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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.,
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 4 secs
Especially on the day we honor fathers, the lessons in this ninth chapter of Genesis are important ones that deserve close attention. First, when God chooses a man to be a father (and God chose Noah to repopulate the earth after the forty-day, forty-night flood) he should step up and take the responsibility seriously. Fathers should recognize that God has called them to partner with Him and avoid distractions, like the drunkenness that Noah succumbed to, that cause them to not live up to their assignment.

It is sad, even tragic, when we witness fathers who miss out on the blessing that is fatherhood because they fill their days with misguided, unworthy pursuits. Secondly, the blessed assignment of fatherhood has a generational impact. Distracted, absent, or sinful fathers can cause future generations to live with the burden of their sins and shortcomings. Admirable fathers are courageous enough to admit the error of their ways, be present, and do not relegate their mistakes to children who are not the source of the problem. Admit it, you have seen this happen all around you. Instead of self-reflection and self-correction, fathers (and mothers) sometimes blame their children for their sins, curse them, or even abuse them, instead of owning up to their personal faults.

Sometimes the children behave with the discipline and maturity the father lacks. The third lesson we can learn from this passage is that there needs to be balance. When called to be a father, the father should take on full responsibility whenever they fall short. Fathers should never curse their children but cherish and affirm them. Doesn’t every child deserve to be cherished and affirmed? Imagine if all fathers stepped fully into their role without fruitless distractions, gave constant love and encouragement, nurturing their own children and other children in need of a father. Imagine if all fathers recognized that God saw something special in them and decided to bring them into partnership with Him. Just as Jesus’ death on the cross washed our sins away and give us a new life, imagine if fathers focused on reversing harmful cycles, putting their children’s lives on positive trajectories which would most assuredly lead to bright, rewarding futures.
Sun, May 19, 2019
Passage: Exodus 20:12
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
On this second Sunday in May, when we honor motherhood, our pastor’s text is taken from Exodus 20:12. He blends for us the word of God and Mother’s Day. Pastor Victor delves into the first of the commandments with a promise, the variety of emotions evoked by Mother’s Day, and the complexity of the parent-child relationship.

While we are commanded to honor our father and our mother so that we may enjoy longevity in the land God has given us, the sermon acknowledges the tension that exists between parent and child. Not all children have been cherished by their parents. They have not experienced easy, secure, empowering nurture and unconditional love. And, we all know that any child can be the source of many sleepless nights.

So how do we follow this commandment when the apple has fallen far from the tree and love is difficult? As parent and child, we need to admit that none of us are perfect, and realize that forgiveness will allow us to let go of our pain. We need to give one another some slack and strive to do our best. We can all admire someone who is striving to do better and doing the best they can. That is what most parents do. They do the best they can.

Honoring this commandment rewards us with the Lord’s gifts and his promise. God is good to us and he keeps his promises. He gives us an anchor, securing us with his love, and promises us that he will provide all we need and more.

Generations to come will not be compromised when we, the young and the old, come together in Christian love. When we build inclusive communities, we are all stronger. Our Heavenly Father and his beloved Son are a perfect model of familial honor, love, respect and admiration. Aspire to this holy model by following this commandment, and even if you fall short you will bask in his love and live fully on his promise.
Sun, May 12, 2019
Passage: Luke 24:28-35
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In the 24th chapter of Luke we learn of the empty tomb and our risen Savior. Although this is cause for high praise and worship especially on Easter morning, some may have doubt. After all, there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the resurrection. Even the brothers who met Jesus face to face on their way home lost hope of redemption.

So how does one develop an Easter faith when it is so puzzling? Our pastor helps us to resolve this mystery. In order to develop great faith, we must first recognize that there is an opportunity to encounter Jesus when darkness and misery engulfs us. Even then, Jesus is there. We can invite him in to clear our vision and see us out of the muck and mire.

Recognizing that recognition of Jesus happens in repetition develops our faith as well. The grace and the blessings we have already received are our reminders that the risen Christ is real. Remembering him as we eat the broken bread representing his body further develops our faith.

The resurrection of Christ equates to release of whatever is dead in our lives. When Jesus shows up and touches the dead places we are revived. He brings hope for a breakthrough, for better days, for healing, for renewal, for joy.

Finally, developing an Easter faith entails fostering a fellowship based on the word. Faith is increased by knowing the word, keeping it in your heart and in your mind. The word is essential to strong, without a doubt, faith.

If you want to develop an Easter faith for yourself, invite him into your darkest places and remember all that he has done for you, recognizing that his resurrection releases you to have a new outlook and hope. And stay in the word. These are the keys to achieving your own Easter faith.

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