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Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Passage: Luke 2:22-32
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Great stories have the power to captivate us, guide us, and even ground us. Some stories have so much power and meaning they give us hope sufficient to last a lifetime. That is true of the story in the second chapter of Luke revealed by the Holy Spirit to a man called Simeon. He was told the story of the coming Messiah, a savior who would come in his lifetime. Simeon spent his entire life in expectation and indeed he lived to be guided to the temple to behold the precious Messiah.

Today on Standing on the Word, pastor goes on to recount stories that permeate our lives, dominate our history, through the generations. Our history tells of our undeniable resilience as a people, and demonstrates through plentiful trials and tribulations, we possess the strength to move forward. Listen now as pastor shares this message he entitles Guided By An Old, Old Story.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Each day the first thing many of us are likely to wake up think is that the leadership of this country must be a nightmare. Unfortunately, though surreal, it is our country’s current situation and harsh reality.

Although an old fairy tale song describes dreams as “a wish your heart makes”, dreams are so much more than wishes. Dreams give us a sense of hope and move us beyond our current situations and dilemmas. Dreams allow us to communicate with God. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor Victor shares from the scriptures how Joseph had developed a plan to leave Mary, his pregnant fiancée, However, while he was sleeping, God spoke to him through an angel and told him of the future he wanted for him. God chose Joseph to be Jesus’s earthly father.

Pastor shares this powerful story in the message he entitles Led By A Dream.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017
Each day the first thing many of us are likely to wake up think is that the leadership of this country must be a nightmare. Unfortunately, though surreal, it is our country’s current situation and harsh reality.

Although an old fairy tale song describes dreams as “a wish your heart makes”, dreams are so much more than wishes. Dreams give us a sense of hope and move us beyond our current situations and dilemmas. Dreams allow us to communicate with God. Today on Standing on the Word, pastor Victor shares from the scriptures how Joseph had developed a plan to leave Mary, his pregnant fiancée, However, while he was sleeping, God spoke to him through an angel and told him of the future he wanted for him. God chose Joseph to be Jesus’s earthly father.

Pastor shares this powerful story in the message he entitles Led By A Dream.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Passage: Isaiah 38:1-6
Duration: 25 mins 1 sec
Before our tears destroy us, we need to take it in prayer to the Lord. Even before we are at our lowest, we should be in prayer. When life is great, when life is sweet, and we are experiencing healthy relationships and triumphs, we should be in communication with God.

Today on Standing on the Word, Pastor Victor shares how we should stay in relationship with God always. By doing so, when amid our most troubled times we can turn to God and talk to Him honestly. Taking from the book of Isaiah chapter 38: verses 1-6 Pastor shares these thoughts in the message he entitles “Prayers Soaked in Tears”.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 59 secs
Have you ever had a longing or pain so deep that words could not find their way to your mouth? Well, that was Hannah’s condition in the first chapter of 1st Samuel. Hannah longed to overcome her barren state and bear a son for her husband. With her heart she spoke directly and specifically to God, and he answered her.

Our souls run on empty when we lack, joy, peace and purpose. But isn’t it good to know that even when we cannot manage to whisper a prayer, our hearts can communicate with our God. Not even intercessory prayers capture God’s attention as raptly. While truly there is value in corporate prayer, a prayer from an empty soul is one that the Lord hears loudly.

While those around us cannot comprehend the depth of our emptiness and longing, God does understand. Though we may be surrounded by great friends who may listen from time to time, only to the Lord can we empty our souls, at all times, at any time. Our persistence will result in an answer from the Creator. God knows what we need, even when we do not. He will give us what is best for us. God can and will change things.

With unwavering persistence, pray from the depths of your soul and be ready for an answered prayer.

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.

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