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Sun, May 09, 2021
Passage: John 11:45-53
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor concludes his uplifting sermon series, “Postlude to the Resurrection”. He takes his text from John 11:45-53, in which those with Mary saw that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead and they believed in Him. They witnessed that God is able to give life even to things that have been pronounced dead. Lazarus’s very existence is proof positive of the miracle-working power of God. p.

Lazarus’s existence after his death is not only a true testament to Him, it is also a tangible testimony for the entire community to witness. Most certainly their faith was strengthened and fortified through the clear evidence and undeniable facts. We are encouraged to look back over our own lives in order to recognize that we are both a testament and a testimony to the Lord, as well. Undoubtedly, we have endured perilous, frightening and dark times. Yet here we stand only because God is able.

The way we live our lives is testament and testimony to what God is capable of. When others can see for themselves how God restores, renews and rejuvenates, they too come to Jesus to be transformed. They too want the new life that only the Lord’s power can give.

The Lord has transformative, restorative, re-energizing power. We can make a global impact and accomplish great things when we stay connected to the vine, Jesus Christ. So, watch out world for only the Lord’s power can manage us. Because His glorious power can give new life, we live authentically. We live with no fear!
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Passage: John 11:38-44
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we are now experiencing the postlude to the glorious resurrection, it is time for us to consider what we as Christians are to do with our recent liberation from our own confinement. Taking his text from the eleventh chapter of John, verses 38-44, today Pastor Victor hones in on Jesus’ command directed at Lazarus to come out of his tomb. The sermon reveals to us the liberation strategy Jesus provides in this passage of scripture. This is a proven strategy to which we can adhere to live freely, as well.

Jesus not only tells Lazarus to come out of his burial place, He also tells those engaged in entombing Lazarus to unbind him, to loose him. Even after a life-altering encounter with Jesus, acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior, the Christian community may continue to confine us and limit someone’s ability to live as God intends. Jesus further directs us to let go of the past that can no longer define who we are. God intends for us to live for a unique purpose and give Him the glory.

The real work of the church is to employ the liberation strategy that Jesus designed, allowing all to be loosed from that which keeps us imprisoned in the decaying, dead places in our lives. When we unravel ourselves from the past by letting go and encouraging others to do the same, we are all liberated. God’s goodness shines through us, and truly we become beacons of hope; we become the light of the world.
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Passage: John 11:38-44
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
It is Resurrection Sunday so let us rejoice for He is Risen! On this joyful morning, our pastor takes his text from John 11: 38-44, and in the passage we find a disturbed Jesus asking where his friend Lazarus has been laid. After the stone is rolled away, the Lord calls for Lazarus to come out of the tomb, demonstrating to the witnesses that He is the resurrection and the life. Lazarus being raised from the dead is truly a prelude to the resurrection of our Savior.

Pastor Victor wants us to understand how we can live with resurrection that is not fully realized. He knows that we sometimes struggle with our own faith in the tensive period. Truly there are real deterrents to divine activity and authority, along with decomposition (i.e., situations that seem beyond hope) and some level of disbelief. These all limit our faith in what God can do.

Though we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, living in the period where Jesus’ resurrection power is available, yet not fully realized is not easy. Scientific evidence may tell us one thing; however, our faith tells us that the Lord still has authority. We can expect divine commitment to form our faith. The depth of our faith will see us through. The bible also tells us that the Lord sees us and calls us by our name.

Christ thanked His Father, our heavenly Father, for hearing Him. He then demonstrated with the resurrection of Lazarus a sign of things to come. The Lord has the power and authority to release us from any tomb that dares to hold us back from living a full and purpose-filled life. Even in the tensive time that we live in, we must keep the faith and be assured that Jesus surely is the resurrection and He is the life.
Sun, Apr 04, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
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.

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