From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002)
Victory Church Family and Friends,
We are all concerned with COVID-19 and the potential it has to spread rapidly. We have been notified today that someone in our church membership has tested positive for COVID-19 today. This person was not in attendance in the worship service last Sunday, July 19. This person had prudently isolated themselves until they could be tested. The person was tested and the results were positive.
Those in close proximity are being contacted personally (the identity is being protected in accordance with HIPPA and all legal requirements are being followed).
In keeping with an a abundance of caution and care, we would plead with you if you are showing any symptoms or have been around someone testing positive for COVID-19, to seek medical attention and to refrain from attending church or church functions until medically cleared to return.
We will continue to update you via-e-mail and social media and encourage everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by CDC and state officials.
Please continue to pray for God’s protection over our church family and especially those most susceptible. With our caution, let us remember our calling to trust in Him and to brightly shine the light and hope of His gospel with the lost and hurting world around us as we are able.
For any questions, please call the church office at 903-567- 2072 and leave a message if no answer.
God bless you,
Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 9:48 PM CDT
Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 8:19 AM CDT
Six Inner Conflicts in Every Human Heart
1) I’m a “good person” do I really need salvation?
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23)
“No one is righteous—not even one." (Romans 3:10)
2) I’m not a really "bad person," is my sin really that bad?
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12)
3) I’m too bad to be saved, how can there be any hope for me?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)
But God showed (demonstrated) his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).
4) How can I be saved?
…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:10)
5) Did God accept me?
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5:1)
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
6) What should I do now?
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17)
"God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life! Amen!
Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 4:47 PM CDT
What is the treasure Paul describes in this verse? From the previous verse, we know that it is the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6). Paul described God as shining His light into Paul's heart, penetrating the darkness of Paul's unbelief and revealing His glory to Paul through faith in Christ. Paul finally saw with spiritual eyes what he had never seen in all of his years of religious practice. In fact, Paul's phrasing in the prior verse incorporates the values of many different cultures—light, knowledge, and glory—and expresses them in the form of a person which is Jesus Christ.
To know God in this way, to see God's glory and to be given the opportunity to share in that glory forever, is the greatest of all treasures. Paul writes now that this great treasure is not kept under lock and key in a museum or a bank vault. Instead, God keeps this treasure of the light of His glory in Christ in fragile jars of clay. Clay jars were included in nearly every aspect of life in Paul's day. They were efficient containers, but also prone to breaking easily. Modern people tend to think of glass jars as "fragile," but glass was considered an improvement over clay.
The point being made is that God has deliberately chosen something fragile and unimpressive. Why would God keep this great treasure in such vulnerable containers? Paul says God wants to show that the power of His glory is from Him. He leaves no room to suggest that power comes from Paul or any other human being. The power of the gospel is so overwhelming that it is not limited by the quality of its container. God displays His limitless power and glory by distributing it through limited and common human vessels.
This follows Paul's point in verse 5 that he has not come to proclaim himself as something special. He has come to proclaim Christ as Lord, with himself merely a servant to the Corinthians for Christ's sake.
Second Corinthians 4:7–18 explains that the priceless treasure of knowing God's glory through faith in Christ is kept in the fragile containers of human beings. In this case, this refers to Paul and his co-workers who preach the gospel. Their suffering is enormous, but God keeps them from being wiped out. They don't quit because even after they die, they know they will be resurrected, as Christ was. Then they will spend eternity with Him in a glory that will far outweigh and outlast the comparatively lightweight and momentary suffering of this life.
Published on Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 1:18 PM CDT