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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.
Sun, Jan 03, 2021
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This is Christmas week, and as we get ready to celebrate the coming of the Savior, we can feel His love all around us. Pastor Victor’s sermon is titled, “Ambition without Doubt, and in the passage, taken from Matthew 1: 18-25, we again look to Joseph for he epitomizes a life lived without a doubt that God was always with him.

Hearing from the Angel of God elevated Joseph’s consciousness. He woke from his slumber ready to do as God wanted him to do. He did not desert Mary or his calling to be Jesus’ earthly father. When God speaks to us, we should wake up and be prepared to move without any doubt for He is with us.

Being obedient may not always be our first inclination, however, obeying the Lord is the only way forward. God’s imperatives are divine and there should be no hesitation because we know from our own personal experiences and our past that He can turn any situation around. He has done it before, and He will do it again and again. God will not leave us.

Respect for divine activity caused Joseph to defer to the plans God had for his life. In our own lives we should respect and praise God for His blessings and whatever we accomplish. We are never to not take credit from our Creator. As the gospel song says, “Every praise is to our God.”.

Finally, our blessings must be named appropriately. Improper naming brings about a reality that is not necessarily what we wish it to be. Whatever you call a person or even a situation can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We can influence outcomes by naming in a positive and uplifting manner.

A changed mindset results from listening to God, obeying His direction, and naming each of our blessings appropriately. When we do these things, our ambition has no doubt, and assurance that God is with us in our present, our past and our future.
Sun, Dec 27, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The third Sunday of advent is all about joy, and nothing is more joyous than the birth of Jesus Christ and God’s plan for our salvation. Today’s passage of scripture is Matthew 1: 18-21, and this sermon encourages us to be open to God’s divine plan, just like Joseph.

Although this good man developed a caring plan to walk away from his betrothed when she was found to be with child, he chose to listen to the Angel of God. He stayed with his Mary. When God announces a new plan for your life, what will you do?

When God announces a new plan for your life that is a redefining moment. Pastor Victor also defines this as a ‘God moment’. Just as you are reaching the end of your proverbial rope, about to give up, and have no place to turn, God shows up with His transformative presence. The implausible and impossible are suddenly plausible and possible. A wonderful change is about to occur when God intervenes in your situation.

Truly there is a reemergence of the divine when God announces a new plan. This reemergence is a manifestation of what He has been planning all along. Although in our journey we are not able to clearly see the path ahead, there will come a time when His plan will be revealed. While we may have to suffer and endure what seems unbearable pain and strife, God is planning something better, something good.

Finally, God redirects the course of action when He announces a new plan. Trust and follow His plan so that He can use you for His will. We always know the right path to follow because God is deep within us. As long as we decide not to stray and yield to His correction, we will be alright if we remain open to His plan. So, do not be reluctant to follow wherever He leads you for his plans are divine, and always have a purpose that is wholly holy.
Sun, Nov 08, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor closes the sermon series, “The Politics of Jesus”, taking his text from Matthew 5: 38-42. There is no more suitable passage to help us through this divisive, anxious period in our nation than this one in which we restudy the teachings of Jesus. The famous Sermon on the Mount gives instruction on what it means to be a Christian. Essentially, believers are to surrender their life to God and follow the Lord’s principles daily. For example, when we turn the other cheek, give generously to beggars, and lend to the borrower we are practicing Jesus’s teachings. These practices may seem passive and even the most faithful may feel inclined to do the opposite. However, to the contrary such a response is an expression of power and a display of Christ-like kindness and patience. Never are we to respond to evil with evil or seek revenge against those with malicious intentions. Christians should always take the high road, not giving in to the tactics of wrongdoers. It is not up to us to fight evil; we are too weak for that. The battle is not ours; it is the Lord’s. Judgement and vengeance all belong to God, and God alone. We acknowledge that God’s power is ultimate, beyond all other power. Fortunately for us we are granted a measure of access to his power in order to do his will here on earth. We recently exercised some of that power by voting our conscience, doing our best to elect politicians who will lead with integrity and a servant’s heart. We trust that the goodness of the Lord will ultimately defeat wickedness and evil. In the meantime, we will be patient, and wait on him.
Sun, Nov 01, 2020
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As Christians we should always seek to be inclusive of others by sharing God’s love with everyone. Just in case the state of the nation has caused you to be lax in your inclusiveness, Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us who we are to love and include as neighbors. By revisiting the familiar parable in the passage, Luke 10: 25-37, we find the answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Let us not only grasp who our neighbors are, let’s use this lesson to become more neighborly by modeling this Good Samaritan.

The very first thing the Samaritan did was he got close to the suffering man. He did not look the other way and put distance between them like the others. Getting close enables us to experience what someone else is experiencing and treat them as we want to be treated. This behavior acknowledges that they too are a child of God, and worthy of his love.

Secondly, he got focused. By focusing we can discover that there is still life and the opportunity to be used for God’s purpose. We must pay attention to what is right in front of our eyes and see what God sees. God does not want us to be blinded and lack compassion for his children. We fail him if we choose to ignore another’s pain.

The good neighbor is also convicted. This conviction moves us to take pity, feeling the same sorrow as the one who is in pain. If the world had more people who could feel and act with empathy, the appalling division we are experiencing could not thrive. When one truly loves God, they love themselves. Love of God and self is exhibited as love for mankind.

Lastly, the Good Samaritan got busy. After assessing the situation, we must take action to alleviate suffering. Whether it is providing first aid, being generous with financial resources, providing sustenance or shelter, that is what we must do. We should not consider getting busy to help another an inconvenience. Instead we are to be grateful that God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing.

Be ready to be a good neighbor to anyone who stands in need. Do not let personal politics confuse you and hinder inclusion.
Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The United States is just days away from the pinnacle of this unprecedented election season, and this powerful sermon focuses on an obsession with law and order that is pervasive even today. The text, John 7:53 – 8-11, provides an example of law and order that is unjust because there is an effort to enforce it inequitably. Pastor Victor explores the pressing question we want Jesus to answer for us concerning unequal and unfair treatment under the law.

In the passage, the zealous Pharisees ask Jesus a question seeking to entrap him. He initially answers them with silence connoting his disgust with their attempt at unequal distribution of the law. Instead of punishment and penalization of the sinner, and we are all sinners, did they not know that Jesus’s mission is making troubled souls whole? He does not seek to denigrate his own; Jesus wants us to turn away from sin and live full, abundant lives.

Jesus then addresses the aggregated accusers directly. He challenges them to reflect on their own transgressions. Upon self-reflection surely our own conscience will remind us of past wrongdoings, and we will recognize that we are not qualified to judge anyone. No one, not even Jesus who is without sin, can stand in judgement of another. Only God can judge.

Finally, Jesus speaks with humanity to the accused. He asks the woman to identify those who can condemn her. Seeing there is no one she recognizes his grace and mercy. She is more than her sin and she is liberated to move beyond her shameful past with a brand-new opportunity to get it right. Jesus also pardons us through the same grace and the same mercy. He wants no part of the ugly politics of unjust law and order. Christ bent down and rose up to offer us forgiveness and to live a life that honors and glorifies God.
Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor introduces to us a new sermon series that is especially relevant in our current environment and situation. The series is titled, “The Politics of Jesus”, and the text, Matthew 22: 15-22, will guide us this fall as we cast our ballots. In this passage we gain assurance that our utmost allegiance is to God.

The question as to whether to pledge our support to a particular political power or loyalty to God may seem perplexing and confusing, but Jesus makes it crystal clear. He does not advocate a split between the secular and the sacred. When we vote, participate in various organizations, conduct our work or serve our community, we must bring our God-conscience along. Every place we are and everything we do is sacred.

There is no need for us to be apolitical, for in carrying out our civic duties and paying our fair share to contribute to the greater good, we are still practicing our faith. We have no need to worry that we are serving two rulers. God is not in a competition with our earthly leaders, nor is he competing with evil. Though dynasties end, and presidencies have term limits, our sovereign Creator’s rule is everlasting.

In this divided nation some may insist that love of God and country must be demonstrated by pledging allegiance to a flag. Yet Christians know that our ultimate loyalty and allegiance is only to our God.
Sun, Oct 11, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Pastor Victor commences his new sermon series, “The Faithfulness of God” with a passage from 2 Timothy 2: 8-13. In his farewell letter, an imprisoned Apostle Paul encourages the younger missionary Timothy to endure and remain faithful through the struggles he will surely face as he spreads the gospel. Paul reminds him that God is always faithful and will always keep His promises.

Presently, Christians who are struggling with their faithfulness need only look back over their lives for reassurance that God is always good. If we are honest with ourselves, we can recount times when we have not been faithful to God. However, even when we fall short the Lord remains faithful because He will never deny Himself.

By delving into God’s character, nature, and essence we can find comfort and renew our faith. As the Pastor says, God is God-ness. God is good. God is love. Remember that God sacrificed His only Son to save us. Because we are saved, He will keep His promises. God wants to love us and give us a life that is full and abundant.

Do you recall when you could not see the way? Didn’t He make a way? In your loneliest, most desolate hours, wasn’t God there? Although we may suffer, with God we can endure. We can endure because is a promise keeper. He is faithful and worthy of our trust. So, come what may, never grow weary of being true to self and faithful to God, for everlasting glory is our future.
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today the pastor focuses on a benediction that is a prayer of peace. It is found in Hebrews 13: 20 – 21. The writer closes his letter to the persecuted people with words to help them understand they can live a life of peace – a good life. Undying faith, worshipping the Lord, and doing good in the world leads to a good life. So, my beloved, what is a good life that pleases God?

Contrary to popular belief, the good life is not defined as a a life filled with material possessions. The good life is one that is steeped in a meaningful connection to the God of peace. This is a peace that dwells within no matter what is happening externally. The struggles we encounter in life are no match for the peace we experience when the Lord is our closest ally.

God’s resurrection power raised His Son from the grave. Surely, His power is more than enough for us to rebound from any knockout punch life manages to land. Because of Him we can get back up again and courageously face whatever lies ahead.

We can live a good life because the Lord is our shepherd. The Holy One guides us through life’s puzzling maze. God will help us find our way and live a life that is complete. A life of completeness is possible when we live His vision for our lives. Life is good when we simply say, “To God be the glory, Amen and Amen!”
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Continuing in the sermon series, “The Power of God’s Word”, Pastor Victor’s text is taken from Numbers 6: 22-27, a passage that offers the priestly benediction. This benediction is more important than ever as we live through these times of unrelenting crises. His word redirects us from our troubles, deftly correcting our vision and defining the purpose for our existence. The scripture assures us that God has a heart for his people, and His desire is to bestow blessings upon us.

From the text we learn three important lessons. The first is the significance of generational continuity in clarifying our vision and properly fitting us for spiritual glasses. In the benediction, the prophet imparts to his brother, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons, the purpose of their lives. This understanding must be passed from one generation to the next in order to live life as God intended. The Lord wants us to live a blessed life and give us peace.

Secondly, we learn that God consciousness is necessary for recognizing that our blessings flow from the Lord. We are being kept by God through His grace. We make it from day to day in this life’s journey only because God is smiling on us. He provides to us immense resources to withstand whatever comes our way. Never doubt that the Lord will see you through for He is our comforter, our protector, our healer.

Lastly, practicing generosity courage gives us clearer vision. Do not be afraid to share the tremendous blessings you have been given. A courageous spirit of giving that exudes caring, love, compassion, and kindness takes nothing away from you. Conversely, when you live in your purpose, spreading your rich blessings, even greater blessings are in store for you. And remember, God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.

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