Christus Victor Lutheran Church

Celebrating 500 years of biblical and confessional Christianity. To God alone be the glory!

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09/05/2021

Christus Victor - 14th Sunday after Trinity 09/05/2021

08/29/2021

Christus Victor - 13th Sunday after Trinity 08/29/2021

08/26/2021

1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. - Psalm 133

1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. - Psalm 133

08/22/2021

Christus Victor - 12th Sunday after Trinity 08/22/2021

08/09/2021

Eastern Regional Conference, opening Divine Service | Christus Victor Lutheran Church

08/08/2021

Tenth Sunday After Trinity | Christus Victor Lutheran Church

08/05/2021

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. - James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. - James 4:10

08/03/2021

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. - Psalm 4:8

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. - Psalm 4:8

07/28/2021

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. - Psalm 63:8

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. - Psalm 63:8

07/17/2021

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. - Immanuel, Luke 12:32

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. - Immanuel, Luke 12:32

07/09/2021

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. - Jesus, Matthew 10:27

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. - Jesus, Matthew 10:27

06/28/2021

When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. - Psalm 17:15

When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. - Psalm 17:15

06/07/2021

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." - Psalm 126:2

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." - Psalm 126:2

05/28/2021

VBS
It’s almost that time again! We are excited to announce VBS will
be held June 14th–16th, Monday through Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00 pm for ages 4 years - 6th grade. The theme this year will be "The Holy Trinity." Each evening, there will be a lesson taught by Pastor Christina with crafts, games, activities and of course snacks! Registration sheets are available at the church or you may call the church office at (910) 425-8168. And if you would like to volunteer,
we can always use the extra help! We hope you all will join us!

VBS
It’s almost that time again! We are excited to announce VBS will
be held June 14th–16th, Monday through Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00 pm for ages 4 years - 6th grade. The theme this year will be "The Holy Trinity." Each evening, there will be a lesson taught by Pastor Christina with crafts, games, activities and of course snacks! Registration sheets are available at the church or you may call the church office at (910) 425-8168. And if you would like to volunteer,
we can always use the extra help! We hope you all will join us!

Photos from Christus Victor Lutheran Church's post 05/26/2021

Our elephant garlic is ready for harvest! The garlic is located on the perimeter of each garden bed. Please use the trowel located on the hook adjacent to the archway closest to the main building to dig up the bulbs. Allow the bulbs to cure in a warm, dark location for several days (garage). The bulbs may have cloves or be just one singular bulb. You can save a clove to plant in your home garden or order bulbs mid-summer for fall delivery. If you order some, the garlic should be planted around Veteran’s Day to mid-December for a late May/early June harvest. We hope you enjoy these savory treats!

05/13/2021

Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

05/03/2021

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity! - Psalm 133:1

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity! - Psalm 133:1

04/13/2021

May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. - Psalm 119:172

May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. - Psalm 119:172

04/02/2021

"You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."

"No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord."

- I Am

"You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."

"No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord."

- I Am

03/11/2021

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24

03/10/2021

Run

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

03/08/2021

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. - Luke 21:28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. - Luke 21:28

03/03/2021

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! - Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! - Psalm 34:8

02/12/2021

Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. - Isaiah 55:3

02/10/2021

For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. - Psalm 50:10,11

[02/08/21]   Psalm 84:1-3
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
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I know I've shared this before but it bears repeating on this occasion. The Nash's are a very faithful couple who have not been attending worship due to the virus. But every couple weeks or so, they still come to church for four reasons: one is to get out of the house. The other is to drop off their tithe. The other is to receive the Sacrament. And the final reason: They simply love and miss their church. One time, after they had received Holy Communion, it took Heide nearly ten minutes simply to walk out of the sanctuary. She'd take a few steps and stop to take it all in. Talk about a soul yearning and fainting for the courts of the Lord! God's Word and the place where it is proclaimed is an immeasurable blessing. For here we are reminded again and again of what great a price our Father paid for us to be his.

I. When I was a kid, I felt like I had to go to church. I mean, if you know my parents you'd know that I had no choice. But my attitude was often eyerolling. Can't sleep over, Brent. We got to go to church. Then I grew up and realized maybe the proper attitude was to want to go to church, right? Like Heide who misses it so much and can't wait for the vaccine so she can come back. But then...I take a look within myself. Jesus tells us it ain't food or drink that make us unclean but what's within. I see a very real and ugly problem: sin. Sins on top of sins with more sins added in for good measure. I'm a mess. I'm a failure in the mirror of God's holy Law. And guess what my attitude becomes? I have to go to church. I NEED this. I need the message of God's pardon and forgiveness. I have nowhere else to turn. I must fly to the pew and the altar.

II. And here we hear how amazing and loving the Creator of the universe is, don't we. The psalmist remarks that the sparrow and swallow have found a home in God's house. The swallow even nests near the Lord's altar. Think about this. God told Aaron and his sons to wear undergarments under their robes so that when they ascended to the altar, they wouldn't expose themselves. You guys are sinners and need to be careful. These birds are cool by me, though. They ain't done nothing wrong. I always close the sanctuary doors when Chopsey's here because I think it's simply improper for a dog to be in the Lord's house. Why, Joe? Maybe it's me who don't deserve to be here. What's Chops ever done?

III. How can the sons of Korah be so in love with the house of the Lord? For the same reason we can be: It's where we're reminded that sinners are now worshippers of the one true God and subjects of the one true King. O LORD Almighty, MY King and MY God. We. Are. His. But we are his at a great and terrible price. During the psalmists' day, morning and evening sacrifices would be slaughtered and burned on this altar as a vivid reminder that there is a price to be paid for sin. The irony! The same altar where the swallows found a home was where many a lamb would die. Up until that point where the temple curtain would be ripped in two symbolizing that the need for the daily sacrifices for sin was officially over. Because the ultimate Lamb had died, paying the awful price, drinking the bitter cup, so that we could have the privilege...the sheer joy to come to this house and call him MY God and MY King. It's not these walls that Heide misses so. It's this message and the fellowship of hearing the message of Christ crucified with other sinners who can join together and proclaim because of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world...he is OUR King and OUR God.

02/04/2021

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24

02/01/2021

Christus Victor Lutheran Church's cover photo

[02/01/21]   1 Corinthians 10:1-4
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
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This (the cross above the altar)...is the pinnacle of history. The cross of Christ, Good Friday, and, of course, the empty tomb. All of human history centers on this whether people acknowledge him or not. Think of the Israelites and the Old Testament believers down here (lower left). And though early on in their history they had no idea about Bethlehem or the Virgin birth, they were ascending this mountain of history trusting in God's promises as he revealed them in his Scriptures and through his prophets. And then there's us (descending on the right side). We have the benefit of hindsight. We look back to God's promises kept for us. And we journey downward until our Lord finally reappears. This side and that side...same family. Same church. Baptized in the cloud and in water. Nourished by the same Rock of Christ as we journey on earth on our respective sides of history.
I. Read verse 5. Like our Old Testament reading, sure God gave his desperately thirsty people water from the rock. He knows they needed it. I mean he created the human body and I would think the Great Physician knows that the human body needs water. I mean, he created the desert too so I think he'd especially know that they needed water in their particular location. What could have God's people done that they did not do here? They could've asked. Instead, they grumbled. In fact, it got so bad that Moses was fearing for his life. They had just seen these amazing plagues. If anyone could provide water in an arid land it was surely this pillar of cloud and fire that accompanied them. But they grumble instead assuming that they were to die. It seems like it's been raining for most of the winter. Which is a pain when you got three dogs. I grumble when I open the backdoor in the morning. Why? God decided we need more rain. I grumble when the phone rings for the 5th time in one day from the same shut in? Why? God wants me to talk to his lonely child. I grumble when I'm on my way home and people don't accelerate. Why? I ain't late for an appointment and I always got music. Grumbling happens on both sides of the mountain, no?
II. But God sustains his people on both sides as well. He physically watered his grumbling kids in the desert. And he spiritually accompanied them in the person of Christ as well. The preincarnate Lord would sustain them. The promised one that they looked up to from the very first promise in the garden, as recorded by Moses. He was their spiritual Rock, even though the people of the Exodus had no idea what Bethlehem's Baby would even look like. These people would be baptized into Moses. He was the spokesman for God himself and the Lord would use the same Moses to write a large portion of their Scriptures and his promises. Christ would water his people in such a way. You diligently search the Scriptures...I got news for you...they testify about me. And at that pinnacle of history, our great Rock of Christ would take all the grumbling of a sinful world and would be struck yet again. Only this time not with the staff of Moses, but with a spear. And from his holy side would flow water yet again. Only this time, blood would flow too proving to the centurion -- and to you and I -- that God himself died our deserved death. The Lamb was indeed slain so we could be spared. Payment for our grumbling sins was made in full with the ceasing of his divine heartbeat. And, like God's people on that side of the history mountain, our Savior Rock still sustains us through Word and Sacrament. Through Water (font) and blood (altar). We are all one family...one church. Living in the shadow and grace of the Cross.

[01/25/21]   Exodus 3:13,14
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
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Shortly after this there was gonna be a showdown. The great I AM would accompany Moses to Pharoah and would take on Egypt's gods. I AM would turn the Nile into blood. And the god Khnum, the guardian of the Nile would have to be renamed I am not. The great I AM would send a plague of flies nullifying the god Uatchit who was the god of flies and...was, in fact, not. The great I AM would send a deep darkness making Re, one of the gods of the sun, into also an I am not. These plagues of the great I AM would even cause Pharoah's magicians to finally declare that this was the finger of God. This is a something, king. Well yeah. I AM. And on this Transfiguration Sunday we're reminded that Christ, dazzling on the mountaintop, is, in fact, the I AM.
I. Moses tries to weasle his way outta his call here. In fact, the Lord has to give Moses signs to prove that he was in fact who he said he was in chapter 4 and to reassure him that he would be with him during this showdown. But in our lesson he tries the whole oh yeah what if I show up and they ask what your name is? Probably thinking this might be an impossible question for God, who would surely be above a name. God calls each one of us to be his ambassadors. To look different in the eyes of the world. To live as children of the light. To pray when others rage. To love when others hate. To be patient when others are so impatient. Yet how many times do we find "excuses" to not answer these calls? How many times do we conveniently decide to be Christian incognito? It's easier to lash out than to bite our tongue and pray for patience. It's easier to hate than it is to love...especially "those" people. It's easier to be impatient because it comes so naturally to sinners.
II. But God is patient with Moses and answers his excuse question with divine brilliance. I AM who I AM. Tell 'em I AM sent you. Moses, there's a reason I told you to take off your sandals. There's a reason you ain't ever seen a bush on fire but not burning up. Because these so-called Egyptian "gods" we're gonna confront are zero. They're fairy tales. Like unicorns...they don't exist. But I AM. I alone make the ground you stand on holy. I alone can make a burning bush not burn up. I alone can make the plagues you're about to see with your own eyes happen. Because I AM...and they are not. And your descendants will see even more of what I can do. Three of 'em will see my Son in dazzling brilliance on a mountaintop. Why? Cuz he is I AM. And the great I AM will do what no other false god would ever even dream of doing for the sinners he created: He would would suffer at the hands of mere men and then ascend yet another hill but this time to die. Peoples throughout the world who worship I am nots will scoff at this but he will suffer and die for them too. Why? Because he's it: I AM. And I AM so loved the world. There's a man who works at a woodworking shop that the Nurse patronizes. He was chatting with her the other day. Once spent 1.5 years in a coma from a combat related injury. Even worse, spent nearly 40 years of his life in the false Muslim faith. Today he's a seminarian. And he told her that whenever someone asks him how he's managed to pull through it all his answer is simple: Jesus. I mean, he's it. He's the I AM. Even in hindsight he now sees the great I AM working in his life. This is our God, peeps. Correction: This is THE God. The only I AM. And like this carpenter, we belong to him by grace through faith in Christ. Let us go forth redeemed, forgiven, washed clean, and ready to rep the great and only I AM.

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