From Victim to Victor

Does anyone want to be a victim? I doubt it.

Yet, an element of our culture tries to make various groups of people feel like victims. And worse—to act like victims.

Hung up on identity politics, this element does not seek the good of those it considers victims. Those whom it victimizes.

The good news is that no one has to be a victim. We can all be victors—winners, not oppressors.

But we need a relationship with the Champion of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is

  • Lord and Savior;
  • Light and Truth;
  • Peace and Joy;
  • Love and Life; and
  • All that is positive and good.

Faith in Jesus brings eternal life. With eternal life, we need fear nothing. If we walk in the Light, which Jesus is, our lives will not be subject to defeat or victimhood. We will walk in victory.

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Victory through Voice: How to Speak Truth When the Culture Demands Silence

Have you felt our culture’s growing contempt for Christians?

Do you think things will “go back to normal” in our country—where the Christian faith is respected and considered foundational to our liberty?

Victory through Voice grapples with these questions and other topics such as racism, materialism, and critical race theory. It presents love and fruit of the Holy Spirit as answers to our toxic culture.

Imagine how the first century disciples felt as they preached the good news to a culture that demanded their silence. We can look to their solutions—Christian love, Holy Spirit boldness, and firm faith in the Lord Jesus—as our way of responding to the current cancel culture. Godly living and sharing the gospel are two ways we can speak the message of grace, truth, righteousness, and life. Victory through Voice encourages us to share the Word of God with our lives, our actions, and our voices. Even when the culture demands our silence.

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Victory through Light

A growing darkness threatens to destroy our culture and make victims of all of us. We don’t have to look far to see the threats to our personal security and liberty, to the survival and unity of our families, and to the continued existence of civilized society.

Many of the trends of the past fifty years have darkened the culture and confused the church, leaving a wide path of destruction. Victory through Light: How to Overcome the Growing Cultural Darkness is the first in a planned set of three books, the purpose of which is to expose the growing cultural darkness and call readers to Jesus Christ, who is “the true light” that “shines in the darkness.” He empowers us to “walk in light” and equips us with “the armor of light” that we may overcome the darkness besetting our nation and invading our lives.

Using relevant scriptures, personal testimony, and modern parables, this book enables Christians to see their way out of the confusing darkness and into the light of victory. It encourages believers to lead others to that light which overcomes the growing cultural darkness.

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RECENT POSTS

He Is Risen As He Said
4/2/2021 7:27:00 PM BY Victoria Dorshorn

We often think about how the disciples must have felt in those few desperate days between the crucifixion and the resurrection. But have you ever thought about how the religious leaders felt—the ones who arranged the crucifixion because they rejected the Son of God?

Matthew tells us in Matthew 27:62-66 that they went to Pilate to request that the tomb be sealed and a military guard posted. Their excuse was that they feared the disciples would take away his body and claim that he rose like he said he would.

So Pilate granted their request. He told them to secure it as best they could.

Can you see them smearing mortar around that stone at the opening to seal it? Signifying on it, “By order of Pilate, this stone is not to be moved”? And then posting four soldiers to keep watch.

They walk away, satisfied that they have him sealed in. For good. And if the disciples try anything, the soldiers would take care of them (as in arrest or execute).

The clock ticks away the minutes and hours and days. Then Sunday comes. The first day of a new week. The early morning of a new age—the age of grace. Fifty days later the Holy Spirit would be sent and the church officially born.

I am sure that the birds sang louder and sweeter that morning. There was also an earthquake (Matthew 28:2) as an angel miraculously rolled that stone away to reveal an empty tomb.

Hidden in Matthew 27:52–53 is the information that Old Testament saints also arose in new bodies and went into Jerusalem and appeared unto many people. But Jesus was the one who had been sealed in lest his words come true.

And what does the angel say to the women who come to the tomb and find it empty? “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6 KJV). What a wonderful proclamation!

The Pharisees couldn’t keep Jesus in the tomb. The soldiers couldn’t keep him in the tomb. The stone and mortar couldn’t keep him in the tomb. And the devil couldn’t keep him in the tomb.

He is risen as he said. Boom.

And because he lives, his proclamation to Martha is true: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die” (John 11:25-26 NLT).

And one of these days, a divine trumpet will sound, and believers will come forth from graves in new bodies. Believers who are yet alive will be changed, and together we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. And “so shall we ever be with the Lord” (KJV). See 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17.

This—because he is risen as he said. Hallelujah!

Three M's of Christmas
12/25/2020 7:25:00 PM BY Vicki Dorshorn

While thinking about the miracle of Christmas, I was struck also with the marvel of it and the mystery of it.

We’re all aware of the miracle or miracles of Christmas. The world tries to mimic the birth of Christ, sometimes by glorifying an unwed mother in dubious circumstances. But Mary was not just an unwed mother who “got caught” fooling around, as we used to say.

Mary was a virgin, engaged to a man with whom she had never had sex. Her child was conceived by the Holy Ghost. Christ, who existed from the beginning and by whom the world was made, condensed himself and became the baby in Mary’s womb—the God-man who would redeem humanity.

Luke expresses that miracle in Luke 1:26-35. An angel visited a young virgin who lacked position and fame. Yes, she was of the lineage of David, as was her fiance, Joseph. Joseph’s trade was carpentry. He was a “blue collar worker,” an ordinary man with an extraordinary calling. An angel spoke to him as well, concerning the miracle of Christmas (Matt. 1:18-25).

The marvel of Christmas is that Jesus was born into conditions like poverty (Luke 2:1-7). Angels announced his birth to common men—shepherds in the field (Luke 2:8-17). And then Simeon’s blessing (Luke 2:28-32) at which Joseph and Mary marveled (v. 33): “a light to lighten the Gentiles” (v. 32). The Gentiles are all those nations not of God’s chosen people, Israel, and Jesus came to give us light.

Simeon’s prophecy continues (vv. 34-35), followed by Anna’s praise (vv. 36-38) for the redemption that had come to Jerusalem (and to the whole world).

The marvelous things spoken by Simeon and Anna suggest the mystery of Christmas, which is the gospel message.

Jesus speaks of the “mystery of the kingdom” (Mark 4:11). Paul, referring to the gospel message, calls it the “mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:4; Col. 4:3); the “mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:19); the “mystery of the faith” (1 Tim. 3:9); the “mystery of godliness” (1 Tim. 3:16); and the “mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ” (Col. 2:2)—the triune God.

This mystery was the eternal purpose of God—to send his son to redeem “whosoever believes” and to reconcile them to himself. This mystery “was kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25).

This mystery was, from the beginning, “hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:9). His plan was that he could “dwell in [our] hearts by faith” (Eph. 3:17).

Our experience of the new birth in Christ—having his spirit in us—is the mystery of Christmas. And he came for all—the poor, the ordinary, the uneducated and educated, the wealthy, the famous—“whosoever believes.”

So, at this time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, let’s rejoice in the miracle, the marvel, and the mystery of his birth, and of faith which makes us born again in him.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 MEV).

Silenced and Silent
8/4/2020 5:18:00 PM BY Vicki Dorshorn

While a group that claims to be for the people—specifically, people of color—burns Bibles in Portland at a not-so-peaceful “peaceful” riot, those of us who hold the Bible dear cannot afford to remain silent any longer.

Yes, burning books (and even the flag, according to some) is within the broad definition of “freedom of speech,” though it isn’t necessarily wise or useful. But we love our freedom of speech.

Unfortunately, freedom of speech is not granted to conservative Christians whose message refutes the fallacies of the left.

The very foundation of our worldview is that there is a Creator, God in his trinity; that sin entered the human race and with it brought disease, death, debauchery, disharmony, rebellion, and condemnation; and that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from sin by faith in him.

For decades, public education has silenced the first of those tenants and pushed a fallacy-ridden “naturalistic evolution” lie upon our children and grandchildren. And we were silenced and silent.

A faction of people in this country have pushed against Judeo-Christian morality with the purpose of spiritually and morally bankrupting this nation. Some of the proponents didn’t see the end game, but it was there, nonetheless.

First, homosexuality was accepted as an “alternate lifestyle,” and abortion was embraced as an acceptable form of “birth control.” Next, these sins were granted the status of “rights,” and then elevated to a position of honor. Anyone opposing these new “standards” is denigrated, ridiculed, and hatefully accused of being hateful.

Now we find a movement in this country to “normalize” pedophilia the same way that we allowed the “normalization” of these other transgressions.

When all this began to unfold, we Christians remained relatively silent—at the polls, on the soap box, and in the sphere of education. Thus, politically, socially, and educationally (mentally), we surrendered to the enemy. And we remained silent, afraid to speak and duped into believing that our silence was godly.

We are like Gulliver (of Gulliver’s Travels), tied up by the Lilliputians while we were sleeping. We wake to see ourselves bound, powerless, and gagged. But there the analogy ends.

Now, our first plan of defense and attack is to pray. This battle is the LORD’s, and we must ask him to engage in it, to enable us to make a right stand for his truth, and to set us free from bondage.

Our second step is to remove the tape from our lips and speak out. Yes, we are to speak “the truth in love,” but we must speak the truth—not a watered down, compromised version of a humanistic social gospel.

Our third step is to stop quibbling about personality or verbal delivery or tweets, and vote for candidates who truly stand with God—against the sin of infanticide (abortion); against the lawlessness of rioting, murder, and destruction of other people’s property; and against the travesties of pedophilia and other sexual sins.

We cannot afford to vote for a party that has removed God from its platform (need I spell out “democrats”?) even though they deceitfully invoke his name in campaign speeches and other public addresses. If we do so, we will deserve the evil that will follow.

We cannot expect to continue to cater to immorality, and receive the blessing of God upon this nation. Our nation was established upon the foundation of the knowledge of and belief in him. We cannot turn from that and expect continued blessing.

We have less than 100 days to decide whether we want our liberty or massive chaos, whether we want law and order or an end to our way of life, whether we want continued sin or the blessings of God.

The choice is more fundamental than even the choice between capitalism and communism (the first step of which is socialism, as is called for by many democrats). The choice is sin or the Savior; darkness or Light; evil or good; hatred or Love.

Tough words, yes. But since Jesus is the “light of the world” (John 8:12) and “God is love” (1 John 4:8), the party that has removed God from its platform has removed love from its platform, and with it, light. It has become the party of hate and darkness.

The Right Way
7/13/2020 2:40:00 PM BY Vicki Dorshorn

Cain’s tomatoes and cucumbers were lovely. They would have won the grand prize ribbon at the state fair anywhere.

But it wasn’t what God wanted.

Cain’s vegetables did not foreshadow the death of Christ upon the cross as Abel’s offering did. Abel offered a lamb, as instructed by God, symbolic of the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV).

How do we know that was God’s instructions? He told Cain as much when he told him, “You will be accepted if you do what is right” (Gen. 4:7 NLT). The fact that Abel brought what was right proves that they had been told what to offer.

In every age, God has made salvation easy and simple for us, though it wasn’t easy or simple for him, knowing the sacrifice that would be made at Calvary.

For us, we must simply believe God, accept his reality, and be born again. What does this mean? Paul says it well in Romans 10:9-10: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (KJV).

In verse 13, he concludes, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (KJV).

One and done. But the beginning of a new life and identity. No longer the old creation, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1 KJV), but a new creation, alive in Christ, “created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24 KJV).

We must bring the offering God requires—a broken and contrite heart, a willing mind, a surrendered spirit. We must come in faith, claiming the sacrifice of Christ as the sufficient offering and his resurrection as the reality for our new life.

Then, abiding in him, we will produce fruit—not tomatoes and cucumbers, but “fruits of righteousness” and “good works, which God hath before ordained” for us to walk in (Phil. 1:11 KJV and Eph. 2:10 KJV).

 

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