Thursday, November 24, 2016

MY PRAYER FOR A SPECIAL LADY: a poem by ed



LORD, before I forget it and start thanking you
for all my blessings on this Thanksgiving Day
I need to bring up a matter of great importance
that I promised some folks not to forget to do.

LORD, I know all prayer is really about your will,
but I am asking that your will be as simple
as looking in on this lady in Georgia
and agreeing with me that she has suffered enough.

LORD, I am asking you to make it your will
to give her some healthy years now.
To put a smile back on her husband’s face.
To use your healing power here and now.

LORD, I know this may be overstepping my bounds,
but this is my prayer for them.
I know you have the power
if it is your will to do what I ask.

LORD, I am a lucky and thankful man.
I woke up again today beside Patty.
Everyone needs a Patty, but you gave her to me.
Thank you.

IN YOUR SON’s NAME AMEN!

© Ed Cooper, 11/24/2016, Stoney Creek, TN, Appalachia
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Sunday, November 06, 2016

DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACH EQUALITY?: SCS 98


Sunday, November 6, 2016, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 98

PRAYER for Today:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:  

Deuteronomy 10:17   (ESV)
17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

Psalm 67:4 (ESV)
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Mark 12:31 (ESV)
31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Galatians 3:26-29 (ESV)
26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

James 2:1-4 (ESV)
The Sin of Partiality
2 My brothers,[a] show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?


SERMON for Today:

“An Anglican man rang me out of the blue the other day to ask if the New Testament teaches “equality.” “Not really,” I replied.”  That is how Andrew Wilson, teaching pastor at King’s Church in London, England, started his article in the latest issue of Christianity Today.   I was amazed.  I think the Scriptures above and many others clearly show that both the Old Testament and the New Testament teach equality.

According to one online dictionary the synonyms for equality include equivalency, parity, correspondence, sameness, justice, fairness, impartiality which mean in my mind the NT certainly does teach equality.

The article reminds me of three very important points I want to make.

  1. Teaching pastors, pastors, preachers, ministers, priests or anyone else attempting to explain or teach others about what the Bible says should not try to change the meaning of a key word they are using to make their point.  That is what this writer did.  He says that “For all the good the Declaration of Independence has wrought, it’s misleading to claim that the New Testament shares its vision of equality.”  He also says, “Christians today use “equality” to mean roughly what Martin Luther King Jr. meant.”  To make those statements even seem somewhat true he had to dilute and change the meaning of equality.  If you are going to use an English word, you need to be sure you are using it correctly.
  2. Teaching pastors, pastors, preachers, ministers, priests and all others have an obligation to use language correctly and not to change the meaning of words to suit their theological arguments. They also have the more important obligation not to change what the Bible says to suit their own views.  Staying true to the Word when teaching others is a pastor’s true calling.
  3. Here in the USA we are about to close out a presidential election cycle.  I am sure we are all glad of that.  I hope we all remember that the idea of equality in its most pure form as put forth in the Holy Scriptures should guide everyone's decisions during this time.


God Bless and May God Walk Beside You Each Step You Take This Week. Amen

© Ed Cooper, November 6, 2016, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained minister and mental health advocate. He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)