Recent Sermons

Sunday, October 7, 2018

“Let Praise Be Your Response

Psalm 108: 1-4 (NLT)_ “ My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

C.S. Lewis a lay theologian wrote, “Praise is boasting about what we enjoy.”
The first few verses of Psalm 108 express the praise of David for God’s blessings in his life. We must let “praise” be our response as recipients of God goodness. We all have a reason for boasting in God.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Don’t Be Fooled by the HYPE !”

Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)_ “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

We live in a world of HYPE. Hype may be defined as…extravagant or intense publicity or promotion…exaggerating the importance or benefits or something or an idea
Hype is when someone is excited about something. It is a strategy which advertises a thing as something everyone must have, to the point where people begin to feel they need to have it.
Proverbs 14:12 tells us that the world is hyped about a way that seems right, but its end is the way of death. Don’t Be Fooled by the HYPE!


Sunday, September 23, 2018

“To Whom It May Concern:”

2 Kings 6:24-25; 7:1-5 (NKJV)

Today’s message is an “open letter” to all who may be feeling hopeless…feeling despair, the complete loss or absence of hope. It is to those having no expectation of good or success. It is a word to those whom others say, are not susceptible (likely to be affected by) remedy or cure; to those incapable of redemption or improvement. Life is filled with scenarios of impossible situations that leave us hopeless, but God offers us possibilities that can make all the difference in the world, if we get up and try.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Luke 7:1-11 (NLT)_ “When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.” So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” 10 And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed. 11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him.”

At the Children, Youth, Parents Prayer Breakfast yesterday, “Prayer” was the subject taught. It was based on the scripture Luke 11:1, theme: “Lord Teach Me…How to Pray”. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and left a model to teach us how to pray. It is from that model and related Scriptures we learn how to pray and come to realize positive results from God. Today’s message will share excerpts and a biblical story of how prayer changes lives.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

“Live the Good Life”

I Peter 2:11, 12_11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (KJV)
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (NIV)
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” (NLT)

“Life Is Good” is the logo of the LG Corporation of Seoul, South Korea. The phrase “good life” evolved originally from the philosophy called “eudaimonia” translated “happiness” or welfare; or “human flourishing”. We all would love to live the “good life” defined by the world as “living in comfort and luxury with few problems or worries.” Today’s message tells us that it is possible and that we are urged to live the “good life” according to God’s Word.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

“Don’t Let Doubt Defeat You”

Lamentations 5:19, 20_19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?” (KJV)
19O Lord, forever you remain the same! Your throne continues from generation to generation. 20Why do you forget us forever? Why do you forsake us for so long?” (LB)

Lamentations 5:19, 20 give us a picture of a condition that haunts every person, doubt…the uncertainty of belief or lack of confidence in something. In the Christian life, doubt refers to the unbelief in God and His Word. Believers have expressed faith in God and live by faith, however doubt can creep into one’s life unexpectedly and hinder your walk with Christ. Don’t let doubt defeat you!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

“Helpless, Ungodly, Sinful, But LOVED

Hebrews 5:6-8_ “6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” (KJV)
6 And in another passage God said to him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” (NLT)

Our society has rules which would leave us without any meaningful redemptive recourse for our misguided behavior. We are all guilty of such and without future hope had it not been for God and his matchless love. This world says “three strikes” and you’re out. But God through faith in him and his love says we are “SAFE”.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

“Bothersome People”

Nehemiah 2:10 (NLT)_ “But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.”
Nehemiah 4:1-5 (NLT)_ “Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!” 4 Then I prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! 5 Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of the builders.”

We are sometimes bothered (troubled, disturbed, or upset) by other people, when we are minding our own business. Why do people bother us? We are innocent of any wrongdoing! So why do they bother us? Today’s message will illustrate a man who is doing a good deed to help protect his people, but there are two men bothering (trying to bully) him. But with God’s help he completes what he started with great success. You, too, can have success if you give your bullies to God.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

“The Esther Fast”

Esther 3:1-6 (NLT)_1Some time later King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite over all the other nobles, making him the most powerful official in the empire. 2All the king’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. 3Then the palace officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you disobeying the king’s command?” 4They spoke to him day after day, but still he refused to comply with the order. So they spoke to Haman about this to see if he would tolerate Mordecai’s conduct, since Mordecai had told them he was a Jew. 5When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. 6He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.”
Esther 4:8, 13, 16 (NLT)_ 8Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. 13Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 16“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”

The last two months here at Mount Olivet we have been studying the book, “Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough”. We have studied in class eight different fasts, and today I will discuss with you the final fast which is the “Esther Fast”. This fast, which is going without food or drink voluntarily, generally for religious purposes. The Esther Fast is for spiritual protection from demonic or evil forces. Living in a country with so much violence, theft, legalized street executions, prejudice politics and partisan administration of justice, we need spiritual protection.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

“Blurred Lines”

Proverbs 14:12_ “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (KJV)
“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (NLT)

We live in a society of “blurred lines”, boundaries are not always clear, and behaviors are out of character. Operating where lines are “blurred” can be dangerous (i.e. highway lanes, danger zones, etc.) Lines help keep us inbound, but when they are blurred we may not be able to distinguish where we are or what we are to do. The Word of God has an interesting view that will always help us to stay within the lines and to clearly know the lines. Our minds and thoughts will play an important role as we live in a world of “blurred lines”.

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    Sunday School for Adults 9:00 am
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    Morning Worship 10:00 am
    Communion – 2nd Sunday

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    New Members Class-Sunday 9:00 am
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    — 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
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