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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. .
Sun, Sep 01, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This week our pastor’s sermon explores a universal truth. When you invest in something you expect a return, and when you invest in someone the probability of a return is not so predictable. Then he delves into the text from the fourth chapter of Philippians, verses 15 through 20, where Apostle Paul expresses gratitude to the Philippian church. Paul’s ministry has received in abundance from the church so he acknowledges their gifts, assuring them that God will fulfill their needs as well. The lessons we can learn from the Philippian church are twofold. First, when a posture of exceptional generosity is adopted, we can surmise that the attitude and disposition of the giver is grounded in genuine care and concern. Certainly, we can agree that giving in this manner is rewarding. Sharing the gifts God has entrusted to us can be downright exhilarating to the giver and the receiver. God’s gifts are not to be hoarded and we cannot keep them for ourselves. Secondly, we learn about the practice of giving extravagantly. Extravagant gifts know no limit. God’s gifts are overflowing and inexhaustible. They cannot be destroyed or depleted. Words that encourage, the gift of presence, understanding, a gentle touch, a loving smile – these are the most precious gifts one can offer. They have the power to sustain, uplift and help in immeasurable ways on this journey called life. So, give generously with a sunny disposition and an extravagant heart. Give out of your abundant blessings and watch your spiritual portfolio grow, not just multiply, but exponentially. Give and give until it helps. And, gift recipients, never ever forget to say, “Thank you”.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today’s sermon, from the 55th chapter of Isaiah, is tailor-made for Christians who sometimes stray from the word. It is a potent reminder of the word’s ability to produce an intended result and deliver us to our divine destiny. His word will surely see us through.

God’s word has a purpose and therefore always accomplishes what it intends. We may not always see God’s miraculous transformation in our lives because the shift can be subtle. He is a God of might and finesse. When our predicament or present situation overwhelms, we can fortify ourselves with His word. Indeed, there is a word for every human condition.

Because the word is flexible it has great strength. Buildings designed to withstand gale force winds and trees that stand tall in the aftermath of a hurricane are able to do so because of their flexibility. They are not destroyed by immense pressure. The word allows us to weather the storms of life as well. The word is not rigid. Though we may sometimes follow the wrong path, taking a detour on our way to where He wants us to be, the word meets us where we are and turns us around.

When danger is no more, after He has dried our tears, when the breakthrough comes, and the shadows have passed, God’s word returns to Him as praise. When his word is fulfilled, all that is left to do is spread the word and praise Him. The word cycle is complete.
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The last words of the risen Christ from the 28th chapter of Matthew are always apropos on Missionary Sunday. The Great Commission is Jesus’ instruction to his most devoted followers - the remaining eleven disciples - and to us. Jesus calls on us to spread the gospel throughout the world. He instructs Christians to be missionaries. The pastor imparted to us the missionary imperative, which must overcome our missionary impulse. This is the impulse to spread the gospel from a posture of superiority and domination. First, recognizing that mission originates from the partial, it is important to understand the real imperative of our mission. As a result of our broken, traumatic, heart-shattering experiences, Jesus can use us to spread the gospel and help others. Have you ever been down and out, feeling you had no future, no hope? But by His grace, here you are, whole and full of joy. You, my beloved, are well-suited to be a missionary. The missionary imperative commands us to leave our safe and comfortable places, sitting on the church’s cushy pews, and go out into the world. The missionary imperative requires our beliefs to be reflected in our actions. Belief without action is empty and does not reach those who need us most. We must to go to the periphery of life, leaving the center. The missionary imperative requires giving praise to our Savior and worshiping Him, even when we are uncertain. Praise and worship acknowledge that He deserves it all. No matter how high we rise, no matter how much we may think of ourselves, we owe it all to Jesus. He has all power and all authority in His hands. He is the Son and our connection to the Father. Lastly, mission starts from a place of promise. Jesus promised that He will be with us, not for a little while, but until the end of the ages. He will be our friend, our provider, our light in darkness. Oh, what comfort to know we are never alone because He promised! No, never alone. Never will He leave us alone.
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Passage: Job 42:7-10
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This sermon is focused on the well-known narrative of Job, a godly man who was tried and tested by the Lord. In this 42nd chapter of Job, amid his own devastating suffering and loss, Job prayed for his three fair-weather friends. He was called to intercede prayerfully on their behalf.

Our pastor gives us three powerful reasons to do as Job did and pray for others outside our circle, even those who personally offend us, and are not on the path of righteousness. Pastor Victor describes why as believers we ought to engage in intercessory prayer. First, we are required to pray even for our adversaries. Because God loves us and we have a relationship with Him, He wants us to love everyone, including those who forsake us. We are to pray for the uplift of others.

Secondly, intercessory prayer has the power of reconciliation. The Lord wants us to reconcile with those who are against us. Just as the He has shown us mercy when we have gone astray, intercessory prayer petitions the Lord to be merciful. Our compassionate heart, borne out of our own experience and endurance, prays for others to know what God can do and be blessed.

Remember, we are required to intercede on behalf of others and reconcile with our enemies. The third reason intercessory prayer is important is that it restores. When we pray earnestly for others, we in turn are blessed. God sees the depth of our faith in Him and recognizes that we understand that humanity is universal. An open heart is restored with the Lord’s richest blessings. Won’t you open your heart and spread His love to your fellow man? The selfless act of intercessory prayer is good for those we pray for; and it restores and renews us as well.
Sun, Jul 07, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In order to understand the power of faith and obedience, one need look no further than the first book of the bible. In the 22nd chapter of Genesis, verses 1 through 14, Abraham, without hesitation, was willing to sacrifice his most beloved son, Isaac, the future of a people. He was obedient and took the test because he believed in God’s promises. Whenever our faith wanes, we should all go back to the beginning and look to Abraham.

On this Father’s Day, the pastor helps us gain Christian perspective. Our absurd moments are God’s way of testing us to be sure that He can count on us, and we can count on Him. During your tests, recognize they are temporary, designed to prepare us to trust Him more, and strengthen our relationship with Him. He promises that He will always be with us, no matter the trial or tribulation.

Even in uncertain, perilous times, we can believe in a future. God’s promises are certain because we know He will always honor them. How can we grow our faith unless we have weathered the storms of life and come out on the other side? We are rewarded with deeper faith by being obedient.

Our faith equips us with the means to care for our loved ones, keeping them from harm and danger. Abraham had no way of knowing that there would be a ram in the bush, but he did understand that God would work it out. Everyone of faith should trust in the Lord and obey. When we step out on faith, God will do the rest. The Lord will provide.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Passage: Genesis 1:1-5
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Genesis 1:1-5 recalls the glory of God creating and shaping out of dark shapelessness our magnificent earth. He used the power of the wind to create order out of chaos. Just imagine if he had chosen to have the air remain calm and placid. What if he had not said, “Let there be light!” What kind of world would this be?

Our pastor reminds us that no matter how sticky the situation or how messy the chaos that surrounds us, God is always above us. While we are urgently attempting to stay steady as our country is facing an existential crisis, seemingly spinning rapidly out of control, God is in control. As we deal with the messiness in our work life or even our personal lives, remember he is still in control. As God hovered over the earth during creation, he hovers still, managing the chaos.

Opportunities come down to take us where he wants us to be. God will stir us up and cause us agitation to get us to move from stagnant, stifling places. Places that we have allowed to become our “new normal”. We may have to suffer some heartbreaks, setbacks and upheavals for God to get us to live the life he intends for us. Grab onto the opportunities presented without fear. God will see you through.

There is a distinct correlation between the wind and his word. Just as the wind blew and he spoke, God will speak directly to the disorder in your life. He is addressing your mess. When he speaks to your sickness, you will be healed. The Lord can bring you peace and make your spirit whole. The living God is in the wind that blows, creating life and beauty, bringing order out of chaos and sending down blessings every single day. All glory to God!
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The 10th chapter of Mark gets to the root cause of a fractured fellowship. Disciples John and James’ request for Jesus to set them apart from the rest of the disciples resulted in consternation from the other ten. Jesus gave all twelve of his disciples immediate instruction, telling them how to repair the fellowship. Isn’t that just like Jesus to give gentle correction without chastisement?

We can see for ourselves the divisiveness that results when people seek to claim superiority over others. We live in a nation divided by citizens who choose to wallow in privilege, instead of following the creed that all are created equal. Our leaders seem oblivious to the fact that they are in office to serve the people and not be self-serving. Their oppressive actions are causing a malaise across the land. Our pastor pointed out that a self-serving posture also causes fractures and damages relationships in churches.

Models of superiority surround us, but what we need are models of servitude. We need to look to examples of those putting others before themselves for a greater good. Jesus is the perfect model of serving with love and kindness. God gave us his only Son to save us from our sins. He came here to serve. As Christians, we too should always seek to serve.

Take up your cross, follow Jesus and use your gifts to serve. There is nothing sweeter than helping someone in need of help. Not in the spirit of superiority, but in the spirit of service. Authentic, divine fellowship occurs when we approach one another, not for our own power, but with sincere humility and loving kindness. Choose not to be served, but seek ways to be of service in his kingdom here on earth.,

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