A church on every corner

When was the last time you invited someone to church? Do you know that 82% of unchurched people would attend if someone invited them? Yet, fewer than 2% of Christians ever do take the time to invite someone to church.

Although it seems that there is a church on every corner, there still aren’t enough to reach those that are far from God. As a matter of fact, I can’t even say that there are churches on every corner because that would mean the building is the church. So, let me rephrase that! We are the church! And we still need more people like you and I to reach the unchurched. Here’s why:  studies over the past twenty years have shown that those who attend church regularly have:

  • lower blood pressure
  • happier outlooks on life
  • better marriages
  • less divorce
  • and longer lives

Now don’t you think everyone in this world deserves the chance to live a better life? Of course they do!

This year, Victorious has planned an exciting day for you to invite others to church as a part of National Back to Church Sunday. Even if you don’t attend Victorious, the objective is for everyone to invite a friend, family member, co-worker or even those you don’t know to church.

I pray you will find the faith and courage to invite someone to rediscover church.

Join us for Back to Church Tailgate Sunday Image

September 16 at 10:30am
Dacula High School
123 Broad Street, Dacula Ga.
FREE Family Tailgate After Service!


Satisfy Your Spouse

As we come to end of the “love month” ask yourself this question; the question Tyler Perry asked, “Why Did I Get Married?” According to love-sessions.com, here are the reasons why many men and women get married:

  1. The man’s wish to continue the motherly love received in childhood
  2. Desire to have a lifetime companion
  3. The love the man and woman has for each other
  4. The woman having become pregnant
  5. To have a woman/man who has a similar career for easier adaptability
  6. Wish to escape from parents

It’s interesting the to read reasons we see above and find out how much they differ from God’s standard.  In 1 Corinthians 7:4  the Apostle Paul says this to the Church at Corinth:

Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out.

If you made the decision to marry for any reason other than to satisfy and serve your spouse then please rethink that decision. The success of your marriage is determined by how you view the needs of your spouse and meet those needs.  As Rick Warren says in his book The Purpose Driven Life, “it’s not about you!”

Check out the next three commandments to keep the flames burning and focus on satisfying your spouse:

Commandment 6: Thou shalt write love letters – Song of Solomon 1:10-15

  1. This passage reveals a spiritual spouse who identifies specific qualities he appreciates about his beloved, then expresses his appreciation in a love letter. He didn’t text it, tweet it, or Facebook it, he wrote it down!
  2. Here are four critical elements that must be present in your love letter
    i.      Identify – Declare what it is you appreciate. Name it.
    ii.      Specify – Be as specific as you can. Don’t make generalizations about the things you love about your spouse.
    iii.      Quantify – Express how they have made a measurable difference in your life.
    iv.      Magnify – Encourage your spouse liberally in public, before their peers.

Commandment 7: Thou shalt be spontaneous. And here’s why:

  1. Your spouse is counting on you to do something different, something unplanned, unstructured, and spur-of the-moment.
  2. Spontaneity brings surprise, fun, creativity, and freshness to a marriage.
  3. Spontaneous moments and times don’t have to be huge events… small ones have the same effect on your marriage. Have fun together!

Commandment 8: Thou shalt seek to satisfy your spouse. 1 Corinthians 7:2-5

  1. The Bible says that marriage partners should offer their bodies to each other in marriage and should not deny each other except for a short season for fasting.
  2. To rekindle the flame in your marriage you must seek to satisfy your spouse in bed and out.

All in all, remember that it’s not about you! Base your marriage on serving your spouse in love and I guarantee the flame will continue to burn high!

Last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers, this one’s for you!

Hey men, listen! Don’t stand in line today for that dull, ordinary Hallmark card that you’ve waited till the last minute to buy. It’s not worth the $2.89 you’ll spend. Plus, your wife will keep it on the shelf to please your ego and will soon store it with all the other thoughtless cards you’ve given her in the past. Instead, I have the perfect inscription for the card that will last a lifetime.  You probably never thought you could find the perfect description of your wife. The card that says it all! Perfect words, spoken so eloquently, never fading, never dull, simply perfect!

Open your Bible. Yes, I said your Bible. Just bear with me.  As a matter of fact, click here and read Song of Solomon 4:1-7. Ok, now I hope you believe me. These words by Solomon have to be the best love letter, poem, and Valentine card ever written.

So if you can’t make you wife a card with these words, then just open the bible and read it to her after that special candlelit dinner you prepared for her.  And ladies, if you’re reading this, and not sure if your man will, email it to him – here’s the link: http://wp.me/p1Ne14-2O

And finally, continue to work on the “Rekindling the Flame in Your Marriage” by taking a look at the next three commandments:

3. Thou shalt be attractive
Work to be attractive physically, mentally, and spiritually.

4. Thou shalt compliment each other
Listen to the compliments in Song of Solomon 1:15-16 and share them with your spouse.  

5. Thou shalt set aside a date night
With the busy schedules families face every day, finding a free moment to connect with your spouse can end up feeling like one more task on your already full plate. But if you put off spending time together until a “better time” comes along, it will eventually lead to emotional distance between you and your spouse. Make spending quality time with your spouse a priority – tonight!

So how are you showing your love for your spouse today, and hopefully every day? Share with us in the comments below!

Rekindling the flame starts with forgiveness

How is your marriage? Be honest! Is the flame burning as high as it was the first week of holy matrimony? Or has it been extinguished by the mundane, unexciting thoughts of being with one person for the rest of your life? How was the last date you and your spouse went on? What about pillow talk, the back rubs, and candlelit dinners? Are they still happening? Do you find yourself in a constant disagreement about everything in the marriage?  ‘He doesn’t pick up after himself;’ ‘she doesn’t give me the attention she knows I need;’ ‘he works all the time;’ ‘she never cooks a dinner like my mom;’ these little arguments can quickly cause the flame to die down, or worse, burn out.

The thought of your marriage being as cold as the ice cubes in your freezer is life-threatening and you have to do something now! Your actions during this critical stage in your life will be the oxygen your marriage needs to rekindle the flame or the extinguisher that leads to a road of destruction and divorce. Revelation 2:4-5 says this:

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

Thank you God for the hope of restoring our marriages to what they used to be by bringing us back to that first love! There is something about those first moments in our lives – that first kiss, that first date, the first night after the wedding. There is nothing like it and we must repent and get back to showing our spouses the love we had at first.

As you pray about the actions needed to rekindle the flame in your marriage, start with the first two of what I call the Ten Commandments of Rekindling the Flame in your Marriage.

1. Thou shalt put aside anger and forgive

a. The first step in striking up the flame, in making your marriage hot again, is to stop carrying the grudge and forgive.

2. Thou shalt always pray

a. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray without ceasing
b. Grab your spouse by the hand and let them hear you praying for them and your marriage

Join us this Sunday for the continuation of this dynamic series: The Ten Commandments of Rekindling the Flame in Your Marriage.

The Heart of a Leader

Most basketball fans would say Michael Jordan was the best when it came to game-winning shots. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that MJ would take that final shot. And not many of us ever thought of betting against him. Why? Because he had heart! He had the confidence to say “I want the ball in my hands for the final shot.” His ability to handle this type of pressure is the result of having a prepared heart to deal with it. He was one of the most poised players ever and handled pressured situations like he had been doing it all of his life.

This type of confidence was developed out of much practice and preparation. We’ve all heard it before – the more we put in the more we get out. The heart of a leader is developed by what is put inside it. And whatever is in your heart determines your ability to handle the tension, stress, and strain of this life.

To handle the pressures of life the way Jesus handled them your heart must be filled with:

  1. The Holy Spirit
    1. In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, in Luke 4:1 it says that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Compassion
    1. In Mark 6:34, we see an clear example of how Jesus lead with a heart of compassion for people.
  3. Service
    1. In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus’ disciples saw this as an obstacle to serve while He looked at it as an opportunity to serve.

The heart of a leader is the most essential component of leadership. In the book “Lead Like Jesus” authors Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, says that “in teaching people to lead like Jesus, we have found that effective leadership starts on the inside, it is a heart issue.

Is your heart in the right place for effective leadership? This week, focus on the areas of your heart that need growth in order to become a better leader.

Not So With You

2012 can be your best year ever…only if you make the decision to do some things differently. Just this week at work I heard someone define insanity as “doing the same thing but expecting a different result”.  Wow! Are you expecting better results this year without the commitment of doing things differently? This question doesn’t mean you throw the baby out with the bath water and start completely over. I realize there are some accomplishments you made last year that need no adjusting. However, there are some practices and habits that resulted in dead ends in 2011 and must be changed.  These adjustments to your family plans, career plans, financial plans, etc., all hinge upon your ability to lead.

So what is leadership? In the book “Lead Like Jesus” by authors Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, leadership is defined as “the ability to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of people.”Jesus addressed his disciples about leadership with an intriguing statement – “not so with you” (Matthew 20:25-26).  In other words, our leadership must be different. To achieve better results in 2012 we must take bold steps in doing things differently.

Consider these five practical things that all great leaders do to achieve maximum results:
  1. Leaders mobilize others to join the mission/vision of the organization
  2. Leaders coach others to be successful
  3. Leaders empower others to carry out the mission
  4. Leaders serve others and are not driven by self-promotion
  5. Leaders reproduce themselves in the life of the people around them.

Your desire to achieve more, be more, and do more in 2012 starts with your influence. Do something differently today to make this a victorious year!

Join us as the Lead Like Jesus series continues – this Sunday at 10:30am – 285 Dacula Road, Dacula Ga.

The Dead End to Healing

Jesus’ life was filled with wonders, miracles and healing. He proved his power over nature by calming storms; over death by disrupting funerals; over sickness by bringing health.  He performed some of these miracles with just a single word and others were performed from a remote location.Many of us have received true, divine healing from God. The type of healing where there is no explanation other than God’s healing power. But on the other hand, many of us have spent thousands and thousands of dollars in search of finding a cure, just like the woman with an issue of blood. For twelve long years she spent all she had on doctors and none of them could diagnose the problem.  Can you imagine having to deal with a sickness for that length of time? Or better yet, can you envision spending your hard-earned money on several different doctors with no results?  After a year, it would certainly seem like a dead-end, and after 12 years, for most of us, the situation would seem hopeless. But the woman with the issue of blood pushed passed the dead end and made her way to Jesus – the one she knew could heal her!Here’s the encouragement – sometimes God takes us to dead ends to refocus our eyes on the prize. Dead ends represent no future, no destiny, and in this case no healing. But in some situations, the dead end is just what we need to be in order trust in the Lord and not depend on our own understanding. I hear God saying to you today; “don’t get weary in your well doing.” Although issues in your life seem to last for years, your faith creates paths even through dead ends.

Here are 4 ways to work through dead ends and receive the healing God has for you.

  1. Develop a spirit of expectation for God’s healing
  2. Use the sufficient faith you have to receive healing
  3. Don’t ignore the issues of life. Remember Jesus has already overcome the world so be cheerful.
  4. Never operate in fear…it destroys your faith.
Check out the clip from our service this Sunday and consider joining us for a winning worship experience each Sunday at 10:30am.