Sep 18, 2022
Godliness, Dollars, and Sense
Series: Hard Truth
Obviously, money plays a pretty big role in our lives. But as Christians, how should we think about money? Is it the most important thing? Or is it a terrible evil that we need to avoid at all costs? God's Word steers us so that we can find the middle of the road at the intersection of Godliness, Dollars, and Sense, with guidance and encouragement for those who have a lot of earthly wealth, and those who don't. 
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  • Sep 18, 2022Godliness, Dollars, and Sense
    Sep 18, 2022
    Godliness, Dollars, and Sense
    Series: Hard Truth
    Obviously, money plays a pretty big role in our lives. But as Christians, how should we think about money? Is it the most important thing? Or is it a terrible evil that we need to avoid at all costs? God's Word steers us so that we can find the middle of the road at the intersection of Godliness, Dollars, and Sense, with guidance and encouragement for those who have a lot of earthly wealth, and those who don't. 
  • Sep 11, 2022More Lost Than You Realize, More Loved Than You Can Imagine
    Sep 11, 2022
    More Lost Than You Realize, More Loved Than You Can Imagine
    Series: Hard Truth
    In Luke 15, Jesus tells three straight parables about things that were lost, and then found. With these parables, Jesus reminds us of two all-important truths: We're more lost than we realize. But we're more loved than we can imagine! 
  • Sep 4, 2022The Discipleship Self-Assessment
    Sep 4, 2022
    The Discipleship Self-Assessment
    Series: Hard Truth
    We might expect that being a follower of Jesus would make our lives free from pain, suffering, or difficulty. But today, Jesus reminds us that we need to count the cost of being his disciple, and then gives us the chance to assess how we're doing in our life of discipleship. And most importantly, he reminds us why it's worth it to follow him in faith, no matter what the cost might be! 
  • Aug 28, 2022Self-Promotion? Or Self-Awareness?
    Aug 28, 2022
    Self-Promotion? Or Self-Awareness?
    Series: Hard Truth
    Pride is a sneaky sin. It's very easy for us to identify it in others, but not as easy for us to identify it in ourselves. So what we often find is that self-promotion plays a much bigger part in our lives than we even realize! But through a parable about a wedding banquet, Jesus shows us why prideful self-promotion is spiritually dangerous, and why we need self-awareness instead!
  • Aug 21, 2022How Do We Get In?
    Aug 21, 2022
    How Do We Get In?
    Series: Hard Truth
    There are lots of different ideas about what heaven is like, and just as many different beliefs about how we get in through the doors! Today, Jesus tells us that the door to Heaven is narrow, and that not everyone will be able to get in. That means, it's all-important to understand how we'll get through that narrow door! Thankfully, Jesus shows us how to get in! 
  • Aug 14, 2022What the World Needs
    Aug 14, 2022
    What the World Needs
    Series: Hard Truth
    In John Lennon's classic song, Imagine, he invites his listeners to imagine a world at total peace, and then suggests how we bring that about--by removing everything that causes divisions among people. Things like possessions, countries, and...religion. It might seem like he's on to something when we hear Jesus say in the Gospel, "I have not come to bring peace on earth, but division." But as we look at the example of the Prophet Jeremiah, we see that maybe division is exactly what this world needs! 
  • Aug 7, 2022Don’t Worry!
    Aug 7, 2022
    Don’t Worry!
    Series: Focused
    If you're worried about something, just having someone tell you, "Don't worry!" usually doesn't help much. Not because they aren't intending it to be comforting, but because just saying the words doesn't change the problem that's making you worried! So we might wonder if that's what Jesus is doing when he tells his followers, "Don't worry about your life." We've got a lot of worrisome things, right? So how can Jesus just tell us "don't worry"? But here's the things. Jesus doesn't just say, "Don't worry." He backs it up by showing us all the reasons we really don't have to worry! Watch Pastor Troy's sermon, "Don't Worry" to find out how Jesus, and heavenly treasure, remove every reason we might have for worry! 
  • Jul 31, 2022All Set
    Jul 31, 2022
    All Set
    Series: Focused
    In many ways, greed is a cultural blindspot in our country. So we need to heed the warning that Jesus gives about the spiritual dangers of getting caught up in greed! In Pastor Troy's sermon, he shares from God's Word the dangers and insecurity of trying to find your security in earthly wealth, and shares what we need to fill our lives in order to have a focused, godly perspective on earthly wealth and possessions!
    Pastor Troy Schreiner
    Victory Lutheran Church--Jacksonville FL
    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (7/31/22)
    Sermon Series: Focused
    Service Theme: Focused Living Properly Values Earthly Wealth
    Sermon Text: Luke 12:13-21
  • Jul 24, 2022Go Ask Your Dad
    Jul 24, 2022
    Go Ask Your Dad
    Series: Focused
    While prayer is still a relatively prevalent thing in our culture, there's a lot of confusion about what we should pray for, and how we should pray, and whether praying is even worth our time? Today, Jesus teaches us the "What," "How," and "Why" of prayer, so that we can pray to our heavenly Father with total confidence and peace!
     
    Pastor Troy Schreiner
    Victory Lutheran Church--Jacksonville FL
    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (7/24/22)
    Sermon Series: Focused
    Service Theme: Focused Prayer Claims What God Wants for Us, Not What We Want from Him
    Sermon Text: Luke 11:1-13
  • Jul 10, 2022Focused Love Doesn’t Count
    Jul 10, 2022
    Focused Love Doesn’t Count
    Series: Focused
    When it comes to determining whether we should show love to someone or not, we usually count the cost. We want to find a balance between what we'll have to sacrifice in order to show love to that person with the benefit and reward we'll receive for showing them love. Or, at best, we want to get more out of showing love than we have to give. But in the story of Ruth, we see an example of what selfless, sacrificial love that doesn't count the cost looks like! And through the story of Ruth, we also find our motivation and reason to love our neighbor without counting the cost!
     
    Pastor Troy Schreiner
    Victory Lutheran Church--Jacksonville FL
    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (7/10/22)
    Sermon Series: Focused
    Service Theme: Focused Love Finds a Neighbor Rather than Avoids One
    Sermon Text: Ruth 1:1-19a