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May 21, 2017
Fools for Christ

May 21, 2017 Fools for Christ

 A decade ago I stood on the Areopagus in Athens and imagined the dramatic scene described in Acts 17 when the Apostle Paul uses the idols of the city as a launching point for sharing the message of salvation. In Athens, the ancient world's center of philosophy and wisdom, he told the story of Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection. 

The reaction of the crowd? Many disregarded his message as foolishness. But others saw the truth in his words. They saw the power of God in his retelling of the story of Jesus - the power of salvation in Christ that could accomplish what all the wisdom of the world could never achieve.

The world continues to trust in the ever-shifting sands of human wisdom bereft of a divine foundation. But those who trust in the Gospel message will gladly bear the title "Fools for Christ" if in doing so others come to know the wisdom of God. Because Paul had the courage to declare the "scandal" of the cross all those years ago on the Areopagus, you and I and millions of others have come to know the good news of Jesus and the salvation he alone can bring.

Christ is risen and our hopes have risen with Him. For the sake of a world drowning in sin, are we willing to share the good news of Jesus, even when others label us as fools?

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Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is our perfect Shepherd, risen and coming again!

                                                                   - Pastor Bob Weeks

Acts 17:22-31

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  • May 21, 2017Fools for Christ
    May 21, 2017
    Fools for Christ

    May 21, 2017 Fools for Christ

     A decade ago I stood on the Areopagus in Athens and imagined the dramatic scene described in Acts 17 when the Apostle Paul uses the idols of the city as a launching point for sharing the message of salvation. In Athens, the ancient world's center of philosophy and wisdom, he told the story of Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection. 

    The reaction of the crowd? Many disregarded his message as foolishness. But others saw the truth in his words. They saw the power of God in his retelling of the story of Jesus - the power of salvation in Christ that could accomplish what all the wisdom of the world could never achieve.

    The world continues to trust in the ever-shifting sands of human wisdom bereft of a divine foundation. But those who trust in the Gospel message will gladly bear the title "Fools for Christ" if in doing so others come to know the wisdom of God. Because Paul had the courage to declare the "scandal" of the cross all those years ago on the Areopagus, you and I and millions of others have come to know the good news of Jesus and the salvation he alone can bring.

    Christ is risen and our hopes have risen with Him. For the sake of a world drowning in sin, are we willing to share the good news of Jesus, even when others label us as fools?

    ____________________________

    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is our perfect Shepherd, risen and coming again!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Acts 17:22-31

  • May 14, 2017When Women Shepherd
    May 14, 2017
    When Women Shepherd

    May 14, 2017 When Women Shepherd

    With the passing of long-time VUMC member Helen Miller last Sunday morning, my mind is more focused than usual on the many ways the women in our lives shepherd us. When women shepherd, lives are changed and souls are saved!

    Traditionally, we do not think of women as shepherds. Yet, in the most formative years of my childhood, it was almost always women who taught me manners, gathered me with other children into reading circles, picked me up when I fell on the playground, and tended to my injuries with reassuring whispers of "It's going to be OK, Bobby." They filled my stomach with good food, dried my tears, sang me to sleep, and made sure I was safe every step of my young life. It turns out that women can be extraordinary shepherds.

    I'll bring the message at each service from the 23rd Psalm:  "When Women Shepherd."

    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is our perfect Shepherd, risen and coming again!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Psalm 23

  • May 7, 2017What shall we do?
    May 7, 2017
    What shall we do?

    May 7, 2017 What shall we do?   Acts 2:36-47

    This Sunday, May 7th, is a holy communion Sunday. I'll be sharing a message Acts 2:36-47 focusing on the fundamental questions of every human life. What shall we do to be saved? What shall we do to grow in God's love and grace? What shall we do to be at peace with each other?
     

    Don't forget to take time today to praise our God above, for Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

  • Apr 30, 2017On the Road Together
    Apr 30, 2017
    On the Road Together

    April 30, 2017 On the Road Together
    Pastor Stephen Creech Bridgewater UMC
    This Sunday morning Pastor Stephen Creech of Bridgewater UMC will be preaching at both our services as I preach at Weyers Cave UMC. This is part of our Harrisonburg District's annual "Pulpit Exchange."

    Remember during this Easter season that Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Luke 24:13-35

  • Apr 23, 2017Who’s in Charge?
    Apr 23, 2017
    Who’s in Charge?

    April 23, 2017 Who's in Charge?

    Faithful discipleship in an age of rebellion

     This Sunday we explore the post-resurrection question: "Who's in charge?" In light of the resurrection, the answer is simple enough - God, of course! Yet, we live in an age of rebellion where the authority of God, His Word, and His Spirit are ignored routinely, not only by non-believers but also by those who claim the name of Christ. We all fall short, we all are sinners, we all are without excuse. All the more reason that we should seek to live in God's light, trust in His Word, and heed His Holy Spirit. 

    May we walk with the Lord daily, testing what is true and holy.

    Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Hebrews 12:1-12

  • Apr 16, 2017Easter Sunday – this changes EVERYTHING
    Apr 16, 2017
    Easter Sunday – this changes EVERYTHING

    April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday – this changes EVERYTHING
     

     Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

                                  - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Luke 24:1-12

  • Apr 9, 2017Hosanna In The Highest – Everyone Loves a Parade
    Apr 9, 2017
    Hosanna In The Highest – Everyone Loves a Parade

    Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a series of rapidly unfolding events in the life of Jesus and his disciples that leave us gasping for air! The triumphal entry into Jerusalem; the Last Supper; the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus... all carrying us toward the day of Christ's resurrection the following Sunday. 

    As we shout "Hosanna" this Sunday, we should remember that many in the crowd who gave him a triumphal entry into Jerusalem on that day cried "Crucify Him!" just a few days later. Their story is a reminder that our faith in Jesus must be constant, whether we are basking in the light of a glorious day or weeping in the shadows of His cross. Christian faith isn't based on our surroundings - it is built on the soul-saving, death-defeating truth of His death and resurrection.

    May our Holy Week and Easter gatherings fortify our faith in the One who died to set us free and rose from the grave to give us life everlasting!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks
    Matthew 21:1-11
  • Apr 2, 2017The Firm Foundation
    Apr 2, 2017
    The Firm Foundation

    April 2, 2017 The Firm Foundation

    Pastor Jeff Allen shares a message entitled "A Firm Foundation" from Isaiah 55 : 6-9 and Matthew 7:24-27.

  • Mar 19, 2017The Gifts of the “holy Spirit”
    Mar 19, 2017
    The Gifts of the “holy Spirit”

    March 19, 2017 The “Gifts” of the Holy Spirit

    Have you ever wondered where you fit in in the Church? How God has gifted you to serve? This Sunday our message at all services will focus on the variety of spiritual gifts God provides to each of us so the Church can fulfill its mission.

    Pray for our church, its ministries, its leaders and its members so that we might glorify God in all we do!

                                                                       - Pastor Bob Weeks

    Romans 12:1-13

    I Corinthians 12:1-11

  • Mar 12, 2017Jesus, the Heart of the Bible
    Mar 12, 2017
    Jesus, the Heart of the Bible
    Series: (All)

    March 12, 2017 Jesus, the Heart of the Bible

    My message Sunday will focus on the importance of remembering that Jesus is the heart of the Bible. It is so easy to forget what it means that He is the Living Word and that every part of the Bible points to His coming. That He is the focus of Scripture, whether in the Old or New Testaments. When we come to recognize His persistent, pervasive presence in Scripture, the Bible comes alive and its truth lights our way.