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Aug 20, 2017
Families in Crisis

August 20, 2017 Families in Crisis
 

     I know of no writings in the world that deal as honestly with the topic of family strife, division, and crisis as those in the Bible. The first family unit in the opening chapters of Genesis exhibits poor judgment and fratricide. As Genesis proceeds we see story after story of brother against brother, of parents struggling to control their children, of families torn apart.

     If we leap all the way from Genesis to Jesus, we find Jesus' mother and siblings wondering if we have a demon and Jesus proclaiming that his true family are those who hear and do his will. Still, as Jesus hung on the cross he made sure his mother would be cared for by his disciple John. 

     Are these simply stories for stories' sake or are there powerful lessons applicable to all families in all ages? Does your home sometimes feel more like a battlefield than a place of peace and contentment? Come this Sunday as we explore God's Word to find both the causes and the solutions for families in crisis.

                              In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

Genesis 45:1-15

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  • Aug 20, 2017Families in Crisis
    Aug 20, 2017
    Families in Crisis

    August 20, 2017 Families in Crisis
     

         I know of no writings in the world that deal as honestly with the topic of family strife, division, and crisis as those in the Bible. The first family unit in the opening chapters of Genesis exhibits poor judgment and fratricide. As Genesis proceeds we see story after story of brother against brother, of parents struggling to control their children, of families torn apart.

         If we leap all the way from Genesis to Jesus, we find Jesus' mother and siblings wondering if we have a demon and Jesus proclaiming that his true family are those who hear and do his will. Still, as Jesus hung on the cross he made sure his mother would be cared for by his disciple John. 

         Are these simply stories for stories' sake or are there powerful lessons applicable to all families in all ages? Does your home sometimes feel more like a battlefield than a place of peace and contentment? Come this Sunday as we explore God's Word to find both the causes and the solutions for families in crisis.

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Genesis 45:1-15

  • Aug 13, 2017I Will Call Upon the Lord
    Aug 13, 2017
    I Will Call Upon the Lord

    August 13, 2017 Call Upon the Lord

    In the Scriptures, calling out to the Lord is an exercise of faith. It's amazing how often we call out for help in our contemporary culture: we call out to Google incessantly for directions, information, and explanations; we call out to the pastor to counsel us through tough times; we call out to television shows that promise us the wisdom of doctors and scientists and cultural philosophers such as Oprah. 

    Yet the Bible insists that true help and salvation can only come when we call upon the Lord. This Sunday we'll explore the mysterious power displayed when a person calls upon the Lord as a first - and not last – resort.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 14:22-33

  • Aug 6, 2017Traveling Lite
    Aug 6, 2017
    Traveling Lite

    August 6, 2017 Traveling Lite - Jeff Allen

    "I have learned to be content with whatever I have." These words from the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4 will be at the center of the Rev. Jeff Allen's message this Sunday at VUMC. Learning to travel "lite" is one of the great gifts of following Jesus. As many students go back to school in the coming weeks and summer vacations end for others, may we all remember that many of the worries, fears, and possessions that weigh us down on our journey through life, can be easily laid down when we exchange them for the riches of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ.
    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob
    Phillipians 4
  • Jul 30, 2017Too Hot to Handle?
    Jul 30, 2017
    Too Hot to Handle?

    Too Hot to Handle? The subject many Christians avoid at all costs

         Let's face it. Most people avoid discussing unpleasant or controversial subjects at all costs (remember the rule - don't discuss religion and politics with your guests?). This Sunday I'll tackle what is perhaps the most unpleasant and controversial of all: the doctrine of Hell and eternal damnation.

         There are 21 references to a place of eternal separation from God in the New Testament and 11 of those references are made by Jesus. As unpleasant as it may be to discuss, this is a topic so central to the message of Jesus that it will not simply fade away by ignoring it. The reality of a place we call Hell is a key component in the story of our salvation from sin through the cross of Jesus Christ. May Sunday's message help us recover a biblical perspective on the ultimate consequences of human rebellion against God.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 13:31-33, 44-51

  • Jul 23, 2017The Scripture Way of Salvation
    Jul 23, 2017
    The Scripture Way of Salvation

    July 23, 2017 The Scripture Way of Salvation

    This Sunday we'll explore "The Scripture Way of Salvation." What must I do to be saved? What is the relationship of works and grace in salvation? Is Jesus truly the one "Way" to truth and eternal life? These questions could consume many hours of conversation, so on Sunday we'll focus in on one instance where Jesus used a woman's faith in Him to teach a gathering of self-righteous Pharisees about the quality of repentance that leads to forgiveness, salvation, and peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Luke 7:36-50

  • Jul 16, 2017God’s Call to Believers (then and now) – Chad Brown
    Jul 16, 2017
    God’s Call to Believers (then and now) – Chad Brown

    July 16, 2017 11:00 “God's Call to Believers (then and now)” Chad Brown

    This Sunday Lydia and I will be in Connecticut with our family for a week of summer vacation. We have two of our dedicated Lay Servants - Rodney Bussard (8:30) and Chad Brown (11:00) - preaching in my stead. We are blessed at VUMC to have so many gifted lay ministers.

                In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Exodus 3:1-12

  • Jul 16, 2017First Love
    Jul 16, 2017
    First Love

    July 16, 2017 8:30 “First Love” Rodney Bussard

    This Sunday Lydia and I will be in Connecticut with our family for a week of summer vacation. We have two of our dedicated Lay Servants - Rodney Bussard (8:30) and Chad Brown (11:00) - preaching in my stead. We are blessed at VUMC to have so many gifted lay ministers.

                In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Revelation 2:1-7

  • Jul 9, 2017The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Jul 9, 2017
    The Pitfalls of People Pleasing

    July 9, 2017 The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Our sermon for the morning leading up to the Olde Time Revival at 3 p.m. is a timely, crucial reminder from Scripture that just as God does not "dance to our tune" we are also called to resist the temptation to live for the praise and attention of others. Come find out what the Scriptures say about "The Pitfalls of Being a People Pleaser." 

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

  • Jul 2, 2017Youth Mission Team God Sightings
    Jul 2, 2017
    Youth Mission Team God Sightings

    July 2, 2017 Happy Independence Day
     
    As we approach the July 4th holiday, please keep our nation and world in your prayers. Give thanks for the constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms we all benefit from. Pray for those who are traveling. And especially pray for those who serve throughout the world to protect the freedoms we celebrate.
     

    This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion together, remembering the One who alone can free us from our sins. During our worship we'll hear testimonies from some of our youth now serving on a mission to Ohio.  As we listen to mission testimonies this Sunday, may we recommit ourselves to be a church seeking to spread the good news of Jesus "in all the ways we can, in all the places we can."

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:12-23

     

  • Jun 25, 2017Around the World With Jesus
    Jun 25, 2017
    Around the World With Jesus

    June 26, 2017 Vacation Bible School Sunday
         This Sunday is Vacation Bible School Sunday. The children will sing at both VUMC services and I'll bring a message on what it means to go into the world with Jesus as our Lord. Thank you to Amanda Hall and her loyal crew of volunteers for a great VBS!
                                          In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:1b-11