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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.
Sun, Mar 08, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As we remember the middle passage, honor our heritage, and celebrate our achievements, it is especially apropos that our pastor focused on scripture that emphasizes Jesus’ own unmerited suffering, and the hope his resurrection gives us as a people. His life provides us instruction for what to do in the face of our own suffering and sorrow. Jesus does not ignore crisis but confronts it immediately, giving correction to error. Calling out and facing demonic behavior is the right way to fix what is against God’s will. We must stir things up to change or eliminate systemic problems, ways of thinking and actions that are driven by the devil. In the scripture we see that Jesus protests the powers. Because we have the ultimate power on our side, we can be persuasive. We can demand that whatever is standing in the way of progress and our ability to carry out God’s mission, to move out of our way. Jesus commanded Satan to get in his right place - behind him. The only power the devil should have is to propel us away from him in order to live out the Lord’s purpose for our lives. Instead of focusing on earthly matters, Jesus refocused the fixation. Even in the midst of the struggle, we should be fixated on what the Lord has in store for us. Pastor Victor urged us to tap into our tiptoe faith. That is a faith that sees beyond real and present suffering. Tiptoe faith allows us a glimpse of brighter days ahead. Nobody knows the trouble we’ve seen, but we know because Jesus lives in us, we have hope and a future.
Sun, Mar 01, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This passage of scripture, Matthew 21: 12-17, depicts Jesus as he is rarely seen. He is angry at the disturbing activities that are counter to his religion taking place in his house of prayer. Are we, like Jesus, angered by faith that fails to stand up against wrong? The sermon helps us discover if we too have good religion.

Good religion has prophetic tension. It finds injustice unsettling and does not hesitate to overturn the status quo. It calls out what has been accepted and deemed normal as the anomaly that it is. Religion that is good empowers the weak, enabling the disabled to overcome whatever silences and holds them back. It advocates for the voiceless. Religion that is good is strong enough to dismantle harmful institutions, and all people are treated with respect and are valued.

Being inclusive, and not exclusive is a cornerstone of good religion. If today’s shrinking churches were truly introspective, they may discover they are not welcoming and embracing of all of God’s people. Do they only desire members who are well-connected, prosperous, able-bodied, articulate and highly educated? Good religion reaches out to everyone.

Lastly, good religion always has a witness and is not intimidated by convention. It is not bound by those who sit in high places with unseeing hearts and minds. The establishment may not grasp what the Lord is doing right before their very eyes. Good religion erupts in unbridled praise when witnessing Jesus’s good and amazing works.

Though earthly powers may seek to suppress us, violating our humanity, isn’t it good to know that we can still love a religion that gives us hope and dreams? Now that, my beloved, is good religion.
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today’s sermon is taken from Colossians 2nd chapter, verses 6 and 7. This month the pastor delved deeply into this scripture, assuring us that since we have chosen the Christian option, we are deeply rooted in Jesus, and we are built to last. Today, he tells us that because we are established in the faith, we are constantly being and becoming more like Christ.

As Christians we should always be eager to become even more established in the faith, seeking to grow in generosity, in loving, in kindness, and in our spirituality. After all, we have been bought with a price. The first way that we become more established in the faith is by adhering to the tradition. We know Christ’s teachings and we know what is right. Therefore, we must do what is right. Though we may at times fall short, we are to strive to embrace and love all of humanity just like our Savior.

Secondly, the text tells us we are to be abounding in thanksgiving. Ridiculous is the word the pastor uses to describe the vastness of our thanksgiving. In our greatest joy, and even our deepest sorrow we are to give him our outlandish thanks. As the song says, thank him for our mountains, and thank him for our valleys. We know that through it all he has never left our side, deepening our faith. He has been good to us, for he is good. And there is no way you can make me doubt him.
Sun, Feb 09, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In Revelation, the final book of the Bible, in chapter 19, verses 11 through 16, John beholds Jesus riding on a white horse and called him Faithful and True, restoring the people’s hope. Jesus has never left our side and has given us hope, as well. He has opened blocked pathways and because of him we know that all are worthy. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and has dominion over all other rulers.

Why you may ask does Jesus deserve his lofty title? Our pastor gives us three powerful reasons. The first reason is because of who he is. Jesus is faithful, and he is true. Because he is faithful, we can always depend on him. He is a promise keeper. Therefore, we owe him our unwavering allegiance. Because he is true, he is worthy of our trust.

Secondly, Jesus deserves his title because of what he does. The Lord makes righteous judgements and wages war on our behalf. He fights for us when we do not have the fortitude, and when we lack the courage. All we must do is be present because the battle belongs to him.

Lastly, he is deserving because of what he says. The word of God is his weapon. The word slays all enemies. He has no need for guns, knives or weapons of mass destruction. His word frightens our adversaries. God’s word is our weapon and has sustained us for over 400 years in this our tortuous, majestic, beloved country. The word is the weapon of choice for the believer. Keep it in on your tongue and use it for the victory.

Jesus, Faithful and True, warrior and defender of righteousness, ride on! You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, so ride on!
Sun, Feb 02, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This Sunday our pastor revisits Colossians 2: 6-7, considering it from another angle. He focused on the metaphor, ‘built up in him’. In last week’s sermon, we were reminded that we are rooted in Jesus Christ. Today he emphasizes we are built up in him. So that we are not confused, we are provided clarity through Pastor Victor’s examination of the text in its entirety. He helps us by expanding on the meaning of this metaphor.

Firstly, elevation means that we have been built to last and possess an upward disposition. We are of purposeful design and durable construction. Christians are structurally sound. Even financial hardships, losses, difficult relationships, illnesses and bouts of melancholy cannot destroy our foundation. God’s children are elevated and poised to withstand anything by always look up.

Because we are in Christ, we are inspired. Inspiration gives us vision and the ability to recognize potential. Our nature is to uplift others and live with a spirit of hope. The Holy Spirit within allows us to imagine something better. We have the power to see situations differently. We are not deterred by what seems impossible; instead we are focused on infinite possibilities.

Motivation launches us from inspiration to aspiration. The Lord has built us to aspire for the highest of human possibilities and be the best version of ourselves. The spirit of the Lord gives us such resilience that we are not overcome by the challenges of the world. As Christians we know downward spirals are merely temporary, and therein lies our hope. We are built to last. We are built for eternity.
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.

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