Aug 27, 2017
The Deliverer

August 27, 2017 The Deliverer

What an amazing age we live in. One moment I'm keyboarding an order to Amazon, the next day my package is delivered. Soon drones will drop packages on our doorsteps within minutes of our orders. Almost everything we can imagine-from groceries, to auto parts to computers-are available for delivery in increasingly efficient ways that compress our perceptions of time and distance.

As amazing as all of this may seem, there is one delivery system that rises above all others. Moses may have been the deliverer of his people, but there is only One Deliverer who takes away our sins. One Deliverer who will pick up our sorrows and burdens and carry them for us throughout our lives. One Deliverer - Jesus Christ - who will carry us home to heaven.

This Sunday we'll connect to this One Deliverer in worship and word, exploring the Scriptures for the story of how one fully human, fully divine person became the Savior of the world, delivering us from the burden of our sin.

                        In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

Exodus 1:8-2:10

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  • Aug 27, 2017The Deliverer
    Aug 27, 2017
    The Deliverer

    August 27, 2017 The Deliverer

    What an amazing age we live in. One moment I'm keyboarding an order to Amazon, the next day my package is delivered. Soon drones will drop packages on our doorsteps within minutes of our orders. Almost everything we can imagine-from groceries, to auto parts to computers-are available for delivery in increasingly efficient ways that compress our perceptions of time and distance.

    As amazing as all of this may seem, there is one delivery system that rises above all others. Moses may have been the deliverer of his people, but there is only One Deliverer who takes away our sins. One Deliverer who will pick up our sorrows and burdens and carry them for us throughout our lives. One Deliverer - Jesus Christ - who will carry us home to heaven.

    This Sunday we'll connect to this One Deliverer in worship and word, exploring the Scriptures for the story of how one fully human, fully divine person became the Savior of the world, delivering us from the burden of our sin.

                            In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Exodus 1:8-2:10

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Jun 11, 2017It Takes A Team
    Jun 11, 2017
    It Takes A Team

    Our message for the morning will focus on how the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - are a team who invite each of us to be part of the building of God's Kingdom. We'll see the ways in which Jesus chose and built his team of disciples... and how we can be a more faithful and effective part of God's team here at VUMC.

                             In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 8,    Matthew 28:16-20

  • Jun 4, 2017Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit
    Jun 4, 2017
    Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit

    June 04, 2017

         This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Seven weeks after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the birth of the Church. We also remind ourselves that each member of the Church has received a gift for service in the Body of Christ. 

         I realize that many question what their gift is, or even doubt that they have received a gift of the Holy Spirit. In part, this is due to the common misapprehension that spiritual gifts are always displayed with wind and flame and that they are possessed by only the "more spiritual" among us.

         The truth is, the gifts are poured out on all who call Jesus their Lord. They are gifts of God's grace, often subtle and practical and best demonstrated with a spirit of love and servitude.

         That is how I see the gifts of the Spirit most often utilized in our congregation - with humility and love - leading to an outpouring of the fruits of those  gifts: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Paul's letter to the Galatians]."

         May it always be so!

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Corinthians 12:3b-13

    Acts 2:1-21

     
  • May 28, 2017Let God Rise Up
    May 28, 2017
    Let God Rise Up

    May 28, 2017

    Memorial Day is a sacred day in our nation. For a day to be truly sacred, truly set aside for holy purposes, it must first be dedicated to the One Holy God who reigns over every man, woman, and nation. 

    I would ask that this Memorial Day weekend we "Let God Rise Up" in our souls and speak to us of courage and sacrifice and obligation. I would ask that we do this not merely as an act of love of country and of those who sacrificed their lives in war, but as an act of love for the God who is the Father of us all and who wept as each of his children fell.

    Let God rise up in our hearts so that the world might know his Holy Way and no longer walk in the paths of war - so that the sounds of battle may be overwhelmed by an everlasting chorus of peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11