Sunday, February 12, 2017


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Sunday, February 12, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 105

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.


2 Corinthians 1:3-7 New International Version (NIV)
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

SERMON for Today:
“The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” is how Paul describes our heavenly Father in the beginning of this letter to the church at Corinth.  What a beautiful description and one packed full of promise.  The problem is that few people know this God as their personal friend.  They may even call themselves believers, but not know this God.  That is why Paul is taking the time to explain this God to people who are in the church.

You see Paul has just been through a rough time in an area of the world that is now called Turkey.  He wants them to know of his suffering, but more importantly he wants them to know that through Jesus Christ the heavenly Father will take compassionate care and comfort us all.

That does not mean we will not face heart wrenching situations.  What it means is that God through His Son and His Holy Spirit will be there to hold you up through it all no matter what you face.  Now, if you would rather face things alone in the darkness then don’t bother to learn about the God Paul is talking about.  However, if you want a true friend then then this is the path.

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

You can find Jesus in the Gospels and on your knees in prayer.  Other people can tell you, but only you can truly find him or more accurately open your heart and mind and let Him find you.  Then you will learn and grow close to “The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”

John 10:14-30 New International Version (NIV)
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and you will find comfort.

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

© Ed Cooper, February 12, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
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(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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