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Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This Sunday’s sermon text was Colossians 2: 6–7, and this week the pastor emphasized being rooted in Jesus Christ. Although Christians sometimes elevate Jesus to a level where he seems inaccessible, he is always available to us. We live in Christ and we are privileged to be rooted in him. Consider three essential functions of roots that help us to comprehend this privilege.

First, just as healthy roots provide nutrients for a plant to grow strong and produce good fruit, being rooted in Christ feeds us. Divine nurture means we live in his grace. His goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. Conversely, being fed by evil results in lives dominated by greed, fear and hatred.

Another function of a root is to develop more roots. A Christian grounded in Jesus is obliged to tell the story of his goodness. Surely, you agree that hearing a testimony within church walls is inspiring. However, sharing testimony with those who have not yet received Jesus Christ can be transformative. Sharing the word grows the community of believers. The spirit of the Lord flourishes when people deeply rooted in him tell others all about it.

Finally, stability results when souls are anchored in the Lord. The remedy for the instability that we experience today is being grounded in the Savior. Relying on Jesus as our root system, means we remain sturdy, unmovable, and steadfast in the face of the uncertainty and challenges that can unnerve the weak. Invariably, life will be filled with furious storms, harsh trials and seemingly unbearable pain. Do not worry, just hold on; he has us and he will not let go.

So, allow your Christian roots to nurture you. If you do this, you will always bear good fruit, you will spread the good news, and you will always stand firm.
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
On this first Sunday of a brand-new decade, our pastor shared with us an exciting theme for 2020. The theme is, “Being and Becoming: Living Our Identity in Christ”. The sermon text was taken from Colossians 2: 6-7, which focuses on living in union with Christ.

The pastor delves into the issue of those who are faithful to the church looking upon people who do not attend with a level of disdain. Pastor Victor asked the assembled church regulars to be self-reflective. Have we simply chosen church, or are we truly living our lives in him? He provides instruction to help us arrive at the answer.

In order to radically adhere and commit to the way of Jesus Christ, we must first receive him and be open. Are we vessels ready to be filled with his spirit, his power, his peace, his love supreme, and his purpose for our lives? When we receive him, Jesus in turn receives us. What a comfort to know that when we are immersed in Christ, we have permanent access to his divine protection.

Secondly, choosing the Christian option means we do not leave our Christianity in the vestibule on Sunday. Christianity is our way of life. We live as Christians no matter where we are, and even when no one is watching. It matters not if we are in church worshiping, in the eye of the public-at-large or relaxing at home. We always choose him. Finally, choosing the Christian option means there is continuity. After we have made Jesus our choice, there are no starts and stops. There is no turning away from this easy choice. Jesus Christ is the only way. Now that you know of his goodness, wouldn’t you choose him all over again?
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
With Christmas fast approaching, our pastor takes his text from Matthew 2:7-12. This is very important scripture as we commemorate the birth of the Christ child, and like the wise men we also find ourselves surrounded by fools and foolishness. We can learn from the wisdom of the Magi who knew to follow the star, though as they traveled they encountered King Herod, a conniving, tragic fool. The lesson we learn today is how to handle the company of fools.

Although one is respectful of those in authority, wisdom follows ultimate authority. Instead of living a life to please people, those who are wise always follow the Lord, and desire to be in relationship with Him. It may be costly when we break with worldly authority, but Christians seek to represent His kingdom here on earth.

The wise men celebrated the birth of Christ, even as the narcissist ruler tried to trick them. The world cannot rob us of the overwhelming joy we experience because of the presence of the Prince of Peace in our lives. Jesus’ birth is our source of unspeakable joy. Hatred, mean-spiritedness, troubles, trials, nor tribulations are a match for this overwhelming joy. Therefore, we adore Him and we celebrate!

We also learn from the scripture that wise people have an uncanny ability to recognize another way. Instead of being led by societal norms, they are directed by a moral compass, the true north. In our divided country, separated by fear and a lack of respect for universal humanity, the wise look up for direction. Situations may not change, however, after we meet Jesus; we change.

Most assuredly we will sometimes find ourselves in the company of fools. However, the wise, those who follow Christ, always know how to handle misguided fools.
Sun, Dec 15, 2019
Nothing is more appropriate on this last communion Sunday of the year than focusing on worship.

Our pastor’s sacred text is taken from Matthew 2:1-2. In these verses the wise men are seeking the newborn King. The Magi from the East’s declaration of devotion to the Christ child during King Herod’s murderous rule remind us why we must remain steadfast and devoted to God in our own turbulent times. The wise men first worshiped the Lord by asking the right question.

They followed the star and asked where they could find Jesus. This apropos question led to an opportunity to have an encounter with the Holy One. In order to receive what you need or discover what you are hoping to find, you must not be afraid to inquire. An intimate relationship with God means you can ask Him anything. Secondly, their desire to worship the Lord led them to keep looking.

Never stop seeking God because if you do, you will not find Him. When you are faced with life’s challenges and evil forces surround you, look for Him. In the midst of your troubles, when He feels so far away, be still and see God at work. Do we not seek Him most fervently during periods of devastation? No matter what you are going through, just keep looking for Him. He is with you.

Lastly, showing up is worship. When you truly show up and give of yourself, God will draw closer as well. Remember, in this special season of giving, presents without presence are empty; they are hollow. Just show up with an open heart. Declare your devotion to Christ with real presence. By being present, all will be well with your soul.
Sun, Dec 08, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Although we may appear to have it together on the outside, every now and then we all need a faith tune-up on the inside. There is no better passage of scripture suited for this maintenance check than Philippians 4:6. Paul told the church at Philippi to leave worry behind by humbly praying with thanksgiving in every situation. Our pastor reminds us that we too can reset and retune our faith by revisiting this succinct, eloquent text.

Do you toss and turn all night? Feel stressed about your future, the future of those you love, or more generally about the fate of our nation? When anxiety robs you of peace that surpasses understanding, and your current dilemma is all-consuming, you are likely overdue for a faith tune-up.

Be anxious for nothing and remember that God has always seen you through. Recognize that He has another move. Make your petitions known by praying with a humble heart, acknowledging that when you cannot, He can. He can do all things. So, continue walking in faith, with your head held high.

Prayer is the permission slip that liberates us from our worries. Hold your permission slip close to your heart. Never, ever leave it behind. When you pray, assume the appropriate posture, acknowledging God’s superiority, with a spirit of thanksgiving. Be a high performance, optimized Christian. Get your faith tune-up often.
Sun, Dec 01, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
In 1st Corinthians chapter 1, verses 1-13, Apostle Paul writes to a morally lax, messy church that they are called to be Jesus’ holy people. Our pastor reminds us that every church, not just the church at Corinth, is imperfect. We should leave expectations for a spotless church experience at the door. However, just as Paul refers to the Corinthians as saints, we are also saints.

Our curiosity is now peaked, and thankfully Pastor Victor does not leave us wondering why we, sinners all, are saints. He goes on to define the substance of saints. A saint is first and foremost saved. Having met Jesus Christ, we are never the same. Because of his grace and blessings, we have experienced a marvelous transformation. We are better than we were.

Secondly, saints are equipped for the task. God provides to us gifts to complete our given assignment. Our particular assets are to be used to make a difference right where we are, or wherever He calls us to go. Your gift may be one of loving kindness, a keen intellect, or dazzling eloquence. Use it to create transformation in your small corner of the world, or all over the globe.

Lastly, saints are those who call on Jesus. We who call on the Lord as our savior are one universal family. He has a claim on our lives because we have been saved by His blood. This claim, this ownership, means there is an exchange. Our wrongs can be exchanged for what is right. Emptiness can be exchanged for wholeness, sadness for joy.

As followers of Christ Jesus, saved by His grace, we are all saints.
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The story of Jonah may be one of the most familiar of all the stories in the bible. However, our pastor invites us to revisit this story to remind us of God’s power and renew our faith. The text is taken from the 17th verse of the first chapter of Jonah, and the 2nd chapter verses, 1- 10. The passage reminds us that God always see us and protects us, even in our downward spirals. In the underbelly of the whale, in overwhelming distress, Jonah prayed to the Lord.

In our own desperation, we too can pray to God. Desperate times call for desperate prayers. Although not eloquent and poetic, these prayers have depth because they express our immediate needs. He hears our desperate, distress prayers because they are earnest and originate from our belief in Him.

Prayers from down under signify our indebtedness. Praying while we are at our lowest and drowning in hopelessness acknowledges Him. These prayers are full of thanksgiving. We know we can count on Him because He has been there for us before. We have no doubt that help is on the way and we will not perish. Through weary years and silent tears, our ancestors prayed these prayers, giving thanks for a brighter future they would not see.

Jonah’s tale reminds us that Lord is our deliverer. From the darkness of down under, God delivered Jonah. He will deliver us, too. He will hear our prayer; He will speak to whatever circumstance in which we find ourselves. Turning from Him will not cause Him to turn from us. Prayer will deliver us out of distress. So, keep on praying from down under. He will lift you up.
Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Passage: Mark 7:1-8
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This second Sunday in August the pastor’s sermon is taken from the 7th chapter of Mark, verses 1 through 8. As Jesus’ disciples and the gathered crowd share a meal and fellowship, the pharisees and teachers focused on the disciples’ unwashed hands instead of celebrating the encounter with the Holy. Jesus was disappointed that they were placing the traditions of the elders above God’s commands.

Jesus found it unsettling because the pharisees and teachers were stirring up controversy when they should have been focused on the center. The Lord is the center. The fellowship and being in His presence were what really mattered. We may be reminded of churchgoers who complain and become disgruntled when someone shows up in the sanctuary disheveled or with an inconsolable baby. They should instead rejoice that a weary soul and new life are among us. These are opportunities to live out the Word.

Concentration on protocol and not on piety is ungodly. Instead of comprehending that all encounters with Jesus are sacred, the focus is on hygiene. Jesus wants to meet people in their brokenness, in their unclean, unkempt state. Only He can touch, purify and make them whole. It is heartbreaking to see Christians distracted and looking down on people engulfed in life’s messiness. That is when God is needed most. That is when He steps in to bring order out of misery and chaos.

Jesus is also disturbed by a concentration on the process rather than hearts that are open to God. It is merely lip service when the Word is stymied by holding on to hollow traditions established by man. God is not worried about someone brushing up against the communion table or not strictly adhering to the rituals of the church. He wants us to release the tension and let go of unnecessary traditions that are not based on the Word. After all, these traditions can block our divine encounters with our Savior.
Sun, Sep 08, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In this 6th chapter of Judges, verses 25-32, judge and prophet Gideon was called to free his people and condemn their idolatry. The military leader doubted his own ability but he knew God would be with him. Although fearful of how obeying God would impact his relationships, he was courageous and faithful. In a world where people are quick to publicly denounce others and worship false idols, are you willing to take the risk and do whatever God calls you to do?

Worshiping God can risk our associations. Some place too much value on relationships with friends, family and even society at-large to boldly represent for God. This nation has an unhealthy obsession with attention-seeking celebrities and reality stars who can be characterized by arrogance and extreme narcissism. People idolize and emulate them and do their utmost to live as they do. These false idols are part of the reason this country is faced with agonizing crises and growing immorality.

If more time were spent living by God’s principles and not living by cowardly and damaging principles, we would all be better off. We should risk our claim and focus on gaining His favor instead of focusing on building a reputation for others here on earth to admire. A large faction of our leadership aims to please influential lobbies and either stand on the wrong side of justice and humanity, or simply remain dangerously silent. Consequently, we are witnessing increasingly frequent and horrifying carnage and tattering of our moral fabric. People are living in fear, growing hatred and not in obedience to God. It is He who keeps us safe, not live-shattering weapons.

God needs us to be His hands and His feet. He needs us to be willing to risk our advantage and go out and be the church in our communities. We must reach out to those who need the love and care we are able to give because we know for ourselves the love and power of God. Risk it all to be his ambassador. God is counting on us to worship Him and be His faith-filled risk takers. .

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