Sunday, January 01, 2017

A NEW STORY FOR YOUR LIFE: SCS 102

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Sunday, January 1, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 102

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:  
Romans 6:1-14  English Standard Version (ESV)
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

SERMON for Today:
You can start this year in the same old rut or you can start this year by writing a new story for your life.  You do not have to believe the story others tell about you.  You do not have to let your past define and decide your future.  You can write a new story.

Jesus gave us all a chance to become a new “creature/creation”. “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

This new year is a good time to get started.  Let me give you just a little advice you did not ask for.

  1. Decide for yourself the destination of your journey.  Of course I am not saying not to listen to God’s still small voice.  I am saying to listen to your own voice in addition to God’s voice.
  2. Know that Jesus already paid your way.  You do not have to be good enough or have anything other than the credentials He has given you.
  3. The best medicine for your soul is to help another soul.  Being a servant leads to the Kingdom on earth and to freedom under grace.

Read the Scripture lesson more than once.  It is the path to a life of peace within.  You can search the world over, but it all comes back to accepting the free gift of grace given on the cross by the baby whose birth we just celebrated.  

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

© Ed Cooper, January 1, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained minister and Director of Project Dream Again. He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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