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Sun, Aug 08, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today’s sermon is the fifth in the edifying series, “A Battle Plan for Fighting Giants”. This Sunday the pastor lifts up verses 38 through 40 in 1 Samuel 17 in his message titled, “Know Your Weapon”. Young David, the shepherd boy, certainly knew the efficiency and efficacy of his proven weapons, rejecting the restrictive weapons King Saul attempted to impose upon him. Listen up to learn more about the benefits and wisdom of knowing your weapon.

The first of David’s four weapons was his staff, which not only allowed him to herd his sheep and lean on it when he needed rest, the staff also enabled him to elevate and ascend to higher ground. With the staff of the Lord we can lean on Him and gain balance in a world that is oftentimes out of balance. The Lord’s staff lifts us higher and higher. David’s second weapon was five smooth stones. The brook- polished stones were perfect for reaching the targeted enemy. Pastor Victor equates the stones’ perfection with knowledge of the Word. Knowing the Word is a powerful weapon against the battles we face.

Though the shepherd’s bag, or pouch, may have seemed unnecessary weight for David as he prepared for battle, it carried both sustenance and the arsenal to fight the enemy. While is crucial to rid yourself of that which is too heavy to carry, it is essential that we retain some things. We always need hope, faith, love, determination and a sense of duty to claim the ultimate victory. Lastly, the trusty sling in the hands of the skilled David became a long-range weapon that assured the stones would mean Goliath’s demise. The Christian’s most effective long-range weapon is found in the power of the prayer warriors’ prayer.

Beloved, do not take on the heavy, ill-suited armor of those who create their own version of a god. Lean on the Lord, for He will elevate us above our battles. When we take up His armor by preparing our hearts and minds with the Word, we are well-prepared to overcome the evil in our lives. Your God- designed weapons allow you to envision and achieve the plans the Lord has for you and defeat the enemy. Know the power of your weapons, for truly they can save your life.
Sun, Aug 01, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In today’s sermon we become privy to the proof of David’s giant- slaying power. The source of the confidence to assert his position of power to King Saul is found in this empowering passage, Samuel 17: 31-37. As children of God, Pastor Victor reminds us that the same power available to the underestimated shepherd boy is also available to us. 

Proof of David’s power first comes from his humble spirit, as he refers to himself as a servant. Humble service is the way we honor God most and receive His holy embrace. Awareness of our history is the second thing that provides proof of power. God has always been there to bring us through our challenges and troubles. Our own testimonies are indeed indisputable evidence.

Lastly, we have the same secret weapon available to us that David had. God was with David as he defeated the unworthy Goliath. He is also with us in the multitude of battles we face in our own lives.

The proof of your power lies in serving the Lord gladly, with a humble heart. True greatness is a life lived in service to others. We can remain confident that our enemies will be defeated and declare it boldly because our personal history of challenges overcome are further proof . Because we are children of God, He is our secret weapon. 

Our God is mightier than any giant that dares to darken our path to victory. Claim the greatness that God has in store for you by living a life of service! Claim your power!
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Duration: 24 mins 27 secs
In 1 Samuel 17:28-30, David finds himself dealing with an unexpected hater, his own brother. His decision to try the impossible, unlike the others, is met with derision. This is not an unusual circumstance for those who choose to follow their heart and accomplish something braver and greater than others can fathom. Fortunately for us, as he continues the sermon series, “A Battle Plan for Fighting Giants”, Pastor Victor shares David’s courageous response to his hater.

The first thing David does to deal with his hater is object to the objection. The best way to address someone questioning your action is to question them. Surely, that will throw the hater off guard because their question has no positive intent. Secondly, David points his energies in a new direction. When someone is not aligned with your decision to serve the Lord, opposing you with their uncreative, unprogressive “group thinking”, there is no reason to defend yourself. It is best to press on, facing the challenge that is before you. Though the natural inclination may be to defend your actions, keep in mind, you owe haters nothing.

When we are about God’s business, seeking to make forward progress and going against the grain, the naysayers and backstabbers will surely come. However, we can object to any of their narrow-minded, ill-spirited objections. Look the other way and channel positive energy in a new direction. Pressing on helps to assure us that we can fulfill our heart’s desire. It is okay to stand alone when you stand to represent God. So, keep your haters in perspective, knowing that their very existence is a strong indicator that you are doing the work the Lord planned for you.
Sun, Jul 18, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor continues in the sermon series, “A Battle Plan for Fighting Giants” with an uplifting sermon that will help us prepare for the myriad of life’s challenges we will undoubtedly face. In the passage, 1 Samuel 17:12-27, as David the faithful shepherd boy, is carrying out the assignment given to him by his father, he hears Goliath challenging Israel. Instead of being full of fear like the warriors of Israel, David has no fear of the Philistine giant. What, you may ask, makes young David unafraid? Pastor Victor shares the answer with us on this Sunday.

First, life prepares us for life. Like David, we must grow to understand that life events prepare us for the moment when we can step into greatness. Our pastor tells us that life prepares us for the moment that God wants to use us. Confidence to face our giants is also derived from seeing the limitations of the opponent. No man, no problem, no crisis, nor any challenge is too gigantic for our powerful God. Finally, we can be fearless against our Goliaths when we are motivated by opportunity and reward. Faith allows us to recognize that obstacles are merely opportunities to bring about God’s richest blessings.

The life you live, the path you are walking is setting you up for God’s purpose for you. Stay encouraged and stay motivated because each obstacle overcome leads to rewards that can change the trajectory of your life. Be sure to make a proper assessment of your adversaries. Your findings will always be the same, for truly they are no match for the Most High. Nobody is greater than our Lord and with Him you can conquer any giant. There is nothing to fear as a child of God.
Sun, Jul 11, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
On this fourth day of July the United States commemorates the Declaration of Independence. It is apropos that Pastor Victor first speaks of praying that this nation’s promises will be fulfilled for everyone. Today our pastor also starts a new sermon series, “A Battle Plan for Fighting Giants”. Taking his text from 1st Samuel 17:1-11, our pastor recounts Saul’s failure of nerve when faced with the giant, Goliath. This sermon helps us to prepare to face our own giants if only we will remember what Saul had forgotten.

King Saul forgot that he was anointed by God, and therefore selected for a kingdom purpose. When God gives us an assignment, He equips us with everything we need to complete the job successfully. Saul also somehow forgot that God chose him to be the first king of his people because he stood tall, head and shoulders above all others. We must only look inside ourselves to garner the God-given knowledge, wisdom and courage to overcome all doubt and fear.

When we are on the right side, standing with God, He will fight our battles for us. There is no defeat, there is no failure in God. Listen carefully and observe the unworthy opponent for they may provide a solution to the challenge. Our own David is Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. It is essential that we recognize our relationship with God gives us all the power we need to shrug off and defeat a failure of nerve. Do not forget that when we represent the Lord we are on the right side. We have been chosen as His people to fulfill Kingdom purposes here on earth. Never are we alone to fight our foes and battles. Though it is human to fail, remember, we can always call on the Divine to claim the ultimate victory.
Sun, Jul 04, 2021
Passage: Psalm 20:4-5
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This is Graduation Recognition Weekend at Mount Olive, and we are especially proud to celebrate our graduates as they move to another phase in their lives. As the graduates reach their commencement, they are heading off to new beginnings, and they can be assured that we will continue to pray for their success and protection, just as they Israelites prayed for their king in Psalm 20:4-5. Pastor Victor notes that this sermon has relevance for all of us, as we are all in the process of graduating from something in our individual lives.

Our pastor lays out the content of our communal prayer for our graduates. We first pray that God will grant them the desires of their hearts. We trust that their prayers are aligned with God’s heart and His will for their lives. We also pray that God will fulfill their plans. Though they may experience frustration because of plans that do not come to fruition on their schedule, they must come to the realization that time and sacrifice are necessary in order to reap the grand harvest.

We also pray that God will answer their petitions. We are granted the freedom to ask for anything because of the intimacy of our relationship with Him. Therefore, do not be afraid to boldly ask for whatever it is that you desire. Know that as you succeed and achieve, your community will continue to embrace you and celebrate with you. Your victories and successes belong to all of us because we all belong to God. Dear Graduates, our prayer for you is that God grants you the desires of your hearts, that He fulfills your plans, and He answers all your petitions. Be very sure that they are aligned with Him, and we will always celebrate along with you. We will shout the victory in the name of our Almighty Savior. A hearty congratulations for this proud achievement for yourselves and for all of us! And just keep on marching behind the banner of our Lord!
Sun, Jun 27, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This Sunday is significant not only because it marks the summer solstice, the beginning of our longest, sunniest and hottest days; it is also the day we set aside to honor fatherhood. Today is special as well because we have been gifted with a sermon that is universal to all. In Genesis 37:1-11, Joseph has two dreams that will direct him through the turbulence that lies ahead. Pastor Victor reminds us of the importance of giving the young the capacity to dream dreams that have the power to see beyond limitations. He also broadens our minds to consider how vital it is for everyone to dream of a brighter future.

A dream is a powerful and profound gift that firstly creates detachment. Dreams can reveal what should be eliminated from your life for the realization of your God-given purpose. Naysayers have no role in helping you grow into your greatness. Secondly, this gift provides direction. Though you may be living an existence mired in trouble, low expectations and underachievement, dreams give you a glimpse of and help clear the path to what can be, indeed, what will be. Lastly, dreams create attachment. They help us imagine endless possibilities and encourage us to pursue the same. Things will get better. Our tomorrows will be better days.

Remember fathers, the best gift you can give a child is your love and the capacity to dream. Allow them to have the freedom to pursue their vision wholeheartedly. Take care not to shatter dreams, for dreams are one of the ways that God reveals to us His plans for our lives. ‘What if’ dreams keep us afloat through the storms of life and help us hold on a little while longer. Keep on dreaming audacious dreams because they are truly gifts that create detachment, provide direction and create attachment. Dreams allow us to see beyond the horizon to the glorious future God wants us to live.
Sun, Jun 06, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This holiday weekend we pause to honor, mourn and remember military personnel who have died serving our country. We will never forget those who have given their all for this nation. In today’s text, Malachi 3:16-18, God reminded His people that they would be remembered and spared. His people will see a distinction between the righteous and the unrighteous. Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us that though we may experience anguish watching evildoers prosper and seemingly benefit from their wicked ways, God still has a book of remembrance.

In the book of remembrance, God is making keen observations and taking copious notes. He is aware of the goodhearted and those who are wicked. Because God is sovereign, He is always in charge. The text tells us that God spares the righteous. He will always provide protection from the dangers before us and those that are unseen. When things we desire are delayed or withheld, that is God’s way of shielding us from that which will do us harm.

When God acts, there will indeed be a resolution of this conflict between good and evil. We ourselves will then have the gifts of discernment and knowledge. Until God moves, we must co-exist with the unrighteous. That is alright because we can be very sure that our God will ultimately move on our behalf. God remembers and He never forgets that we belong to Him. The Lord knows our hearts and He will keep on saving us, redeeming us, and loving us.
Sun, May 30, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we are now fifty days past Easter, today we joyfully commemorate the Birthday of the Church. This significant day is known as Pentecost Sunday. In the text, Zechariah 4:1-7, Zerubbabel, head of the exiled Jews, receives a message from the Lord. Although this leader did not possess the power nor the might to complete the task before him, there was a greater force at work. The force of the Holy Spirit of God can accomplish anything. In this sermon, Pastor Victor points out three things the Lord’s spirit does for all of us.

First, the Holy Spirit performs the unimaginable. By His spirit complete restorations and inspiring comebacks can be achieved. Burdens can be lifted, the sick can be made well, and the disconsolate can be consoled. Secondly, God creates for us encounters. In His temple we are able to communicate with the Lord. When we least expect it, He will be there, so do not lose hope. Expect the unexpected. Finally, the Spirit of the Lord facilitates empowerment. By His Spirit we are all empowered to finish our assigned tasks. Others may seem to possess more power and might than we will ever know, however, their status and position can never match the Lord’s Spirit within us.

The harrowing times we are moving through, the absolute abuses of power we have witnessed, and the recovery that sometimes seems too sluggish, can leave us with a sense of despair and helplessness. Cheer up my beloved, for there is always a greater force moving in our lives. This divine force is not power, nor is it might. Most assuredly, it is the force of the ever-present Holy Spirit -- performing the unimaginable, creating encounters and facilitating empowerment designed for each of us to fulfill our own unique earthly purpose.
Sun, May 16, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Even in times like these we can be very sure of God’s goodness, holding on to Him to anchor us just as He steadied King David. Today Pastor Victor takes his text from Psalm 27: 13-14, and truly this is a passage that we can keep in our hearts during this woefully distressing and persistently challenging point in our collective lives. We are living with such unrelenting crises that we may nearly faint in order to preserve ourselves. But never fear; this scripture helps to sustain us in our weakness, all the while reminding us to remain of good courage.

There are two things in the text the pastor tells us will keep us from losing consciousness, or staying woke, while we are waiting on God. The first is believing that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Through eyes of faith, we see something different than the reality before us. Our own faith-filled perception protects us in times of trouble.

The second thing that keeps us from fainting is not at all complex. Verse 14 of Psalm 27 says, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” While we are waiting, we are to stay encouraged knowing that God is always doing something on our behalf. The bible and our own experience teach us that we will see His goodness in the Lord’s earthly kingdom.

By looking through the lens of faith, our vision is clearer than we can see with our human eyes. We have the ability to see something better than the current situation. We know of God’s good nature and character, and therefore we stay encouraged as we wait on the Lord. He will strengthen our heart to endure whatever life has in store for us. Be confident of God’s blessings to come in this life, for most assuredly they are on the way.

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