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Feb 16, 2020
It’s Time to go on a Fruit Diet

February 16, 2020

I'm loving our time in Philippians! Some of the most inspiring, faith-fortifying verses in all the Bible are contained in this relatively brief letter to the ancient church at Philippi. Our text this Sunday calls us to be "filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ...." I'll explore in my sermon a fuller description of this fruit and the biblical keys to living a fruitful life in the Spirit of Christ.

Blessings in His holy name!

Pastor Bob

Philippians 1:3-11

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  • Feb 16, 2020It’s Time to go on a Fruit Diet
    Feb 16, 2020
    It’s Time to go on a Fruit Diet

    February 16, 2020

    I'm loving our time in Philippians! Some of the most inspiring, faith-fortifying verses in all the Bible are contained in this relatively brief letter to the ancient church at Philippi. Our text this Sunday calls us to be "filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ...." I'll explore in my sermon a fuller description of this fruit and the biblical keys to living a fruitful life in the Spirit of Christ.

    Blessings in His holy name!

    Pastor Bob

    Philippians 1:3-11

  • Feb 9, 2020Don’t Let Your Past Define You 11:00 Service
    Feb 9, 2020
    Don’t Let Your Past Define You 11:00 Service
    Series: Philippians
  • Feb 9, 2020Don’t Let Your Past Define You 8:30 Service
    Feb 9, 2020
    Don’t Let Your Past Define You 8:30 Service
    Series: Philippians

    February 9, 2020

    Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-16)

    Before I was a pastor, I belonged to a small country church in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. The older church members told the story of a local man who some years before would have nothing to do with preachers or their churches. He had a rather wild reputation so there was shock all around one Sunday morning when he walked into the church, sat down, and fervently joined in the worship. It wasn't long before he had joined the choir, reformed his "wild" life and given his heart to Jesus.

    This new church member wasn't content to simply be a pew sitter on Sunday mornings. He knew the church had no indoor plumbing for restrooms and a kitchen; and little room for Sunday School classes. So he headed up a committee to build an multi-purpose building next to the sanctuary. He personally did much of the manual labor.

    When the man passed away a few years later, the deeply appreciative congregation named the building in his honor.

    It's easy, isn't it, to become jaded about the possibility of change - in others and in ourselves. Is it really possible for the Gospel to bring about a complete turn-around in a human being? God's Word answers with a resounding "Yes!"

    I hope you'll be in worship Sunday to hear the testimony of a man named Paul. A man who was changed forever when he met Jesus.

    Blessings in His name!

    Pastor Bob

    Philippians 3:8-12

  • Feb 2, 2020So You Want to be a Star
    Feb 2, 2020
    So You Want to be a Star

    Feb 2, 2020

    Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-16)

    The Christian life isn't supposed to be a "blend in" sort of enterprise. In this week's sermon text from Philippians 2, Paul reminds us that we live in a broken world – “a warped and crooked generation.” By not arguing with each other; by not grumbling; by holding firmly to the word of life; Paul promises us we will shine!

    It doesn’t necessarily require a close reading of the Gospel accounts to see how counter-cultural Jesus was when it came to attitudes and actions. Love your enemies. Forgive – forgive – forgive. Don’t worry about stuff. Above all, don’t trust in the things the world trusts in… trust in God!

    We, the Church, when we live in the way of Jesus, can’t help but shine “like stars in the sky.”

    Come this Sunday and join in sharing the bread and the cup of holy communion as we proclaim our faith in the redeeming, soul-cleansing blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. And may we all shine like stars in the sky as we hold firmly to the word of life!

    Blessings in His name!

    Pastor Bob

    Philippians 2:12-16

  • Jan 26, 2020Light That Brings Life
    Jan 26, 2020
    Light That Brings Life

    Jan 26, 2020

    "Those in darkness have seen a great light."

    This Sunday's message imagines the magnificent ways in which light changes our view of the world around us. And how the light of Christ in our lives can dramatically change how we see ourselves, others, creation, and God.

    Are you living in the "shadow of death?" Are you yearning to experience the dawning of the light of Christ in your life? By God's grace, that light is available to you and all who are living in darkness.

    I look forward to opening God's Word with you as we gather to worship this Sunday.

    Blessings in His name!

    Pastor Bob

    Matthew 4:12-23

  • Jan 19, 2020Lamb of God
    Jan 19, 2020
    Lamb of God

    Jan 19, 2020

    We have so much to celebrate in this first month of 2020. By our human standards, our congregation is healthy. Our finances are solid, our second site (Aisle 7 Fellowship) has experienced solid growth. Our church staff works well together. Our church council leadership is committed and hard-working. Our members love and care for each other.

    The list could go on and on.

    So when I sit back and take stock of where we are as a church, it's tempting to be satisfied.

    But if the Scriptures tell us anything, it is that human standards are not God's standards. The prophet Micah shares with us this timeless truth: "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

    So in this new year, let us measure our church with these three standards:

    Are we acting with justice in every facet of our lives?

    Do we love mercy and offer it to friends and foes alike?

    Are we walking humbly with our God?

    Those are the standards our Lord calls us to fulfill.

    Grace, peace and love to all in this new year!

    Pastor Bob

    John 1:29-42

  • Jan 12, 2020Holy Obediance
    Jan 12, 2020
    Holy Obediance

    Jan 12, 2020

    The story of Jesus' life in the Gospels moves rapidly from birth to adulthood. Just a couple of weeks past Christmas, we are already reading in Matthew of the baptism of Jesus as he enters into his ministry in his late 20's.

    One statement by Jesus in Matthew 3 has always challenged me. In reply to John the Baptist's protestation that it is Jesus who should baptize John, Jesus replies: Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” How do we know what is right and wrong? What does it mean to fulfill all righteousness? These are the questions we'll address in this Sunday's message as we ask ourselves, "Are we doing all we can to live God's way?"

    Grace, peace and love to all in this new year!

    Pastor Bob

    Matthew 3:13-16

  • Jan 5, 2020Of Dreams and Kings and Sordid Things
    Jan 5, 2020
    Of Dreams and Kings and Sordid Things

    Jan 5, 2020

    This Sunday - the first in 2020 - is a special day in the life of our church each year. As we share the bread and cup of Holy Communion, we also begin the new year by joining in John Wesley's Covenant Prayer and committing our lives anew to our Lord. The prayer begins with these powerful words: "I am no longer my own, but thine."

    Grace, peace and love in the new year!

    Pastor Bob

    Matthew 2:1-12

  • Dec 29, 2019No Longer A Slave
    Dec 29, 2019
    No Longer A Slave

    December 29, 2019 No Longer A Slave

    OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP ON DECEMBER 29TH.... This coming Sunday our worship will include songs by Fritz and Peggy Horwitz as well as a "Hymn Sing" of favorite songs of the Christmas season. I will share a short devotion so that we have plenty of time to worship our Lord God in song. Come and enjoy the fellowship and worship on this last Sunday of 2019!

    Grace, peace and love at Christmas and always!

    Pastor Bob

    Luke 2:1-20

    Galatians 4:4-7

  • Dec 22, 2019God With Us
    Dec 22, 2019
    God With Us

    December 22, 2019 God With Us

    I want to thank ever member and friend of Verona UMC and Aisle 7 Fellowship who have given of their time and energies in so many ways as we approach Christimas and the birth of our Lord.....

    The folks who serve local families each week at our food pantry.... the volunteers who serve as hosts at the Verona Community Center, making everyone feel welcome and helping those in need....the adult and children's choirs for a truly spectacular Christmas concert last Sunday.... the people who participate in preparing for and leading our worship services.... every teacher and student in Sunday School.... everyone who warmly greets a first-time guest.... all those who faithfully pray each day.... and those whose generous hearts lead them to give generously so that others may find grace, healing, and the good news of Jesus Christ through our church.

    What an exciting time it is to be in ministry together!

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 1:18-25, John 1:1-14