, Tim Tebow makes the following observations:

If I were to define the word "mission" I would do so like this: “a task or job that someone is given to do.” Whether you realize it or not, you have a mission. What’s interesting about our English word mission is that it comes from a sixteenth century Latin word meaning “to send.” This is what I believe. God has sent you here for a reason. Jesus clearly lays out what we are sent here to do: to love Him and to love others (see Matt. 22:37-39).

But have you ever noticed that He specifically commands us to love Him with all our minds? How often are we engaging God with our heads?

Trust me when I say, I understand there are many voices competing for our attention. But when we give in to negativity, lose focus, hit the snooze button, think we are entitled, and stop growing, our mission is in jeopardy!

EVERYTHING we do starts between the ears, in our minds, with our thoughts. Therefore, to be successful on our God-given mission, we’ve got to have the right mindset. One that will allow us to stay LOCKED IN on the task at hand.

So over the next few weeks I am going to use the acronym: M.I.N.D.S.E.T. – a set of mental attitudes that I will share over the next few weeks to help you start and sustain a mission-possible life.

M – Maker

I – Interruptible

N – Now

D – Different

S – Suffer

E – Excellence

T – To the end.

“The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:31 AM

Your Mindset Matters

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:31 AM
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:31 AM

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8

In his book, Mission Possible, Tim Tebow makes the following observations:
In July 2020, researchers at Queen’s University in Canada discovered that the average human brain has more than six thousand unique thoughts every single day. Ranging from the weather outside to work meetings to feeding the dog to feeding the kids, that’s a lot of thoughts! With our minds constantly racing from on the thing to the next, we often forget how fascinating it is to think.

Thoughts can be the most private and powerful parts of our human nature. But thoughts can also be very destructive. They are often negative. We must take back control of what goes in and out of our heads (see 2 Corinthians10:5)!

In Philippians, the apostle Paul is very clear in describing the things we should be thinking about: whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. In living a mission-possible life, developing a healthy, growth-and-grace-oriented mindset is crucial. Mindset is just a fancy word for a particular way of thinking. It’s your beliefs plus convictions plus attitude that drive the way you think, feel and act. Your mindset matters because it is foundational for true change.

Now that you’re thinking about what you think about (ha!), identify things in your life that are true, honorable, right, and so on….

NEXT: “A Mission M.I.N.D.S.E.T.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:32 AM

Is Forgiving and Forgetting the Same Thing?

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:32 AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:32 AM
Is Forgiving and Forgetting the Same Thing?
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:12

Some people wrongly believe that forgiveness is synonymous with forgetting. We say, “Forgive and forget.” And we think, “If I forgive somebody, then I have to forget what they have done to me.”
Now, the good news is when God forgives us, He does forget. The Bible says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). And God says, “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34 NASB). That doesn’t mean when God forgives, He contracts a case of divine senility. God is saying that He no longer holds our sin against us when He forgives us.

But when we tell people that in order to forgive someone they have to forget the offense, we are asking them to do something that is impossible. You see, forgiveness is a spiritual action, but forgetting is a biological action. We do people a disservice when we say, “Unless you forget, you truly haven’t forgiven.” 

Forgiveness and forgetting are not the same thing. In fact, trying to forget what people have done to you can short-circuit the forgiveness process. People say, “I am not going to think about what that person did to me. I will just pretend it never happened.” That is not forgiveness. In fact, you can do yourself great harm by doing that. You have to go through the right steps in order to properly forgive somebody.

Forgiveness and forgetfulness are not the same thing. You may never forget the effect of someone’s injury against you. Remembering may even serve as an alert against being injured again in the same way. Christian theologian Lewis Smedes wrote, “If you forget, you will not forgive at all.” In fact, one forgives most completely when one has first fully acknowledged the depth and extent of the offense. That can be a long, reflective process that may or may not include the offender’s admission of wrong.

Too many Christians try to hurry the process along. They move so quickly to forgetting that they may actually be in denial rather than practicing true forgiveness. However, remembering does not mean you should continue to let the offense have power over you. As Smedes notes, “We have the power to forgive what we still do remember.” That power is available through Jesus Christ. The much-quoted passage, Ephesians 4:32, says: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” We can do that most profoundly when we reflect on how God forgives our sins constantly. That inspires humility. The freedom forgiveness brings to the spirit is palpable. While we may always remember the hurt, we pray toward the time when we can forgive with no weight or pressure, but with a letting go.

The Bait Stick Series: “Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve.”
Pastor Mike 
Thursday, September 29, 2022 2:42 PM

The Best Defense against an Offense

Thursday, September 29, 2022 2:42 PM
Thursday, September 29, 2022 2:42 PM

Psalm 119:165 in the KJV reads, "Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend them." Some modern translations will replace the last phrase with something akin to "nothing can make them stumble." Nothing can entice them to sin, nor can the sins of others cause them to fall.

Notice what this verse says. As a fruit, the love of God's instruction—paying attention to and keeping His law (His Word)—produces peace, which is a wonderful, strong sense of well-being, stability and confident assurance in what we already have. Thus, the enticement to go another way holds no attraction. Why exchange something we have proven to be eternally good for something else of very nebulous and doubtful short-term value (like an offense)?

The psalmist writes in Psalm 149,verse 49, "Remember the word to your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope." Why turn aside from a way that gives hope? "This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life...  I am a companion of all those who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts" (verses 50, 63). Peace, hope, comfort in affliction, fellowship with wonderful, like-minded people also submitting to God and life all come as a result of loving God's law, His Word. In other verses he adds delight, understanding and wisdom on how to navigate through the minefields of offenses.

Herein lies the defense against offense. When we strive to lavish our affections upon God, we show it by submitting to Him. We show our affection by obeying Him, talking to Him and meditating on what He says to us through His Word. We will strive to discover ways of using His advice in our lives.

We will not do these things to "get" blessings from Him, even though blessings will come. We do them because we admire, respect and desire to honor Him (I John 4:19). We do this to improve the relationship so that we are closer to Him than ever before.

The best defense against offense is a healthy and growing relationship with God. We must nurture this relationship on a daily basis, and not allow it to degenerate through a lack of care. And then, when the pressure is on because offense has come, we can cry out in our anguish and desperation for help and receive the help we need (Hebrews 4:16).

A good relationship with God does not insure that offenses will always be easy to deal with. In fact, they may even get more difficult! More frequent opportunities both to offend and be offended may spring up. God rewards those who are growing with greater responsibility (Luke 12:48).

But know this: If we are devoting our lives to God, we will be able to meet offenses with the loving, confident, hopeful, peaceful, and yes, even the joyful attitude of the poet who wrote Psalm 119. When we have grown to this point, we will see our offenders through the eyes, as it were, of the One who so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son. And this is the first step in the right direction.

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