Monday, November 23, 2015

CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD: SCS No. 63


Sunday, NOVEMBER 22, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 61


PRAYER for Today:
Father, we know You are able to heal the hearts and souls of all of us who are broken. We ask for Your will to be done and that we may act saintly towards our fellow sojourners who around the world are hurting so that they might see a little of You.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.


SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today: Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV)
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

SERMON for Today:


I got a little older on my recent birthday which meant I had to think about the process of aging and what that meant to me and to my wife.  None of my thoughts seemed to be pleasant.  It seems our society loves and collects everything old except old people.  Most things increase in value as they age, but not old people and some makes of cars.


I have had to come to terms with a body that is declining and only wants to recline and a mind which functions at a pace I do not recognize.  The Scripture Lesson tells me to stop this obsession with aging and to stop worrying about what is going to happen.  It tells me that God will take care of me.  You see the problem becomes a problem only to the degree I believe the words of Jesus.


We are being told to fear possible attacks.  We are being told we probably need to buy a gun a carry it at all times.  We are being taught to fear.  Are we learning how to walk in the total trust of the promises of the words of Jesus?


This world would be a very different place if I and the rest of my fellow sojourners fully believed the words Jesus spoke in today’s lesson.  


“seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
   


May God Richly Bless Your Life This Week and For Evermore. Amen.


  
© Ed Cooper, November 22, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s.  Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was there with his parents in the early 1960’s.)

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