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Victory Bible Baptist Church
4532 Route 9n
Porter Corners, NY 12859

(518) 893-7059

Pastor Dexter and Maribeth Taylor
Pastor Dexter and Maribeth Taylor

"Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together," is a most important exhortation. Even if we should not derive any especial benefit, at the time, so far as we are conscious, yet we may be kept from much harm. And very frequently the beginning of coldness of heart is nourished by keeping away from the meetings of the saints. - George Muller ...

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Summer has officially begun! Well, what are your plans for the summer? Every year plans are made for family vacations, trips to visit family, or plans for conferences, whether business or just desire to enhance some part of your life or family, a trip nonetheless. Many times, when these plans are made the provision for what Church you are going to attend is not a part of the planning. Let me encourage you to be faithful to the Lord not only in your practice while you are on vacation, but also in your assembling with fellow believers. Plan to be faithful while you are out of your home area. As a Pastor, I have been on both sides of this situation. I have been faithful when my children were small as well as when it has just been my Sweetheart and me traveling and I have had people visit that were visiting our area. This has proved to be a blessing to us as folks would visit the Churches I was the Pastor as well as to the Church we visited while we were out of our area. So, this makes it a win – win situation! You will be a blessing and you will receive a blessing. DLT ...

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I am truly blessed for all that our Lord has done for us financially and physically in the changes that has been done to our buildings and grounds. But what amazes me more than all of this, is what our Lord is doing in the lives and families of our Church Family. When I as a Pastor see our Church growing in their relationship with the Lord, I am blessed. When I see individuals that have had a critical, judgmental spirit begin to have a gracious humble spirit, I am blessed. When I see individuals come to a place where they understand that just because something doesn’t line up with their preferences doesn’t make it sin, I am blessed. When we begin to mature in these and other areas, we can that our Lord is gracious and we become more like Him, I am blessed. When we can move towards God’s holiness and not be critical of those that haven’t grown to where we perceive we are and pray for ourselves as well as for them to move closer to our Lord, I am blessed. When we can see or discern the inconsistencies of others and our response is prayer and not gossip or criticism, I am blessed. When we, as a Church Family, love our Lord with all our heart, all your soul, all our mind, and all our strength and our neighbor as ourselves, we have moved into a position our Lord can bless the work of our hands. Our Lord can then send the world into our midst to see true Christ likeness and lead them to the Christ to accomplish what our Lord intended by Calvary: reconciliation with the Father! ...

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I am thankful for being a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, a pastor, and a friend. Some of these positions in life I didn't choose, but I am still very thankful for them. The others I chose and am very thankful for those choices. I read this article by Mrs. Susan Lapin and thought it a very good article and very appropriate for this Mother's Day and Father's Day season.

PERSPECTIVE
Susan Lapin

I got a lovely Mother’s Day card from one of my daughters that brought tears of joy to my eyes, but it also highlighted one of the enemies of successful living.
Among other sweet words, she wrote, “I am only now starting to realize how much of your own life and time and personal pursuits you must have sacrificed to raise us…”

The gratitude is appreciated and the sentiment is lovely. It is also wrong. It is wrong, not only in terms of motherhood but also in terms of marriage, work and life.

My husband and I once sailed in the Caribbean. When we visited one island, the dock was not only extraordinarily narrow but also in ill repair. It shifted and rocked with each step we took. Being six months pregnant and not quite as nimble as usual, that posed a challenge. What made it even more worrying were the sharks swimming beneath the dock. Falling in the water was not really an acceptable option.

Imagine that there had been magnificent flower beds surrounding the dock instead. I would never have wanted to fall into them, crushing the beautiful blossoms. But my thought process would have been entirely different. I would have taken the same care walking as I did on the shark-surrounded dock, but instead of fear, pleasure would have been my companion.

Teachers often want their students to remain silent when walking down the hall. I once watched two first-grade teachers prepare their students for a trip past several other classrooms on their way to the music room. Neither teacher wanted her group to be disruptive. One teacher spoke about how important it was not to interrupt the other classes and how proud she would be if her students walked in a quiet and orderly fashion, two by two.

The other teacher spun a story, leading her students to picture that they were explorers going through the woods to spy on an enemy camp. One sound and they might be captured!

Both groups were quiet. First graders want to please their teachers. But the second group’s faces were filled with expectation and joy. They weren’t behaving well; they were having an adventure.

Our attitude towards what we are doing makes all the difference. Despite what my daughter wrote, I did not sacrifice to raise my children. That was my chosen vocation and the normal and inevitable consequence was that I had less time and energy for other activities. As a human being living in a world with 24 hours in a day, I can’t do everything and be everywhere. Among my friends I number social workers, CEOs, accountants, teachers, doctors and pilots. The same calculus applies to them.

There were days while my children were young when I couldn’t see how I could possibly cope for five more minutes. I distinctly remember hiding behind some dresses in my closet to steal just a few minutes of quiet. When I got married I could have chosen a professional business path. I could have had fewer children. I could have paid others to care for my children. I had the option of paying tuition at a private school or using the public schools rather than homeschooling as we did. I even could have walked out on my family, unshackling myself from my obligations and responsibilities. Would that have gotten me “all”?

Did I sacrifice by staying in my marriage and devoting myself to my family? Not at all. I made choices and reaped the benefits from those choices, while paying the associated costs. That is called reality.

It’s easy to imagine the life that we did not choose through rose colored glasses. We picture that other us as an executive wearing expensive, tailored clothing and jetting off to exotic vacation locales. We see ourselves saving lives as a surgeon or being feted as teacher of the year. Yet, somehow, we never picture ourselves as a bored lower level employee struggling to make ends meet or as an executive cowering in the ladies room steeling herself to fire an employee she likes. Nor do we picture ourselves as someone earning a great living and relishing the challenges and successes of her career who frequently has to force a smile while yearning to be home with her child or having more energy to devote to her marriage.

There is no job, career, vocation or life that has only sunshine. It is up to us to focus on the positives in the life we choose rather than focusing on those things that our choice excluded. Our attitude, not our reality, decides whether we are sacrificing ourselves or finding fulfillment.

A culture of entitlement bombards us. It is a culture that breeds envy, resentment and unhappiness. I find it amusing that the first person recorded who said he “had it all,” meant it in an entirely different way than we use the phrase today. In Genesis 23:11, Jacob asks his wealthier, stronger and more established brother Esau to accept his gifts, claiming that he, Jacob, has ‘everything.’ By objective standards, he certainly didn’t. In fact, he was fleeing from one home and not sure where he’d end up.

He was focused on what he did have including his relationship with God, his family and the ability to choose how to lead his life. Can we realistically ask for more?

So, my darling daughter who is understandably sometimes overwhelmed by her busy household. Don’t think in terms of sacrifice. Think of the life you have chosen and been granted; a husband, children, extended family, community and faith. Even when it is at its least attractive, acknowledge that you would choose it again. Take a minute to breathe, shed a few tears if you need to, but still be grateful for your life and know that the only way to “have it all,” is to choose that frame of mind. With a nod to the American poet, Robert Frost, we all face many roads that diverge in a wood, and how we think about the one we choose makes all the difference.
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What a wonderful time we had as a Church Family! We had our third Mother/Daughter event, this year a dinner, and it was such a great blessing! Here are some of the pictures from the evening. We would also like to thank some of our men who worked and served to make this a very special time for our ladies. DLT ...

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I am very blessed by the work and the vision my Sweetheart and our ladies. They have worked and planned very hard to honor our Lord and demonstrate His love for us. These are the pictures of the decorations. What you can't see is the prayer and sacrifices our ladies have made to present Christ and remind the Mothers and Daughters that know Christ they are Daughters of the King. ...

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VBBCPorterCornersNY@VBBC_SCorinthNY This is our Twitter account. I haven't used it very much, but none the less, it is a ministry of Victory and I will try to use what I have to do what I can while I can. Will you do the same for our Lord?
DLT
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One of the great blessings of the Scriptures is their consistency in pointing us to our Lord. There are several key words in the book of Psalms that will lead you on an encouraging trip. The words: "Blessed" and "Whole heart," will encourage you. Psalm 119:2 is one of the stops along the way. "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." These two words are both found in this verse. I hope today you will seek our Lord with you whole heart. The result will be the guarding of His testimonies and the blessings of our Lord. DLT ...

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