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Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Passage: Luke 6:37-38
Duration: 25 mins 1 sec
Unlike boomerangs, which return to us when we throw them, most things that leave our hands are never returned. When we are hospitable or friendly, we should not, I repeat, we should not stand in expectation of reciprocity. Generosity and caring may not be subject to the “boomerang effect”. Still the text tells us that because we are forgiven, we are to forgive. In order for us to avoid condemnation, we are not to condemn. Because we have received grace and mercy we are not in a position to look down on a single soul. Disciples of Christ are characterized by forgiving and continuing to give. Retaliation is not a characteristic of disciples.

Instead of retaliating we are to be compassionate and generous because we are recipients of the same. We are living in a time in which our nation’s leader is a model of the absurdity and dangers of retaliation. God wants us to give love and turn from hate. The Lord wants us to help others and shower His people with kindness, love and forgiveness.

God observes our giving, and when we give generously from the heart, what we give will come back to us even more abundantly. When we are stingy our hearts are not open and we cannot enjoy God’s boomerang effect. We cannot receive the blessings He wants to give us. When we are not compassionate, forgiving and giving, loving and kind, we cannot expect to receive any of those things in return. Truly, the more we bless others, the more we will receive. Open your hands and give, open your heart and receive. Be ready to catch the boomerang.

Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Passage: Mark 12:41-44
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Just as Jesus observed the unsuspecting crowd giving money to their temple treasury, He is always watching and observing our actions. He discerns immediately the less valuable gifts; the gifts without sacrifice or gifts that do not come from the heart. The givers giving out of their wealth, money from their substantial overflow, paled in comparison to the widow Jesus observed giving all she had. Though the wealthy givers gifts were significantly worth more monetarily, the widow’s giving had a quality that far surpassed the quantity of the wealthy givers. Don’t you know our gifts, and perhaps even more so our spending priorities, are indicative of our morals. Take the time to evaluate your spending habits and patterns to reveal to yourself what you truly value. Do you like what you discover?

Jesus used his observation of the widow’s giving as an opportunity to teach his disciples in a profound and powerful way. He showed them an unforgettable model of giving. When giving is a true sacrifice, not from our overflow, that is a demonstration of faith and trust in God. Her giving was worthy of recognition because she had very little provision or financial resources. She gave faithfully knowing the Lord would provide all her needs. Jesus recognized her giving sprang from the depth of her love for the Lord; the widow gave her all because she knew that is what He deserves. He gave us His all, so the very least we can do in return is give Him our all.

Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Passage: Matthew 25:21
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
“His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.”

When we think about good stewardship the first thing that may come to mind is that stewardship is simply managing the church’s money and being fiscally responsible. We should think more broadly because true stewardship encompasses managing to the best of our ability all the resources God entrusts to us. Yes, good stewardship does include managing financial resources, but is also includes taking care of and protecting our precious earth and its inhabitants.

We are to be good stewards of the talents he gives us individually as well. You know God gives us what he trusts and believes we can handle. God is counting on us to increase and maximize the resources in our custodial care. If He gives you the gift of a powerful, soul-stirring voice, work to become a great orator or an accomplished singer. Your artistic talent is to be used to create magnificent works of art, and the gift of movement should lead you to dance for His glory. Your green thumb can surely harvest fertile land to feed your family, your community or the even the masses. Your quiet gift of compassion should be used to lift someone out of their personal abyss.

When God “gifts” you, He will assess how well you have used your talents and the resources entrusted to you. When we do our best with a few things, He will trust us with even more and we will share in the joy that comes from loyal and faithful service. When we show ourselves worthy of His trust by being good stewards, we are putting Him first by sharing our gifts and talents with the world. God will be pleased and we will hear Him say “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

Sun, Oct 22, 2017
If we are honest with ourselves, we can admit we are all guilty of treasuring our earthly possessions. The possessions may include our cherished family heirlooms, our finest clothing, or immaculate homes and luxury cars. However, Jesus teaches that we are not to store up our treasures on earth, but to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven. He knows that we all have earthly needs such as shelter, healthcare, food and clothing, and he will provide. It is our affinity for the accumulation of “stuff” that He admonishes us to resist. The energy, time and attention it takes for us to store up earthly treasures diminish our ability to live for Him.

The things we amass on earth that we may believe give us security, and ultimately worldly influence, are all vulnerable to loss. They are all temporary things that may become moth-eaten, out-of-fashion and obsolete. Even our earthly relationships are subject to expiration. Friends (and family) may disappoint us, neglect us, hurt us or abandon us. These same characters may take us for granted and use us. Therefore, Jesus wants us to store up treasures in heaven. Heavenly treasures are caring about others, living a life that pleases Him, and recognizing what is truly of value. Nothing is more valuable than what Jesus does for us. He gives us the breath of life; he is our all and all. We exist because of Him. Earthly treasures are not only susceptible to rust and ruin, they are also subject to theft. Others may covet our possessions and develop strategies to take them from us. Everything we have that is of this world we can lose.

Therefore, our greatest possession is our relationship with Christ. The world cannot take that away from us. When God is first in your life, and you store up your treasures in heaven - not for celebrity, nor fame and fortune - you are free because He is all you need. You will know unspeakable joy and peace when your treasures, your very heart, are for God.

Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In the 9th chapter and 12th verse of Matthew, Jesus answers the question the Pharisees posed to his disciples. The Pharisees wanted to know why Jesus was eating with condemned and despised tax collectors and sinners. Jesus made it plain. He told them, “It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick.” Jesus explained to them, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Our pastor goes on to pose a question to us to ponder. What does it mean to be Christian and disciples in our 21st world? Admittedly, in a world that is decidedly less Christian, plagued with threats of war, legitimized racism and so much more, being a disciple of Christ can be both challenging and uncomfortable. However, solving the new school problems we are facing does have an old school solution. The old school solution is to follow Jesus, just as Matthew the tax collector did. Matthew is confused and despised because he has turned against his own people. When Jesus called to Matthew to follow him, he followed with question or hesitation. Jesus sees all of us in our condition, and following Him is the solution.

So, how are we to be faithful Christians? In order to follow Him and be a good disciple, Jesus might lead us to encounter three types of people with whom we may be uncomfortable. The first is our own family. We have to take Jesus with us wherever we go, including our own home. We can’t just leave him in the sanctuary on Sunday. In order to be a good disciple, we have to deal with our own people, just as they are, in our own homes. Jesus might also lead us to a fellowship misfits, and not simply surround us with those we are most comfortable. Being exclusive and isolationist are not characteristics of followers of Christ, and have no place in a healthy church. Healthy churches embrace folks who have been broken down, and rejected. Lastly, Jesus may take you to a place that includes people who have been transformed. The people who have been transformed are “fixed misfits”. The transformed will be surrounded by the despised and the sinners. Jesus embraces all. You know the same grace, love and mercy that fixed Jesus’ followers is available for the misfits. The Lord always has the last word in our lives, and the last word is mercy. His mercy is for available for everyone. You have problems in your 21st century life? The solution is old school. The solution is, with blind obedience, follow Jesus.

Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In the Israelites’ conquest of Caanan, we are challenged to grasp God’s epiphany to Joshua instructing him to have his army walk around the city of Jericho for seven days, and on the 7th day to walk around seven more times. After doing this, Joshua was told to command his army to sound the trumpet and shout. Indeed, with the sound of the trumpet and a shout, the walls of the fortified city of Jericho did fall down. Here we learn that their worship was used as a weapon. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor help us see that we come to understand that God will use unconventional, seemingly insignificant methods to accomplish wondrous things. We can use our own worship to tear downs the walls we face. Listen now as Dr. Victor shares this message entitled, Worship As A Weapon.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Though choirs may be adorned in the finest robes, and ball players may don the latest in court-wear, that doesn’t necessarily mean the choir can sing well, or the ball players can play effectively. This phenomenon is quite a common one and may occur even in our churches. Just showing up in church on Sunday, greeting hospitable ushers, shouting halleluiah at the appropriate times, and answering the whooping (hooping?) preacher, doesn’t always add up a true encounter with Christ. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor reminds us when two or three are gathered in His name to glorify Him, He is in the midst. The Lord speaks to us when we commune together, when we are centered on Him. After all, we are His witnesses here on earth. Pastor expands this thought in this message he entitles The Prerequisite to Worship
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Just as David reached out to the Lord for divine assistance as he ran from his father-in-law Saul, who wanted to kill him, we too can reach out for His help, no matter our dilemma. When the Lord intervenes on our behalf, we should do as David did. David vowed to the Lord that he would bless Him at all times. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor victor challenges us to understand what does it mean to bless the Lord. By acknowledging that we owe everything to God, we must first offer ourselves to Him and worship Him authentically. He expounds on this thought in this message entitled From bail-out to Blessing.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 8 secs
A Relay race, also called Relay, a is track-and-field sport consisting of a set number of stages or legs in the race. The runner finishing one leg is usually required to pass on a baton to the next runner while both are running in a marked exchange zone. Today on Standing In the Word, Pastor Victor reminds us that we too are in a race. And often time, the problems that occur are in the passing of the baton of what we call the exchange. Pastor provides clarity in this sermon he entitles, Passing The Baton.
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Passage: Psalm 122:1-2
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Do you get exciting about receiving an invitation to an event or a celebration? What makes the invitation even more exciting is to understand and know from whom the invitation was received. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor explains that when we accept the invitation to come and worship the Lord, The lord is glorify and people are edified. We are never the same after being in the presence of the Lord in worship. Pastor expands this thought in this message he entitles An Exciting Invitation.

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