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Genesis Chapter 4 tells that Cain, the first child ever born on earth became a murderer and killed his younger brother Abel. This murder was out of jealousy and anger that Cain had toward Abel. God warned Cain about sin that was crouching at the door, but he wouldn’t listen and let the sin rule over him.

What was the result? God desires for us, as he desired for Cain, to rule over sin, and not let the sin rule over us. Pastor Nadeem continues the sermon series on the Book of Genesis and in his sermon this week he challenges to set aside jealousy, anger and hatred that we might have towards someone and reconcile. It’s another way that we can rule over sin.

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. After they sinned, they hid from God. But God came looking for them and called “Where are you?” Like Adam and Eve when we sin, it brings us shame and guilt and we hide from God. We tend to draw even farther from the Lord. On the contrary, God actively looks for us. Despite our sin, God calls us as he called Adam and Eve in the garden, “Where are You?” God wants to cover our shame and nakedness and we need to be found. Watch this sermon video as Pastor Nadeem talks about how the story of this first couple is also our story.

Sometimes when we are more focused on our sins, shortcomings and imperfections we consider ourselves not worthy of God’s love and grace. This can make us move even farther from God. And this is exactly what devil wants for us. The devil wants us to feel terrible about ourselves and continue on the path that leads toward more disparity. On the contrary, the scripture tells that God made us so wonderfully, in God’s image and gave us dominion over everything. In this sermon Rev. Nadeem talks about God does not see us the way we see ourselves at times and despite our sin, we worth for God. 

Following Jesus leads to eternal life, but it requires a lot of commitment and radical changes in how we live. The scripture tells that a lot of disciples stopped following Jesus because of his hard teachings. It will be a lot easier to follow Jesus on one’s own terms. But the true followers are those who follow Jesus on His terms not theirs. In the sermon Pastor Nadeem talks about what it means to come out of our comfort zone and follow Jesus on His terms.

What it means to live a Christian life. Rev. Fathbruckner is a retired UMC clergy and has served in different churches in Farmville District.

In sermon (part of the World Religions Series) this Sunday pastor Nadeem talks about another major religion in the world, Hinduism. One of the most common misconceptions about Hinduism is that Hindus believe in the worship of many different gods. Hindus, however, claim to actually believe in just one God who is manifested in many different ways, including Jesus Christ. Pastor Nadeem talks about how Hindu view of God and Jesus is different than Christian view of God and Jesus, and what are the common grounds between these two religions that can help us share the message of the Gospel with our Hindu friends.

The origins of Islam can be traced all the way back to Ishmael, Abraham’s son and Isaac’s half-brother. God promised great blessings for Ishmael, and He kept that promise of making him fruitful and the father of twelve rulers.

Today, Islam is the second largest religion in the world, after Christianity. Muslims do believe in God and even in Jesus Christ. But do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? And do Christians and Muslims believe in the same Jesus? In this sermon Rev. Nadeem addresses some important questions about this religion and how we can share the good news with our Muslim friends.

A famous parable, “the prodigal son” is a great story of turn around.

Steven talks about our relationship with God, our heavenly father. God is always looking for his children and runs toward them when sees a prodigal son or daughter returning to him, and receives them back without condemnation.

This Sunday as we celebrate America’s independence, I want to remind us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

As American citizens, we take pride in this motto. “In God We Trust:” it sounds pleasing to our ears, doesn’t it? But do we really do when it comes to practice?

Pastor Nadeem shares that sometimes he, even though he is a pastor, finds it difficult to put all his trust in God. All of us want to trust in God more and more, but sometimes we find it difficult to trust Him completely. So how can we trust God all the time, in everything we say and do in our lives? Apostle John helps us by showing a little tiny glimpse of God’s glory and majesty in the book of Revelation. Seeing God’s glory and inexpressible majesty of God’s throne in heaven, helps us put our trust in God.

The Book of Revelation can seem mysterious and scary; bowls of wrath, sharp sickles, and commands to reap the earth are the stuff of nightmares.

What does it all mean?

In this sermon, Rev. Nadeem talks about the great tribulation period and God’s plan of redemption.

The Book of Revelation is a fascinating, difficult, yet powerful book. Many readers see it as a step-by-step road map to the future. But what if this apocalyptic literature points not only to future events but also guides Christians on how to remain faithful in the midst of hardship in the present time?

On June 20th, we began a new sermon series on the book of Revelation and explore this unusual book and discover how to find peace even when the world seems full of chaos. And what a great comfort to know that we are and will not be alone when enduring a time of hardship. John received this revelation while exiled on a remote island. The message that encouraged John still speaks to us today.

Rev. Nadeem focuses on how being in the presence of God gives us the ability to resist the demands of the world and encourage others to remain faithful.