Sunday, July 27, 2014

GOOD ENOUGH FOR JESUS: SCS No. 12



(We at Project Dream Again hope these sermonettes bring some measure of peace to your soul and maybe spark a thought you then share with someone else in your life. Stoney Creek Sermonettes are not meant to replace your participation in a faith community.) 

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 26:31

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Footnotes:
Matthew 26:31 Zech. 13:7
New International Version (NIV)


Prayer:

Father, Creator of all, may we this day decide to seek you so we might find peace within as there is harmony between the three of thee. Amen.

Sermonette:

It never ceases to amaze me how many theologians today while claiming to be explaining Jesus to us use postmodernism and its assertion that there isn’t any reliable religious truth to be known or documents to be believed.     

Someone said this about postmodernism. "Postmodernism is post because it is denies the existence of any ultimate principles, and it lacks the optimism of there being a scientific, philosophical, or religious truth which will explain everything for everybody - a characteristic of the so-called modern mind. The paradox of the postmodern position is that, in placing all principles under the scrutiny of its skepticism, it must realize that even its own principles are not beyond questioning." (Barry Burke?)  

In our Scripture Lesson Jesus quotes scripture.  If there were no reliable documents why would Jesus be quoting from what Christians now call the Old Testament?  Jesus must have thought they were reliable.

You can think yourself so far away from God that you can no longer feel Him.  I know because for years I did just that.  I wanted to be able to prove there was a personal God.  I told my wife Patty that for me to believe God was going to have to show His face.  He did.

William Howard Franklin (July 20, 1919-May 21, 2006) is my wife’s father.  A veteran of World War II who served with distinction and received the purple heart along with many other honors for his service in the Pacific.  I was in the room when the family had been called to his bedside.  I was asked to say a prayer.  I did and as soon as I said amen Mr. Franklin took his last breathe, but I felt like the Holy Spirit had come in the room to get his soul.  I felt the presence of God like I never had before in my life.        

I had started preaching as a young teen on the mission field in Zimbabwe in the early 60’s and had my first church here in the States by age 18, but it was not until May 21, 2006 in a room at the VA Hospice in Asheville, North Carolina that I was certain that God was real and here among us.

My hope for all of you who read this is that you will not intellectualize God out of your life, but open your heart to the hope Jesus brings for a soul to be soothed and find rest at the foot of the cross with a risen Shepherd.

© Ed Cooper, July 27, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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William Howard Franklin (1919-2006)

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