Sunday, December 11, 2016


Sunday, December 11, 2016, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 99

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.



John 3:1-8  (ESV)

You Must Be Born Again

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

SERMON for Today:

I recently spent a few days flat on my back in a hospital bed fighting streptococcal pneumonia with bacteremia.  It gives you a new perspective on things.  Not going to the hospital when I should have did not help matters.  Not being able to breathe brings everything down to their basics.  All I wanted was air, but I could not get any.

I had time to think about a lot of things.  I will not make you listen to them all.  The one I want you to hear today is simple.  Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.   This is my point for you.  If Jesus had not been born, then you and I could not be born again.  Read the sentence again.  It was His birth that makes our rebirth possible.  Don’t forget that as you go through this big season of giving and receiving.  Also, don’t forget to tell someone else about His birth and what it means for all of us.

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

© Ed Cooper, December 11, 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.)

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