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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 9/Heroes: Joseph

There is this moment in Joseph’s story that may resonate with many of you watching the building process of Victory. He has been gone for over 20 years. He has lived longer in Egypt than in Canaan with his family. Those memories have faded. In this moment, his brothers are bowing down to him begging. “Then he remembered his dreams about them.” The dreams that he had as a young man came rushing back in the moment. Dreams that haunted his memory as he fell down the ladder of success rung by rung. Dreams that died a slow death with each year away from his family. Then suddenly, there they were.

A few years ago as we came to the decision as congregations and schools to come together and form Victory which was and is a big dream but someone made the comment to me, “It seems like you are trying to move the mountain to the people instead of getting people to the mountain.” That poked a hole in it for me and weighed on me for a long time. That was until the day I saw the mountain (our property) getting grated and hauled off. Then it came to mind, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:23. The mountain was moving. I shared a little of that story the Sunday we signed and blessed the steal for the gym. One of our high school students came up to me after he had written on one of the beams. He asked me, “Do you know where they hauled the dirt? The city of San Diego (maybe Chula Vista) took it to the marina.” God has thrown this mountain into the sea!

The Sunday after, another person, who had attended our public workshops to help us shape the present and future ministry of Victory, said, “Remember when we were asked what our dreams are for Victory? I think I’m starting to see it happen!”

Sometimes it is hard to remember the dreams God has for our lives. Time and circumstances seem to make it fade away. Then suddenly, you are there. God was working all the time. Keep at it. Stay faithful. Follow.


Genesis 42:8-9a


Keep us faithful in our work so that someday we may see your vision come to fruition. In Jesus’ name. Amen.