Oct 21, 2012
God’s Promise: I Will Give You Strength
God has promised to strengthen us, but Pastor Bob discovers through Scripture that this is a conditional promise based upon our commitment to God's will and God's way. He also shares with us the nature of God's power and the strength that he gives to those who commit themselves to his Kingdom.
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  • Oct 21, 2012God’s Promise: I Will Give You Strength
    Oct 21, 2012
    God’s Promise: I Will Give You Strength
    God has promised to strengthen us, but Pastor Bob discovers through Scripture that this is a conditional promise based upon our commitment to God's will and God's way. He also shares with us the nature of God's power and the strength that he gives to those who commit themselves to his Kingdom.
  • Oct 14, 2012I Am With You Always
    Oct 14, 2012
    I Am With You Always
    "God is watching us from a distance." So claimed the 1993 song "From a Distance" sung most prominently by Bette Middler in her grammy-winning version. But is God really watching us from a distance. He promises in his Word to be with us always. In Jesus he becomes Emmanuel, which means, "God With Us." Why is God's promised presence so important to us? And what does this promise say about our need to be present with the poor, the hungry, and the suffering of our world?  
  • Oct 7, 2012What Are We Teaching Our Children?
    Oct 7, 2012
    What Are We Teaching Our Children?
    Verona UMC member Larry Wills shares a message on the crises many children are experience throughout the world and in our own community. But above all, he shares the need for our congregation to remember that our children's greatest need is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the light of God's Word.
  • Sep 16, 2012Putting Faith Into Action
    Sep 16, 2012
    Putting Faith Into Action
  • Aug 26, 2012Christ’s Light in The Community
    Aug 26, 2012
    Christ’s Light in The Community
  • Aug 19, 2012God Has A Plan
    Aug 19, 2012
    God Has A Plan

    This Sunday we begin a four-part sermon series centered on God's vision for our church. I hope you'll join us in prayer throughout August and September as we identify and answer God's call for VUMC.

                                   Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Nehemiah 1:1-11

    1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

    In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire. " 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:"Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 "Remember "Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.' 10 "They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.
  • Aug 12, 2012The Way to Heaven
    Aug 12, 2012
    The Way to Heaven
  • Aug 5, 2012By What Measure?
    Aug 5, 2012
    By What Measure?
    Series: Life 101
    This is one of Jesus' most important AND most misunderstood teachings. The hypocritical judgments of the Pharisees and teachers of the law were a constant target of Jesus' criticisms. To judge another not on the basis of their heart but on superficial assumptions was absolutely sinful in Jesus' eyes. At the same time, Jesus constantly warned his followers about false teachers. Without some means of judgment, how were they to know who these teachers were? As with all things in the Sermon on the Mount, the key is our relationship to our Heavenly Father. God's Spirit of Truth will guide us in making discerning and fair judgments about others. This same Spirit will lead us to judge not with a vitriolic attitude of condemnation but with a merciful and loving desire for the good of all.
  • Jul 22, 2012He Will Provide
    Jul 22, 2012
    He Will Provide
    Series: Life 101
    A sermon based on Luke 6:19-34

    Matthew 6:19-34

    19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
    25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
    28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdomand his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  • Jul 15, 2012When Worship is Upside-Down
    Jul 15, 2012
    When Worship is Upside-Down
    Series: Life 101