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Sun, Mar 28, 2021
Passage: John 11:17-27
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Following the winter of our discontent, which was riddled with sickness, death, despair and isolation, spring is finally here. With the arrival of this spirit-lifting vernal equinox we find that just like in the passage, John 11:17-27, the Lord is right on time. We may have been plagued with weariness and fatigue in the past season, but we now find renewed energy and expectations as the flowers begin to push through the earth, and vaccinations that effectively fight the virus are being distributed throughout the land.

Today, Pastor Victor gives us Christians a fundamental sense of dealing with a God who always shows up right on time. Because Jesus says, “I am the resurrection”, we can anticipate that the Lord is moving in our lives at this very moment. He can immediately provide healing, open closed doors, and turn any situation around. Since Jesus is both the resurrection and the life, He has the ultimate power that is in no way diminished because He does not address our circumstance according to our timetable.

Do not fret over the past or worry about the future. We can be assured that because He is the resurrection and He is the life, Jesus has the power. The Lord is always moving and He is up to something right now. Jesus is life even in the midst of death. The faith of the true believer may sometimes be tinged with some degree of skepticism and some level of doubt. That is alright because faith in who Jesus is is more than enough, and He will always show up right on time. Yes, He will.
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Passage: John 11:7-16
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Even the most devout Christians have been faced with doubt and found themselves perplexed by God’s sometimes obscure instruction. In today’s passage, John 11:7-16, we are reminded that the twelve disciples were baffled by Jesus’ instruction to return to Judea. Because we consider the disciples Christ’s most ardent followers, we can learn from this time when even they questioned His direction.

The first thing we learn from the disciples’ journey with Jesus is willingness leads to walking. When one is willing, they will walk with Christ even if filled with uncertainty and fear. Secondly, exploration leads to explanation. Though confused we must seize any opportunity to move when He says move. As we learn and explore, we grow in our understanding of who God is. The journey teaches us through our own unique experiences the divine mission of God. Finally, following brings favor. Journeying with the Lord is always the right thing to do. That is how we grow stronger in our comprehension and our belief in God’s miracle-working power.

Truly, it is human nature to fall down and harbor a level of doubt from time to time. However, there must be a willingness to walk with Him and explore in order to discover the explanation. Most assuredly when we follow Him we reap His favor. Though we may on occasion fall short on the journey, there is an opportunity to get up again and be prepared to go wherever He leads. Then, we will understand that Jesus is the resurrection, He is the life, and there is no other way.
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Passage: John 11:1-6
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In this Lenten Season, Pastor Victor is offering to us a new sermon series titled “Prelude to the Resurrection”. The two sisters in today’s passage, John 11:1-6, relied on their faith in the Lord and trusted that because of their relationship with Him, He would help their dying brother. During this sacred season of preparation our faith and trust in God can be strengthened, as well.

God loved the sisters and their brother, and He also loves us. Therefore, He is worthy of our trust. Our pastor shares with us three aspects of love that allow us to trust God to an even greater degree. The first is that love listens. He is always listening to our pleas and we are more like our Savior when we open our hearts, showing genuine love and empathy to others.

Not only does love listen, love always responds. Since love is a verb, the response requires action. Then finally, love is aware of the deeper purposes of God’s plan. Life will most certainly take us through some trials and tribulations, and undoubtedly, we will experience some pain. The purpose we must realize is for our own edification and for God’s glory.

Expand your own love by listening with compassion, responding with acts of kindness and understanding, knowing that you are a part of God’s plan. Ultimately, you will be edified, the Lord will be glorified, and your trust in Him will grow and grow.
Sun, Mar 07, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor concludes his sermon series “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as this year’s Black History Month celebration also comes to an end. In this week’s text, Matthew 28:1-8, the risen Christ signifies a new day has begun even though there is darkness and fear. This is the scenario we as a nation are facing as well. Though we are partially shrouded in darkness and witnessing hate-filled disturbances, this does not hinder our forward progression nor dim our vision of a better future.

The forces that move us forward in the dark are threefold. First, we move because we know God is always moving, and we want to keep up. This also strengthens our faith. Secondly, hearing His message from on High assures us that He has not left us, and He will remain with us come what may. Lastly, because each one of us has a purpose and an earthly mission to complete we are energized and cannot keep still.

We will continue our march as the new day has begun though our vision remains cloudy. The empty tomb gives us glimpses of hope knowing that our Savior lives. Thank God for divine obstacles that steer us onto the right path. Because of Him we face the rising sun, and we will not stop marching until sweet victory is won.
Sun, Feb 14, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This new sermon series, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is suited not only for Black History Month, but it is also well-suited for the present state of our nation. We are grappling with terrorists’ attacks from within, attempts to erode our rights and our hard-fought progress. Our current experience mirrors the struggles of our people as the twentieth century began, which is exactly when this timeless anthem was penned.

In today’s passage, Exodus 15: 1-12, though there seemed to be no way forward, God’s newly liberated people still sang the harmonies of liberty. Today, Pastor Victor delves into the dual elements of hymns that aspire for freedom. There is freedom from something and there is also freedom toward something. Thank God there is freedom from perversions of power. While amongst us there are people who blatantly corrupt and abuse their modicum of power, we must remember that God holds the ultimate power. We must never lose hope because those whose intentions are to oppress us and minimize us are no match for the Most High King.

Another element of songs of liberty is freedom toward progress. When the way forward seems all but impossible, God can make a way. We may not be able to see or even grasp how we will overcome the enemy who seeks to hold us back, but the Lord will make our detractors and naysayers our footstools to a glorious future.

The harmonies of liberty are also freedom toward praise. Every now and then we should look back at illnesses cured, heartaches that became joy, lack that became overflow, and the pathways that led to victory. Taking inventory of obstacles that we have eliminated are the foundation of our testimonies. So, give all the praise to God and raise your voice and sing the harmonies of liberty!
Sun, Jan 10, 2021
Passage: Luke 15:11-13
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we welcome the new year, we may find ourselves reeling from this relentless pandemic and horrific atrocities continuing to wreak havoc across the nation. Many are feeling off kilter because our reality is overwhelmingly disorienting, even dizzying. So, today Pastor Victor introduces to us a new and timely sermon series, “Finding the Center of Yourself”. Just as the prodigal son found his center with the principles of the text, Luke 15: 11-13, we can reorient ourselves by abiding by these same principles. The first centering principle is remembering that you have a Father. A Father means that we have someone who loves us. When we are grounded in the heavenly Father, we have a sense of identity and purpose in life. Recognizing and embracing the privilege of being His child always keeps us centered.

Secondly, as the son of a prominent father the prodigal one, though he strayed, never lost his elevated status and stature. Because we are the children of God, we are somebody. The troubles and indignities of this world, and even the accolades and accomplishments we attain, do not change our standing with the Lord. We have an inheritance that belongs to us and it can never be taken away.

Another centering principle is family. Looking beyond our own nuclear family to the broader community centers us. We develop a greater sense of belonging in the warmth and care of the Christian village. Family lessens the sense of being alone in this world, having to always fend for one’s self. We have a deeper understanding of self in the context of the extended family.

Lastly, the younger son in the familiar parable was youthful. Youth can be a time of tremendous opportunity and discovery. It is a time to take advantage of their vim and vigor. A youth who ventures out on their own will not fail as long as they are centered in God. The rich experiences of youth will surely grow into wisdom over time. In this tumultuous world, especially in these unsteady times, orient yourself to the true center. Embracing the Father, recognizing your status as His child, being nurtured by your community, and not squandering the gifts of energy and vitality are the centering principles that will satisfy your soul in a way that nothing else can. Nothing, not anything is sweeter.
Sun, Jan 03, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This is Christmas week, and as we get ready to celebrate the coming of the Savior, we can feel His love all around us. Pastor Victor’s sermon is titled, “Ambition without Doubt, and in the passage, taken from Matthew 1: 18-25, we again look to Joseph for he epitomizes a life lived without a doubt that God was always with him.

Hearing from the Angel of God elevated Joseph’s consciousness. He woke from his slumber ready to do as God wanted him to do. He did not desert Mary or his calling to be Jesus’ earthly father. When God speaks to us, we should wake up and be prepared to move without any doubt for He is with us.

Being obedient may not always be our first inclination, however, obeying the Lord is the only way forward. God’s imperatives are divine and there should be no hesitation because we know from our own personal experiences and our past that He can turn any situation around. He has done it before, and He will do it again and again. God will not leave us.

Respect for divine activity caused Joseph to defer to the plans God had for his life. In our own lives we should respect and praise God for His blessings and whatever we accomplish. We are never to not take credit from our Creator. As the gospel song says, “Every praise is to our God.”.

Finally, our blessings must be named appropriately. Improper naming brings about a reality that is not necessarily what we wish it to be. Whatever you call a person or even a situation can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We can influence outcomes by naming in a positive and uplifting manner.

A changed mindset results from listening to God, obeying His direction, and naming each of our blessings appropriately. When we do these things, our ambition has no doubt, and assurance that God is with us in our present, our past and our future.
Sun, Dec 27, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The third Sunday of advent is all about joy, and nothing is more joyous than the birth of Jesus Christ and God’s plan for our salvation. Today’s passage of scripture is Matthew 1: 18-21, and this sermon encourages us to be open to God’s divine plan, just like Joseph.

Although this good man developed a caring plan to walk away from his betrothed when she was found to be with child, he chose to listen to the Angel of God. He stayed with his Mary. When God announces a new plan for your life, what will you do?

When God announces a new plan for your life that is a redefining moment. Pastor Victor also defines this as a ‘God moment’. Just as you are reaching the end of your proverbial rope, about to give up, and have no place to turn, God shows up with His transformative presence. The implausible and impossible are suddenly plausible and possible. A wonderful change is about to occur when God intervenes in your situation.

Truly there is a reemergence of the divine when God announces a new plan. This reemergence is a manifestation of what He has been planning all along. Although in our journey we are not able to clearly see the path ahead, there will come a time when His plan will be revealed. While we may have to suffer and endure what seems unbearable pain and strife, God is planning something better, something good.

Finally, God redirects the course of action when He announces a new plan. Trust and follow His plan so that He can use you for His will. We always know the right path to follow because God is deep within us. As long as we decide not to stray and yield to His correction, we will be alright if we remain open to His plan. So, do not be reluctant to follow wherever He leads you for his plans are divine, and always have a purpose that is wholly holy.
Sun, Nov 08, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor closes the sermon series, “The Politics of Jesus”, taking his text from Matthew 5: 38-42. There is no more suitable passage to help us through this divisive, anxious period in our nation than this one in which we restudy the teachings of Jesus. The famous Sermon on the Mount gives instruction on what it means to be a Christian. Essentially, believers are to surrender their life to God and follow the Lord’s principles daily. For example, when we turn the other cheek, give generously to beggars, and lend to the borrower we are practicing Jesus’s teachings. These practices may seem passive and even the most faithful may feel inclined to do the opposite. However, to the contrary such a response is an expression of power and a display of Christ-like kindness and patience. Never are we to respond to evil with evil or seek revenge against those with malicious intentions. Christians should always take the high road, not giving in to the tactics of wrongdoers. It is not up to us to fight evil; we are too weak for that. The battle is not ours; it is the Lord’s. Judgement and vengeance all belong to God, and God alone. We acknowledge that God’s power is ultimate, beyond all other power. Fortunately for us we are granted a measure of access to his power in order to do his will here on earth. We recently exercised some of that power by voting our conscience, doing our best to elect politicians who will lead with integrity and a servant’s heart. We trust that the goodness of the Lord will ultimately defeat wickedness and evil. In the meantime, we will be patient, and wait on him.
Sun, Nov 01, 2020
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As Christians we should always seek to be inclusive of others by sharing God’s love with everyone. Just in case the state of the nation has caused you to be lax in your inclusiveness, Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us who we are to love and include as neighbors. By revisiting the familiar parable in the passage, Luke 10: 25-37, we find the answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Let us not only grasp who our neighbors are, let’s use this lesson to become more neighborly by modeling this Good Samaritan.

The very first thing the Samaritan did was he got close to the suffering man. He did not look the other way and put distance between them like the others. Getting close enables us to experience what someone else is experiencing and treat them as we want to be treated. This behavior acknowledges that they too are a child of God, and worthy of his love.

Secondly, he got focused. By focusing we can discover that there is still life and the opportunity to be used for God’s purpose. We must pay attention to what is right in front of our eyes and see what God sees. God does not want us to be blinded and lack compassion for his children. We fail him if we choose to ignore another’s pain.

The good neighbor is also convicted. This conviction moves us to take pity, feeling the same sorrow as the one who is in pain. If the world had more people who could feel and act with empathy, the appalling division we are experiencing could not thrive. When one truly loves God, they love themselves. Love of God and self is exhibited as love for mankind.

Lastly, the Good Samaritan got busy. After assessing the situation, we must take action to alleviate suffering. Whether it is providing first aid, being generous with financial resources, providing sustenance or shelter, that is what we must do. We should not consider getting busy to help another an inconvenience. Instead we are to be grateful that God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing.

Be ready to be a good neighbor to anyone who stands in need. Do not let personal politics confuse you and hinder inclusion.

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