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Sun, May 24, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
One of the lessons we are learning from this socially-isolating, devious, lingering virus is what is truly essential. Many of our former must-haves have fallen by the wayside as we grow more appreciative of the simple things in our life. In Hebrews 11: 5-6 it is apparent that although we can live without some things once considered essential, we cannot live without faith. Faith pleases God and that is the essence of Christian life. Why does God delight in faith? This sermon provides to us three clear assertions. The first being without faith it is not possible to please God. Our faith allows us to converse and engage with our Lord. Though we cannot see the blessings God has in store for us, faith assures us that great things are in our future. Faith allows us to remain hopeful and trust in Him. Approaching God means that we believe in Him and know that He is exists. Amid difficult circumstances, no matter how harrowing, the faithful call on God. We do this because deep down in our hearts, we believe that He can do anything. God cannot and will not fail for He is above everything. Finally, God delights in and honors genuine faith. Just as God rewarded Enoch, the faithful believer, we stand to be rewarded for our faith as well. Of this we can be certain because God keeps His promises. God sustains us and He is essential. We can live with confidence that God will see us through these times to better times, our best times.
Sun, May 03, 2020
Passage: Psalm 90:1-2
Duration: 24 mins 50 secs
This Sunday marks the 146th Anniversary of the Mount Olive Baptist Church, and it is indeed a day worthy of great celebration! It is also a day to reflect on how God has kept this congregation for these seven score and six years. Today’s text, Psalm 90: 1-2, is tailor-made for our collective celebration and retrospection. This psalm of communal lament gives us hope for the Lord is our dwelling place. The same refuge that He provided for generations past will shelter generations to come.

Our service commenced with a beautiful and moving pictorial collage that included church leaders and faithful members who are now in that great cloud of witnesses. The photographs are a powerful reminder of the generations before us who faithfully served and worshiped as this very same body of Christ.

The pastor’s sermon caused us to think about our individual testimonies and realize that God has been with us through every step of our journey. He carries us when we are at our most tender and fragile, when we are most vulnerable. Our hearts are strengthened, and our minds are eased as we reflect on His goodness in this vast, unstable wilderness that is America.

Though we look back, we are also prospective. We are encouraged knowing that God is, and He will always be. Just as we and our ancestors relied on our Creator, we take comfort in knowing that future generations can count on Him as well. Looking into the eyes of our children, and our children’s children, we can find rest and blessed assurance. We will not always be here with them, but God will. So, today we praise God for His grace! We praise Him for keeping us! And, we praise God for He is life everlasting!
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Passage: John 20:19-21
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we continue to celebrate the triumphant Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, today’s sermon text is taken from John 20: 19-21. Jesus could not keep still as he walked among humanity, for he was doing the work of his Father. That same inability to remain idle meant a borrowed tomb could not hold him. He left the grave to keep sharing the good news.

The risen Christ appeared unexpectedly to his isolated disciples who were living in fear of his crucifiers. He proclaimed to them, “Peace be with you”. His words of assurance let them know that he was with them always and everything would be alright.

Today we are socially distancing because of this menacing virus, and many are living in fear of sickness, the death rate, economic instability, food insecurity, mental stress and the fate of our youth’s educational needs and mental wellness. But we can be assured for Jesus is still in the midst. Wherever we are, Jesus is right there in the center. We do not have to be afraid.

Remember, the Lord has a divine purpose for our lives, especially now. Even in social isolation, Jesus wants us to continue to discover ways to help those in need and those who need reassurance of his presence. He wants us to be generous, to love and have a spirit that is willing to do his work here on earth. Do not be afraid to live in his purpose for your life. Won’t you pop-up for Jesus today and every day?
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
He is Risen and we rejoice! On this glorious Easter Sunday morning, our pastor takes his text from a passage of scripture that focuses on the fundamentals of Christianity. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-11 contain the “ABCs” of hope for believers. This back-to-basics sermon is just what we needed to quiet the gnawing skepticism that can diminish our faith and hope for brighter days. We first learn that we must make Jesus a matter of priority. Living a life led by Christ is the primary source of our hope. Even in the midst of this global, life-altering crisis, hope is not lost. Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross to save us from our sins. We in turn should make our blessed Savior our life’s greatest priority. Secondly, it is a matter of perspective. We know of Jesus’ death because the bible tells us he was crucified and buried in a tomb. Though Christ died on that old rugged cross, the gospel also tells us God raised him from the dead. Therefore, we know that even in death there is good news. In the midst of the devastating losses we hear of daily, goodness does exist. With the right perspective we recognize that God is at work. This can be a time to renew and restore relationships and rediscover what matters most in our lives. Jesus appeared to his apostles and followers after his resurrection, and he was present with them. Today, his presence is unleashed among us as well. We know that Jesus is real. How do we know since he does not walk among us? Well, we can feel his presence deep, deep down in our hearts. And that is why, my fellow believers, we always have hope!
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
He is Risen and we rejoice! On this glorious Easter Sunday morning, our pastor takes his text from a passage of scripture that focuses on the fundamentals of Christianity. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-11 contain the “ABCs” of hope for believers. This back-to-basics sermon is just what we needed to quiet the gnawing skepticism that can diminish our faith and hope for brighter days. We first learn that we must make Jesus a matter of priority. Living a life led by Christ is the primary source of our hope. Even in the midst of this global, life-altering crisis, hope is not lost. Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross to save us from our sins. We in turn should make our blessed Savior our life’s greatest priority. Secondly, it is a matter of perspective. We know of Jesus’ death because the bible tells us he was crucified and buried in a tomb. Though Christ died on that old rugged cross, the gospel also tells us God raised him from the dead. Therefore, we know that even in death there is good news. In the midst of the devastating losses we hear of daily, goodness does exist. With the right perspective we recognize that God is at work. This can be a time to renew and restore relationships and rediscover what matters most in our lives. Jesus appeared to his apostles and followers after his resurrection, and he was present with them. Today, his presence is unleashed among us as well. We know that Jesus is real. How do we know since he does not walk among us? Well, we can feel his presence deep, deep down in our hearts. And that is why, my fellow believers, we always have hope!
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Passage: Luke 19:41-42
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As holy week begins, on this sacred Palm Sunday, the pastor takes his text from Luke 19: 41-42, reminding us of the intense love Jesus has for his people. In sharp contrast to the clamorous celebration as he entered the city, Jesus is overcome with sorrow because the people were unaware. He wept foreseeing the suffering to come.

Because Jesus comes near, our pain and broken hearts are palatable to him. He feels what we feel because he is so full of compassion and he cares about us. We can be comforted knowing that he is always with us, and he is concerned about our struggles. Although we are currently practicing social distancing, let your tears flow not just for ourselves, but for others as well.

The Lord also sees our plight. Don’t you know he is aware of this current crisis? He is not turning away from us. He sees us teetering on the brink, trying to deal with this frightening, tragic pandemic, this new normal. His tears flow with ours because he sees the excruciating pain, the devastating losses and the mounting hardship.

Still, let us thank God for the good news. Not only does Jesus weep because he is near and he sees our struggles, he is the ultimate authority. He was over the city of Jerusalem, and even now he is over all of us. Though a compassionless leader does not weep with his nation, we know that sweet Jesus is crying and watching over us. In that we can be confident, and we can be hopeful. And we can rejoice, every now and then.
Sun, Apr 05, 2020
Passage: Psalm 46:1-3
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The growing pandemic is causing a shift in our lives each and every day. Right now, more than ever we need a calming, reassuring word from the Lord. From Psalm 46: 1-3 the pastor preaches a sermon that engenders courage and pulls us back to center. How we are able to remain calm as this invisible enemy creeps across our nation? This passage of scripture gives us several clues.

Because God is our refuge, he will always protect us and give us shelter. In our hiding place we rest while dangers seen and unseen pass us over. In our quiet shelter we have an opportunity for greater introspection, prayer, and drawing nearer to him. As we draw him nearer, we can learn how to be of greater service in his earthly kingdom.

Have you ever noticed the calm demeanor of the strong even as vicious storms arise? They are strong because they know their strength comes from on High. God is our strength. We can draw on his strength and rest assured that he will see us through. In our weakness he makes us strong. The scripture tells us that God is a very present help in the time of trouble. We know this to be true by our own experience. Hasn’t he seen you through tough economic times, illness, weariness and uncertainty? Recall when God made a way out of no way. Though we may sometimes feel fearful, be very sure that God is able.

Sopranos sing melodies so sweet that we listen raptly to their soothing voices. But even the purest soprano is no match for the most magnificent melody maker of all. Our Lord’s infinite melody calms our spirits and allows us to live fearlessly as we weather this ominous, transforming time. His melody gives us peace, brings us together, and we can be, still.
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
Passage: Psalm 11:3
Duration: 1 mins 34 secs
Spring, the season of refreshing renewal and eternal optimism has arrived. However, some believers may be feeling varying degrees of pessimism because it seems their entire foundation is crumbling. So, our pastor focuses on Psalm 11, preaching a powerful, uplifting sermon to hold us steady in these unsettling times. His sermon helps to ease our fears and erase our doubts during this frantic, expansive crisis. And just as David asked in verse three, we must ask ourselves, “What can the righteous do?”

Well, God’s righteous people have to keep on believing. We know that God is still on the throne and is always in control. The believer keeps on worshiping no matter what comes to pass. We will not freeze, nor will we flee. We will stay in the fight because with God anything is possible.

The righteous maintain the moral high ground. While others are unraveling and exhibiting greedy, inhumane behavior during this unprecedented halt in our lives, the righteous show compassion and dole out extra doses of kindness. We can be the voice of reason, the listening ear, the encourager. We can be God’s vessels of hope.

At all times, the righteous must continue to pray. Engaging the Lord through prayer prepares us for whatever lies ahead. When we give our cares and worries to God, he will fix it. Do not fear. Pray, for this storm too shall pass. Prayer warriors, be brave, for prayer has the power to defeat any enemy that dares to harm the righteous of God.
Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Passage: Psalm 121:1-2
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Especially, in times like these, we need a stabilizing, reassuring word. Taking his text from Psalm 12:1-2, our pastor provides just the right word, nudging us from anxious questions to bold declarations of faith. How, you may ask, are minds transformed from fearfulness to courageousness?

First, you must govern your gaze. If we keep a steady horizontal gaze, we can become fixated on the turbulence and uncertainty that surrounds us. However, when we choose to shift our gaze upward, we are looking to the one who helps us overcome the troubles of this world. Look up, for there you will find the Lord.

Secondly, when you personalize your perspective, you are taking control. A positive outlook and attitude result when our point of view is focused on God. We are not overwhelmed with feelings of gloom and doom. The Lord is mightier than this crowned virus that is currently wreaking havoc all over the globe. Worship him and ease your fears and anxiety, knowing that God will see you through. He is our divine protector and our healer.

Lastly, you must convey confidence in the creator. It matters not whether you believe God created something out of nothing, or you believe he created order out of chaos. Because he is the maker of heaven and earth, you can be confident that God can speak order out of any worldly crisis.

Oh, believers of waning faith, look to the hills for that is where our help comes from. Be assured that God is the answer to our existential questions based on worry and fear. Now is the time to declare and strengthen your faith in him.
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This sermon, which takes its text from Mathew 15:10–20, teaches us the about the foundation of holiness, the basics of piety. Jesus’s profound lesson to his disciples makes it clear that we need not heed the teachings of transgressors. Those who reprimand for not adhering to their unscriptural teachings are not leading to holiness.

Here we learn that ritual cleansing is not how one becomes holy, for what goes in the mouth will soon be eliminated. Instead, what comes out of the mouth is indicative of the state of one’s heart. Holiness is observed in words spoken and behavior exhibited. A person who speaks words of encouragement, whose intentions are to be kind, show compassion, and ease another’s burdens clearly has a relationship with God. They are growing more dutiful to the Lord and doing his will.

We must pray not for the ability to religiously follow the practices and doctrine of the church, but for a clean heart. Oh, what a relief to know that giving up things in this Lenten season is not a requirement for piety. And, isn’t it good to know that even when we go astray, Jesus can fix our heart? His blood can make us new again, washing away our sin.

If you truly desire a heart for God, one that is pure, start with the basics of piety. The wisdom Jesus imparted to his disciples at Galilee will help to prepare you and strengthen you for a life of holy living.

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