“The Tomb is Empty” 04.21.19 – Pastor Kassebaum
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Letter from the Pastor
Pastor Larry Kassebaum
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
We are only a few weeks away from celebrating Christ’s Resurrection once again and I look forward to the festive music, the beautiful lilies and the large crowds. But what I really enjoy is seeing everyday lives resurrected. I have been seeing that a lot lately, as I hear feedback from people reading the book “What on Earth am I Here For?” and talking about the exciting things happening in their small groups. It brings to mind another passage, this time from the words of Jesus in John 14:12, when he tells his disciples they would do even greater things than he did when they acted in His name. Those words were true then and they’re just as true now.
As an added bonus, when God’s people are living spirit-filled lives, the congregations they’re a part of also thrive. I also see that at Victory. This has been an amazing year already. It’s been a joy to be a part of enthusiastic, well-attended worship services. The Monday morning study of the Gospel of John was an inspiration to both teach and observe. Then the new book study and the hundreds of small groups that have been formed have added new depth and warmth to our congregation. But we’re not done yet! We’ve still got Easter and a very important congregational meeting that should make this April one of our most memorable months yet.
Easter is the most important event in the life of the church. After all, we would not likely celebrate Christmas if the tomb wasn’t empty and Christ wasn’t raised. So that will be the highlight of April but by no means the only exciting weekend.
Congregational Meeting – April 7, 1:00pm This could set the stage for the kind of future at Victory that only the mind of God could comprehend. The details are not all in place yet because we have some important issues to address:
- Our proposed sanctuary renovation plans.
- The future of our ministry at Crismon campus. Council recommends the sale of the property with the provision that our Crismon ministry be allowed to continue using the campus for a minimum of 3 years. We will vote on this recommendation.
- The introduction of a very thorough self-evaluation process in which we will be asking all of Victory’s members and friends to participate in.
- The first report from a newly created and formed Safety and Security Team who will assist us in installing technology and procedures to provide greater safety and security on our campus.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Larry Kassebaum