Sunday, November 08, 2015


Sunday, NOVEMBER 8, 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 are Veterans so that they might see a little of You in us.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today: Mark 9:35-37 King James Version (KJV)
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

SERMON for Today:

Wednesday is Veterans Day.  The military teaches some folks how to be leaders and some folks how to follow those leaders even into the hell of the battlefield.

In our Scripture Lesson for Today Jesus is teaching something different.  He is teaching something different than is taught in what we today call Servant Leadership.

“Servant leadership is a philosophy in which an individual interacts with others - either in a management or fellow employee capacity - with the aim of achieving authority rather than power. The authority figure intends to promote the well-being of those around him/her.”  from investopedia

Note that the definition does not say that the Servant Leader gives up their power.  Jesus is talking about giving up power and becoming a “servant of all.”  This means not retaining power and being nice to the people under you, but rather becoming a servant to the people under you.

You want to honor Veterans this Wednesday then send a letter to your two US Senators and your US Representative asking them to do the following for Vets.  Make this single request in your letter because more than one request at a time confuses them.  Ask them to do the following.

To establish at every hospital and freestanding outpatient clinic a HUMAN RIGHTS/COMPLAINT COMMITTEE comprised of the following members.

51% Veterans receiving services from that hospital or clinic
20% Staff from that hospital or clinic (at least 1 chaplain and 1 administrator
25%  People from the Community and Family members of people receiving services
 4%  Public Officials Federal,State, Local or their representative

Of course you want to reach out to them from your church home, but Veterans (we) need an independent place to go with some authority and with community people on it when we have a problem with medical services.

If the head of the VA hospital in Johnson City had to answer to such a committee she might begin to understand what Jesus meant and learn the hospital is there to serve the needs of Veterans and not her needs.

The church needs to learn the same thing.  It is to be a servant to the people.  All the people.  Not just the people it thinks is acceptable.

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

© Ed Cooper, November 8, 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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