Author: Neil Smith

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

IMG_3597This week’s fun sermon sees Bob talking about various perceptions of Jesus, and how it matters where we get our truth.  Bob builds from the words of the song, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’, and walks us forward through the centuries talking about the changes that history has placed upon our known truth in those periods.

With all these versions of truth, all these versions of Jesus that have risen from these changing truths, why, therefore, does bible study matter?

To find out the answer to this question, listen and enjoy this week’s podcast at the link below the Read More button below.

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When ‘as you wish’ is hard

ScreenShot_001In this weeks message, Bob covers a number of topics including the dilemma this year for Irish Catholics when the great traditions of Lent and St. Patrick’s day collide.  During Lent they cannot eat meat on Fridays, but this is in conflict with the tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day which this year falls on Friday 17th March.  Listen to learn how some of the Bishops have crafted a workaround for this conundrum.

He Bob moves on to the story of Jesus at Gethsemane and we learn from His experience about the suffering He endured in His last hours before His body is nailed upon a cross to redeem us from our sins.

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Big Turnout for the Preschool Christmas Program and Party

wcoc_preschool_playIt was a big turnout for the little one’s as the preschoolers performed the Christmas story for family, friends and relatives in the Warrenton Church of Christ main auditorium.  The little ones had so much fun and the grownups got to overdose on abundant cuteness.

After a wonderful performance, the cast closed out the play with some Christmas carols and then were joined by former preschool students to sing one final song together.

After the play, everyone gathered in the Fellowship hall for a party where cakes, snacks and other wonderful goodies were consumed by all.  It was another successful show for the preschool class of 2016.

beccaandamyThis play was directed by Amy Hoagland and Organized by our Preschool Director Becca Lotane.  Congratulations go to Becca also as this performance was Becca’s 10th Preschool Christmas play.  A terrific job ladies and a great time was had by all.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and healthful 2017.

 

Bon Voyage Brother Chris

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As the year draws to a close, we also see the end of another era as we say goodbye to our dear brother Chris Abernethy.  Seen here delivering his last worship service today (12/18/2016), Chris returns to his home town on Tuesday and we all pray for his safe travels and a wonderful Christmas holiday.  May the new year bring you joy as you embark on your new ministry.

We have been blessed to have Chris among us for the last year-and-a-half where he has served our family so well and been an invaluable coordinator and organizer to major Church events such as Vacation Bible School, field trips for the youth ministry, special musical events, and as our principle worship leader.  Thank you for your joyful, humble and unwavering dedication and service Chris.  We will pray for you and keep you in our hearts.  We will miss you and hope you will keep in touch with us as you take a new direction in your walk with Christ Jesus.

As Paul might have said it, “Grace and peace to you my brother, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Sermon – From Babylon to Bethlehem

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In this week’s sermon on this 4th Sunday of Advent, Bob Kolodner talks about the extremely dangerous and long travels of the Magi from far away lands (probably Persia) to give praise and to worship the infant Jesus.  In the photo above, Bob shows the congregation a marvelous example of an Advent calendar.  He then asks how far are we willing to travel for Christ, the messiah.  Working from the gospel according to Matthew, Bob talks in detail about the wise men, their travels and their visit with King Herod, disturbed by the rumors of the birth of a new Jewish King.

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Sermon Video: Chris Abernethy – 3rd Week of Advent

chris_a_sermon_001-jpgOn this third Sunday of advent, our dear brother and associate minister Chris honors God in praise and worship with his most thoughtful sermon concerning not just the main protagonists in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the minor supporting characters too.  Working from the gospel according to Luke, Chris asks us to think about the Shepherds who saw an angle and received word that the messiah is to be born.  He goes on to ask how we can serve God in our own way, even if our part is very small or mundane in the ongoing story of Christ Jesus.  As Chris puts it: “faithful, quiet, obscure obedience does matter to God.”

Sadly this will be our last chance to hear one of Chris’ sermons as he is heading south on December 20th, back to his home town after serving this church so faithfully for the last year-and-a-half.  screenshot-2016-12-11-16-14-40Among other things, Chris has been our youth minister and our principle worship leader in that time.  He has brought us new songs to sing in God’s praise and introduced us to new friends such as Scott Lippiatt. We have been blessed to have Chris with us for the time that God has allowed, and we now must say farewell dear Brother, safe travels, and keep in touch.  We will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you follow new callings and new oportunities to serve.  Your humble and gentle spirit will be surely missed.  God bless you.

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Sermon: What if, what if…

Screenshot 2016-06-28 17.49.13In this second Sunday of Advent sermon, Bob talks about how Christ prepared himself for a life on planet Earth: how he emptied himself of his divinity and was born among us and lived among us in linear time as a man.

This sermon is available on the WCOC Podcast channel.  Click on the following link to access the soundcloud web site and enjoy this delightful sermon.

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You can also subscribe to the Church of Christ Podcast channel using the Podcast app on your mobile device.  Just search for WCOC or Bob Kolodner in your podcast app and subscribe.  You will then receive WCOC post casts automatically.

Andy Stanley – Tough as Nails Series

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If you missed bible class the last couple of Sundays, you missed an opportunity to view a terrific series of videos by Andy Stanley called “Tough as Nails”.

Another Chance to See Andy Stanley

But do not worry brothers and sisters, we are providing the links to Andy’s “Your Move” web site below so you can get caught up on the lessons in this series.  So far we have viewed Episode 1 and 2 at the church, the conclusive episode 3 will be viewed this coming Sunday 13th at the 9:30 bible class in the Fellowship room.  Hope to see you there.

Tough as Nails – Episode 1 – In the beginning

Tough as Nails – Episode 2 – Fix your Eyes

Tough as Nails – Episode 3 – Once upon a time

These are excellent and very thought provoking sermons and we recommend you watch these three videos.  You will also find postings of these on YouTube and Vimeo so you can watch on your Apple TV or other streaming devices.

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icon175x175You can also download Andy’s free App on your smart phone and watch the videos anywhere on your mobile devices.  Search for “Your Move” in the app store.

Sermon – Why am I here?

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In this week’s sermon, Bob talks about the various reasons we might have for coming to church.  And as it turns out, while most of them are good reasons, a few are not so good.

The following links takes  you to a podcast that captures this sermon for your listening pleasure.  You can enjoy podcasts on your iPhone and Android devices too.  Simply open your Podcast app and search for WCOC or Bob Kolodner and your app should find the Warrenton Church of Christ Podcast channel.  You can subscribe to this channel to receive all the latest WCOC Podcast audio content as it’s posted to the soundcloud.com and iTunes site.

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Podcast – Why am I here?

Sermon – Is It Safe?

Screenshot 2016-06-12 15.28.32 In this weeks very personal and poignant sermon, Bob asks how safe we feel as Christians to share our problems, our weaknesses and our struggles with our Christian brothers and sisters.

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You can download the Podcast here and on the Sermons page of this website.  You can also subscribe to the weekly sermon podcasts using the Podcast app on your mobile devices such as iOS or Android.  Just open your Podcast app and search for  WCOC or Bob Kolodner to find our podcast channel.

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Have a blessed week everyone.