What does church mean to me?

This is where church members and others can submit things like:

  • Your favorite Bible verse and why it’s meaningful to you
  • What brought you to CUMC, or testimonials on why you like this church
  • Other statements of faith or testimonials
  • Include the Bible book, chapter and verse numbers
  • Once you have filled out the form then answer the simple math question (to show you’re not a robot)

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These are the Favorite Bible Verses submitted by readers of CUMC on the Web.  Enjoy.

Romans 8:31-39

The Message (MSG) 31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?

I’ve always loved this verse. It’s one of my “go-to’s” when I need the courage of my conviction. I also like the whole passage (31-39) and THE MESSAGE version.
31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.–WOW!

Phillipians 4:8

There are many different practices and teachings, from faith teachings to the science of psychology, that tell us; that which we think about most is what we will make happen. When the apostle Paul encourages us to think on that which is holy, pure etc… it encourages me to forgive, not just myself, but others whom I think have wronged me in some way. It nurtures me to seek the face of God, and to take confidence in the peace there. Finally it allows me to make a comfortable and loving space for all that come in relation with me. John Moseley

1 John 4:7-8

God Is Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

This verse — and all the many references in the Bible to the simple fact that God is Love — lifts me from the world’s onslaught of confusion, doubt, anger, controversy and despair. When I am overwhelmed and feeling disconnected from God, I see the perfect synonym and symmetry here. Love is God. God is Love. When I reconnect with the Love in my life, I reconnect with God. Through the act of loving my child or my husband, through reaching down and stroking my pet’s fur, through standing in awe at one of our Coastside’s magnificent sunsets — I can reconnect with God.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest.

When life isn’t going the way I had hoped, this is a verse that comforts me. Trusting God even when life doesn’t make sense; what a great way to lower the stress level!


John 1:14

The concept of the Holy Trinity has always given me comfort. I find myself sometimes taking my prayers, worries or heartaches to one or all three by name.
Can not explain why but when in prayer it always ends in “let God’s will be done”. I know I can not foresee the best resolutions but I know the Creator has resolved issues beyond my expectations. This has been proven over and over again in my journey.

John 5:24

“Amen, Amen I say to you that the one hearing my word and trusting in the one having sent me has eternal life and does not come into judgment but has gone out of death into life.” This verse and others like it in John tell me that I as a trusting Christian have already been given eternal life. The tenses in this verse are present and not future. I have that Life now and that Life will never die. I have passed from judgment and death into Life. There is no fear in death because though the physical body dies, the real me lives into eternity.

John 14:27

(NLT)“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

Today Jesus gave His life for us because of His love and this the ultimate gift. Reading God’s word each morning makes me want to live my life for His glory one day at a time.

Hope to hear your favorite verses and I hope you all have a blessed Easter.

Elaine Rotty

John 14:2

I believe that God has room for everyone and this verse reminds me of that whenever I feel myself becoming narrow minded or judgemental. Judy Buckland

Philippians 4:4-13

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things … I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

These verses have always reflected my personal theology – that faith is a joyous and happy thing. My faith has always brought me great joy and centers me. Looking back, I cannot remember a time when I did not know and love God … even as a very young child. Over the years, that faith has deepened. It is what sustains me. Immersed in His love and strengthened by Him, I go out into the world and share that faith with others however I can.

Kathee Tyson

Micah, chapter 6, verse 4,

is one of my favorite verses…short, by says so much.

I especially like the last bit…walk humbly with my God. I am constantly humbled by the demands of Christianity and I think I always will be. The best I can do is walk humbly with Him at my side, helping me forwards.